Friday, 28 April 2017

Happy Friday!

The sun is positively beating down
 (in a gentle spring like way)
 and it has really boosted all our moods in the 'studio' today.

The cats are soaking up the rays, 
the dog is snoring and I have started some new sketches - see - everyone is happy :)

So what is on my desk today?

A couple of hares - designs for cards.
A mule ewe.
A sun worshipping cat.

Have a lovely weekend (a bank holiday weekend here in the UK),
hope the sun shines for you too.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Another good day!

Handed these two over last night.

A couple of characters,
both on slate
and in real life.
 Commissioned for a 50th birthday gift, 
I am delighted and humbled that my work is considered worthy enough to be given.
Happy happy!

time to 'get to it' and continue with the cat commission
 - via the kettle of course,
 I think it is time for  a tea :)

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Ready for his new home

This little fellow is finally finished - his new owners are more than happy (phew!), so all that remains is to add his twisted jute cord and he will be ready for his new home :)

I have also completed another birthday commission of two dogs. I shall reveal all soon!

Until then - a sneak preview of what's on my desk today - a rather handsome cat on reclaimed slate. he is destined to be a table decoration rather than a wall hanging. I shall share progress as I go along.

Speaking of progress, we are still working on our art exhibition and open studios for this autumn, there will be a Facebook page up soon, so keep your eyes peeled and I shall let you know when it is up and running.

As artist makers confirm they are attending, I shall add links and webpages - all good and exciting stuff!

Monday, 17 April 2017

That first step

Progress has been slow but rewarding,

The initial base layer in white always feels exciting,
feels like the first step,
the first note,
the first leap from which there is no turning back...

And feels like flying!

A painting this size can take me 30 - 40 hours,
or more.
 It is important to me that I capture the 'essence' of the animal,
so the owner 'knows' that this painting is of their treasured pets.

This need to get it right can unnerve me somewhat.
However, as the dogs start to to appear, 
start to take form 
it is rather exciting!
Especially when they look right back at me.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Dog days

In between organising an art event*, gardening, 
ferrying sons here there and what feels like everywhere! 
I have started a birthday commission - two dogs on their favourite fleecy blanket.

It makes a lovely change from all the bulls I have been painting recently:)
It helps that the weather is wet - good incentive to put my head down,
pick up a paintbrush and 
'get to it'!

Art Event* - I am super excited that I have been invited to be part of an artist-maker collective and we are actively arranging an artist event and open studio trail - I shall certainly be kept busy for the next few months!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Preliminary sketches

Sitting on my desk,
two dogs sunning themselves as they wait for the next step.
Isn't it delicious, all this wonderful spring sunshine
It makes for proper shadows!

Friday, 24 March 2017

what's on my desk today? I am not barking mad:)

Why this little 'chap' of course,
who slowly slowly
is appearing in front of my eyes :)

He is rather sweet (judging by the photographs I am working from)
and is destined to live in the States.

Have I mentioned I love what I am doing?

Have a Happy Friday and a lovely and sunny weekend :)

Thursday, 23 March 2017


love that little phrase.


noun: indulgence in aimless thought or dreamy imagining; absent-mindedness.
'a vacant daze that leads to formless wool-gathering'
synonyms: daydreaming, dreaming, building castles in the air, distraction, inattention, musing, Me!

Friday, 17 March 2017

What's on my desk today?

Working with wood, spirals, swirls, twirls and imagination. All that is missing is a mug of tea, so if you'll excuse me, I shall be putting the kettle on :)

Have a lovely Friday and good weekend!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Water water everywhere and not a drop to drink!

'Yellow Buoy' 
Acrylic - applied as water colour
on A4 Acid Free 140g/m cartridge paper

'Approaching Storm'
Acrylic - applied as water colour
on A3, Acid Free 300g/m2 100% cotton paper

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Moo-ve up!

My small Limousin herd are solemnly waiting for the finishing touches,
they have certainly kept me busy for a while :)

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

I need to see the sea

Over the weekend, I fancied returning to watercolours,
to see if I can still paint,
I need practice...
much more practice!
'Yellow Bouy'

'Approaching Storm'

Still, it is great fun

Right, better get back to the commissions :)

Friday, 17 February 2017

What's on the desk today?

Slates waiting to be varnished ....
Slates drying and hardening.....
Preliminary sketches .....
 It is all go here at the moment :)

Right better get back to work,
have a large commission confirmed this afternoon,
will certainly keep me quiet for a while :)
(fat chance!)

my little studio assistant 
has promoted herself to supervisor ....
I can hear her snoring from here ......

Friday, 10 February 2017

Thank you

I love it when I get such lovely feedback from paintings I have done.
It is always a relief when I hand over a commission and the reaction is so positive :) 
Thank you Helen, it is lovely to see your photo of Reggie with the rest of his family.

Right best get on, got horses to finish, dogs to start, foxes to complete!
Have a good weekend :)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Horsing about

After being surrounded by cats, returning to horses is a welcome change ...
Just at the layering up the base colours stage
before 'sculpting' the face
in paint.
I love what I do!

If you are interested in a commission,
just contact me and we can chat about it :)

Monday, 6 February 2017

Tuxedo and Kilters ready

Today I parcel up two paintings.
Both are cats.
Both black and white.
Respendent in their Tuxedos
Well they are those most wonderful mustaches 
they sport on their furry top lips 
It will be strange not having these two on my desk,
I have been surrounded by cats the last couple of weeks,
oh well, 
will be more than content with my little studio assistant ....

Have fur filled Monday - I know I will be :)

Friday, 3 February 2017

Something about horses

I worked with a girl who said 

that if you could bottle and sell the scent of a sweaty horse, 
your would be set up for life...

I know exactly what she means - 

even now as I type this I can 'mentally enhale the distinctive essence of horses' .....

Thursday, 2 February 2017

What a fine mustache you have!

What's on my desk today?

This beautifully whiskered cat 
Still a way to go,
so best
'get to it
She needs to get back to her owner >^.^<

Tuesday, 31 January 2017


What a dull and wet day it is today!
Never mind, mug of coffee next to me,
 paint brush in hand ....
and a mouse on my desk.

What more can I ask for :) So if you'll excuse me, I need to get on and finish this little chap.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Every one needs a little magic

Remember the Grey Mare?
Well by the magic of a bit of glitter, pink ribbon (and a bit more paint of course...)

She has become this ...

And yesterday she went to her new home - I think she'll be very happy and fit right in :)

Thursday, 26 January 2017

What's on my desk today? Foxes of course!

Final two of a set of four - one of which is for a special order :)

Will put all four together once they are all complete. I need to get on, I have a lovely list of commissions waiting for me and I need to 'get to it' !

Have a happy Thursday!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Boxer - piebald pony, commission

Quietly working away on my latest commission - a lovely gypsy cob called 'Boxer', I love his whiskery chin :)

Welcome to my new pages - still work in progress, keep an eye out and it will soon reveal my art - look forward to seeing you very soon x