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 […]
When I was a young mom, with five children close in age, I found that I needed to "get away" now and then....ANYONE RELATE? My choice was to take a class...and so I did for years and years. As I look back over SOOOO many years, I note a pattern as I am still taking classes. But is it a different experience today!! Where previous classes were com […]
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.
Some time ago a collection of toys went on show. That was the Buckingham Palace exhibition called "Royal Childhood". Nothing could be more delightful that the tiny pink tea set with all the pieces in the shape of rabbits! If such a mold for the porcelain could still exist or could be copied, I am sure not children, but grown-up collectors would lov […]
Paintings in process in my studioSo what's a Blog Hop? It's a way to introduce new artists and their blogs to my readers. My friend Ruth Armitage invited me to participate and directed me to answer some questions about my work. I'm happy to oblige. Thanks, Ruth.Ruth is an energetic and creative woman who specializes in painting in watermedia. […]
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 […]
End of Summer Blues22 x 30 watercolorThere is no place on the planet I would rather be in the summer than the coast of Maine. I can't say that for winter so as the days grow shorter and the nights are cooler we are all reminded that the loveliest time of year will come to an end soon...I was challenged to do a larger watercolor so with a giant pen and b […]
Lavender Field, 5 x 7 inches, graphite + watercolor, Suzanne McDermottI cannot imagine life without Lavender By now all the Lavender in Provence has been harvested. I once visited the Lavender capital of the world. That's Digne, or Digne-les-Bains, also the capital of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Their annual Lavender Festival ended yesterday. I'd want […]
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, […]
Sketch&French 9h30 du matin Lundi 25 Août ’14 It is so blue and lovely today. A bright sunny day to continue our classes by 3 more weeks. This is just a small group of dedicated students keen to carry on the learning they’ve started to get a handle on. Today’s French conversation with Sandrine would be about the 20 arrondissements of Paris, locating monu […]
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 →