Snow Compost

shed and compost heap on allotment in snow

Snow Compost (30cm x 30cm acrylic on mount board)

Apparently more snow is forecast for the weekend.  Appropriate then for me to share the first of a couple of allotment paintings I made of the snow we had a few weeks ago.  Lots of colourful greys to mix in this image of some wobbly compost heaps and lovely blue water butts!


Winter. Tree Reflections 2

tree reflections in winter river

Winter. Tree Reflections 2 (30cm x 40 cm mixed media on paper)

As you might have guessed from the not so adventurous title, this is the second of my ‘black is the new colour’ series.  Yes, I know it looks quite a lot like ‘Winter. Tree Reflections 1’  but there are some subtle differences.  I worked on the two at the same time and it’s always interesting when I do this how one influences the other. I’m loving the inks!



Winter. Tree Reflections 1

river in winter with trees, reflections and river bank

Winter. Tree Reflections 1 (30cm x 40cm mixed media on paper)

The next in my series of river paintings is the first of two.  I splashed out the other day (excuse the pun!) and bought some black acrylic ink and then had a Johnny Nice Painter* moment and went completely crazy with it.  Lots of fun!



mixed media painting of river and trees in winter with flotsam

Flotsam (40cm x 40cm mixed media on paper)

This is the first in a small series of mixed media paintings I am making of my local river.  Sunny days have been few and far between recently but I did manage to catch the sun a week or so ago and was struck by how the lichens on the riverside trees seemed to  glow.  The river was high after a lot of rainfall and some small branches and pretty large twigs had washed downstream.  I was also treated to the sight and sound of a small flock of long tailed tits – always a bonus!


Selection for the RI exhibition at the Mall Galleries

‘The Old Shed’ framed for exhibition at the RI

I was absolutely delighted to discover today that my mixed media painting ‘The Old Shed’ has been selected to be shown at the 206th exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (‘the RI’) at the Mall Galleries in London.  I am extremely grateful to the selectors for choosing my painting from the over 1,100 works submitted this year.  To have my work exhibited alongside those of the extremely talented members of the RI will be an absolute privilege (albeit rather daunting too!)

The exhibition opens on 6th April and runs until 21st April and the Mall Galleries are on The Mall (you’d guessed it), just off Trafalgar Square and down the road from Buckingham Palace.  All the makings of a grand day out!


Blue Sky, Purple Shadows

Blue Sky, Purple Shadows (30 x 40cm mixed media on paper)

I worked up this painting from a small sketch I made a few weeks ago in the grounds of Burghley House.  The low sun that morning meant there were some fantastic shadow shapes!


Frosty Fields and Winter Sunrise

Frosty Fields and Winter Sunrise (12″ x 12″ acrylic on canvas board)

A fun experiment using cool and warm colours.  I can’t say I’ve used a combination of peach and mint green in the same painting before but I rather like it!