Art and Stuff

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Busy Easter Hols.

Hello there, It feels like ages since I've made a blogpost! The Easter holidays were very busy for me with family visits and lots of errands to catch up with.
There was a garden to tidy...

It's a fantastic view from this garden in more ways than one because I can see both Youngest son's flat and Middle daughter's flat from here PLUS the pretty harbour of course!.
The apartment that this garden belongs to is let out to guests most of the time but it's nice to come here and enjoy the view when jobs need doing.

A working visit to Exeter just had to include a visit to my favourite cafe there,

Their food is delicious and it's so beautiful in every room, even the garden is lovely and colourful as you can see from my photo above. The main attraction for me is their art exhibitions that they have in the upstairs room. 

Back at home again and Eldest daughter and her babies came to stay and we had a day out at a local country park where the children were allowed in to groom the ponies.

It was hot and sunny, so unexpected after all the wind we've been getting up until then!

I'm hoping to be able to do some more painting soon. Today I''m posting several paintings to Germany and the USA, it's so exciting to think of them going to their new homes across the world!

A heartfelt thanks to my lovely customers, past, present and future! xx

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Inspired by Pretty Cottages

As you can see from my photo above and the title of the post,  this is going to be all about my love of pretty cottages! I took this one above of Rose Cottage at Cockington Village near Torquay, I love the thatched porch don't you?

Here's another from the same area, with a gorgeous garden too...

 This next one that I took is in Lacock in Wiltshire.
I can feel my heart beating faster just looking at the little leaded windows and the beautiful old stonework!

If you've been to St Ives then you might recognise Norway House. (above) How sweet is that fenced garden with the tall hollyhocks?!

Helford Village in Cornwall is such an idyllic place with thatched cottages nestled around the creek. It's the same area where the novel 'Frenchman's Creek' by Daphne du Maurier is written. I took this photo while on holiday in Cornwall last summer and I was reading that novel at the time so it made it even more enjoyable for me to see.

So now that I've shown you some things that catch my eye when I'm out and about, you'll easily be able to see where the inspiraton for this new painting came from.

I call it 'On a Distant Hill' and it's mixed media on canvas and  measures 16 x 12 x 1½ inches.

I've painted it on deep sided canvas. The photo above shows you the texture of the pink flowers too.



 I've listed it on Etsy, please click here if you'd like to see more details about it. :)

I enjoyed painting the little house so I decided to make another painting, this one with a cottage by the sea.

I had a lot of fun with the colours. :)


 This one has already sold (thankyou! ) but I'm hoping to make some more cottage paintings after the Easter Holidays.
Enjoy your weekend and I hope to see you soon. xx

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Hello Spring

Hello Spring!

It's finally here and what an entrance! A glorious warm sunny day today following the excitement from yesterday of the solar eclipse. It must mean that new starts and changes are afoot don't you think?
My paintings seem to have changed with the lovely sunshine. What do you know? I've found myself painting flowers again.

(close-up crop)

(side view showing the deep sided canvas)

Here's my new painting hanging on the wall. I love my purple walls. :)
It's called 'Morning Revelation' and measures 12 x 6inches, which is 30 x 15cm. It's painted on box canvas (I think some people would call this gallery wrapped canvas?) and the sides are 1½ inches, or 4cm deep. As you can see above, it's ready to hang on the wall, no need of a frame. Please click here to see all the details. :)
You might have noticed my blog banner is now sporting this new cheery painting. I thought it would be perfect to welcome in the Springtime!

Thankyou for visiting here today, I wish you a lovely Spring (or Autumn!) Equinox day wherever you are. :) xx

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A Touch of Sparkle

I love a bit of sparkle don't you? I'm quite partial to a mermaid too so I decided to put the two together and make my mermaid of gold!

I loved using the gold paint and seeing it shine when tilted to the light.

She's painted on 10 x 7 canvas board and looks beautiful when caught in the light.

Little golden fish swim with her and I've used touches of pale blue iridescent ink in the background too, creating a watery magical sea in which they swim.

Her hair is a pure golden colour and swirls around in the water, decorated with tiny flowers.

If you'd like to own this pretty mermaid of gold, please click here to see all the details. :)

Thankyou for coming to visit today, I hope you're having a lovely week! xx

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A New Colour

I mentioned in my last post that I was working on a new painting and here it is, the new finished piece. :)
It was inspired by my recent trip to Cornwall where I saw a baby grinning at me while being carried by its mother. I've called it 'The Journey' and it's now listed it in the shop if you'd like to pop over and see.

I've had this tube of violet oxide for a really long time but I've never used it because for some reason I though it was an ugly colour and I didn't see the point in it. Why did I buy it? Well it was so long ago now, I can't remember! Maybe it was because it had 'violet' in the title and you know me, I love all shades of purple. :)
But purple it ain't and because I don't like to waste paint, I'd often feel guilty that this one would stay at the bottom of the box, never used.

crop of 'Looking Back'

 So what happened? Well to mu surprise I found I enjoyed working with it for the first time a few days ago during the painting of 'Looking Back.' The dark background is the violet oxide straight from the tube and for the hair, I just mixed it with white. I'm not sure if you can see from this picture above but in real life the hair is a subtle shade of mauve. I have found a new colour that I like! Who knew?!

So this is how 'The Journey' painting began, a violet oxide and magenta sky. The dark really brings the magenta to life and the magenta brings out the warmth of the dark colour don't you think? I've used it in the rest of the painting too, on the mother's dress and mixed with white for the background.
It's definitely going to get a lot more use now that I've grown to love it!

Is there a colour you can't bring yourself to use? I'd love to hear about it. :)
Thanks for visiting today! xx

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Cornwall and Back

How did 2 weeks fly by since my last blogpost?! Things are still pretty busy around here and lots has been happening so let me tell you what I've been doing. Over the half term we had a few days away in Cornwall.

We drove over to the Lizard Peninsula to Kynance Cove (pics above) and then along the coast to another beautiful cove that I haven't been to before called Poldhu Cove. I loved the caves there, I imagined I'd see a mermaid living inside one of them but alas I didn't this time.

The same day that we arrived back home, we had a family celebration for Youngest Son as he's just passed his driving test and had his birthday too!

I'm always inspired to paint when I've been to Cornwall and once the house was quiet again, I finished this painting.

 It's called 'Looking Back'.

 I love the combination of bright turquoise together with the the earthy tones of browns and I've had in mind to do a painting in these colours for a very long time. In the past I've started out with a limited pallette and ended up by adding more and more colours (you know me!) but this time I was very restrained and kept to my plan. :) I added a brushstroke of glitter that you might be able to see in the photo above?

'Looking Back' measures 10 x 7 inches(25 x 18cm). and is painted on canvas board with acrylics and a little glitter as described above. The surface is varnished for protection. I've listed it in my Etsy shop for sale at £40 + shipping (worldwide). Maybe it would make an lovely gift for Mothers Day? :)

I spent a lot of time gazing at the sea while I was away in St Ives and on one particular occasion I noticed a mother walking along the beach carrying her baby on her back. The baby was peeping out sideways from the backpack  and smiling at me. The image stayed in my mind and I thought it would make a lovely painting.

This is the stage I'm at right with it right now, a little bit of collage and lots of changing on my part as I decide what's working and what isn't. I hope to be able to show you the finished piece in a few days time.

But until then, I'll leave you with a video I made of Kynance Cove. I'm new to videoing so please forgive the clumsiness! xx

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Mixed Media Girls and some Colourful Stripes

First of all let me say happy Valentine's day to all of you out there in Blogland. ♥ ♥
Thankyou for coming here today and to see what I've been up to of late. :)

You might have noticed I've recently been enjoying working on some little mixed media pieces and I've now finished 3 more!

This one's called 'Peachy' and measures 6 x 6inches. It's painted on box canvas, with white painted sides and wire on the back ready to hang.

'Demeter' and 'Maris' are painted on thick watercolour paper and measure 10 x 7 inches each.

They are all now listed in my Etsy shop ready for someone special (is that you?) to give them new homes. :)

♥ ♥ ♥

Before I go, I'll show you my current crochet makings. It's a stripy blanket for ME! I'm enjoying these stripes so much, choosing which colour to use next that I'm not sure if I'm ever going to be able to stop!

For those knitty crochet types that are interested in making something like this themselves, here is the pattern I used, please  CLICK HERE.

See you next time, have a great week! xx