#471 Mortson Quay

I timed the paint to be in-between tides, but the water rushed in so quickly I painted the edges of the banks first so I had a pleasing shape before it disappeared. (see picture below for how the water looked when I finished) Contra jour light, around 8am. I used a...

#470 ‘Sunday Sailing, Morston’

Quite tricky to find a composition that worked with lots of comings and goings of boats and people because it was a sunny Sunday morning.  I was there with the ROI (Royal Institute of Oil painters) and the IEA (institute of East Anglian painters.) A painting day with...

#469 ‘Wells Next the Sea, Norfolk’

There are many ups and downs of being an artist and I was feeling a bit self doubting. We had arrived in North Norfolk the previous night and I was keen to explore this area which I've not visited before. It was raining and grey I could see there was lots of subject...

#468 Pink Peonies

I wanted to get the colours as vibrant a possible so kept mixing until they we’re bright enough - I used Magenta to help with the intensity. Peonies are such happy flowers!! 🌸

#467 Morning Light, Langstone

7am in the summer time and the sun is already quite high but there is some warm interesting light.  Driving down to the coast I thought I'd check out Langstone first before I went further along the coast towards Bosham. But this scene grabbed me and I could envisage...

#466 Blue Canal Boat

Not a subject I would have gone out to paint but a friend asked me to help her with plein air painting.  When I first started painting outside I would choose a single object like this boat as it was similar to a still life - light a dark on a single element. So she...

#465 Daisies & Grasses

I wanted a light an airy feel, difficult with light flowers and a fairly light background. Contrasted dark grasses helps with the tonal composition.

#464 Cow Study

A quick sketch, I saw them all through the window of my studio I was painting something else at the time but couldn't resist them. So I crept out not wanting to disturb them - they are so curious and friendly. Managed about 15 minutes before they all got up to come...

#463 Towards Chelsea Bridge

Working on a larger scale again out en plein air. Was lucky with the sun coming out so provide sparkles on the water and great silhouetted shapes. My sort of subject! I wanted to paint as much as possible outside -because it takes me out of my comfort, pushing to make...

#462 Early Summer, The River Wey

Clambering over dewy wet grass some of it as tall as me in search of an inspiring composition and scene....Morning light with the greens so bright plus the gate and reflections, worth a paint! A canvas bigger than usual 35x45cm as I want to challenge myself which I do...

#461 Daisies & Peonies

I have rather neglected the blog recently having returned from London and my solo exhibition to distributing sold paintings and sorting out framing for people plus getting ready and taking part in the Open Studios its all go!  So here is a combined post of two recent...

#460 Langstone Harbour Reflections

A familiar area to me (because I used to live around here and Ive painted here many times), looking slightly more east than usual though, I liked the contour of the South Downs on the horizon. Plein air is not easy! When I arrived it the clouds fluffy and reflected in...

#459 Garden Peonies & Open Studios

I painted these in my father in laws garden, I worked on getting the greens to work with the dark pink - complimentary colours and quite similar in tone, pleased with the outcome! It's been a busy week trying to fit some painting in and preparing for the Surrey Open...

Solo Exhibition London 2019

The last few weeks have felt a whirl wind and I'm finally able to do a blog post about my solo exhibition! My husband Nick and I drove up on the Sunday unloaded a whole van full of stuff and started to unwrap the paintings. Monday spent all day hanging the show. The...

#458 Walk Through The Bluebells & Solo Show Invite!

Its been hard to stay on top of the blog during this incredibly busy time before my solo exhibition - which starts a week yesterday!! More about that at the end of this post. Painting in the bluebells with a stunning carpet of bluey-purple flowers a heady scent, &...

‘Sunrise, Langstone Harbour’

Some paintings just paint themselves, and this was one of them! Gorgeous colours and light, making the most of the recent good weather. I set up usually an hour before the sun is due to rise as it gives me time to mix colours and do a small quick study of light, helps...

#456 ‘Dawn, Tower Bridge’

Painted on the same day as the previous Tower Bridge I posted, just a little later in the morning about 7am. I finished it in the studio as it was a bitter morning -1 degree! Seems a distant memory now with the lovely sunshine we are having. The cloud was actually...

#455 Evening Light, Hammersmith Bridge

I have been working hard on all the elements required to put on an exhibition in London. Only 4 weeks to go now and I'm counting down...  If you are interested in my paintings and want to see a taster of the show I have uploaded some of the paintings on my website...

#454 ‘Lights on Tower Bridge’ 6×12″

Up crazily early 3.45am to get to London to capture the the illuminations before they were turned off! And the deep ‘blue hour’. It's surprising how quickly it changed from this to daylight see pic below - about 20 mins! I do enjoy the race against time and putting...

#453 ‘Frosty Meadow, The River Wey’ 10×12″

A really chilly start it was -1 and frosty grass with a contrasting beautiful glowing sunrise. A new painting find for our local area, I like the open meadows, windy river and the sheep were a bonus. Will go back in Spring...

#452 Sunset Walk, Chelsea Embankment

Beautiful light and pastels colours! I wasn't going to include the left side of the embankment thinking it was to contrasted but I think it helps the composition and really shows off the light colours. Plus the romantic stroll aspect has a good feel.

#451 Admiralty Arch, London 10×12″

It’s funny how you can love a painting you’ve done one moment & hate it the next. I started this last year en plein air & abandoned it in disgust when I got home. Saw it again recently & thought that’s worth working on! & now I’m happy with the result....

#450 Snowdrops x 2 8×8″

I have decided to move my blog to my website to encourage visitors onto it, help search engines find me and to look more professional. I think the new blog looks better than the google blogspot version - I hope you agree! All 450+ posts and comments are on...

#449 ‘View from Battersea Bridge’ 30x40cm

I have painted this bridge many times - easy to get hooked onto such a great subject! Plus it helps to really get familiar with something painting it over and over like Monet did. Recent paintings: Morning, midday, golden hour, twilight, and this one at 2pm. Also...

#448 ‘Twilight, Albert Bridge’ 30x40cm

Started en plein air. When the sun goes down the colours intensify! I might come back to this one and lighten the bridge a little more. A contrasted painting with very lights and very dark darks, so I had to lighten the darks and darken the lights so they weren't so...

#447 ‘Golden Hour, Albert Bridge’ 30x40cm

No wind, beautiful light and cloudless sky. Such a great combo, with the silhouetted shape of the old Victorian Bridge (built in 1873.) I maped out all the dark structural areas first, not much detail just main shapes and then the lighter sky. Tricky when it changed...

#446 ‘Midday Light, Albert Bridge’ 30x40cm

The end of last week was so sunny and warm, feels like spring is coming (already!) But I wouldn't say no to another snow day to paint 🙂 Painted on a very textured canvas - one I was given as a prize from the Royal Talens Company. I hope it adds to the impressionist...

#445 ‘First Light Venice’ 40x50cm

One for my exhibition, an idea taken from a small 8x10 plein air did in Venice September last year. I loved the building on the right with the light shining on it. I took a risk with the wooden poles, quite dominant structures but it gives depth and a sense of place....

#444 ‘Trees in Snow’ 30x40cm

Started outside on the last day of the snow we had finished in a warm studio! Painted one before this (see previous post) but liked the tall tree and sky so did a bigger painting in a portrait format.

#443 ‘Silver Birch in Snow’ 30x30cm

This is the first one I did as the sun was going down on Bramshott Common. Different colours to the previous bluer snow paintings. Mainly yellow and oranges, limited palette.  I painted another straight after (will post tomorrow) in a portrait format to get the trees...

#442 ‘Snow Shadows’ 30x40cm

The second painting done straight after the first. You can see how much the sun has moved to the right and rose. Warmer blues and lots of colours in the snow! But also a limited colour palette - warm and cool.In this one I wanted more of the shadows as I didn't get to...

#441 ‘Snow & Glow’ 24x30cm

I arrived early to set up and start mixing colours. So I was ready to paint the shadows when the sun just came up over the trees. Cool blues compliment well with the orangey sky. Such an inspiring subject. I stayed on and did another I will post it tomorrow! A...

#440 ‘Gorse in Snow, The Punch Bowl’ 24x30cm

I liked the cool blue light contrasted with the warmer light of the left. Plus the arial perspective of the fading distant hills. Not easy to paint! With quite subtle tonal difference having to really observe and not think you know whats there but...

#439 ‘Walk in the Snow’ 24x30cm

A few days ago we had a big snowfall overnight and it was so exciting to wake up to snow laden trees and sunshine :-)I went to an area walkable to us it was so quiet and we made the first snow tracks of the day, it was beautiful.To be able to to paint that was such a...

#438 ‘Chilly Brook’ 24x30cm

I drove for over an hour trying to find a subject, not easy seeing over the hedge rows and being able to park safely when there's snow on the roads. Really pleased to find this winding stream in the Meon Valley. I adapted the composition a little by making the distant...

#436 ‘Snow Pastels’ 30x30cm

Just after sunrise when there's still a bit of colour in the sky but no direct light on the scene. It was a few days ago -8 with wind chill, bitter but worth it 🙂 Reminds me of Farrow and Ball colours! Lots of mixed greys - warm and cool. More snow paintings to...

#435 ‘Sunrise, The Grand Canal’ 50x50cm

A studio painting developed from a plein air piece. I painted this subject over 15 times, so I know it well and felt comfortable painting it bigger. One for my solo show in May in London!Plein air studySketch book drawing on location (later in the day with more...

#434 ‘Old Fishing Boat’ 24x30cm

I liked the colour combination of this, very Mediterranean looking.  I used my location sketch to help with the composition. Painted with long flat brushes gives a quality to it. The rusty old winch gives an extra element and helps composition. Tried to keep it...

#433 ‘Red Sky & Fishing Hut’ 24x30cm

This scene was the next bay along from where we were staying. Such a bonus to find a characterful fishing hut and great old boats. I sketched it out in the day time but went back the next morning at sunrise to take photos. So I combined the two as I really loved...

#432 ‘Sunrise, Gran Canaria’ x 2

24x30cm Sunrise, Gran CanariaMy husband Nick and I had a week in the sun over the Christmas holidays, a proper break without my paints or his camera. (First one since our honeymoon 4 years ago!)I did however bring my sketch book, and we were blessed with stunning...

My First Solo Exhibition!!…Save the Date

New flyerJust 4 months until my first solo exhibition in London. The time has come around quickly and I am started to feel excited and also think there is so much to do - reminds of planning a wedding!I've finished designing these 'save the date' flyers and sent them...

#431 ‘Low Winter Sun over The River Hamble’ 10×12″

I actually started this painting before the previous post no.430. Having chased the sun and finally found a location and subject, I drew out this composition and mixed some pools of colour. But by then the low sun had changed into sunset colours and more clouds had...

#430 ‘Sunset Over The River Hamble’ & Perseverance

Thank you so much to those who have emailed me and commented re my previous post. It's really good to have feedback as it has been hard to gauge what you think of my blog! It seems like the consensus is to carry on with the format I have been doing -...

#429 ‘The Edge of Winter’, & Changing my Blog?

'The Edge of Winter' 40x50cm Oil on canvasI have been thinking about my blog and have want to change the format of my posts. At the moment I post every painting I do and have done that for 3 years. What I propose now is posting less often possibly once every two...

My Painting Year 2018

My favourite paintings of the yearI wanted to write a summary of this years happenings....I have completed a whopping 160 paintings (not including the duffers and wipe offs!) quite a few more than last year - mainly because of the Venice trip. And it's not all about...

#428 ‘Christmas Clemintines’ 6×12″ & 6×6″

Out Christmas shopping I spotted these in a garden centre. They don't usually have the greenery on in a supermarket. I haven't painted this sort of subject in a long time so I thought I'd have a go!I remember having a clementine and walnut at the bottom of my...

#427 ‘First Snow’ 30x40cm Happy Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and A Happy & Creative New Year! I painted this intending it to be my Christmas card this year but after proofing it twice at the printers to get the colours correct I ran out of time! It's from a photograph of last...

#426 ‘Winter Skies, Bramshott Common’ 8×10, 10×12″

A plein air sky not far from my house on land owned by MOD. I like seeing the distance and feeling the space. Winter sun means its sets over the distant hills - quite perfect!I used a textured linen coloured board to give it more atmosphere. This second painting...

#425 ‘Venetian Cafe’ 30x30cm

This week I have been looking after the family Shih Tzu dog, while my Mum is away. He is 12 and has lost his hearing from old age, plus he has gone blind from bad breeding, poor sausage, so it makes painting a little tricky! But I did manage this one in the studio...