Monday, 26 September 2016


Sitting on the bank of the river Dart, high upon Dartmoor, 
I was studying the colour of the leaves where the sun shone brightly through them. 
The dappled light glittered through the tree canopy, while below, the water rushed white foam
over the rocks to the bridge further down. 
This is the result of my half an hour sketching. I also took photographs so that I can 
work on a painting in more detail later. 


Completed a couple of weeks ago. This painting measures 80cm x 30cm
It has bronze highlights in the grasses, which shine in the light, 
and you can just see the rolling hills of wilts and Dorset in the distance. 

It was inspired by a trip out in my car one August evening, driving round the village. 
You could smell freshly cut hay where the farmers were reaping their harvest, 
birds were singing high in the trees and the sun still felt warm. 

This is a close up view of the painting as it is now in its finished state, 
and the image below shows its scale, and what it looked like before I decided to add the distant hills. 
This painting is titled "FIELDS OF GOLD"

Sunday, 14 August 2016

aftermath of an exhibition.

well thats the exhibition over, I must thank everyone for visiting, both artists giving moral support, and art lovers with their good comments on the standard of our exhibition. 
I sold some cards, and a couple of Ink sketches, but sadly not much from off the wall.
It was very quiet, and I think a time when people were away on holidays by the sea, as the weather was very good for it. Of course it does'nt mean it was a wasted exercise, as I find 
people contact after which is always good. 

Its time for me to rest and re-charge my batteries before my fybromyalgia tries to take over,
but so far I have coped really well with it.  
The only other planned project we have so far is the Wylye Valley art trail next may which we are hoping will be a very good event at the village hall, Hindon. May 2017.

My tree paintings have now gone back to their other home at The Grove arms, Ludwell, where they are generating quite a lot of interest. 
I now have 2 commissions to get done. one acrylic, one watercolour, and an ink drawing of the pub, which will be made into cards very soon, so still plenty to keep me busy. 
I will post some pictures of the work soon. 

Friday, 5 August 2016

Splatts and Shards exhibition 2016

This has been a lovely exhibition space, unfortunately not as many visitors as we would have hoped for. I think it could have been the time of year, as the weather was really warm and sunny, so people head off to the coast, and with school holidays, I think a lot of people were away. Hving said that it was a steady flow of people through the doors.
We had some coach parties in, and foreign exchange students, who love to ask lots of questions about our work, and a lot of good comments on the standard, and how well it all goes together. - we get a lot of that. 
I have added some pictures for you to see, although my video virtual tour, was too long to fit on here, you can see it on my facebook page.

Monday, 25 July 2016


Next exhibition with my glass artist, gallery friend Claire Waters. Always a lovely
 vibrant exhibition, where our work compliments each other so well. 

Can't make the exhibition this week?  There are still paintings at Ludwell, 
just outside of Shaftesbury at The Grove arms which are for sale. check the rest 
of this blog for details.   

AUTUMN GOLD, guilding flakes.

Here is the latest painting I have completed, and I must say I really enjoyed going a bit less detailed and a little more abstract. 
Not much mind, as I don't seem to ever loosen up with my work. 
I had a guilding kit for Christmas a couple of years ago, one of those box sets you buy from 
QVC, and have used it a couple of times to embellish my work. 
This time I decided to be a lot more daring, and guild larger areas for autumn leaves. 
It is really hard to capture the shine on camera, but hopefully you can see how exciting it 
looks, and imagine how it changes when the light is upon it.
I have titled it AUTUMN GOLDS 

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Painting the mural in the beer garden.

I love it when a plan comes together.
Whilst chatting to the landlady of the pub where I display my work,
 she mentioned that she would love a mural on the wall in the beer garden.
We discussed the sort of things she liked, and she showed me a barrel in the 

garden with water and grasses growing in it. she said "This is my pond!"

So I went away and doodled in my sketch book, and came up with this image.
she was really happy, and so it was just transferring it all onto the wall. 

if you are local and fancy and look, its The Grove arms, Ludwell near shaftesbury.

Here's how it all starts out. drawn with a piece
 of chalk. Later I found a chunk of graphite to
 do the rest. I was quite brave, doing big sweeping
strokes, and I think I was aiming for a kind of
art Nouveau feel. 

Of course I was well looked after being in a pub, and lots of ice water with lemon. I worked for a few hours at a time, as i need to pace myself because of myfybromyalgia. I was really lucky that I was sitting in the shade, although when I got home from the second morning, I was really burnt. I think it was wind burn, as I was not in the sun at all, and I was thinking what a lovely breeze was blowing, not surprising as it was the hottest day of the year!.
 I gave up early as it was so warm and went home for a siesta. 

Finished the grasses, now I have to go
back at a later stage, and check
that it is looking the same all the
way along, and add all the little
critters to the top part.
There will be dragonflies, bees, and
maybe the frog.
I will upload a completed image of
this mural which I hope will be by the
end of next week. 


Sherborne open art exhibition has come around again, and another very hot evening.
Every year it seems to be very crowded, and everyone fanning themselves with their programmes because it is such humid weather.

I am pleased to say that all 3 of my entries were hung on the wall, and all in good positions, which is good because they do not notify you if your work was successful, you just have to go and find them on preview night.
It was lovely to listen to some of the comments about my work, all good, and some quite 
I also feel very pleased with my watercolour FORGOTTEN DREAMS, which looks stunning in its frame.
The standard of work at this exhibition is very high, and some really lovely art that I would have liked to buy, if I didnt need the space at home!   
well worth a visit to The Digby Hall, Sherborne, there is a car park right next to it so easy to get to.

The olive tree, (greenhouse)

Friday, 15 July 2016

Atkinson Gallery, Millfield school, exhibition

I have been so busy this week! 
what with handing in work for the Sherborne open exhibition ready 
for next week, collecting prints for The Cove Gallery, preparing flyers for my exhibition
with Claire, and selling work at the Grove arms, Ludwell.

Here I am again at another exhibition preview evening, and I am pleased to say 
that I am quite good now, and actually stay off the wine!. 
Yes, that really is just orange juice!!
There have been some amusing pictures of me with a shiny red face, enjoying a few 
glasses of red, and slightly tipsy at some of the earlier venues I have attended, so I 
have come to the conclusion that it is'nt very professional. 
(I made up for it when I got home mind.) 

This is the Atkinson gallery, at Millfield school, Street, in Somerset, 
 where my painting "Mother's day" is having another outing. 


an interesting and varied exhibition of works.

Sold artwork at grove arms, shaftesbury

Had a couple of phone calls this week from the Grove Arms, saying that they have sold 3 paintings, and a small canvas print. So a very good result in only a couple of weeks being there.

The large one called 3 sisters, Nature's Jewels, and Bluebell wood have now departed, and a small print of the steam train. 
So now  MOTHER NATURE, DRESSED TO THRILL, and one of my favourites, FIREBUSH, have just arrived to fill the spaces.


Wednesday, 29 June 2016


Very pleased to announce that my artwork has a new place on display at the Grove arms, 
Ludwell, nr Shaftesbury
I heard that they were looking for a local artist whose work was bold and bright, and reflected the surrounding area, so I dropped them an email. They love my tree paintings, which is 
good news because it is the subject most dear to my heart. 
It was great to meet Nina who showed me around this lovely old building, and I was surprised just how big it was. I have been in and had a lovely meal there in the past, and will definitely be checking out some of their live music evenings. 
Go to the website for details and directions. 




Brand new artwork just completed, measuring 20" x 30"  quite a big statement piece, which will be on display at Shaftesbury art center for one week from 3rd Aug. 
Here is a close up of the beach huts so that you can see the detail better. I really enjoyed painting this.

Monday, 13 June 2016


2 of the paintings I have just completed.
I did say I was going to paint some more treescapes, after all the seaside work I have 
done just lately, although now I have started a project on a much larger canvas, 
of the beach huts at Wells next the sea, Norfolk. 
I am hoping to have a few larger new pieces to show at Shaftesbury art centre, 
3rd - to 9th August 2016.


Thursday, 9 June 2016


Had a good couple of days doing the open workshop weekend. 
Lots of things for people to browse, and get a bit of a bargain while I was clearing 
out my studio. 
Mind you, I think a lot of people went off to the coast (and I don't blame them at all 
with all this  glorious weather) so still not all gone yet. 
 I think the older stuff will end up on ebay or an online gallery somewhere and this is something I think I have to learn to do more of. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

watercolour painting

A couple of years ago I came across this van on a grass verge, somewhere on the somerset levels. We stopped the car and took a few photos, and stored them for future reference. 

Recently I decided to paint a watercolour to enter into the Sherborne Open Exhibition which is held in July. so this painting, (when it is complete) along with 2 of my acrylic works will hopefully be shown there.

On our way back from our holiday in Devon, we decided to visit some friends staying near Weston-super-mare and thought we would look out for the van on our way home, to see how much more it has deteriorated, but we couldn't find it anywhere, and I was a little disappointed. 
I think you will agree that it is an interesting subject. 
I will update this post when the image is complete. 

Not completed just yet, but I managed to do a bit more while we were doing our open studio weekend.