*It seems my previous post of January has been re-emailed to my subscribers last night..It is a mystery….I promise it is not of my doing and I have no idea how it could have happened. I have never emailed a post twice, but I apologize and I trust all my regular readers know me by […]
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 […]
How pleasant it is to be UN-broken. ...to be whole ...to be content ...to wish for nothing more Such are the feelings of Peace I find at the ocean ....on the hot sand ....capturing seagulls with my lens ....brushing sand off my tattered straw hat ...hearing giggles and laughter of children building sand castles ...equally cherishing the broken and unbroken s […]
It’s coming around again...my annual solo exhibition as part of the Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival begins on the 10th May. I have over 30 new watercolours and a large selection of the mini oil paintings from the cotswoldsketchbook series of paintings.The exhibition is again in Swalciffe Village Hall in a beautiful part of North Oxfordshire, and as well as two […]
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.
There are lots of porcelain rabbits in the decor shops, and they seem to go with the renewed interest in French country-style decorating. My friend, Melissa, gave me a tiny white porcelain rabbit and I immediately saw the possibilities of this very plain form. It is as if a featureless rabbit is no longer the slave of "scale" and can easily appear […]
Haystack RockHaystack Rock is located off shore of the seaside village of Cannon Beach in NW Oregon. The groupings of rock which commands the attention of visitors is quite accessible at low tide and is a popular attraction for children and their parents who love exploring the tide pools at its base. Our family spends lots of time in this lovely spot and ima […]
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 […]
After 24 hours we made it to Biarritz France. A lovely seaside town with great vistas, shops and cafés. We sat in the garden of the hotel and I sketched this view then off we went in search of a cafe for dinner.Found one!!! The most delicious dinner at Cafe Jean."Art Abandonment". Quickly sketched while having a cafe au lait and then left on the ta […]
This is not a loblolly pine cone. I'm giving an interactive lecture at a local venue on Saturday called "Real Magic." It's (mostly) about drawing because drawing is always about making something appear out of thin air. As if that weren't transformational enough, the whole point of my teaching about drawing, is to help you transform y […]
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.
The opening of our 2nd Open Studios Ayrshire weekend is only 4 days away.The windows are washed, the garden tidied, the frames have arrived and some more paintings have been brought out and finished off. Some have been binned or painted over but a few have survived after a bit of reworking.Lots more to do in the way of organising the wall spaces and small pa […]
Pardon the pun, but we’re just so excited today. The young Royals are visiting Manly. Kate, William and baby by George. However let us not be distracted a minute longer as there are things you need to know. Do you like the idea of discovering parts of Manly you didn’t know existed? Would you like to try a different Manly cafe every week? Then you’d better si […]
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 →