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 […]
What an amazing, exhilarating, fun-loving three weeks we have had with our adult kids and 11 grand-kiddies. Sun Up--Sun Down we amazed ourselves with all that there is to do, learn and explore whether paired off or in one huge moving mass of energy. It has been fun to review the photos we have all taken with our various cameras. I decided to choose someth […]
This is the lane running through Temple Mill in Sibford, it's a farm which has been in the same family since 1800, and was run as a mill until 1960. Because of the twisting lane which bisects the farm and the overhanging trees I find that on a sunny day it always provides a dramatic subject for a painting.Dappled Light over temple Mill. Oil, 6x8 inches. […]
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 his lecture, Some Hints on Pattern Designing, 1881, he (William Morris) traced the history of repeating patterns from ancient and classical times to the Gothic period in which a significant change in pattern structure took place, marked by what he called ,the universal acceptance of continuous growth. Morris mostly used a diagonal or a network of d […]
Minimizing my gear for a day of sketching in the city required leaving lots of handy tools at home, and although I packed lighter than usual I still carried too much. These items went into my small Ellington purse: (no longer available) 7" square Stonehenge sketchbookSmall Moleskine sketchbookPencil bag with 2 copic multiliner SP, mechanical pencil and […]
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 […]
An early morning 8 mile walk with Patti, a latte, a green smoothie, 5 hours at the gallery staring at a canvas, and take out sushi. Much like the Camino, but no 20 lb pack, a green smoothie and take out sushi. I'm ignoring the canvas...Pecha Kucha presentation on July 24 at Asylum in Portland Maine. I am presenting with 10 other people who have amazing […]
Suzanne McDermott, Watercolor, 5.75 x 7.75 inches Forget about lemonade for minute. Keep fresh lemons on hand. Squeeze one in some pure water and drink that down the hatch. Especially first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Forget the sugar. Here are a few awesome things fresh lemon juice in water will give you: a shot of Vitamin C for your immune sy […]
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 […]
Sketch&French. Monday 9.30am. July 21 ’14 The Studio was a nice warm place to come into on this slightly chilly day. Our students arrive all slightly hesitant about what they’d let themselves in for, as one always is on the first day of anything new. No need to worry. Sandrine was probably just as worried, as she hadn’t tutored one of our classes before […]
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 →