Scary!

There is nothing in my studio quite as scary as a big blank canvas.It seems to leer at you saying don’t you dare mess me up. It’s only when the first mark is made you find that really you are quite powerful and the canvas becomes rather like the wizard of Oz in that moment…

Summer Elderberry stage 2

Today I moved on with this leaving the snow scene for when I have  drawn the park bench to go in the foreground. Having got onto a free roll I decided to go with the flow while it lasts. Still work to do on this. .  

Summer Elderberry, stage 1

My second post today and I promise not to rant! After my long painstaking session on the snow scene this morning I felt I needed to launch out into something freer. This is the first stage  the summer version of my trio of Elderberry tree paintings.

Winter in Hotham Park, again, stage 3

There comes a time with a painting that one really wishes it was finished but there stretches ahead a tundra of sheer plod which goes on until the end is finally reached. I think that is why I have restrain myself from hitting the well-meaning person who says, “It’s so relaxing, it must be nice…

A giant hair cut

Earlier in the year I posted a photo of a huge black poplar tree, very tall and with a great mop of fine branches at the top which made it vulnerable during gales. Its sister tree was felled in last autumn’s storms and when I went to the park last week I saw the tree had…

Winter in Hotham Park stage 2

Spent 4-5 hours working on the second stage of this today. Alkyd paints dry overnight making it possible to continue the following day. I use them in the summer when I can open the windows in my studio. In warm weather acrylics dry too quickly leaving no working time. There is still a lot to…

Snow in summer? Stage 1

Today I began work on this snow scene.  True its midsummer but as there was no snow in winter I decided to use a bit of that artists licence and make some up. I had drawn this tree earlier in the year and whilst taking a look at photos of the park in winter I…

Sketching Class in the Park

Today I held the second on my series of sketching classes in Hotham Park with two ladies in attendance. Its a lovely way to spend a couple of hours when with the weather  like it has been  today.  Arun parks have done a poster for me so maybe I will get a few more next time.

Summer, Stage 2

After two weeks away I’m back to work in earnest as my September exhibition is approaching at alarming speed. First day back was a mountain of washing,  gardening, wouldn’t it be great if we could turn the plants off like the fridge and get them to start again when we get back, as well as…