Wednesday, 12 April 2017

SPRING SALE - time for a treat!

In days gone by, I used to wonder why artists let their studios become so messy. I now realise that poltergeists enter artists' studios at night and wreak havoc - can't think of any other explanation for the state of mine.

Anyway, whatever / whoever is to blame, it is up to me to tidy up, and to help me on my way, I'm having a BIG SALE on my online shop. It started today and continues for nine days so how about checking it out? The canvases shown here  - and many more besides - are all reduced by a hefty 30%.

Just click on this link to go to my Artfinder sale:

Hope you all have a lovely Easter weekend!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Hot off the easel

Actually, I don't usually work on an easel, but flat on a table. I put the finishing touches to this little canvas this morning and put it in my online shop.

The figure is based on a sketch I produced at the life-drawing sessions I regularly attend. The model - who has sadly moved away now - is a yoga devotee, and this is apparent even in her simpler poses. I always enjoyed drawing her, and she told me she loved the results - what an accolade!

This afternoon, I'm back to my little abstract canvases, which have a more summery vibe, influenced by the sunshine and warmer temperatures.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Greeting cards

Greeting cards are a great way of thanking, congratulating or simply keeping in touch with friends, and also of getting art seen by lots of people. I produce a very large range of cards of my own work, which are available direct from me and at various locations:
  • Jemima's Kitchen in Church Stretton, 
  • Glyn Wylfa Cafe, Chirk,
  • The Gallery at Number 3, Ellesmere
  • The Chester Standard Office, Chester
I can't think of anywhere else at the moment - I hope I haven't forgotten anyone.

I also custom-print cards for various people, in particular a veterinary practice and people who have commissioned work from me in the past.

So if you'd like some cards - personalised or otherwise - don't hesitate to get in touch!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

That was quick!

Just a day after completing this painting and putting it in my online shop (, it sold, and will be winging its way to Denmark tomorrow once I've given it a final coat of protective varnish.

I've got a couple more of these little canvases in progress. They are 20 cm square and 4 cm deep, and I love experimenting with them, using collage and textural effects ... Throughout the day, I look at everyday materials (packaging etc.) with new eyes, considering options for use in my canvases.

Sunday, 26 March 2017


Three little canvases now complete. I've got a fourth on the go, but the lovely weather has made me think of summer and the lovely Shropshire countryside: long grass, sunshine, cows ..... so I will be turning my attention elsewhere this afternoon.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Relaxed scribbles

Little sketches and doodles keep the skills fresh and are fun to do, and looking back through my sketchbooks is a great reminder of my life at any given time. This weekend, my cat decided to cooperate. He's a fluffy Siberian with a lovely thick mane - I hope that shows in this scribbly pigment-liner and white pastel pencil sketch.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Creativity (continued)

I've got two more little canvases on the way. It's qite liberating not having a set target of what they should look like, but instead just going with the flow: looking at the collage materials around me, and imagining colour combinations, textures and shapes. Here are a couple of works in progress shots ... who knows where they'll go from here.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Fraud-busting and being creative

I'm keeping the momentum going ... this is my latest canvas, now in my Artfinder shop (

In creating this painting, as with "Sunlight is Gold" completed recently, I very much enjoyed working from my imagination and using lots of texture, and am waiting for a delivery of more canvases so I can continue the series. In time, they may lead to a larger painting.

I think they go well together; do you agree?

In other news, over the weekend I was also approached online by someone presenting himself as an art collector in France who wished to buy one of my canvases.

Something(s) about his message seemed a bit off to me, so I downloaded his profile pic and performed a Google Images search. Ha - that photo was of a genuine Frenchman with a completely different name, so I contacted him and we have taken steps to stop the scammer. Since then, two more people have contacted him about the scammer.
The moral of the story: don't be blinded by a potential purchase, and if you feel uneasy, do some research. And my status this morning: relieved I avoided a costly mistake!

Thursday, 9 March 2017


And now for something completely different ... At life drawing this week, I used a dip pen and black ink as I wanted to move away from tonal work for a change.
Even better: the model brought along a feather headdress which, I thought, created a rather decadent look, so I sat on the floor, looking up at the model (on a platform) which skewed the perspective. I had great fun producing the drawings directly in ink with no pencil under-drawing, on a sheet of cartridge paper prepared by rolling purple linoprinting ink or watered down black ink across it. Back in the studio, I added the bold red and purple, the white and the colours of the feathers you can see in some of the photos.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Seal of Approval

My new card went down well at Jemima's Kitchen, and one even sold before Diane had managed to put it out on display! So I met my friends, ate a large and delicious piece of carrot and walnut cake with a cup of tea, delivered two new prints and some other cards too ... a successful afternoon all round!