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I think my style has changed subtly over time , I want to find ways to describe things that use watercolour to it's best advantage, Watercolour is the only medium I have ever seriously used and I love the way it can move and create patterns on the paper. I feel I need a lifetime to begin to tame it and stretch my ability as far as I can.  This time I am trying to paint a badger, using looser strokes , and lots of water. First I sketch out the image and make sure the major parts are in...

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It has been a while since I painted any elephants, and they don't always go the way I plan.One painting went so wrong last week that it ended up in our log burner! But not to be defeated , I decided to give it another go. I have an old school friend who takes wonderful photos and this is one of her's from a few years ago at Whipsnade zoo. I  printed it out and I sketched the elephants, a mother and her calf . I have painted this photo , or a very similar one before, but I really wanted to paint...

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Today is Friday and on Fridays I allow myself to paint whatever I like. I have long been mesmerised by the sea, but not by my paintings of it!  When I visit galleries I see amazing seascapes by accomplished artists  We have even bought some that especially capture our hearts , they give us joy hanging in our home and seeing them every day. I began to feel I that the sea was simply a subject that eluded me. However, a year or so ago sitting on the beach I did paint a piece I was happy ( ish ) with...

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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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