Tuesday, 23 June 2015

A Summer Solstice Walk and The Rhythm of Life

Every year at the time of the Summer Solstice it's a family tradition to go for a walk somewhere high up, with a good view of the sunset.

When my brother lived in Swindon we'd go to Barbury Castle but now he's moved to another area, this year we thought we'd go to a different place that's closer to where he now lives. I blogged about our Barbury Castle walks in 2011 here and in 2010 here. :)

This year we went to May Hill

They say you can see 12 counties from here. The view was spectacular even though it was getting dark and a little cloudy. We could clearly see the Brecon Beacons, the Mendips and the River Severn to name but a few. I'd love to come back again one sunny day during daylight hours, it really was an incredible view.

My photos don't do it justice at all but I think you get the idea! What a perfect place to watch the sun go down on the longest day of the year.


Do you remember this painting from my last post? I thought I'd show you it displayed on my wall complete with its frame. It's now in my Etsy shop so if you'd like to see it in more detail, please click here. :)

I've been busy a-painting this week and today I finished this new mixed media piece. I've added lovely glitter to the flowers trees and hair and it looks so sparkly when held to the light bringing the whole painting alive!

I've popped it on Etsy and it's called 'Rhythm of Life'. The measurements are 20 x 16 inches and it's ready to hang on the wall. Please click here if you'd like to see the full listing.

I've been quite behind with visiting blogs lately but I hope to catch up with all your lovely blogs soon. See you there! xx

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Fitzwilliam Delights and Some New Art

Has it really been over a month since I've posted here? I do believe it is!
I have some new paintings that I've recently finished but first of all I'd like to show you  some of the delights that I saw on my visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

The picture at the top of this post is a beautiful embroidered silk portrait of the wife of Charles I. Her face is made from linen covered wood with painted features and the hair is real! The date is c.1660.

The picture below is a small section of a larger painting that caught my eye. I love the blue ethereal landscape, it could be a painting all of its own couldn't it?

more detail below...

The painting above is by Annibale Carracci (1560-1609). It was quite a small painting but something about it kept making me go back several times to look again. There's such emotion in her face.

The painting above is by Roelandt Savery 1576-1639. I love all the detail and the slightly surreal quality of the animals. The waterfall's pretty amazing too!

I found a small room off one of the main halls that I hadn't noticed on previous visits. It was a small treasure trove of medieval art...

 I took 2 pictures of this little statue so that I could enjoy all the details later on...(like today!)

 Isn't it exquisite?

I would describe myself as a very spiritual person although not at all in a religious way but I do find religious art so incredibly beautiful!

Sorry if you wanted to find out the whys and wherefores of these medieval pieces but I was so enamoured by their beauty that I forgot to look!

So then, are you ready to see some of my own newest creations?
This first one is called 'Under The Trees'. It's painted on board which is something I haven't done for ages. I enjoyed the feel of the paint on the board so I shall definitely be doing some more.

It's not available on Etsy yet because I'm going to be framing it before it's ready to go out into the world.

This one above is called 'Down By The River' and is on canvas measuring 20 x 16 inches.

Here are some close-up crops of 'Down By The River'.

 Please Click here if you'd like to see more details of how to buy it. :)

Lastly, I'd like to show you my painting (below) which I've called 'You Are My Sunshine'. This one is on heavy 300gsm watercolour paper and measures 12 x 12 inches.

I began 'You Are My Sunshine' as I do with all my mixed media pieces by layers of colours and abstract mark making. Before I knew it a goose appeared.. a GOOSE! I've no idea how or why but I knew it needed some love so I painted in a girl to take care of it and...et voila!

I'll be listing this one on Etsy very soon.

Thankyou for coming here to see my doings, it's very lovely to have you here. xx

Monday, 11 May 2015

What is This Thing We Do?

What is this 'painting' thing that we do,

where we lay down colours that please our eyes?

And add images we like,
a cottage,
a tree,

then lose them in more shapes and colours,
stamping and stencilling,
splashing and dripping?

When there seems to be no end in sight as the cottage comes and goes, layer after layer?

Where we relish and enjoy the thick gold paint as it twinkles on the canvas, adding more, then taking more away?

Until finally...

A new painting is born.

Thankyou for visiting here today!
This new painting is called 'Sunlit Cottage' and is now available to buy in my Etsy shop. 

This painting has now sold -thankyou!
Prints are now available to buy here.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Light Through The trees

Spring crept up behind me and pounced.

While the earth stirred into new life, already the colours of Spring flowers were fading.

A remembered bluebell walk had now transformed into green.

I love to walk in the woods, each time of year has something new to show. I love how the light from the sky shines through the trees and this was my inspiration for this painting. I call it 'Green Glade'.


It measures 16 x 16 inches (40 x 40cm) and is painted with mixed media on deep box style canvas. Please click here to see more details. :) 

 Still inspired from my time in the woods, here's another new painting on canvas, it's called 'The Tree of Life'. This one measures 20 x 16 inches (50 x 40cm)

 and as I do with all my paintings on canvas, I've attached brass hooks and wire on the back so it's ready to hang. Please click here if you'd like to see all the details.


 I'm currently working on two more in this series, so do come back to see how I get on. :)

For those of you who have Facebook or Instagram, you can follow my progress as it happens here and here. Come over and say hello, it would be lovely to see you there too!

Thankyou so much for visiting today, I hope you have a lovely week. xx

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