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The year is turning again and the evenings have that distinctly autumnal feel, some of the leaves are changing colour, as we leave summer behind. My children are growing fast and starting the  new school year in their high school uniforms nearly grown up...nearly, but not quite. So I have more time to paint , to prepare for exhibitions and to decide on Christmas card designs for this year. And more time to write blogs and sort out the website, I have a number of commissions to paint but I leave Fridays and Saturdays for me, and as autumn has...

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As you may know if you follow my social media pages I have just returned from an inspirational week at Sennen Cove in the far west of Cornwall. It is an area we visit often as a family and a place that almost demands to be painted.     Although I paint every day, painting while sitting on a beach or up on a cliff top is a whole new kind of fun altogether. Once you start to look ,you want to try to find a way to translate the view onto paper ( and there are as many ways of...

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Hi in this blog I am going to attempt to describe this little wren painting , and how I painted it. It is painted on bockingford watercolour paper,which is 21cm x 15cm , the paper is described as rough, which means it has a texture. I usually paint on this paper with Winsor and Newton artist quality paints. That said I do use other paints I have acquired over the years , but I have become used to Winsor and Newton . The colours I reach for, are then the colours I expect. Step 1 I draw out the wren and...

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In our house we are well and truly into summer holiday mode, my kids are growing fast and both at high school ,so for us summer means late nights and even later mornings. Trips to meet friends, lifts into town and beach days. So my schedule has been turned upside down . I have to fit my painting around family life.So with all that in mind as well as ideas swirling this week I embarked on a larger painting I could work on in stages, days of work went into in and it could be left in between.  In our...

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Today I wanted to try something different. It will come as no surprise to many of you that I have become very interested in bees. I know how important they are and they are a joy to paint. I have learnt a lot along the way but I am certainly no expert, but today I wanted to paint the bees at home, and the prettiest homes are those of honey bees ( I think) . So step 1 was to draw the honey comb and the bees   I wanted to show them 'dancing' along and knew if I did...

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