Monday, 22 October 2018

Back to school

So, I'm doing this!

I have signed up for the OCA Drawing Foundation course

I will be recording my progress on my new blog 

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Suffolk Beach

OK, I know it is sunny April now, but this was inspired by a winter stroll way back in January.

Acrylic on deep edged canvas
50cm x 40cm

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Miss August

Proud to have been included in Beccles Society of Artists' 2017 calendar.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

No painting!

I haven't really painted in a while due to spending all my spare time training this little lady, who we adopted from a rescue charity in August.

I have managed a little bit of sketching and a little bit of crochet in between dog walks and training sessions...!

Friday, 30 September 2016

School Visit

Today I thoroughly enjoyed sharing my art with pupils at the Primary School where I work. 
Great to be able to inspire some budding artists and answer so many thoughtful and interesting questions. 

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Exciting News!

 Very proud that this painting has been awarded a prize at the Beccles Society of Artists' Annual Exhibition 2016. 


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Beccles Society of Artists' Annual Exhibition

I shall be exhibiting these four paintings next week at Beccles Public Hall (for more details about each painting, see previous posts) 

This is always a popular exhibition with lots of talented local artists showcasing their work. 

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Pink Cottage

Inspired when out walking across the fields near my home earlier this summer.
This canvas has taken a while to complete, mainly due to how tricky it is to capture the natural beauty of these amazing yellow fields. 

    Acrylic on canvas
    40cm x 40cm

    (I love this little corner...!)

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Now for something a bit different...

I learnt to crochet last summer (well, re-learnt after a gap of about 30 years!) and, since the first of February this year, I have been working on a blanket for my daughter to take to university later this year. Last night, I finally finished and have to say I'm feeling very proud (of it and of her!) 

Now, I must get back to my painting desk before I am tempted to start my new hooky project!!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Messing about on the river

Just a couple of little watercolour sketches inspired by my recent outings on the River Waveney supporting junior scullers from Beccles Rowing Club.

watercolour on handmade paper

approx 20cm x 20cm each

Monday, 11 April 2016

River Waveney, Beccles

Further to my post on 20th March, I have spent my Easter holidays playing around with this painting inspired by the view of Beccles and the river Waveney from Beccles Rowing Club. 

Acrylic on deep edged canvas

40cm x 30cm

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Playing with skies again...

Having fun being bolder and more experimental with my paints than usual.
Watch this space to see whether it's successful...or not!!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Walberswick Beach

Acrylic on deep edged canvas

30cm x 30cm

LOVE looking for the teeny weeny little hints that reveal my bold choice of underpainting...

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Violet Skies


Acrylic on deep edged canvas

30cm x 30cm


Close up texture...

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Inspiration returns!

I have not found (...or made!) enough time to paint over the past four or five months, with the exception of the little (still not quite finished...) sunflower study in the background of this photo. 

So, this morning, I have prepared two canvasses in anticipation of a bit more time back at my desk. 
I often under paint using this gorgeous turquoise but fancied a change (...and a challenge!) so have painted one in this amazing Naphthol Red. 

It will be interesting to see the effect it has on the colours I paint with....

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Exhibition time!

Beccles Society of Artists is holding it's 46th Annual Exhibition
1st-8th August 2015 
Beccles Public Hall

My entries...

...coloured images can be seen on previous posts!!

'Yorkshire Sunshine'
'Beach Huts'
'Greek Balcony' (SOLD)
'Coastguard Cottages, Dunwich' (SOLD)

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Bamburgh from Holy Island

Painted from photographs taken during our holiday to beautiful Northumberland last summer. 

Am now wishing I'd had a larger canvas to hand when I chose this view...a perfect excuse to explore this wonderful view further!

acrylic on canvas
25cm x 30cm

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Coastguard Cottages, Dunwich

Finished painting this today...

Acrylic on watercolour paper
 approx 50cm x 33cm (excluding mount)

Tuesday, 31 March 2015


A vase of these gorgeous flowers on my sunny windowsill were too tempting to ignore!
Approached this painting with a looser and more relaxed style than usual...a bit different but I had fun!!!

Acrylics on canvas
40cm x 40cm

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Light and Shade

I have been playing around with tonal values in two very different media this afternoon:

I have finished (I think...maybe...!) 'January Morning', a tonal study experimenting with Indian Ink and white acrylic paint.

Indian Ink and Acrylic on watercolour paper
52cm x 34cm (approx)

I also found myself totally engrossed in an experimental collage using small pieces of torn newspaper to represent the light and shade in a study of Ted Hughes' Iron Man, based on the illustrations by Andrew Davidson, for a year 5 art lesson later this week!! 

40cm x 28cm (approx)

I am very tempted to develop this technique and attempt to incorporate it into a piece of my own work....

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Getting Prepared...

Today I have been stretching paper and under painting canvasses...getting ready to be inspired!!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Yorkshire Sunshine

One of my favourite places to visit in Autumn is Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield. We visited on such a beautiful, sunny day last October that I got carried away with my camera, giving me plenty of inspiration for when I finally got to my desk!

It's taken me a while to finish this one off (to be honest I could keep adding leaves here and there for ever more...)

                        Acrylic on canvas
                          30cm x 40cm

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Greek Balcony

On a recent visit to an art gallery, inspired by a painting of an interior by Annabel Mednick,
I remembered this photo which I took on a holiday to Greece in 1989! 

I have tried to use texture and a strong contrast between light and shade to create a sense of the cool interior and the warm summer sunshine outside.....

acrylic on canvas
30cm x 25cm

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Orford, Suffolk

A couple of watercolour sketches following a lovely walk around Orford Ness a couple of weekends ago with my husband and my camera...

Watercolour on handmade paper
Approx 20cm x 20cm

Watercolour on handmade paper
Approx 20cm x 20cm

Thursday, 25 September 2014

WW1 Poppies

A relaxing hour spent preparing some examples for an art lesson tomorrow with year six children...a good excuse to ignore my ironing this evening!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Beach Huts

I have been working on this painting over the summer and am in danger of never declaring it finished! 
(I still haven't completely decided whether to add more texture to the foreground...or not)

acrylic on canvas
40cm x 50cm

Friday, 15 August 2014

Rediscovering Watercolours

I have not painted with watercolours for some years but following a recent holiday to Northumberland I felt inspired by the magnificent scenery. I am a little rusty but really enjoyed rediscovering how tricky watercolours can be!
These little sketches were painted very much with my aunt, who lived and painted in Northumberland, in my thoughts...

Bamburgh Castle from Holy Island
Watercolour on handmade paper
20cm x 20cm

Mainland from Holy Island
Watercolour on handmade paper
20cm x 20cm

And this is what happens when you get carried away with 'splattering' your watercolours, forgetting your half finished acrylic painting is right behind you!!!!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Beccles Society of Artists - Annual Exhibition

This summer I shall be exhibiting three paintings for sale 
and a fourth is available as a raffle prize...

Suffolk Fields 1

 Suffolk Fields 2

Sweet Williams

 Suffolk Beach - raffle prize

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Sweet Williams

And now for something slightly different, I have not attempted a still life for quite some time...

Acrylic on Canvas

40cm x 50cm