Mike by firelight…

Well we survived the river flooding with just a watery kiss on our back wall, down here at the gallery. That is not a euphemism. Watching the news we realized just how lucky we were, as many others were not so fortunate. I hope anyone affected by the recent storm flooding gets back on their feet as quickly as possible, and back in to some semblance of normal life again, after the devastation.

After putting the gallery back together I’ve had a nice, busy period of painting. I’d love to show you pictures of the new artworks but I managed to wipe my smart phone of all its photos. ( It’s a shame the owner isn’t smart! ) I’m not the sort of girl to go back round revisiting stuff I have already documented, so here is everything I currently have in my phone’s gallery. As you can see… it’s Mike! I promised myself I would work on portraiture this year and it is nearly March, so I got a wriggle on before I thought of more excuses not to do it…

Enjoy x

Abstract seascapes…

Ugh what a grotty week weatherwise. Hoolie upon hoolie has kept us holed up inside the gallery this week. The only fresh air we’ve had is the quick dash to the car to go home! It has of course meant no excuses for getting on with painting… and not hanging about drinking coffee, chatting and generally procrastinating with other studio owners down here!

I’ve recently had a bit of a thing for going small and bought a raft of tiny boards to play with. 13 in all. I figured 12 would look good en masse upon the wall… and one for something completely different ( sticks her finger up her nostril and plays la Marseillaise.) I am halfway through with painting charming, abstract mini seascapes and enjoying the freedom of using a palette knife. They are good too for squeezing betwixt larger projects while I wait for layers to dry off. Our friendly framer ( hello Beagle Framers!) is making up a load of tray frames for them to sit in – so how lovely will they look? I can’t wait.

Enjoy x

Colourific…

Well if Picasso can have a blue period, I don’t see why I can’t. Thanks Pablo!

It’s been freezing down at the Tithebarn workshops so I thought I would take colour scheme inspiration from the things around me. Voila! The purple and blue of my cold, cold hands. Roll on Spring, huh?

Pictured are a few mini seascapes, and the process shown in my latest impressionistic landscape of bluebells and forest. I really don’t think I can pack any more colour in it, so I’m laying the palette knife down before it all gets a bit muddy. A muddy forest is far too realistic at this time of year!

Enjoy x