Monday, 30 March 2015


Magenta is a favourite colour of mine, I own a magenta coat, which I love. I so enjoyed painting this little vase of magenta anenomes. 
The painting will be included in my May exhibition. My family have just returned to their homes after staying with me to celebrate my milestone birthday! No painting for a week!  Now I must get my skates on......I'm no where near the thirty mark, let alone forty paintings! Eek!

Monday, 16 March 2015

Along The Road with The May Exhibiion

I am halfway, in my painting marathon of forty paintings for the May exhibition. I have to stop every few days and tidy the studio as I seem to surround my chair and easel with all my materials, sketches, still life articles that weren't needed in the end! Paint soiled baby wipes, everywhere but in the bin! Vases of half dead flowers from previous paintings!

On Thursday I bought a little pot of mini Irises, they are just gorgeous, as well as a single stem of a regular Iris . I love purple and green... I may have you told you this before! I'm pleased with how this one turned out...need a title!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

May Exhibition

I am trying, very hard to get together the forty paintings I need for my solo exhibition in The Tolbooth Arts Centre, Kirkcudbright, commencing 6 May! Life keeps getting in the way and then, of course, there is the little matter of artist block.
I have been down to the gallery and measured the space....I put it off, knowing I'd freak once I knew the actual number needed.....I thought about forty.....and forty it is!
When having a break from the actual act of painting , I'm also mulling over titles for the pieces. Sometimes I can come up with something witty and clever but other times all I can think of is the most boring, " blue cup with oranges " etc so unless I can come up with witty for all, it will be obvious and boring. I know it is about the work but....
My show is called a Slice of life and this is my cover photo....I'll keep you posted on developments 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Life Drawing

On Wednesday evening I decided I would take along an A2 sheet of good cartridge paper and work on the floor. Our model was in the same pose all evening
Leaning on my right hand, as I worked, I soon realised my wrists couldn't take the strain of drawing like this! I broke both my wrists , badly, a few years ago and there are a few things I struggle with, at times.
Then my foot went to sleep.......certainly made me appreciate what our poor models go through each evenings!
Things did go better the next hour, when I halved the paper and sat on the floor , cross legged, leaning on a board, and drew the models features