Saturday, 1 December 2018


Quick reminder, Shaftesbury town hall -  art fair. SP7 8JE 
 16 artists are taking part this time, and It will be your last chance to catch us there and grab a bargain, until Easter 2019. Wow! where is the time going, Christmas is almost upon us!

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.

Another fun day with the Shaftesbury Group
monthly 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.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Shaftesbury's monthly art fair.

Newly formed, -  the Shaftesbury Group have recently invited me to join them along with at least 16 other artists on a new joint venture. Local artists Andrea Jenkins and Karen Burkett will be opening the doors of the local town hall once a month. 
See the dates below on the poster. 

Shaftesbury Town Hall, High street, Shaftesbury. SP7 8JE

Hedgerow Heaven

Finally finished my Bindweed subject,  that measures 1 metre square.
This one was a real joy to paint as I wanted to do something large scale again, and it meant
that I could ad-lib the subject much more building it up with pieces of plant subjects from
my garden.
Here is one image with a butterfly added to it, but I am seriously considering if it will 
stay, all part of the ease and beauty of acrylics. If you don't like it paint over it!

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, 

Sunday, 1 April 2018


I am not sure if the best part of the artwork is the varnishing, but I do love to see the colours come up so much brighter and fresher. 
It is not my favourite part as it's a bit tricky at times making sure there are no dust particles or hairs on the surface, and no drips or runs, but its the final process of a painting and I breath a sigh of relief once they are dry.
 Of course it's even better when the sun shines through the windows and lights them up like this. 

Friday, 30 March 2018

Alum Illustris

Completed at last!
This is ALUM ILLUSTRIS which is painted on box canvas, measuring 20" x 18"
This painting has taken me quite some time to complete, as you can see by the detail, but I really enjoy painting this subject. I will be doing another one later on, which has them on a hillside,
but have to finish the bridge painting first.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Sparkford art group.

 Had a lovely morning with Sparkford art group on Saturday.

 Even though I had lost my voice, they were all very patient with me, and we managed to achieve some good looking paintings in acrylics, of this cute little cottage. 

We learned how to deal with brickwork, using transparent mixing white. Also how to paint tiles, windows and thatch. 

A very enjoyable morning and luckily it didn't snow for too long so we could all get home! 

Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Sorting through my watercolour folder ready to share this fun way of painting a woodland watercolour next week.
 I didnt realise I had so many "here's one I made earlier" subjects!
They do look rather good grouped together though.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Working in the studio, Finally finished!

Finally finished this one!
 Had a bit of a struggle with the reflections, but I think it is worth it now that it is done and 
I can stand back and admire! 
It has no formal title yet, but it depicts the treeline on the headland at Budleigh Salterton.  I think it may be something with the word "Reflections" in there somewhere.

 you get a bit of a flavour of where all the magic happens, in my small, - but very cozy studio, 
which I love to call "COAL HOUSE STUDIOS" where the ideas are born.


This acrylic artwork is titled " Waiting for the tides" and depicts weymouth harbour.
These two boats are always moored in the same place, and I know they have been on many magazine covers for Dorset.  I had been meaning to paint them for some time, making several sketches in the past, but of course, the day I went down to see them again and make sketch studies they had all moved around! 
I always love to watch all the boats in the harbour congregate into a procession, waiting for the time when the alarm bells go off, and the road bridge parts and rises up so that the larger vessels can come in or out.

I started this painting back in the summertime, as a demo piece for a "meet the artist event"
If you scroll down this page you will find the info on the time I spent at the Cove Gallery in Weymouth, where I sat in the window painting, and meeting all the lovely people who came in to say hello. I had such a great time, as I love meeting  new people, and the children were so interested in my sketchbooks, that I actually gave them a quick lesson, then their parents were off to buy rollerball pens from Lidles!

Friday, 19 January 2018

prints available now at Edie-mae's

These images are now available to buy from EDIE-MAE'S gallery and Tea rooms.
This is such a lovely place to visit, you can spend plenty of time there just looking around.
With it's gallery upstairs, and tearooms, and lots of lovely upcycled furniture to admire or purchase, you can even take a course on how it's done!
There is such a lovely welcome from the owner Claire, and a diverse collection of artists and makers exhibiting here.  
Really easy to find right on the main road through Stourpaine village, next door to the local pub, just outside of Blandford Forum in Dorset. DT11 8TA


These are framed in white, and there are a couple of smaller ones wrapped and mounted,
but please do contact me if you would like them framed in a different colour.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

christmas doodle presents

 After taking that pen and wash class, (which I really enjoyed,) I am now working on some charming little sketches for 3 of my friends who I know love to receive my artwork. 
They had one each last year and loved them, luckily I still had the same frames to match.
 I get a bit of a buzz giving presents to close friends and family, made by my own  fair hands! 
But I could'nt decide what to paint for each one, so they have the same, 
slightly different, daisies.

I can now update this post, as I couldnt say much before and spoil the surprise, they have been given as christmas presents now, and were really pleased with them. 
They were such fun to create, and I will be doing another class in this medium again, and I will
post details of future dates. 

Monday, 6 November 2017


Well its been a bit of a busy couple of weeks for me. I haven't had much time to update the blog as I had courses to prepare. 

The first one was with Bratton art group, Nr Westbury, Wilts
They are all very skilled artists in various mediums, so I must admit I was very nervous. 
They said that they would like to go back to drawing, and re-discovering the discipline that goes with it. I like to make my lessons fun, so I prepared a pen and wash morning.

Starting with this lovely loose sketch, that I just doodled out of my head one evening, I wanted to make the water and ink do all the work. No stress on the detail. just enjoy. 

Next we tried out these sweet little daisies. 
Again it was good to get everyone used to the flow of the pens and splashing the water around. 

I use really cheap roller ball pens found in such places as Lidles! 
I just find the cheaper they are, the more they flow. Children's pens are also a good idea as they are washable from clothing. 
Also, I cannot stress enough, about the texture of the paper if you are thinking of giving this a go. I have used Bristol Board for these, which I found is a little expensive for practicing, but I usually use my sketch books which are equally as successful, and they are just thick cartridge paper. 
Watercolour paper, sugar paper, or anything with a good absorbency is not good for this technique as the paper sucks the water down into its core, and you are trying to float the ink around on the surface of the paper.

The second part of the class consisted of 10 minute sketches.

10 minute sketches from photographs 

here you can see the ones I did which actually took me 8 minutes on average. - (I know, Bighead!) - but then I've had a lot of practise.

I printed out a variety of photos for the group to choose, and then they had 10 minutes to complete one. 
Every 10 minutes we passed the photo on to the next person. 
I like to call it pass the picture!
I was not looking for accuracy, perspective, or any other perfection. I was bringing out the urgency, and need to get something down on paper quickly, which you would experience if you were looking at a subject outside, with your sketchbook. Also just the enjoyment of doing it.
It also brings out a sort of charm all its own, when using this medium.
 It takes a while to get used to drawing with a pen, and not reaching for pencil and rubber! 

I used to work all the time in different grades of graphite pencil, doing all the shading, and depth, only to find later on when I went back and looked at some of the work, it was smudged, and faded.
I started to work in pen, even using Biro sometimes, as it gives a lovely crisp line, which as you can see, is softened by the use of the water. 
The group enjoyed this and so did I actually. good effort by all. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017


Saturday 9th of september was a bit of a mixed day, at sculptures by the lakes plein air festival, organised by artist Stephen Yates.

As you can imagine, it was a difficult day, with the showers coming over us in waves.
It started out really well, with the sun shining, and I had managed a pen and wash sketch
to plan out my painting. As soon as I got my paints out of the bag that was it!. 
By lunchtime I was sitting under an umbrella, trying to balance everything with only 2 hands!
It was so lovely to see the visitors supporting us, and taking an interest in what we do, even though the weather became even more trying later with thunder storms. 
 By that time I had called it a day, had a late lunch, and gave up. I managed to get some pretty dramatic photographs to work from at a later date, but I have a bit of a phobia 
about thunderstorms, (having a few near misses as a child,) so walking around the lake was well out of my comfort zone!  
Unfortunately not as many artists joined in this time, I think due to the unpredictable weather, but I found several of them dotted around doing lovely work, one of which I have 
been informed, has now been sold. I now have to finish mine at home. 

If you scroll down, 2 posts you will read about the last plein air fest at 
sculpture by the lakes, Pallington, nr Dorchester.DT2 8QU

Pen and wash sketch 
After the storm.
This is as far as the weather would let me paint!