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Life painting – It was too cold for the model to undress

It was too cold for our life model to undress, so she just unpinned her hair and lay down on the platform fully clothed. Her unruly hair and unconventional style of dress – dungaree shorts and thick tights – at first made it seem more difficult to capture than her unclothed form might have. It seemed odd to be painting a person with their clothes on!

However, it made for a very interesting exercise. I used a palette of magenta and blue against a greeny/turquoise background and was quite pleased with my efforts.

A couple of weeks later, in my wee studio, I decided to turn the study into a finished painting. Using orange, yellow and touches of cadmium red, I added bold pattern and refined the figure here and there.

Here’s the result so far. Not sure if I should leave the yellow stripes as they are or if they should all be lined with red. What do you think?



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Collage Art – mini landscapes

One of my favourite ways of working is using collage to form the basis of a composition. But in these works I only use papers that I have prepared myself in advance; that is sheets of paper that have been splattered with paints and inks.

The mediums are run into one another and scored through with various utensils to create interesting marks. Often, I use a printing roller to merge colours and if the paint is thick, it makes beautiful, textured patterns. I also love to use metallic paints and inks as these create areas that catch the light.

When the papers are dry, I rip them into random sized pieces. The next step is then to choose pieces that will form a pleasing composition on a canvas. Once glued in place, more medium is added to create depth and interest.

Each work can take several days to complete. I create these collage landscapes in various sizes, from mini 7 x 5 inch to large 24 x 24 inch. One day soon I plan to attempt a really large one.

Until then, here’s a pic of two minis with golden skies framed and ready to go to a Christmas exhibition in a very nice gallery. Fingers crossed for a sale. If you like them, you can see more on my website.


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Flowers and more flowers

If you’ve read my recent posts you will know I love to paint expressive, semi abstract flowers and hopefully you’ve had a look at my website and had look at some of them.

Well my good news for today is that I sold a framed work via a gallery in the Scottish Borders – it’s called ‘A Heady Mix’, it is on A3 paper and executed with ink, acrylic inks, watercolours and metallic ink. Nice and splashy and a bit textured too. It’s difficult to see from the photo, but there are some serious blobs of gold ink in there!  If you like it check out my other flowery works on my website. 🎨😊💖

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Painting winter

As I write this the sun is pouring through my windows and shining brightly in the garden, but it is cold and it is clear winter is on its way.

I love cold, clear, sunny winter days especially after snow but hopefully they won’t come too soon, lovely as they are.

Painting snow is always interesting because the last colour you would use is white. A layer of just white creates a flat and boring scene. What it needs is colour to give it depth and interest.

It can be blue, purple, pink grey or all at the same time and sometimes a bit of green or yellow ochre just pulls the scene together.

Here’s a snowy scene I did last year. I used a lot of blue to create ‘coldness’. I showed it to one gallery owner who rejected it saying it was lovely but she didn’t like the blue trees.

What do you think?

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A wee work nicely framed

Us arty types are always posting pics of our work – of course we do – we want others to enjoy and admire the fruits of our labour and we are always hopeful for a sale.

It is extremely difficult to get your work into a gallery, and if you do get picked up it’s exciting, but it can be expensive. If, like me, you don’t live near very many galleries you can end up driving many, many miles to hand in a couple of works or you need to use costly delivery companies.

Also, you have to frame your work – more expense – and of course there’s the cost of art materials.

If the work sells that is great but if it doesn’t you are left very out of pocket.

So why do I keep on keeping on? Quite simply I can’t not. It is like being an addict. I try to minimise my costs but it is not easy.

So what I am saying I suppose is that very few artists make much money. I consider myself lucky in that I sometimes cover my costs.

Maybe one day I’ll make lots of sales but until then I’ll just keep on keeping on.

So here’s a wee framed collage that will be travelling circa 75 miles to a gallery Christmas show. Let’s hope it’s a one way journey.


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Lovely flowers – some feedback

I love to paint and I consider myself a creative sort of person but, when it comes to talking about or describing my work I can get a bit tongue tied.

I had stated that I was trying to capture the way flowers made me feel rather than trying to paint realistically. So it was like getting a present when a lady gave the following comment on one of my flowery works on paper.

She said ” it’s summer and fresh air – that lovely feeling of no time agenda – just enjoying being”

Spot on. Here’s the image.

It’s executed on paper with inks and watercolours and I haven’t got a title yet. If you can think of one please let me know 🌹🎨