*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 […]
A lovely apple orchard back in the UK, it seems although I live in a beautiful part of rural France I paint a lot of English subjects, maybe I should move back!Springtime in the Orchard. 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.
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 […]
I've drawn in one of my sketchbooks every day this week and I intend to keep it up. It's a bit embarassing to post my wonky drawings but this blog is, in my mind, a way to record my work and progress so it serves my own purpose.I'm working in an 8" square sketchbook I made. The pages are an assortment of watercolor papers, all shapes, se […]
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 […]
El Camino di Santiago—500 miles in 35 days. My very good friend and I will be walking the "Way of St James" starting April 21st—YIKES in less than a week we climb on a plane to start our journey. We start our pilgrimage in St Jean Pied de Pont, France, over the Pyrenees and across the plains of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. My pack is a little h […]
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.
Trees at Burns Cottage Oil 12x10" AfterSometimes you struggle and struggle trying to use paint to express an idea and it just doesn't work and you either give up or accept the unsatisfactory image.The image below never pleased me but I took a photo any […]
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 →