Saturday, 25 March 2017

Developing a painting of The Swan pub, Lewes

the sketch in my A4 Seawhite sketch book

drawn out at twice the size on heavy Bockingford watercolour paper
base colours added
and then the colourpops! the finished painting

Here is the development of a recent painting ready to be exhibited at Chalk Gallery, Lewes.
The Swan pub, sits on a busy junction at the top of a hill in Lewes, on one of the very old routes out of town. Once a blacksmith worked behind the pub, and beer was brewed across the road.

A comission for a present

All drawn out and ready to colour in


I am regularly painting house and family portraits to be given as presents. These often include pets or toys...and this one included a whole host of them! 

Friday, 11 November 2016

Postcard Tombola for St Peter & St James Hospice

On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November I will be taking part in the Chailey and Newick Painting Group art exhibition at Chailey Parish Hall. As usual there will be framed and unframed original paintings, artists greetings cards and lots of cake!
these postcards have been painted for the Postcard Tombola, to raise money for St Peter and St James Hospice.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Ice Skating at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton

from pencil to pen

the first colours go on, setting the scene

lots of colour and lots of the extra cat!

It's Christmas Card time again! ...well actually I am running a bit late and many artists completed their cards months ago!
I visited the Royal Pavilion in January this year and was inspired to recreate the scene for this year's SASBAH card. I tried to put in some recognisable Brighton faces from past and present, do you recognise anyone?

SGFA Draw 16 at the Menier Gallery

A lovestruck Romeo

the old tobacco shop, Haymarket

On 4th October Draw 16 opens at the Menier Gallery in Southwark, London, and I am excited that these two paintings have been accepted for the exhibtion.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

A painting trip to Venice

early morning I sat near st marks square and painted san giorgio

another day's early morning view from a different viewpoint
sometimes the view gets spoiled when this happens!

St marks, Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace from San Giorgio, afternoon

hot late afternoon sun from behind the Salute and the entrance to Grande Canale

I recently had the luxury of a four day painting trip to Venice.
somewhere that I have always wanted to go! Here are four paintings completed en plein air, early morning and late afternoon. I had a little three legged camping stool which was essential in Venice as there are just no seats if you dont have your own!
I also took around 500 photos for reference, for future work. the colours of the brickwork, the washing, faded doors and rusty waters and blue skies. just beautiful! 

Thursday, 26 May 2016

A lovestruck Romeo, in Sorrento

At the end of April I was lucky enough to have a weekend in Sorrento, Italy, with my sisters.
The weather was a bit iffy so I did not go sketching but I took some photos.
We spent a wonderful day exploring Pompeii, and in the evening back in Sorrento I spotted this Tavern Allegra, down a quiet alley that looked straight out of Pompeii.

I took a photo and worked from it when I got back. Imagining my Romeo by his Vespa and my Juliet on the balcony, about to put her washing out, and remembering all the wonderful colours on the walls at Pompeii.