Category Archives: November

Black-Eyed Susans

black eyed susans allotment

Black-Eyed Susans (25cm x 25cm mixed media on paper)

Something cheerful on a cold, dull day.  I think the proper name for these colourful daisies is Rudbeckia, but Black-Eyed Susan somehow sounds more homely.  They certainly brightened up a dull corner of a local allotment recently  and I loved the fantastic little shed with recycled guttering on the roof.  My fondness for sheds is now starting to rival my tree obsession……!


Apples on the Allotment

Apples on the Allotment (10″ x 8″ acrylic on mount board)

Back to it after a week off – and back to the allotment.  I saw this on a sunny morning a few weeks ago and loved both the apple tree and the oil drum!

Temporary repair

Temporary repair ( 10" x 12" mixed media on paper)

Temporary repair ( 10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)

This summer I came across a stone wall that looked rather worse for wear. Some stones had clearly fallen and the gap in the wall had been repaired by means of a sheet of corrugated iron.  Although I expect the repair was intended to be temporary it looked as though the sheet had been there a good few years.  I loved the way the iron sheet had weathered and that a profusion of wild flowers had crept in.  I knew at once that I wanted to paint it and here it is.  The challenge was to create lots of different textures and using a mixed media approach was ideal for this. Here I used oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic and acrylic inks.

Long shadows, clouds gathering

Long shadows, clouds gathering (6" x 6" oil on board)

Long shadows, clouds gathering (6″ x 6″ oil on board)

I’ve been beavering away in spite of the gap since last posting here.

One of my daily paintings, ‘Side-lit Norfolk Pines’ has been dispatched to a new home, where I hope it will be very happy.  Check the website for the availability of the others

I’ve also enjoyed a great workshop tutored by Roger Dellar ROI RI VPPS at Old Bank Studios  painting cafe/street scenes  and, inspired by Roger, have been experimenting again with water-mixable oils.

Look out for some cafe/coffee shop scenes in the future but in the meantime here’s a small study of …another tree.  At least it’s in oil for a change! I spotted this a couple of weeks ago when the sunlight was fantastic.  Rain soon followed. I wonder how many leaves are left on that tree this week.  Must check.