It happens to all of us: that day when the house is empty but the people hungry. If you have a baguette at hand(like all French homes do), some kind of fruit, like red berries(which you should have, because they are packed with health benefits!) and some ham somewhere( if you dig deep enough, I’m […]
The big problem with draft horses roaming free in the pastures is that they get very dirty in winter. and of course they hate being closed up. Living on hills don’t make it any easier. So we keep them in a smaller camp, both for their own sake and for the fields’ sake. But with […]
Our postcard project this year seems to be spluttering along a bit erratically, but to see a colourful rectangle in the postbox is always a thrill. This time it was one of Liz's wonderful rock-and-beach scenes from her recent holiday at Port Macquarie (fairly recent, as I've taken a while to get to posting this!) I had been thoroughly enjoying see […]
Did you hear? there is a new pedicure salon down at the beach. Come along we have to hurry it is a very popular place, the lines are forming! First shed your shoes....hmmmm....boots. Grab a seat, and drop those toes into a bowl of exfoliating bliss. Finger tip massage, ahh, that feels so GOOD! Work your magic. Today there is a pedicure special featuring mud […]
I want to thank everyone who has visited my blog and left comments over the years. It's been loads of fun and given me motivation and inspiration to keep drawing. My drawings and paintings can be found on my other blog, Sketches by Fiz.
"In his lecture, Some Hints on Pattern Designing, 1881, he (William Morris) traced the history of repeating patterns from ancient and classical times to the Gothic period in which a significant change in pattern structure took place, marked by what he called ,the universal acceptance of continuous growth. Morris mostly used a diagonal or a network of d […]
Minimizing my gear for a day of sketching in the city required leaving lots of handy tools at home, and although I packed lighter than usual I still carried too much. These items went into my small Ellington purse: (no longer available) 7" square Stonehenge sketchbookSmall Moleskine sketchbookPencil bag with 2 copic multiliner SP, mechanical pencil and […]
A Provencal Morning New paintings just gone on show at Beside The Wave in an exhibition called "The Art of Romance" just in time for valentines day. For me it is the romance of memory and the delight of beautiful places and things. Two are from a trip to Provence last November. Obviously the rumpled bed is a romantic image but the whole of Proven […]
Suzanne McDermott, Watercolor, 5.75 x 7.75 inches Forget about lemonade for minute. Keep fresh lemons on hand. Squeeze one in some pure water and drink that down the hatch. Especially first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Forget the sugar. Here are a few awesome things fresh lemon juice in water will give you: a shot of Vitamin C for your immune sy […]
Bolsa Chica Salt MarshInk on paperThis was a beautiful California spring day with clear sky and a slight breeze. I walked the path for about an hour, sketching about every 20 or 30 minuets. This one is with the ocean behind me facing north/east.
Road to the Loch Oil on Canvas 24x20"I got word today that my two paintings entered into The North Ayrshire Art Exhibition had been accepted and that's always a good feeling.It's been a few years since I tried for this exhibition as I never seem to have enough works for the shows that come along in groups, like buses, in the summer months.But […]
Sketch&French. 9.30am. July 28 ’14. Everybody arrived bright, keen and ready to immerse themselves in some new French phrases. Sandrine had created leaflets with groups of words and phrases which are absolutely essential if you need to have dialogue of any sort in France, particularly if you have croissants in mind. The French do not necessarily speak f […]
I came across a version of this painting that I did a couple of years ago when I was cleaning my office and decided to try it again, taking more care with lighting and adding a background to the new … Continue reading →