Sunday, 10 February 2019

New Website

I've spent the past week or so getting a new website up and running - find it here .

Friday, 8 February 2019

Peanut & A Lily...

It was a wet and blustery day today, the kind of day you stay in and get on with some painting!  Here is the bear 902 aka Peanut/Fifi when she was a cub.  I've painted her a few times, mainly because she was just so cute but also because she defied the odds and despite being the tiny, skinny runt of the litter, survived and thrived to adulthood.  Last seen in the autumn of 2018 at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, looking very fat and ready for hibernation.  I can;t wait to see her return in the Spring!
I have also re-vamped the lily painting - I like using paint dribbles on my paintings but this time it didn't work at all.  So I painted the whole background gold and am happy with it now.  Once I can photograph it in the daylight (there was not much of that today) it will go up for sale in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Website & Work In Progress...

Just a quick note to say that I am in the process of re-furbishing my website so it will be off-line for a few days.  The web host I was with for years could not solve the problem I had of not being able to upload all the photos I have of my paintings - some loaded, some did not - which after a year was getting very frustrating indeed.  So I have changed host, which means a transfer of name, complete overhaul of my site using a new template and generally a minor nervous breakdown as I am not tech savvy inthe slightest!  Hopefully all should be back up and running soon.

In the meantime, after a few weeks of crippling artist's block, I am back and working on a bear cub!

Wednesday, 30 January 2019


The amaryllis I was given for Christmas is in bloom and quite magnificent.  I thought I'd have a go at painting it and try and rouse myself out of the awful artist's block I'm going through at the moment.  It was quite fun but had to be quick as the second bud is visibly opening and the first one moving as I painted.
I used some of the Japanese gold watercolour I got a year ago for the background - I likeit!  I can't decide which is better though, the whole painting or cropping off the dribbly bits.  What do you think?

Friday, 25 January 2019


Over the last few weeks I have been experiencing a serious lack of inspiration & motivation with regard to painting.  Perhaps because I was so busy in the run up to Christmas, perhaps because of other work commitments, I don't know, I just know it was making me unhappy.  So in order to overcome this, I decided to start with a little painting of one of my favourite subjects, the humble sparrow.

I used walnut ink for this - I like the way the brown can be either light and diluted or rich and dark, and also I like being able to paint with it rather than draw.  However, as the painting went along, I realised I could not achieve the black markings on the bird with walnut ink alone, so used a black ink pen to fill those in.  I also wanted to bring a little warmth to the feathers on the head and shoulders of the bird, so gave them a light wash of orange watercolour over the walnut ink.

It's a small painting but I am happy with how it turned out.  I feel better for having done it but am still lacking inspiration - help!

Paintig currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Daisy Bear

 A while back I made a tiny felt bear and dressed it in a floral frock with a crochet hat.  This bear sold just before Christmas and the customer was so pleased with it she ordered another one.  This is the other one!
 The bear is about 4 inches tall, with thread jointed legs and arms. I have made her dress from a sweet cotton print and trimmed it with green ribbon.  She also has a broderie Anglaise petticoat.
I crocheted the hat, trimmed it with ribbon and a rose made from satin ribbon.  I forgot how much fun making these tiny mascots is - I must do more of it!

Thursday, 17 January 2019


I was given a kit at Christmas to make a life-size paper sloth. Hmmm.... 
So over the past couple of weeks, whenever I've had a half hour to spare, I have wrestled with the double sided tape, the folding and the sticking and finally finished him yesterday.  It was actually a lot of fun once I had got my head around the instructions.  I'd like to try another model some time - but not for a while!

Now, where to put him...

Kit is made by a company called Agent Paper.