I wrote an article for LEEF, an Afrikaans magazine in SA, about our life here in France. Their February summer issue was devoted to all things French and I was asked to do a contribution. I called it “In the shade of the walnut tree”. This is our favorite spot in summer time where we […]
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 […]
We plant yellow and purple pansies in the fall since the winters are so mild. This year was no different. But the common place proved to be uncommon. Snow, ice, sleet pelted the southern states making us wonder if we had been transplanted to another sphere. We stared wide-eyed at our world cloaked in shards of ice. Then I learned that "delicate" p […]
Well Spring really does feel like it's almost with us, today was a beautiful sunny day and according to my French teacher we should expect another week of it...and he's always right!A Burst of Yellows. OIL, £99email for purchase infoSEE ALL PAINTINGS FOR SALE
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.
No, we do not have rabbits on the West Coast of South Africa, but they have been seen on some farms away from the coast. But of course there is always "pretending". I painted Lola and Vanilla really big and then posed the painting in the garden.I was very happy with the fast laying down of colours. This piece was painted alla prima in a single sess […]
First page of notes from a Cathy Woo workshop in 2007I've taken dozens of art-related workshops and classes over the past 50 years, since my first one one day workshop at the Embroiderers Guild in London, England in 1966. I've had loads of fun with like-minded friends and learned a lot about making art, but I've also wasted time and money by n […]
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 […]
Maine LobsterWhenever I find some free time I try to do exercises from one of these great books One Watercolor A Day or One Drawing A Day by the talented Veronica Lawlor and the members of Studio 1482. This one was Exercise #7—Food Studies in One Watercolor A Day.February 28, 2014 Willard Beach MaineIt is so cold when I take Sophie to the beach every morning […]
Watercolor, 7 x 10 inches“The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and the establishment of the new, constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.” — John C. Calhoun Are you transitioning? I'm writing this post at the New Moon. From here on in […]
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.
Small oils on canvas 4x6"Sometimes I really enjoy making small studies in paint as opposed to the larger landscapes. These are usually little subjects found in and out of my house and this year I've been painting them on very small canvases and popping them into a basket for sale at the Open Studio event.
My perfect life would be to live in new and favourite cafes, moving from one to the next. Actually that almost happened this morning. Adeline and I met up to plan our next Sketch&French classes. That was Belgrave Cartel which I love. Next Alissa was arriving on the ferry and we would be looking for a new one I’d been told about. Great timing. I dash to t […]
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 →