Monday, 28 December 2015

Wonderful quotes: Diebenkorn's 10 rules

The Royal Academy has published this on Diebenkorn's 10 rules to help him paint. Always interesting to see what other artists think.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Survey completed!

 My little art survey is now completed!

I would like to thank all 128 who took some of their valuable time to complete it.

A first quick glance reveals a lot of interesting information and tips and I will analyze the results in more details the coming weeks.

Best wishes for wonderful holidays to you all.



Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Preparing works on paper for Henley.

Hi. Well I am now in the process of selecting some of my works on paper to be framed for the Henley exhibition in the spring. This may seem ages ahead but believe me a lot of work has to go into an exhibition to make it work and starting with some preparation is never too early.
I thought it might be interesting for people to see some of the works on paper that I do around the time of the bigger paintings. It shows some of my experiments, ideas, compositions and colours used in my work. These pieces often have a joy of their own and work as pieces of art in themselves, as they are created with freedom and spontaneity.

They will also of course be more affordable than the big paintings.
What do you think?

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Last of the Leaves

As I was walking along the other day, I notices this bush. The beauty of the composition of the leaves struck me and as I started taking pictures of it I was struck even more by the delicacy and patterns the leaves were making. These are probably the last leaves of 2015. Soon this bush will be empty of leaves and go to 'sleep' for the winter. I want to use this image for the basis of a painting. Dancing leaves, so beautiful.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Monday, 23 November 2015

new baby in the world card

Our neighbours have just become grandparents!
 Lovely news .
Always a good reason to make a homemade card.

Monday, 16 November 2015

An sock remade

Creativity comes out in all sorts of ways! I had a lovely stripy sock....just one. what to do?

I fiddled and fiddled and made a little hat decoration. I hate throwing things away that could be reused.
What have you re-used?

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Autumn beauty!

I have just had a wonderful walk and despite the grey weather  but the colour and shapes of the leaves made up for it.
No matter the weather there is always something beautiful out there.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Coco Chanel at saatchi exhibition


I joined the huge queue yesterday to see the exhibition:This exhibition according to the Saatchi website..'presented a journey through the origins of CHANEL's creations capturing the charismatic personality and irreverent spirit of Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.' 
This exhibition was sensual experience, smells (perfume), sights, touch (fabrics) and sounds (including birdsong at the approach to the exhibition).
Fun experience and entrance was free.


Monday, 26 October 2015

Animal? Mineral? Vegetable!

This wonder arrived in the vegetable box this week.
The lovely colour and shape is so mesmerizing I could look at this for ages. Nature is so varied.

Romanesco broccoli... you are my inspiration of the week!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Visual painting inspiration...still flowers blooming!

Although it is now starting to get colder there are still some plants around that are flowering in my garden. These fellas are giving me great inspiration for my next paintings which I have just started.

...especially the colour, compostion and shapes. Yummm! Now just the dialogue with the paintings!
...have a great week!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Autumn landscape

The colours that are around in the landscape at the moment  are getting my creative juices going. Isn't this just beautiful!All those earth colours. and that blanket of sky leading into the distance.... blue sky beyond? let's hope so!

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Ai WeiWei exhibition at R.A. London.

Last week I went to see this interesting exhibition at the R.A.
 In the courtyard you were met by this piece.

Then inside..
This last image was a piece about an earthquake which had killed many including hundreds of children. Possibly due to cheap construction methods. So here WeiWei had the rods removed from the buildings and straightened. There was also a wall with the names and ages of those who had died. Very moving.

 All very thought provoking. I was also struck by the way Wei-Wei made use of specialist craftspeople, whose trades and knowledge are under threat in our modern society.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Great window display.

Last week I went to London and while walking around found this great window display. It was near Piccadilly. I now want to make sculptures out of cupcake packaging! weyhey!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

My poppy painting in a magazine!

I have just been alerted by my son, to the fact that my painting is in the Goring Gap magazine behind Sarah, the gallery owner! It is  a shame the article is about the closing of the gallery, but my poppy painting is in full view.
This is part of a series of paintings I did of flowers. As women in the past were not allowed to paint anything but flowers, due to our delicate sensibilities, and it would teach us about nature, I thought it interesting to blow them up, so making the delicate flowers powerful.
I have also created a series of giglee prints of these, which are a little smaller than the 1.20m or 1m lengths of the originals!... so able to even fit on a cottage wall.(these are for sale through my etsy site).
have a great never know when fame may strike!

Monday, 14 September 2015

Surprise visitor.

Yesterday when I went to the studio I found this little fellow in front of the door.
I carefully put him on a plastic tray without touching him and put him high up in a bush.
I am glad to see there are bats around but sad to see this one clearly not in top condition. He did bare his cute little teeth at me so there was some spark left in him. However he had a hole in his wing.
Alas today he was found dead on the lawn.