Category Archives: July

Feeling the heat at Open Studios

In spite of the recent heat wave (!) I was pleased to welcome lots of visitors to my Open Studio event over the past two weekends.  There are always so many activities on at this time of year and I really appreciated people taking the time to come.  It was lovely to chat about my painting methods and the inspiration behind my paintings and great to sell some paintings, prints and cards too!

In between chatting to visitors I painted some small studies of subjects in my garden – the delphiniums lining the path, sage planted in a soup can and a small bunch of flowers wedged in a baked bean tin.  Fun!

I am enjoying a tidy studio (for the time being) and getting back to painting.  I am then off to Patchings Art Centre next weekend, where I have a painting in The Artist exhibition.  More on that next time……


Patchings 2017 – and an award

Patchings exhibition 2017

I am delighted to have been chosen to exhibit again this year at The Artist and Leisure Painter Patchings Competition and exhibition – and excited again to be a prizewinner (£250 worth of materials from Caran D’Ache)!

The exhibition opened in conjunction with the start of the Patchings Art, Craft and Photography Festival (which took place 13 – 16 July) and continues to run at Patchings Art Centre, Nottinghamshire until 20 August.  If you are in the area, do pay it a visit.  If you are unable to get there all of the exhibited works and prize winners can be seen on the following website – where there is also the chance to vote for my painting as your People’s Choice, should you wish


The Great Stamford Brush Off

I have just spent an enjoyable couple of days plein air painting with other artiists from the Welland Valley Arts Society.  The weather was fabulous and of course there were plenty of wonderful views in Stamford for us all to paint.   Our event also coincided with the annual Stamford music festival, providing additional interest.

These are my three ‘bijou’ works from the event.  They and the paintings made by other participating artists are currently on exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre for the next two weeks.  Do take a look!


Walking through bluebells (30cm x 30 cm mixed media on paper)

Walking through bluebells (30cm x 30 cm mixed media on paper)

As the weather has been so unpredictable I have been doing some studio painting, catching up on the reference material I gathered earlier in the year.  We had a fabulous showing of bluebells in Barnsdale Woods this Spring.  Lots of people were taking photos.  This is my version using mixed media and lots of splattering!


Seascapes continued

The second Anglesey canvas painted in acrylic.  This is based on a sketch made late afternoon on Porth Dafarch beach.  The beach is close to South Stack and popular with canoeists and kayakers.  Whilst I was sketching they were packing up for the evening after a sunny day pottering about on the water.

Late afternoon, Porth Dafarch (16"x16" acrylic on canvas)

Late afternoon, Porth Dafarch (16″x16″ acrylic on canvas)