Category Archives: April

Exhibitions and fun with colour!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks since my last post.

Family trip to the RI exhibition (well part husband and son not photographed)

On 5th April I took a trip with the family to the private view of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (the ‘RI’) exhibition at the Mall Galleries.  The show was packed and the paintings displayed were seriously impressive.  The artists showing had worked in every conceivable type of water based paint (inks, watercolours, gouache, acrylics) sometimes combined with collage too and I’ve got lots of new ideas for future projects!  I was also able to meet for the first time artists who I had only previously got to know through social media.  My painting, The Old Shed, is on display in the North Gallery and I am pleased to report that it has sold.  A small part of a Stamford allotment will be finding a new home when the exhibition ends this Saturday!

No sooner is one exhibition closing than a new one is opening.  I hope to have paintings selected for the Welland Valley Art Society Spring Exhibition, which opens at Stamford Arts Centre on 30th April and runs until 12th May.  More on that to follow.

Finally, I was lucky to spend a few days last week at Norfolk Painting School on a course specialising in colour.  it was very instructive and lots of fun and I am sure this is all going to feed into future work.  The couple of rough oil sketches above give you a flavour 😉

Red, Amber, Green

city street with buildings cars and reflections

Red, Amber, Green (35cm x 35cm mixed media and collage on mount board)

More collage and more rainy London!  I was initially attracted to the green reflections from the traffic lights on the wet surface of the pavement.  Then I noticed that the lights in the buildings were glowing yellow (amber?) as dusk was approaching.  Red brake lights completed the picture.  I had my own traffic light combo – no problems choosing a title for this painting!

More Yorkshire Dales!

Here are a couple more pieces inspired by my trip to the Yorkshire Dales.  Variations on a theme but both in mixed media this time (a mix of oil pastel, watercolour, acrylics and acrylic inks).  I loved the dry stone walls and had fun trying to create an impression of these.

Scottish weather

Path around the lochan (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

Path around the lochan (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

It’s sunny today – as it was yesterday…before the hail arrived!  Such is the mad weather one might expect in the Scottish Highlands rather than the English East Midlands.

This painting records proper summer weather – in the Scottish Highlands.  Having cycled off road along the banks of the glorious River Feshie we dropped down through a forestry plantation to a wonderful small lochan (small lake).  The light was fabulous and although it was tempting to take the path around the loch we decided to defer for another day.

This is another mixed media piece – watercolour,acrylic, oil pastel and acrylic ink.  The midges were too small to paint 🙂



A view from early March

View from the bird hide, Egleton, March 2016

View from the bird hide, Egleton, March 2016 (12″ x 10″ mixed media on paper)

Another mixed media piece.  This records the view across a rather deserted lagoon at Rutland Water nature reserve, Egleton.  All was quiet that morning and the scene had a very calm quality about it.  I liked the contrast of the light reeds with the dark mass of trees and dark shadows in the water

Patchings Festival 2016


I am delighted to discover today that my painting ‘Spring stream, Barnsdale Woods’ (see last post) has been accepted for exhibition in the Leisure Painter category at the Patchings 2016 Art Competition and Exhibition and another, ‘Bluebells near Easton on the Hill’, has been ‘highly commended’ and will be shown on the Patchings website (  To have been selected for exhibition is very special.  My work will be seen by hundreds of visitors to the art festival between 9 and 12 June and judged by artists I greatly admire.

Spring at Rutland Water

Spring stream, Barnsdale Woods (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

Spring stream, Barnsdale Woods (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

For the time being the trees are not yet fully in leaf and the views are more expansive.  The run-off from the rain sodden Barnsdale Woods makes its way in small streams down to Rutland Water. In this painting I have tried to capture that Spring feeling of space – of the clear view of water and sky.