Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Reflections & Hellebores

Finally finished & quite satisfied (I think...have just had to make myself stop 'tinkering'!)

Acrylic on canvas

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Mother's Day

I spent a lovely & very messy morning with my children painting in the style of the author of one on my all time favourite children's picture books - The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
They loved being allowed to use my acrylic paints, inks & pallet knives and I'll be using all the coloured sheets to make a Hungry Caterpillar window at work for the Easter holidays!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009


Todays subject is proving very challenging...these lovely flowers that looked so beautiful in the garden this morning are very difficult to paint!

Reflections & Daffodils

Continuing working with reflections, but having noticed that most of my work uses a lot of Ultramarine Blue, Raw or Burnt Umber & Paynes Grey, I wanted to achieve similar light/dark effects but introduce more colour to my work.
I still used plenty of Ultramarine but NO BROWNS and only the tinest bit of Paynes Grey....

Acrylic on Canvas

Sunday, 1 March 2009


In an attempt to get myself sketching/painting again this year I started by setting up some relatively straightforward (but uninspiring!) still lifes...I always prefer my work when I have achieved a strong light/dark contrast, so I gradually developed the idea of setting my objects up on a mirrored surface with a strong light to one side...I found I was more interested in the reflections than the actual objects!
'Reflections 1'
This was my first painting - Acrylic on canvas (another change for me as I am used to working on watercolour paper)
I really enjoyed painting the bottle/reflections...

'A Quiet Night In'

I spent much longer on this, my 2nd attempt - I found the book/newspaper/cork very challenging (successful??) compared with the reflective qualities of the glass which I just love painting!

Interestingly, I recently came across the photo below, it is my first completed painting from when I returned to painting 5 years ago (after a 10 year 'break'...)