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I am sitting in my studio trying to get stuff sorted after getting home yesterday from a week's teaching in France, phew, what an amazing experience that was! I am not the most seasoned traveller so the trip by myself seemed pretty daunting , but having arrived safely the real work had to begin. I was staying in a little village called St Puy  (The town of Saint-Puy is located in the department of Gers of the french region Midi-Pyrénées) Our home for the week was an old French farmhouse that had been lovingly restored by the owners Terry and Jill This was the...

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If you know me then you'll know I love bees. They are starting to return to the hedgerows and flowers of Mid Devon and they are returning to my paintings too. I have been working on a very large piece this week and there are quite a few bumblebees in it. Here is step by step guide to just one little bee Firstly I make a simple sketch      Then I paint the tiny eye, leaving a white spot for the light reflected, there is cerulean blue in there too     Once I add a bit more blue...

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Spring seems to have left us ,as the rain falls on my studio roof, April showers are now order of the day and the temperature has most definitely dropped. I keep nice and cosy and sit enjoying new views from the large windows in my studio. I like to allow myself to paint whatever I fancy towards the end of the week and sea birds have been attracting my attention . Today I wanted to keep things simple and concentrate on the birds and their reflections, letting  the white paper do the work for me. It has been a lovely day painting...

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So I have been looking through older pieces of work.Some I still like and they sit well in my portfolio ,but watercolour is a fickle medium , it takes a long time to get right . The ones I like become firm favourites, and the techniques used are kept locked away in my mind of 'how to do a certain thing'.On the other hand other paintings are simple elusive, they happen just once and there is no way to replicate them. Finally my third group of paintings are ones I grow to dislike, or realise there is something wrong with them and...

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So yesterday I wrote a blog about my newest painting and today I thought I would share with you what happened this morning. Paintings evolve, and sometimes when I take a closer look in the morning I think I could , perhaps, improve on what I did. I am at heart an impatient soul, I want things done yesterday , I often say walk away from a painting or have a break or a cup of tea. I wish I were as good at taking my own advice as I am at giving it! Here I know I am lucky too,...

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