Saturday, 23 May 2015

A Painting, My Garden and some Indigo

Feeling full of the joys of spring and painting like crazy. The garden is zinging and it's inspirational to paint. Mind you this is my friend's dog Dottie who I love. Might do some pet commissions I think?

Anyway I was sitting having my morning smoothie in the Summerhouse / shed or THE SHRINE and just marvelled at the number of birds around me - garden almost in full bloom.

and a little quiet stitching of indigo as a meditation to begin the day

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Why Art Is Healthy For Me

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Stillness In Motion

This painting has been undertaken as a labour of utter joy. The figure sits in stillness, aware and yet part of, the external world. The landscape lies within and without.
An exercise in peace and focus.
For sale £450 for now …. box canvas ready to hang … jump before the galleries do!
“Stillness In Motion”


acrylic on canvas
40″ x 50″

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Internal Landscape

Recently I have been working on some landscapes for commissions and I have loved it but over the past few days I have resumed work in my more personal style paintings.
For me it is definitely a visitation with an internal landscape and this image shows an unfinished piece which references the merging with the landscape that happens in a state of utter awareness. Seeing is different to being aware.
I am holding in mind that if we can also put into our surroundings the content of a peaceful, benevolent and AWARE mind we could change the world for the better. Awareness brings acceptance, tolerance and ultimately peace.
I’ll be finishing this 40″ x 30″ painting this week. It’s a real joy.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Fine Art Prints available

"Flights Of Fancy"

"Out Of The Forest"

"By The Pool"

The originals of these are all sold but if you'd like a limited edition fine art giclee print each one is available as a limited run of 100.

They are beautifully printed by Ironbridge Fine Arts. 

Email me on if you are interested - I post wrapped in acid free tissue and safely tubed to anywhere in the world.

Monday, 7 July 2014

More painting ... and stitching the painting ... and eating the colours

So this painting is now finished. What a process! Mostly enjoyable but with periods of angst and indecision. Just like life. The thing I love is that my painting process is that it reminds me that so much of life is about letting go, moving on, re painting the metaphorical canvas. This applies to every moment as it dies. It is the key to contentment (or one of them) as is living life for the process; the journey, not the final destination. In the end, the final destination is usually good if the path trodden is a mindful one.


Another piece of work I'm grappling with at the moment is the stitching of a printed version of the painting you saw on the previous post. 
I'm hoping to put it in an exhibition at the Redhouse Glass Cone gallery in September so I had better get a move on with that!

As you can see I'm really enjoying colour and vibrancy at the moment

And the growth of food at the allotment. I'm finding some lovely popping colours there which also taste super. First yellow courgettes at the dinner table last night and more rhubarb.... Food tastes even better when it's multicoloured!!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Paintings 2014

'Flights Of Fancy'

acrylic on canvas


More work in progress. Watch this space.

Meanwhile Smartie is snoozing at the top of the stairs!

Monday, 19 May 2014

A trip to France has had me captivated. I have been lucky enough to be able to spend some time out without my children (wonderful as they are) with two fabulous friends at the organic smallholding of my husband's uncle.
The farm is in the Midi Pyrenees and lies an hour and a half north of Toulouse. Not many folk live in the area and the traffic is non existent.

Never have I experienced such deep and profound silence and peace. I felt very connected to the world around me. There was time to meditate, do yoga and chat.
We cooked food from the garden and ate our way around the hedgerows which are prolific in their food production.
We laughed. We sketched. Rachel painted and danced amongst the vegetables. Valerie swang in the swing, cooked and read and I did all of those things ....

It was heartening to know that it is still possible to live almost off grid and through the fruit of the land. Permaculture is a fascinating lifestyle and I have come away with many ideas to add to what I already do in an urban environment.
The key to this medieval building

 looking through the gateway
 Into the courtyard - like a scene from Romeo and Juliet
 The well
 Looking toward the pond with resident frogs and lizards
 Birds nesting and feeding their young within the four walls of this bastide style house
 Into the garden
 After the gardening!

 Places to eat and sit below from the balcony

the barn - a wonderful space. Graceful.
Valerie lying on a bale
Oh those blue shutters

Bits and pieces - all very photographable!
Quite some time spent thus

interiors and windows - beautiful too

 out and about walking for miles - no cars

Rachel's painting depicting light through the barn door -
and play
 a sketch through the bridge - no paint so we used river mud!!!

Dave - leave the door on the latch .... we will be back!