Sunday, 2 May 2021

Art trail images.

 As I am a bit busy with the wylye valley art trail this week, I have not quite finished setting up my etsy account.  As soon as we finish - 9th may,  my cards and prints will be available to buy online in my Etsy shop. MoiraLaddImages

Here are a few images from our venue with some of our guest artist's work. Again I must thank The menu shop, Warminster, for the loan of those very smart screens. 

So much to see at our venue, and so many lovely comments. 


Tuesday, 27 April 2021

taste of our art trail venue 29

 Just to let you know we have Instagram and Facebook pages for the creative chameleons as an art group where you can see plenty of images from the art trail, when we will be setting up on friday. starting at 10.30 on 1st may. looking forward to seeing people again! 

 Instagram-3creativechameleons Facebook - creative chameleons  

  We also have 4 guest makers joining us with work.  here are a few images of current work by them so you get a taste of what's to come. 

Wildlife Pencil drawings and prints, also bronze resin sculptures 

 various felt creations - birds, bees, flowers etc                                           Also gorgeous metal crafted leaves, ceramics, & dorset button kits. 

Tuesday, 20 April 2021


 Pop in and visit us, we love a good natter! There will be plenty to see as usual as we are having 3 new creatives joining us with work this time, and I will add some images soon. 

there will be pencil drawings of wildlife, plus some small sculptures, feltwork creatures, and some gorgeous leaves made in metal.  

Don't forget to hunt down those art trail books! and if you cannot find them do let me know. 


Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Art trail books are out now!

Art trail books collected and ready to go. Claire and Jason are doing a great job getting them out there, and I shifted a few myself too. Next to collect will be the trail markers, our bright yellow arrows with the venue numbers on. 


Thursday, 1 April 2021


 Totally focused at the moment, which is typical now we are coming slowly out of lockdown! 

I have had a photograph of this subject for over a year and recently decided to concentrate  on it more, I think it works.           I wanted to paint a bluebell wood but this was much more interesting.  

Finally finished and varnished after a day or two of rest due to my fibromyalgia kicking in - (maybe working too hard) 
I logged all of my painting hours and was surprised to find this one took 68 hours. Thats not including drawing it out, painting the frame edge and varnishing.
You can see below it was well worth the effort, and a great achievement for me! 
Need another rest now! 

SAPLINGS measures 60cm x 60cm.

Prints will be available too. 12" square mount or 16" mount. 

Friday, 26 March 2021

Garlic Glow

 I have also completed this painting measuring 60cm x 60cm,  called GARLIC GLOW  

Beautifully varnished, I would love these in resin, but a lot to lose if I got an air bubble or blemish in the surface. I will stick with high gloss varnish for now. 

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

May all your wishes come true.

This painting is titled "may all your wishes come true"  just about complete now, I have photographed it ready to make limited edition, signed and mounted prints.

                 All I need to do now is pop back into coal house studios and give it a few coats of varnish for protection.This is my favourite part, as you have probably read before, but I really love how much the colours will become richer. Unfortunately I cannot photograph the work after it is varnished when I am reproducing it, as it will catch too much light.                                              


It was a bit tricky with one hand holding Google images on my phone as reference, but I think it was well worth the effort. Slightly chuffed with this one as it is so bright and cheerful, and don't forget I still have the other painting without insects if you prefer that, slightly smaller.             

 It is possible to add insects and re varnish if need be. This being the larger of the two, measuring roughly 18" x 24"  

Monday, 22 March 2021

Art trail info

 We are all working our little hearts out at the moment ready for the art trail.  Look out for  these lovely bright trail books out the beginning of April.

Can't wait that long?  go to the website - 

below is our page in the book, and on the website which I think looks pretty smart. 

Sunday, 7 February 2021



    I have decided to share with you just how one of my paintings are created. In the past I have had people come into venues and ask if I trace my work. Well for a start I think I would go crazy if I had to  trace all of this out, only to find that it is not working and I have to paint some of it back out. Also it is really hard to explain to people that you cannot just "make another one like it" as no two will ever be the same. The painting is titled "make a wish" and measures 20" x 16"

So it begins with a rough sketch in chalk on black gesso so that I can rub out my errors. I use various photographs of dandilions for reference material that I took back in the summer, and roughly plot out how I want it all to look. 


 And then I build up my flowers, studying the photographs. I wanted to try and simplify them slightly, like most of my other flower images. 


 So now you can see I had a bit of a rest from building up the foreground, and decided to put some sky into the background and work on the trees, the hardest part now is getting the front ones to slowly get smaller and match the ones at the back, respecting perspective.  

So next I put the heater on out in Coal house studios, (as I like to call my little studio in the garden) I have been working indoors a bit more just lately, but of course when I am gesso priming canvases or varnishing I am back out there. Also well away from my jack russell shedding dog hairs!

All now beautifully varnished, which I find is one of the best parts, as the colours come up so bright and new looking. Acrylic paints dry so flat and dull that it is hard to judge how well the end result will be. 
I am very pleased with this one, and I have started another slightly larger one for the art trail. 

Friday, 5 February 2021

Plans for 2021

 Its been a busy time for me, sorting out dates for this year,  Hopefully they will all still go ahead. The art trail, the Shaftesbury group art markets planning a return, and our exhibition in July at Shaftesbury art centre. So fingers crossed we are able to go ahead by then.

 I have filled out the forms for the Wylye valley art trail, and booked the village hall, so we are starting to get a little excited and looking forward to seeing you all again. 

1st - 9th May 2021.  Hindon village Hall, Hindon   

Thursday, 19 November 2020

appollo's View

 I have been varnishing my latest stourhead painting, Appollo's View. It is always such a good feeling when I see all the colours coming out so much richer and vibrant,  Acrylic paint tends to dry so flat.  It has now had 3 coats of varnish and is looking very luscious. I would love to be brave enough to use resin on my work, but it would be a big gamble if I made a mistake. 


woodland sketches

 I was thinking about how long I have lived in amongst the woodlands and not gone out sketching very much. 

 I found the reason after doing these pen and wash sketches a couple of days ago, my little dog is not very patient! I need to sneak out without him. 
I love this old beech tree in a big clearing. high up in its boughs are a set of metal wind chimes, one of my elderly neigbours climbed up there with them when he was a younger man! 

The first time I heard them I thought the fairies were about! it sounds so magical. 

Sunday, 27 September 2020

wylye valley art trail 2021

 just seen the new revised dates for next year's wylye valley art trail.

 1st - 9th May 2021

This is due to Dorset art week taking place during our usual dates. we have managed to change the booking so we are looking forward to meeting everyone at Hindon village Hall again with our group of creatives.                                                 I will add more info soon. 

Monday, 29 June 2020



Thursday, 18 June 2020


Well I finally think I can say this one has given up the fight, and I have finished it. 
I just have to put the fixings on the back, and then varnish it, and it is ready to emerge
from lockdown - a bit like me! 
This is the temple of Apollo, at Stourhead gardens, Wiltshire 
Apollo's View  - 60cm x 60cm (acrylic on board with black frame) 

Saturday, 18 April 2020


Finished and varnished, and now finally having a proper title! - Tubaflores, (loosely translated from trumpet flowers) 
It was inspired by some photographs I took a few years ago of the sea front hotels at Sidmouth in Devon. It is the second hanging basket I have painted and I think they really work well. 
 It was originally earmarked for our exhibition at The first view gallery, Stourhead this May, but unfortunately we had to cancel due to these difficult times. We also cancelled our August exhibition, and hopefully work towards the wylye valley art trail may 2021. 

This painting measures 20" x 20" and is on deep edge canvas finished in black. 
It is available to buy direct from me at the moment so feel free to email me. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

kitchen sketch

While I was waiting for my tea to cook, I decided I would do a little bit of pen sketching practice. am sure there will be many of these interior paintings and sketches at the moment.   Stay inside and stay safe if you can. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

marvelous Convulvulus varnished.

this is a bit gorgeous if I do say so myself. having had two coats of gloss varnish now it really is zinging with the irridescent medium like mother of pearl.
 It makes me think of those oriental black lacquered boxes with shell and pearl inlay.
All it needs now is wire and D rings on the back and a jolly good title.
( uh! the hard part!)
I think on an earlier post I called it marvelous Convulvulus.
measures 60cm x 60cm

Saturday, 15 February 2020

gold hill Glow

my artist friends will be a bit surprised at this, as I vowed not to do another Gold hill painting. obviously it gets done to death in these parts capturing the tourists hearts!
Someone mentioned they would like to see a snowy one painted by me, so I rose to the challenge and here it is.

I submitted an image of this for the Shaftesbury tourist information charity christmas card, but obviously it was a no from them as I never heard any more.
so this will be 2020's Christmas card from me! 
Gold Hill Glow  - all edges finished in grey. 
measuring - 18" x 16