I went and caught the lurgy so the art has slowed up this week. However, sat at home feeling sorry for myself gave me time to try out some of the media I have, that often gets bypassed for oils. I’ve had a thoroughly messy afternoon elbows deep in soft pastels. I had no idea they could make such a mess – I’m hooked! My hubby came home and burst out laughing when he saw me. I was blissfully unaware I was sporting a dashing shade of cerulean as a goatee. Luckily there were no cold callers or posties at the door today, and I felt too waffy to water the garden, so the neighbours were spared my impersonation of a bearded smurf too. I can’t wait to play with the pastels again… I think I’ll try a Salvador Dali ‘tash next.

First two landscape pictures are pastels on paper, and the third picture is further progress on the oil on board I’ve been painting.

Enjoy x

The decade of missing

Too long not to see your face

too long not to hear your voice

too long without embrace

this missing decade of no choice.

For you Max.

I see your essence all around me. I know your breath sails on the air I still breathe. I see you living in every droplet of water. I know you wander free and my heart settles again to the sweet sadness of love and loss. I miss you always, the now and ever after. I love you eternally.

Sleep tight x

Back to work…

Well what a week off. If anyone needs a holiday recommendation… quick! Head off to Croatia. It’s a beautiful country and it has been really hard trying to settle back in to work today. I think I left my head over there. I’ve been pushing paint around as a token gesture, but I’d rather be exploring the natural beauty of Croatia for painting ideas. At this rate, it will be at least Friday that my 100% artist mode will be activated. In the meantime here’s what’s on the board…

enjoy x

Illuminate (finished)…


It is piddling down harder than the Manneken Pis today, so have something bright and cheerful to peruse. I went all exotic! I really should have a lay down and recover probably as I’d hate to scare hubby after THAT Spurs game. I’ll settle for a hot cup of chai instead. Get me.

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this so much it has spurred me on to do another ‘colour emphatic’ street scene, but this next one will be with a brush ( and fingertips knowing me), not a palette knife as I want to play with a softer style. Fun! Yeah… I don’t get out much. I’ll start as soon as I finish my chai.

Enjoy x


Ooh I can’t wait until this is dry enough to place in the frame. As you can see I thought I would go as subtle as can be with the colours and stroke work. To complete the demure look I will paint the frame gold.

I know, I know. A blind man san see this from space!

Enjoy x