Monday, 20 July 2020

wild garlic

Especially for my fans who love the wild garlic paintings, this is something I have been working on between my other projects. 
  Still very much a work in progress, but I am pleased with it so far.
painting measures 60cm x 60cm

Sunday, 5 July 2020


This painting of Portland Bill will be making its way to the gallery on Wednesday. 
Prints will be available, as the original Portland Bill has almost reached the end of it's print run.  
Looking forward to another day out  to gather more images to use, and weather permitting I can do some sketching too. look out for me around the harbour. 
40cm x 40cm -  acrylic on box canvas. 

The Cove Gallery
Trinity Street

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) 

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Artist info

just been sorting out some artist info for
 The Cove Gallery, Weymouth, 
where you can read about the artists and find out who and what inspires them. It is a really interesting read and helps you get more of an insight into how their style evolved, including mine. 
pop over to the gallery, and see some gorgeous work by so many artists.

Saturday, 18 April 2020


Finished and varnished, this one still doesn't  have a proper title yet! 
 the poor thing is called "basket case" at the moment! 
It was inspired by some photographs I took a few years ago of the sea front hotels
in 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 do have the venue booked for another exhibition during August, but of course we will have to wait and see how these worrying times pan out all over the world.

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 Convulvulous 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 Convulvulous.
measures 60cm x 60cm

Saturday, 15 February 2020

gold hill snow

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 - not quite finished but nearly there.
I have added 2 as I am still trying to get the colour just right. A bit tricky photographing it.

an image of this painting has now been forwarded for concideration as a charity christmas card for the Shaftesbury tourist information centre.  if it doesnt get a yes I think I will probably use it as one of my own.

at least being grounded by these storms makes me a bit more productive.
there's always a silver lining!

Friday, 31 January 2020

Shaftesbury snowdrop fest - 2020

Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival is in preparation for a visit from BBC's Countryfile no less! 

I have not had time to enter a painting into the annual art exhibition this year as we have had so many exciting things in the pipeline. 
Having won the visitors choice prize first year - 2012 and 2019  (as you can see if you scroll down through this blog a bit further)I have decided to leave it to someone else. 
 But I have just been asked to supply the Tourist Info centre with my cards, and it looks quite impressive to see all 4 images together. 
my 4 images in greetings cards along with gift card packs are still available at tourist info, bell street, Shaftesbury. 
I also noticed that they do still have a few of the mugs left from 2012 so grab one of those quick as I am sure there cannot be too many left!

Thursday, 2 January 2020

happy new year

I would like to wish everyone a Happy new year, and best wishes for 2020.
Also to thank everyone for your support and custom in 2019, may there be many more!
 At the moment I am working with the Creative Chameleons as a group to create an Etsy Page, with the aim to make buying from us a smooth transaction. So lots of images to sort through. 
   Of course you are still very welcome to contact me through this blog page, 
as I will still be here showing tips and techniques, and current projects.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Marvelous Convulvulous

Here's a quick update on the painting I am working on at the moment. These were in a poly tunnel at a local garden centre and I just loved the colours, and it looks like a blue sky in the background, its plastic!   Convulvulous flowers. 
They really were that blue with the stripes! 

I must admit I am finding it hard to get anything done at the moment as I have been struggling with numbness in my arms and legs. ( had tests yesterday for nerve damage.) I'm told it is possibly to do with my Fybromyalgia but I actually think its an old spinal injury from many years ago, but they are still looking into that. Hence I am being a bit slow. 
Anyway onwards and upwards, trying to do a bit here and there, and this one is going to stay with a black background, to accompany the other larger one, "Woodland Oriental"
I will update it when I have completed it. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019


Well I can have a rest now after all that art trail excitement, very successful both in sales and attendance figures. it only makes us as a group want to have a gallery of our own  even more!
So many people came in and told us that the word was going around to check out the exhibition at Hindon village hall, and it seems that we have finally acquired the reputation  of being a very interesting exhibition to visit. 
 Lets hope our next one is equally as popular!

Sunday, 26 May 2019


 Here we are then for the next ten days then....

 Setting up in Hindon village hall has been such fun watching them cut all that black material for the tables while I was trying to get all the paintings hanging in line! 
You have to agree it is looking pretty smart! 

I must just thank my son for helping to get the screens set up, they have had a lot of comments about how modern and smart they look,
 also of course,  thank you to the MENU SHOP, WARMINSTER,  for the loan of them once again. I don't know what we would have done without them!
Everyone has commented on our lovely exhibition again this year and the word has
 been going around to come and see us which we really do appreciate. 
We have had a lot of really good sales for everyone, and been quite busy.
I also enjoyed feeling a part of something special, and of course the artists from Fern cottage  - just up the high street, who brought us cake on the day we were taking everything down, thanks guys!
See you all in 2 years time hopefully!

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 - 
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, 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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.