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It's been a while since I wrote a blog post, lots has been going on and sometimes I just get too caught up in painting that I just forget to take photos. Anyway given the dreadful weather we've been having ( my heart goes out to anyone caught up in the floods) I have had plenty of time to hunker down in my little studio and paint away. This piece is a difficult one, but don't be put off, have a look and see what you can do, if you want to do something simpler there are plenty of other...

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Another day another blog post. I am really enjoying some sunnier days here in my Devon studio, and trying to ignore the damp grey ones! Just outside the studio the snowdrops are emerging from their winter sleep .     So today I thought I would share with you a simple snowdrop painting , hopefully one that you might want to have a go at. It involves negative painting as the snowdrop is white, so the background helps to describe the shape of the flower. It will become more apparent as I show you what I have done. I have...

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Sitting in my studio, looking out at the grey foggy weather, I must admit I am finding it difficult to be inspired.The snow drops are appearing but they aren't ready yet! Light levels are low and the predominant colour is grey. So what to paint? I was sent an email, had I ever painted an orangutan? Well you don't see too many of them in Mid Devon, and no I haven't ever painted an orangutan so I thought , why not ?I'd give it a go, and explain to you how I tackle something I have never tried before. Firstly...

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I am loving the freedom that my little studio in my garden gives me. I come out here and sit amongst the trees and watch the birds come and go from my bird feeders outside my window. I have an an Alexia to keep me company and I listen to plays, books and music as I paint. I know how lucky I am. i also feel very connected to the world via all of you, I have my computer in the corner and I love to read the comments and keep track of orders. Then every so often I write...

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The past year has been one of surprises for me in my watercolour world. I have continued to grow and try new things, not least teaching in France and at Lympstone Manor .I am usually very shy of speaking in public but it was amazing. I think when you love what you are doing,and the participants are so lovely,then inhibitions  can be forgotten and a shared love of watercolour wins the day.  I also started to paint some ladies on the beach, I love the sea, I love to swim,  I don't love the skin I'm in ( but I am trying...

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