When your potager starts exploding with courgettes, it is time to come up with all sorts of ways to eat those courgettes without getting bored. But even so, by the end of summer, I feel like a courgette and can’t even look at one, let alone eat it. Courgettes are more flavorful when they are […]
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 […]
She Sells Sea Shells She sells sea shells on the sea shore. The shells she sells are sea shells, Im sure. And if she sells sea shells on the sea shore, Then l'm sure she sells seashore shells. We are off again....22 of us. TWENTY-TWO--Bigs and Littles It is taking two houses to hold us all. Seabrook, SC here we come. Can't wait. Our family is scatt […]
I've held regular Summer exhibitions in the village hall here in Lower Slaughter, a beautiful and well kept village which is determined not to go the way of it's close neighbour one mile along the road.Apologies for yesterday's spelling mistake, glad some of you are taking notice!Water under the bridge, Lower Slaughter, Oil, 8x6 ins, £99
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.
Ten years ago we moved to the West Coast to live close to the ocean. How close? Friends who have seen photos of my home, will know! The photos in this post were taken 80 meters from where I live by friend and photographer Mary Ann Bosch, who absolutely loves the West Coast too. In May last year, I lost my husband and although I bravely declared that I woul […]
Illustrating the Cover StoryMy art graces the cover of the current issue of Divinity, the alumni magazine for Duke University's Divinity School. Yes, I'm bragging, especially because it wasn't because of anything I did except for blogging about making art using my collection of road maps. The magazine's editor contacted me a few months ag […]
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 […]
I returned home from Spain two weeks ago. It has not been easy to assimilate back into life here after my amazing journey. The Camino occupies a great deal of my thoughts and I find I terribly miss being a walker/sketcher/pilgrim...My accordion sketch book of the plaza in Santiago finally got colored in after sadly sitting unopened until today. What great me […]
Winds of Change, Watercolor, 8 x 8 inches "It isn't the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it's how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer." —Pema Chodron Why Bother? It's too difficult, destabilizing, traumatic. Stay right where you are. Don't change a thing. Life without […]
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 […]
THURSDAY, NEW SKETCHERS & GENERAL. 10AM. JULY 3 ’14 Well what a cracker of a day for our last days of Term 2. We are sketching at a narrow neck of beach and boating called The Spit. Connecting two suburbs is a bridge which rises in the centre to allow passing boats to go from one side to the other. It’s always fascinating to watch unless you happen to b […]
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 →