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 […]
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 2013 I met Raffi, with the breeders name of Gypsy Gold. I met her in photographs, but soon felt that I knew her, especially after I started her painting in oils.And then, when I started painting stitch cartoons this year, I was commissioned to do a few more paintings. I had lessons in what they looked like: airedales always have wide-open eyes, because th […]
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 […]
Jacqueline 10" x 10"Acrylic, ink and pencil on wooden panelMy mother, Jackie, is spending time with me in Maine. She is 89 and staying in the downstairs condo through October when the cold will chase back out west. She has slowed down a bit, but still very sharp.Every morning after my run, we go for a walk to the beach, around the block and back to […]
"There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember;" —Wm. Shakespeare, Ophelia in Hamlet, Act IV, Scene VToday is the 102nd anniversary of my mother, Rosemary Fogarty McDermott's birthday. I spent much of the day making this watercolor of a rosemary plant. In the middle ages, brides would wear rosemary in their hair and grooms, a […]
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.
Oil on Box Canvas 10x10"Oil on Box Canvas 8x8"Oil on Canvas 8x10"Print availableMy friend Margaret Law and I are taking part in a joint exhibition at a venue in Mauchline, Ayrshire. It's a new local gallery which started out life as a gift shop. It's now a Coffee Shop and Gallery and well worth a visit for the cakes alone. Carol, […]
Sunday September 28 ’14 Another hot sunny day in Tuscany. How much of this can one take! Into the Studio by 9.30 and we’d be looking at eye level and perspective. I have a simple little graph I get people to do into their books, which as we do it line by line helps to explain how to see where all lines go. We talk about that and people begin to get the idea […]
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 →