Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Art fair news

Don't forget the next art fair is this Friday! 

I am going to be there, with this lovely stand that friends of mine made for me.I just love upsizing things and re using stuff.
I rescued these slat boards from a shopfitters rejected pile in Shaftesbury!  
They make life so much easier, and I can hang all my smaller artworks on there. 

Varnishing time

It's been a busy few weeks with varnishing and finishing off artwork for the art trail, also making cards and mounting prints!

This painting measures 80cm x 80cm as is called Autumn Carnival. Currently at the framers, being framed in grey along with its sister painting Hedgerow Heaven.

Also this painting which I varnished yesterday, was probably the most difficult I have ever had to do.
 The amount of empty black shows up every mark, but I think it is doing what I had hoped, and is looking like an oriental lacquered panel. 
I am really pleased with its effect, and it is very different from anything else I have done. 

Wednesday, 3 April 2019


Just look at the standard of work you can find at our venue this year!
we are all preparing and working really hard to get everything finished for this years art trail - Wylye valley 2019. You can find all the info in our brochures.
Hindon village hall  -  venue 46.  or go to the website - www.wvat.co.uk 
Below is a taste of things to come...

Claire waters   -    glass set into wood and stone

Jason Fermor  -    locally sourced wood made into the most beautiful things

Jo Lilly             -    wool sculptures - just look how cute those hedgehogs are! 

Pippa Hill         -    animal sculptures - lovely bronze resin and ceramics.  
Oh and of course there's me!!

Sunday, 31 March 2019


I have been madly designing flyers and banners for our next big event, 
The Wylye valley art trail. So look out for the one above, which has just been printed for
us, and is really so large you will not miss it!

Look out for our flyers which will be in the art trail books, and various other events leading up to the dates in May.
I will have some at Shaftesbury town hall on 10th may  (see posts below for details) 
and they will be on various stands with Claire,  one being the cuckoo fair, Downton. 
Also available at The Cygnet, Swans yard, Shaftesbury, and out and about with Jason. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

art fair dates

art fair news.
here are the dates for the next four art fairs to put in your diary.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Visitors choice winner 2019

Imagine my surprise when I just went to collect my painting from the Snowdrop exhibition,
 in Shaftesbury earlier this afternoon.
 They said that I had sold all 25 of my cards, and this little beauty was voted visitors choice!  I am a little embarrassed to have won it for the second time, and I really entered just to feel a part of the Dorset Artist's scene, but feel very honoured and blessed that people took the time to vote for it. Thank you again. 

Saturday, 2 February 2019


This painting called "Snowdrop Walk" measures     20" X 16"  and depicts the footpath running down into the hamlet of Milton, not far from where I live in East Knoyle.This is my entry for the Snowdrop festival exhibition held every year in Shaftesbury art centre.                             
  As you will have seen if you read much further down into my older posts on here, you will know that I was the first artist to win the visitors choice prize and have my image printed on mugs, Since then there have been some very talented artists who have won this competition.
 If you would like to know more about the festival please go to the links below.                                                                                                                               www.shaftesburysnowdrops.org                                                                                                                 


Cards will also be available at the venue but are limited to 25 per artist. So if you would like any more, or any other image in greetings card form please feel free to contact me. 

Friday, 1 February 2019

Central Park, New York.

I finished this a couple of weeks ago but had to wait to post it on social media, as it was a surprise for my oldest son and his partner. He proposed to her in New York. 
He has been nagging on at me for ages to do more New York Paintings, but I was not convinced there was much call for it round here!
His younger brother emailed me some photographs that he took during his own visit there with his wife, so that I had something to work from, as I have never been there. 
Apparently this is very close to the spot that means so much to them, and now I have presented it, they are so pleased and surprised by it. I know they love it. 
It doesn't even have a title yet!  I wanted something romantic! 

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Winn Green

A bit of a local landmark in our area, this is Winn green, which is on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset.
Situated high on a chalk down, you can see it for miles around and it offers a complete 360 degree view, which is superb. On a clear day you can see all the way to the Needles on the isle of Wight. 

Working from sketches and photographs, I think I have finally captured that mystical feeling it seems to give off when you stand in the middle of these majestic Beech trees.

My sketchbooks are really popular during exhibitions, particularly art weeks, as they give the viewer more of an idea of how my paintings evolve.  I have been asked to rip images out and sell them in the past!
This will not be happening I am afraid, but the sketchbooks will be there again at the Wylye valley art trail May 2019 for all to look at, and there will be some pen and wash sketches available to buy. 

I wanted to have another go at the gilding flakes as I have sold a couple of pieces straight away with this effect. They really do shine in the light, and are really good fun to play around with even if it is a little messy. 

I think I have successfully managed to make the sun shine through the trees, added some grasses, and that's it. The one on the right shows you just how much the colour comes up even more once the painting has been varnished. 
 this one will also be available for the art trail. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Snowy boughs and berries

As you can see I have gone all Christmassy if there is such a word!
I don't usually participate in the Christmas making stage, as there is always a danger of being stuck with a festive painting, which is not easy to sell in the middle of June!
You have to put it away and wait for the following seasons greetings. 
So this year, the new owners of The Cove gallery, Weymouth, asked if I did any festive paintings as they would like one for their Cove Christmas page and weekend. 
So, in the spirit of things, I thought it was time to create a new Christmas card, as I also wanted it for the monthly art fairs at Shaftesbury Town Hall. 
So here is how it started out with a boring photograph of a window.
No snow, but a happy warm looking light in it, but that was not working.
So I decided to change it to a cold snowy feeling, and add the fairy lights. 
I am really pleased with how it has turned out.
I think I made the right decision as it looks quite wintery. 

finished painting
first stages

This painting measures 20" x 16" and is titled,  "Snowy boughs and berries"
It is available as blank cards, and I shall be making some prints available soon.
The painting will be available to buy from 17th Nov from -
The Cove gallery, 
Trinity street,


Sunday, 11 November 2018

SHAFTESBURY GROUP November art fair.

Here we go again, another early start for the November monthly art fair with The Shaftesbury Group. 
Setting up in the town hall for another busy day, and yes it was such good fun, as everyone in the group is so friendly. I really enjoyed it, as I love meeting new people and chatting about all sorts of things, not just art!
Was also an opportunity to have another go at a Gold Hill sketch as you can see below. 
Another successful day with over 300 visitors!
Make sure you catch the next one in December, as that's it then till Easter!

My table at the art fair. 

My sketch while occupying a prime location by the window,
overlooking gold hill. 

My view for the day

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Barbados sketches.

Had a busy month with my
trip out to Barbados for my son's wedding. This really was the trip of a lifetime!
I was so nervous having never flown that far, and not sure how I would cope with my fybromyalgia but so glad I did it.
I swam with turtles off a catamaran, visited a monkey sanctuary and explored the island with friends and family.
Of course the wedding was perfect.
I even got to do some pen and watercolour sketches of where we stayed.
St. James, Barbados.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Shaftesbury group september art fair.

artists getting ready for the september art fair. 

What a great day with the shaftesbury group, first monthly art fair.

Preparations at the start of the day. 

My stall for the day. 

I met so many interesting people, a lot of good comments about my work, and very busy day.
The group were all very supportive to one another which made it a really enjoyable time. so tired the next day I had to rest and be kind to myself, but it was so well worth it.
Scroll down to see the rest of the dates.

Thursday, 19 July 2018


Started on this painting about a week ago, and I must say it is a bit of a challenge but starting to take shape now. 
It took me almost a whole day just plotting out roughly where I wanted everything, and I still keep rubbing bits out and changing them!  
It measures a metre square so I am aiming at making it a statement piece. 

I popped out in the garden earlier for some reference material as these trumpet shaped flowers are very difficult to get right. It does help to scrutinize them up close but I don't think I will be touching the stinging nettles at all! 

Watch out for the finished work. 

close up of the bind weed flowers.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018


Very excited that my work was shown on channel 5 this week. While filming the Hotel Inspector, at the Grove arms, Ludwell, my work was on display.
 It still is on display there, but lots of lovely messages from friends and family saying they recognised it. 
Fame at last I say!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Plein Air festival

 just a quick reminder of the Plein air festival on 22nd july 2018  - 10.a.m. start.
at Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington nr Dorchester,
where the Dorset artists will again be painting out in the open air around this beautiful sculpture park and lakes. There is a cafe and gallery, and plenty of parking.
Please scroll down to find out more, from when I took part this time last year, and of course the
link below takes you to their website for directions. You can come and watch us, chat about art,
or even buy some work if you like.
I am sorry but for some reason this link will not take you directly to the site.


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Images from Dorset art weeks

A few images from dorset art weeks which I participated in at the Grove Arms, Ludwell.
This was not such a good turnout, but I think the time of year, (where the school holidays coincide)
and the gorgeous hot sunny weather, I think everyone went to the beach.
I sold one painting, and lots of greetings cards, so not too bad!

I really must thank Nina Bartlett, the landlady of the Grove Arms for helping me to do this event, and to all the staff who manned it during the days when I was just too unwell to continue. I had to leave early several times, as my fybromyalgia was really too much to cope with, so I am sorry if anyone came to chat with me and I was not there, and I hope it was not a problem, as the paintings were still on the wall for the visitors to view.
It was good fun chatting with the locals, and meeting so many
new people and friends who like to share the interest in art and such a challenge 
resisting the temptation of all that lovely food!

The Grove arms, Ludwell,