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It seems hard to believe, as I can hardly hear myself think in my little studio, as the rain hammers down on the roof, but we had been enjoying an Indian summer recently. Lovely warm days that seemed to melt into evening as I took my evening stroll. My Devon fields were teaming with life, butterflies , bees and birds. And I enjoyed the shade on my daily walk. In an attempt to hang onto that warm glow I thought I would show you this, here is a lovely little painting to remind of summer evenings on the beach. First...

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Here in mid Devon, things have turned decidedly cooler, there seems to be a blanket of cloud  over us , which isn't letting the sunshine in, or to look on the bright side, it isn't raining either....So we have to look for glimpses of brightness elsewhere.  I was having a lovely day on Saturday watching some local musicians sitting in a field with friends. One friend suggested that we go for a swim together this week in a friends' pond , so happy to grab any opportunity for some al fresco swimming we headed over there. Oh my goodness it...

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Here in the UK it is a Bank Holiday weekend, we are spending time at home, finishing little jobs that need doing , mowing the lawn etc.  I am also taking sanctuary in my studio, reflecting on my paintings, musing over what I have done so far this year, and what I still want to do.   Me, in my rather messy studio, surrounded by the stuff that makes me happy. Wow, I had no idea, that some fun times at the beach and my lack of body confidence would resonate with so many of you . A couple of...

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The sun has made a welcome return these past few days But I can see the summer slowly melting into autumn, the leaves are turning a little and cyclamen are out My Devon lanes are brimming with blackberries , it is a daily joy to watch things come and go, each year without fail. Whatever madness goes on in the wider world. I find my painting and a connection to nature help me to practise a kind of mindfulness. I know how lucky I am to while away hours contemplating a flower or a bird. However I know not all of...

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Clouds seem to be the order of the day , this week in Devon, and not very interesting ones at that. Still some calm and predictable weather is always welcome, especially when I watch what is going on in different parts of the world. Here the season is subtlety changing, blackberries are appearing in the hedgerows and late summer flowers are beginning to bloom.   I love to look into the colours of the hedgerow and imagine ne paintings coming to life However today the sea is in my mind, we don't live too far from the Devon coast, but...

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