Friday, 24 July 2015

Egg Cups

I painted these three egg cups as a group last year but felt they were too fussy so I had another go this week and am much happier with the result

Three Egg Cups  6" x 6" oil on linen panel  £70

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Early Morning

I painted this little one from a photograph I took at Dedham a few years ago. I loved the early morning light and the way it caught the side of the cows

Early Morning 6" x 6" oil on linen board  £70

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Early Morning, Le Croisic

This is one of my favourite paintings from my recent painting trip to France. I had put it down in the studio and it somehow got buried. Pleased to find it again

Early Morning, Le Croisic 8" x 8" oil on board £75


Saturday, 18 July 2015


Just love these two colours together. The blue makes the pomegranate 'sing'.
I did this a couple of weeks ago and never got around to posting it. I will have to go and buy another pomegranate soon - so paintable

Pomegranate 8" x 8" oil on board £75

Friday, 17 July 2015

Another try at the Jug

Thought I'd try a different angle on this one, then found out it was even harder. I think this is the last of the grapes though as I started eating them

Grapes & Jug  6" x 6" oil on board

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Red Onions

I love the intense colour of red onions an the sheen on the skin, really wanted to try this one out and am pleased with the results

Red Onions 8" x 8" oil on board £75

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Grapes and cream jug

I enjoyed painting the grapes yesterday so thought I'd have another go

Cream Jug with Grapes & Lime  8" x 8" oil on board

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Because of the shape of the jug I felt as if I'd painted a bit tightly. Will have to give it another go.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015


This is a painting I did a couple of days a go. I grabbed the nearest thing to hand as I wanted to just loosen up my still life a bit after painting landscapes for two weeks. I used the Zorn pallet, Black, Cadmium Red and Yellow Ochre with white. The subject lent itself to that pallet.

Brushes in the Studio 8" x 8"  £75

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Milk Jug with Grapes

I've never painted grapes before so thought I'd have a go before they all got eaten. A simple subject, I loved the way the light caught them

Milk Jug and Grapes 8"x 8"  £75

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Monday, 13 July 2015

China Cup

Rainy today so set up in the studio. I struggle with ovals so decided to do a tea cup challenge, challenge it was but thoroughly enjoyed it.

China Tea  8" x 8"  £75

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Wapping Trip

I was delighted that I was able to join the Wappers this year on their annual painting trip tp France.
The Wapping Group of Artists was formally founded in 1946 and is still going strong.

We departed with our coach from Portsmouth on the overnight ferry. First call on board is the very splendid restaurant where we all get to chat and catch up with what everyone has been up to.
Early next morning we arrived to paint in St Malo, unfortunately it was overcast and the tide was in so, no beach painting, I opted for a view of the carousel outside the walls

St Malo 10" x 12" oil on board
 By the time I'd finished the weather had brightened up so I went to the sea front and did a quick pic of the sea and the island. Very cold though.
We arrived in Le Croisic late afternoon the real enthusiasts went straight off painting, Felicity and I decided to settle into our room and went for a walk to get the lie of the land.

6.30am next day, I was on the beach trying to capture the sunrise
Sunrise, Le Croisic 6" x6" oil on board

After breakfast I walked into the town, a bit of a hike in the heat with all the art gear, it took 20 mins.
The light was lovely over the calm sea and I did a couple of quickies

Calm Sea, Le Croisic 6" x 6" Oil
this was the first one and then I turned to paint behind me, I preferred the second painting but as it is in my 'misplaced' suitcase I can't show you.
We had a couple of days painting in the town

On The Bridge 10" x 12"

By the Flower Shop 6" x 6"

Market Day 12" x 12"

View from our balcony 10" x 12"  

On to Honfleur, our Hotel Ibis was ideally situated near the basin which I have to say was incredibly busy but it was a weekend. I took myself off to a quiet corner and painted the entrance to the harbour

Honfleur 12" x 12"

 I enjoyed painting this but tried a second one in a looser style which I prefer in some ways

The Lighthouse 7" x 10"

Time went very quickly and I was also in danger of running out of boards as I'd only taken 20 but fortunately I'd brought some canvas I started to paint on that, taped onto board.
I decided to try and find the beach - wow what a long walk especially in as the temperature was in the high 20's, it took nearly an hour but was worth it

Honfleur Beach 7" x 10"
 I'd planned on going back the next day but my tummy had different ideas so stayed close to Hotel and painted the Nougat seller

Nougat Seller 10" x 10"
As I was in a good spot I turned round and painted the little boat in the harbour

Green Boat 6" x 6"
I liked the reflections of the water on the hull

On the final day we weren't leaving until 1pm so managed to nip down to the Basin while it was quiet and painted this

Honfleur 12" x 10"

All in all it was an excellent trip and I have met some really lovely people and made lots of new friends. A bonus was meeting the talented Jose Salvaggio who came to join us for a couple of days. I have long admired his work.

Now all I need to do is sell a couple of the paintings so I can start saving up for next year