Friday, 19 January 2018

Fruits of my labours

This was a happy week for me with my drawings and paintings selling particularly well - all of them recent pieces and all going to collectors who had only just discovered my work. Purchases are the best kind of feedback! Obviously, it's lovely when people tell you how much they like your work, but the feeling when someone wants to spend their hard-earned cash on something you created and hang it in their home or give it to a friend is even better.

Work in progress
One of the pieces that sold was the first of my small abstracts, shown in my previous post, and which was bought before the varnish had even dried. So I had a really enthusiastic buzz about me today as I got back to the studio and continued working on the other canvases in the series. The second is now pretty much finished, I think, though I'll make the final decision tomorrow. I can't wait to complete them all as I'm also itching to start a new series of paintings which will be a further development of the recent "Decadence" theme.

Packed and ready for posting

Wednesday, 17 January 2018


 More studio time today and I decided that one of my little canvases was finished, so signed it, varnished it and posted it in my online shop (

#texture #mixedmedia #collage
Dare I use the "J" word? Yes, I dare: I'm really enjoying my abstract journey. And, as happens with art, working this way has generated some ideas for something completely different - once I've finished the current canvases ... probably, well perhaps ... hmmm, I'll see. Wish there were more hours in the day!
#texture #mixedmedia #collage

Monday, 15 January 2018

Still messy

I have been arting since my last post, just not in a completely focussed way.

One distraction came in the form of retail temptation, and, hurray, I managed to grab myself a couple of bargains (shown here).  Another - less welcome - intrusion on my time was the heaps of admin, accounts and other paperwork to do, so I've spent a fair amount of time at my desk (shown in photo). You may notice the seating arrangement: Zuko gets the ergonomic office chair while I get the hard wooden stool. How did that happen?

Anyway, this afternoon, I was back in the studio and working on the abstracts I got going with last week.

From the photo, it doesn't look as if I've achieved much, but in fact I've been building layers and texture with paint, gel and collage. I can see where they're heading now, more or less, and one of the square canvases is not far off completion. I can't wait to get back to them and hopefully soon get them finished and ready to post on my online shop!

Thursday, 11 January 2018


Feeling creative
Today I've been getting to grips with some small abstracts on canvas. I enjoy the freedom of these: mixing textures, moods and colours, working intuitively and getting messy.

One of the benefits of acrylics is generally that they dry quickly which suits the way I work. However, because of the mix of materials in these, a longish (by my standards) drying time is needed, and so I work on a few at a time, constantly composing, reviewing, adjusting, reworking, imagining, experimenting ...

Sunlight is gold

It's amazing how new ideas constantly emerge as I progress; I'm working small at the moment but hoping to gradually move to larger canvases to capture new inspiration.

Gold to airy thinness [sold]
Also shown in this post are three little abstracts which I completed last year - as always, you can find out more and see other work in my online shop

Moonlight my guide

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Cross-cultural influences and idle musings

Well, I had a lovely break over Christmas and New Year  - so, before I forget: happy new year everyone!

A wonderful gift I received was an assortment of Japanese paper and other stationery items from a good friend who'd just returned from a trip to Japan. Looking through the fascinating package yesterday evening, considering how I could perhaps use some in my art, my thoughts turned to oriental art generally, and to an introduction to Chinese painting I attended a couple of years ago where I produced this simple rendering of bamboo:
Bamboo - my first attempt at Chinese painting
 .... and my mind then drifted to the plant life, including bamboo, which so fascinated me in Australia this year.
Bamboo - watercolour of bamboo in Australia
Loved the shapes of plants in Australia
Strong shapes of plants in Australia

Will anything come of these musings? Hard to say, but maybe in time.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Dressing up
It was life drawing with a difference this week: the model brought along a selection of vintage items from her dressing-up box (feathers, frilly skirts, hats ...) and a light box to pose on. This presented two new challenges, namely depicting the clothing and the up-lighting, as well as the body and down-lighting as usual.

Because of this, I ran out of time with a couple of drawings, which I will add to at some point, but did manage to complete a couple of others, shown here (and available, of course, very affordably from my online shop:

Monday, 18 December 2017

The Christmas tree...

Charcoal and white pastel on brown card
... is still noticeable by its absence in my house. Perhaps I'll get round to it by next weekend.

In the meantime, I have had important things to do, such as Christmas shopping, lighting the wood-burner and keeping cosy, eating chocolate and drawing Zuko (no change there, then). 

Charcoal on paper

Thursday, 14 December 2017

The male nude - #challenge

For me, life drawing usually entails drawing a female model, but this week the model was a man, and a male model presents me with something of a challenge. As my drawings of women are full of curves and softness, my difficulty lies in making a male look masculine, rugged even. Fortunately, our male model has good muscle definition, so that was my focus, and I used charcoal and sanguine oil pencil on cartridge paper, which I thought was more manly than pastel on coloured paper.
#sanguine #charcoal #life-drawing #male #nude

#sanguine #life-drawing #male #nude

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Christmas is coming

Startled sheep!
With my car well snowed in and the light already fading, I'm keeping busy loading more work onto my online shop (

But I'm hoping to get to life drawing this week thanks to a lift from the arty friend I usually car-share with - fingers crossed we make it!
Four poses - dancer


Sunday, 10 December 2017

Wrapped and packed

Ready to go (addresses hidden to protect the innocent)
More of my work wrapped and ready to be posted. However, the snow has not let up today and I'm well snowed in, so I think I'll be taking a scenic walk to the Post Office tomorrow. It might be a good winter wonderland photo op, but possibly a tad chilly for sketching outdoors.