Sunday, 23 December 2012

I squeezed in a 15 hour stay in Paris. Wonderful company, cheese and surroundings! 


musical accompaniment next to Notre Dame

...our wine

fabulous window display

Monday, 10 December 2012

Yesterday we went for a nice beachy walk...

...of course it wouldn't be BCN without a little graffiti!


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Here's the new painting... I have no idea why it has taken so long to get this uploaded!
I really like the colours and the composition... It's a bit dark in places and I'm wondering if my paints are good quality enough to get the effect I want. Even so I'm pretty happy with it.

Here's the collage I did for the new painting. A trick I picked up when I was teaching on the Young @ Art programme (.. .a long time ago!)

collage for composition

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 there's a 20 year art college reunion coming up and I saw these peeking out of an old box of treasures. Thought I'd share! 

Collage circa 1992

I think it was from a chocolate project! I'm actually feeling quite nostalgic about it! Not sure if I'll make it to the reunion, but we did have some fun.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Monday, 12 November 2012

Went for an autumnal walk in the woods yesterday. Isn't nature great?! Lots of inspiration for colours and compositions.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

A couple of photos today. New painting started this space. Quite excited!

Found some inspiration from this artist Sally King Benedict. Her work is great, love her use of colour. And this artist too...Emma Coulter looking forward to her blog.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Here are some out and about sketches from 2000 in New York done whilst visiting my fabulous friend Michelle. We had some amazing times!


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

A couple more watercolours. I think these will be the last for a while... we had fun but now it's time for something different... it's not you it's me.



Monday, 5 November 2012

We went down to the port to draw outside, here
I made a little book last weekend, there are a few pages left so will have to get back down to the same location to finish off. I really got into drawing again. I could have stayed all day!

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Saturday, 20 October 2012

The weather here is quite unpleasant! Humid, dark and damp so here are some rays of sunshine!

Monday, 15 October 2012

Oh, I did do some knitting this summer too... here's Mr Prawn!

I was given this amazing book. More to come!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A couple more photos from the summer; a peek inside the castle at Sergovia, geometric patterns in the architecture (taken whilst waiting for the bus!), a quiet moment in Rocio where it felt like time had stood still.

Castle at Sergovia (near Madrid)

Some apartments up the coast at Estartit

Bin and post at Rocio

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Wheatie treaties
Well here we are back to work tomorrow! I'm sure I'll have more time to post next week so here are a couple of pictures until I really get myself organised.

Swiss views
It's been a great summer with lots of visits and visitors!

Here are some sugar packets from Switzerland!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Things here are still a bit disorganised so just a couple of pictures from Switzerland to be getting on with. TTFN

Decoration on the buildings

The Church

My view

Monday, 20 August 2012

 I'm back! Still sorting out a few things so a quick post - here are some lovely things from the market in Florence.

Florence food market goodies!

 And here are a few sketches of that beautiful city. We had a wonderful time.

This postcard of a drawing from a fantastic Elizabeth Blackadder exhibition in Edinburgh was I think now, the reason for the trip!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Just one picture today before I head off on a summer adventure!
So, see you in about 6 weeks time with lots of beautiful things to show you.

Toodle pip!

Watercolour - June 2012 

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

I love celebrations, especially birthdays and even more so my own!
Getting birthday post is fab...

Here's a glimpse of the lovely things that were sent to me.
Thank you Lil Blister and Dais xx

Post - June 2012

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Yay, the weather was good so Bernie and I headed outside and drew in the streets of BCN.

out in the Borne - pen - June 2012

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Wow, a real surprise I found sweetpeas here this morning.  
I used to love it when these appeared in the garden - all that colour, scent and beauty for such a short time!

Watercolour- sweetpeas June 2012

They made me so happy and I skipped off through the narrow and winding Barcelona streets (brimming with tourists) to meet Bernie & Lisa before class this morning. We're going to go ouside the studio this week... look out for some street scenes next! 

Watercolour - June 2012

Watercolour - June 2012

Watercolour - June 2012

Sunday, 3 June 2012

We had a fantastic time in Lisbon last winter - here's a flavour.
The Paula Rego Museum is amazing as are the cakes in Belen and the Decorative Art Museum.  

Lisbon in Portugal February 2011

So, some watercolours of small bunches this week. A very summery feel in the air yesterday.

Watercolour - June 2012

Watercolour - June 2012

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Some pictures of cornflowers from yesterday, more to come but I left them at the studio to dry!

Watercolour - May 12

Watercolour - May 12