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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!


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!

Pre-Selection for RI Exhibition

The Old Shed (30cm x 30cm mixed media on paper)

I am thrilled that this painting has been pre-selected for the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (‘the RI’) exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London this April.  I won’t know until next month whether it makes the final selection but to have even got this far feels amazing!  Very many thanks to the selection panel and to those of you kind enough to support my work and offer encouragement.  I’ll keep you posted – fingers crossed!


New Year – and a new painting

snow allotment sheds trees greenhouse

December snow on the allotments (25cm x 25cm acrylic on mount board)

Welcome to 2018!  Very best wishes to you for a happy and healthy New Year!


Brussels and Leeks

Brussels and Leeks (25cm x 30cm oil on board)

Green.  Yellow-green, Blue-green, Viridian…..

Rather ambitiously I decided to challenge myself to create a painting comprised almost entirely of green and to mix those greens rather than use greens out of the tube.  This did turn out to be quite tricky – both to paint and to photograph for this blog.  Let’s say it was a learning experience, which I guess is what it’s all about!

They say, incidentally, that frost is good for leeks and sprouts as it makes them sweeter.  They should be delicious this Winter then as we’ve had heavy frost (and some snow) here for what seems like ages.


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!