Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Sun's out again

....and wearing a hat!

'Dawn chorus'

I knew it wouldn't be long before some
'bright' appeared in my work.

However, I did mix a lot of paint so
several paintings got a coating.

'Beyond reality'

This piece has been in the studio for a while.
I thought it was finished...but

(The previous picture)

I turned it round and decided to work on it.

It's surprising how a few changes can
make a difference.

Now for a larger one...

'Rising from verdant green'

This painting can be viewed in four ways.
It is balanced.

That is something I aim for.
and this time it worked.

Just to give you an idea...

To finish

Here is a painting which was in my home.
I thought I would never change it but this happens often.

I turned it to vertical format
and scraped off any raised parts.

A coat of greyed down green on the left softened the image,
and a little leftover cream paint rolled over added simple highlights.

It is quieter now and will be added
to my 'restrained' collection.

'In the softest way'

Thank you for visiting...
Until next time


Thursday, 15 October 2020

Keeping calm

And definitely carrying on.

'Red mist rising'

Since my last post I have been thinking...
there is a lot to be said for being calm and restrained.

My touch of restraint has moved on to an 
exciting new group of paintings.


I have had an enormous cull in the studio.
No paintings have been scrapped,
just put in a corner facing the wall!

I may well return to them and rework parts.

My website has been updated too.

'Another time, another place'

This painting has been on a very long journey.
I dare not show the previous images but 
take my word for it...

For now it will hang with the others as part
of the new series.

'A glimmer of hope'

The last time this was on an outing it was
in Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln in the Nadin Show.

As soon as I brought it home I knew it had to change.
This is the new image.
I like it a lot.

'The last time I saw this place'

Oh my...this one has had a revamp for the third time.
It has a calmer feeling and joins the others in the group.

Here is an old-timer.
It's been moved to a more prominent position.
Loose and relaxed, with a hint of mystery.

'Twilight fades the blue'

This painting has a touch of chaos...
and hangs on a wall in my home.

It won't join the studio group but will stay for now,
until I decide whether to give it a makeover. 

'Glimpses of Chaos'

So there it is.
Some day I shall open my studio again for visitors.
In the meantime I shall continue to ramble along here.

I hope you keep me company.
Thank you for visiting.

Here is our wild garden where I walk with
my whippet boy Brodie.

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Thursday, 8 October 2020

Feeling blue...

What is blue?

Blue is a sapphire sky, 

On a hot summer's day, 

Blue is the ocean, 

Deep and crystal clear, 

Blue is a forget me not, 

Blowing in the wind.

(Unknown source)

I could stop there but there is always another story.

My blue painting has been reworked several times...

Here is the painting before I began.

I wanted to calm the image.

It might seem easy but it has taken three days of struggle.

There was a lot of scraping back 

and rubbing down as I tried to get what I wanted.

Actually, I wasn't sure what I wanted.

I thought I should include some strong marks,

and maybe some additional colour.

Resisting the urge to add, instead I subtracted.

This has given my picture space to 'breathe'.

It's a calm place to be.

'Deep in thought'

Oils and cold wax medium on 16 x 16 inch canvas.

Thank you for visiting...

Until next time.


Sunday, 4 October 2020


Is restraint good?

A viewer recently said he liked 
my more restrained paintings.  

Before I go full speed into 
making more of these...

I shall be careful.
This is only one person's point of view.  

Another viewer could prefer a lively picture.  
We all have our preferences.

This is what makes art so exciting.

This picture is a similar palette but quite busy.  
It is a 'virtual' crop of a larger piece.

Taking a personal route...

I paint for my own enjoyment 
and try not to be too influenced by comments.
It is an easy trap which can stifle one's imagination.

This painting can be viewed 4 ways.  
This aspect focuses on marks and contrast.

If it is rotated...
the image is suggesting a landscape.  

Two ways of viewing.

'Differing Views'

Oils and cold wax medium on 16x16 inch canvas 

Back to a restrained palette...
Another re-worked painting this week.  

'Parting ways'

Oils and cold wax medium on 16x16 inch canvas 

Finally...the full picture.

I might title it 'Restraint'

Oils and cold wax medium on 24x24 inch canvas 

I shall leave my thoughts here
for you to ponder.

There may be more restrained paintings to follow.  

Until next time,
thank you for visiting.

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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