Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Giving a little happiness.

Mail Art

I often use my small paintings as greetings cards to send 
for birthdays and other occasions but this gesture of
gifting a small work of art to another artist is a delight.

On Monday I received this gift from another painter.

Lee A Monts in USA.  

'Mail Art' became popular in the 1960s,
but the first Mail Artist was Ray Johnson in 1943.

Mail Art can be anything which fits in 
an envelope and sent via the postal service.  
Small-scale art works like postcards, 
poems, drawings and collages.  

The pleasure of receiving a work of art
in the mailbox is like having another birthday.  
Thank you Lee.  

I was looking through my box of oil and 
cold wax paintings on paper.   There are 
several suitable little pieces for me to gift. 
I shall join this 'Renaissance'.  


Here are three little pictures which 
will soon be on their way.

From Wild at Heart Garden...

Autumn is here...

Our wild paddock with silvery seed heads
of Rosebay Willowherb 

Mullein for 2021

A soft and velvety self sown plant
in the wild garden. 

That's all for now,
until next time,
thank you for visiting.

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Little stars

Sharing my studio.

Introducing my two grandchildren...

Gouache and watercolour painting by Dixie age 7

Watercolour painting by Fox age 2

Dixie and Fox came to visit last weekend.
They both love drawing and painting in my studio.

I am happy to show you their lovely adventurous work. 

Recently with my own work...

A few paintings have had a few changes.

Top left....This picture had a final small touch of blue.

It's a delight to see how a simple mark can make the difference.
The painting has been on a long journey and I cannot 
remember what is underneath all the layers.

I like it and will keep it in the studio for a while.

Another painting had a slight change...

The light yellow/green at the base of this canvas
adds interest and balances the composition.


It can be tempting to add more but restraint 
can be the difference between success and disaster.

On the painting below
a little leftover light green paint
was rolled on the surface.

It has become the focus for me.
A calming element and somewhere 
for the eye to rest.

'Taking a less travelled path'

Oils and cold wax medium on 36x24 inch canvas

A bundle of fun...


These are little paintings on Arches oil paper.
I shall use them for greetings cards.
Making these tiny paintings is
a good way of keeping ideas flowing.


Our wild garden at sunset
A place of peace.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting 

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Walking alone.

Away from the crowd...

'Blue chocolate'

I was listening to a podcast this morning.
Number 81.   Art Juice
with Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher.

It's always interesting and I enjoy it each Tuesday.

Today, two little things caught my ear...

"Am I a people pleaser?"    Louse Fletcher. 

 Art Juice podcast no: 81

"Being led by your own curiosity...."    Alice Sheridan. 

  Art Juice podcast   no: 81

Thinking about Louise's words...'being a people pleaser',

I know there are times when this has applied to me.

Particularly with my early art.

I mostly painted what I thought others wanted to see.

However, I realised I would never grow as a painter 

if I followed this way of life.

'After the Pink'

Following my own pleasure will take me further...

and Alice's words about being led by curiosity is an exciting thought.

Being curious can make me take risks

and take me on unknown journeys,

especially when I work alone.

I am a loner, and

as a child I loved exploring the fields 

and woods near my home.   

It was during the 1950's.

There was a different kind of freedom then.

Someone posted these words on Facebook today...

"The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself 

in places no one has ever been".   

Albert Einstein 

Quite appropriate for my musings today. 

'Jam and green chocolate'


All these paintings came from my curiosity, seeing how far 

I could go with spreading paint and making marks.

A lonesome but not lonely 

adventure in my studio.

That's all for now.

Is it food for thought in

your creative life?  

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Friday, 24 July 2020

Staying small

Small is ok.

Thinking pink today

Two of a kind

I am currently taking a break from
painting larger pieces.

Two reasons...
The garden is in need of my company,
and small is good.

It's about having fun

Taking a sheet of Arches oil paper
I divide it into sections with masking tape.

Then I choose my colours.  
Mostly transparent at first.
Possibly opaque later after the 
under painting is dry.

I make random marks.

Making tiny oil studies is exciting.
It can be a way of loosening up 
and it doesn't really matter if it goes wrong.

It isn't life threatening.

like spreading melted chocolate.

In this case, green chocolate.

More green chocolate.

Sometimes I think about making
these paintings 'up large'.

I have tried but failed.

Painting for me, is a spontaneous affair.
If I sketched this image and scaled it up,
I would be concentrating too much 
on getting it right.

That's not what I want.
Copying is not my way.
I like the feeling of unknown.

My paintings evolve,
they are not really planned.  

Through the studio door...
Taking a break with a cuppa.

Does my wild garden influence my art?

It must be in my soul.

That's all for now,
time for bed.

Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, 23 July 2020

Finding my own voice.

I have been pondering...

Who am I?
(In an artist sense).

Where am I going and do I like the direction?

Looking into a pool.

Parts of this image are blurred, but the main 
focus is the rock.  There is clarity because 
it rises above the water.

It almost shouts "look at me".
This rock is significant.
I shall explain.

There is a reason for my ramblings...nay, musings.

I was invited this week to submit 300 words 
for a 'Meet the Artist' magazine feature along with 
two images of my paintings and one of me at work.

Surely that's easy enough to do....?

Actually, I found it extremely difficult.
I had several late nights writing and re-writing.

'How can this be so hard?'  I argued with myself.
It's only about you and your art.

But...what did I really want to say?

An extract from my website introduction reminded me...
I had been here before.

"Twenty years ago I had no idea where my 

first paintings would take me. 

At first it was watercolour, then acrylic

 and finally oil paint. 

  They were works based on reality;

 landscapes and coastal studies 

and for several years I painted what 

others wanted to see.     

Then I realised it was not what I wanted...

my heart was elsewhere.  

I have not looked back.   

The work I create now has come a long way 

and I am happy".   

Being true to myself

Suddenly everything fell into place.
I could be true to myself and write
about the painter I am now.

Like the rock in the pool,
my mind was clear.

I am these paintings 
and they are me.

My voice is in the marks.  

My handwriting.

Thank you for visiting...🎨🎨🎨

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Another change of plan

I couldn't wait...

From this to the one below.

Yesterday I said I wasn't happy with the 
above painting as it was full of busy bits.   

First I ripped off the corrugated paper, then
I attacked it with orange and yellow, rolled over the surface.

Still not happy.  

After standing back to contemplate my dilemma 
I mixed cerulean blue with the leftover palette 
and smothered it over the very textured canvas. 

I had nothing to lose...apart from the painting.
Taking risks is part of my painting life.

I must admit the painting looks calmer.
Will it stay?

That's for another day.

'Meet me when you return'

Oils and cold wax medium on 24x24 inch canvas 

Another painting with a history.
It has had a few changes but today I added
 a little bit of green.  It takes away the 
intensity of the sea of blue.   


A rare moment to see the painter.
These are not my usual painting clothes!

Just posing.  🎨

All for now,
thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Wild about paint

My Art Story 

I will share it with you...

"Wild at Heart Studio in rural Lincolnshire 

is where I create my oil paintings.

They are everywhere in this timber cabin,

 from tiny oil studies on paper 

to larger canvases hanging on the walls.

  I love having them around me as I work.     

"Twenty years ago I began making my art. 

  A visit to a painting exhibition had inspired me.

   I wanted to see what I could do myself 

but it was many years since my brief 

encounter with art school.  

I knew I had a long journey ahead 

so I taught myself daily to find what

 I wanted to say in my paintings.   

"Oil paint became my favourite medium,

 and I began to feel my way. 

  My work turned looser and more painterly. 

  Bold and expressive paintings emerged and I got 

excited by the spontaneity and freedom that

 abstraction offered when making my marks.     


"I added cold wax to my oil palette and it took me further,

 transforming the way I moved paint around.  

  The oils and wax are smooth and luscious and when they 

are sculpted with knives, rollers and scrapers, 

wonderful effects happen.   I add layers and then 

destroy parts by scraping back which reveals 

the underneath, rather like archeology. 

 The painting begins to have a history.    


"The 'wild' in the work comes from making intuitive 

geometric and organic shapes. 

One shape can inspire the forming of another.

   Colour adds drama to my work.  

 Again, the wild is there in my colour palette.   

 The paintings tell the story. 

 It is a visual language of my working process.

"I am a member of the Lincolnshire Artists' Society 

and the Nadin Group and have received 

four awards for my work. 

  Currently, I serve on the Committee of the LAS.

"My Wild at Heart Studio, near Lincoln 

will open again for visitors in May 2021".

Thank you for visiting 

To read more about my story...

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