Small works: Pomegranate Half, 8 x 8 inches

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My subject.  A very simple study.

My subject. A very simple study.

I am starting with the background first.  I am using a brush for this and I won't bother with a thin underpainting.

I am starting with the background first. I am using a brush for this and I won’t bother with a thin underpainting.

Now it is time to start the pomegranate.  I will keep my strokes loose and add more detail at the end.

Now it is time to start the pomegranate. I will keep my strokes loose and add more detail at the end.

At this stage it is time to add more darks, emphasise shape and add texture.

At this stage it is time to add more darks, emphasise shape and add texture.

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Here is the completed study. It took me 2.5 hours from set up to finishing.

Here is the completed study. It took me 2 hours from set up to finish.

study close-up

study close-up

Another view of the small study.

Another view of the small study.  

Coming soon: Small studies on 8 x 8 inch board

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I will be painting quite a few small studies.  They will be available for £250 (unframed).  I began my career doing daily small paintings.  This should be fun!  The boards were handcrafted my my awesome Father-in-law.  They are a "thin crust" version of my regular boards.

I will be painting quite a few small studies. They will be available for £250 (unframed). I began my career doing daily small paintings. This should be fun! The boards were handcrafted by my awesome Father-in-law. They are a “thin crust” version of my regular boards.

In my studio: Delphiniums and stripes, 20 x 20 inches

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I'm on a roll!  I just finished this one.  The orange really pops!  I will be using the delphiniums again tomorrow on a slightly larger board.

I’m on a roll! I just finished this one. The orange really pops! I will be painting the delphiniums again tomorrow on a slightly larger board.

Painting detail.

Painting detail.

In my studio: Beautiful Delphiniums!

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Look what I have!  Aren't they beautiful?  I will be doing a similar painting to my latest one.  Can you spot the sneaky little cat?  Hint...look below the easel.

Look what I have! Aren’t they beautiful? I will be doing a similar painting to my latest one. Can you spot the sneaky little cat? Hint…look below the easel.

Just lovely!

Just lovely!

In my studio: Drying paintings and Sweet Peas

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Above are my most recent paintings.  You can see my still life set up for my next painting.  Aren't the sweet peas lovely!

Above are my most recent paintings next to my still life set up for the next painting. Aren’t the sweet peas lovely!

I just finished this today.  Sorry I didn't document my process with this one.

I just finished this today. Sorry I didn’t document my process with this one, I was in the zone.  (oil on cradled panel, 20 x 20 inches)

Sweet pea detail.

Sweet pea detail.

New work just dropped off at VK Gallery!

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My husband and I drove to St. Ives in Cambridgeshire today to drop off 5 paintings.  The gallery is lovely and full of great artwork and crafts.  If you are in the area in the next few months, stop by and see the Summer Exhibition.

My husband and I drove to St. Ives in Cambridgeshire today to drop off 5 paintings at VK Gallery. The gallery is lovely and full of great artwork and contemporary crafts. If you are in the area in the next few months, do stop by and see the Summer Exhibition.

My paintings are up and look great in the gallery!

My paintings are up and looking great in the gallery!

Painting process: Lilies, peaches and a patterned cloth, 24 x 24 inches

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I recently received a batch of new cradled panels from my Father-in-law.  I was very excited because I have had some ideas swimming around in my mind waiting to be immortalised in paint.   I bought some wonderful lilies from Aldi last week and I wanted to put a pattern on a periwinkle coloured cloth I have. Yesterday evening I got everything set-up and began working.

I recently received a batch of new cradled panels from my Father-in-law. I was very excited because I have had some ideas swimming around in my mind waiting to be immortalised in paint.
I bought some wonderful lilies from Aldi last week and I wanted to put a pattern on a periwinkle coloured cloth I have. Yesterday evening I got everything set-up and began working.

Above is my sketch and my set-up.  the colour I mixed for the sketch was a bit dark but I went with it anyway.  I just had to let it dry a little before blocking in the colour so that it wouldn't taint my mixes.

Above is my sketch and my set-up. the colour I mixed for the sketch was a bit dark but I went with it anyway. I just had to let it dry a little before blocking in the colour so that it wouldn’t taint my mixes.

The underpainting is finished.

The underpainting is finished.

I have added in the layout for the pattern on the background.

I have added in the layout for the pattern on the background.

Using a brush I complete the patterned background.

Using a brush I complete the patterned background.

Pattern close-up.

Pattern close-up.

I have started working on the lilies.

I have started working on the lilies.

Close-up of unfinished lilies.

Close-up of unfinished lilies.

Closed lily detail.

Closed lily detail.

More progress on the lilies.

More progress on the lilies.

Open lilies detail.

Open lilies detail.

With the background, lilies and vase completed I can work on the foreground.

With the background, lilies and vase completed I can work on the foreground.

Almost done!  The white cloth and shadows are looking great and I have started working on the peaches (my favourite part).

Almost done! The white cloth and shadows are looking great and I have started working on the peaches (my favourite part).

Close-up of the white cloth and unfinished peaches.

Close-up of the white cloth and unfinished peaches.

Unfinished peach detail.

Unfinished peach detail.

I painted way into the wee small hours and now the painting is finished.   I am off to bed, hope you enjoyed this post.

I painted way into the wee small hours and now the painting is finished. I am off to bed, hope you enjoyed this post.

Finished peach detail.

Finished peach detail.

News: Summer Exhibition at a new gallery!

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delphinium detail           I will be showing 5 new floral works in the Summer Exhibition at a gallery in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire called the VK Gallery!  I am very excited to be showing in a new gallery and showing with such wonderful painters and crafters.

VK Gallery Summer Exhibition

  • Mon, Jun 1, 20159:30am  Sun, Aug 30, 20154:00pm
New paintings and crafts available throughout the Summer months.
Extended Opening Hours 1st July – 31st August: Mon – Sat 9.30am – 5pm Sundays: 11am – 4pm
18A Bridge St, St Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 5EG 01480 498130

Painting process: Moody Sky, 12 x 12 inches

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I am currently working on small landscapes for my solo exhibition in October.  I love to paint bright bright sunny days, maybe because I'm from California.  I also appreciate the days where a storm is coming or has just passed, the sky looks amazing and the ground below becomes so bright against the darkened sky.  So, here is the painting process for the moody sky landscape I painted yesterday from a photo reference.  Above is my simple sketch.

I am currently working on small landscapes for my solo exhibition in October. I love to paint bright bright sunny days (maybe because I’m from California). I also appreciate the days when a storm is coming or has just passed, the sky looks amazing and the ground below becomes so bright against the darkened sky. So, here is the painting process for the moody sky landscape I painted yesterday from a photo reference. Above is my simple sketch.

Blocking in the colour.

Blocking in the colour.

underpainting close-up

underpainting close-up

Starting the sky underpainting.

Painting in the sky.

Underpainting is finished.

Underpainting is finished.

Now I'm using the palette knife.  I would usually start by painting the darks first, but the dark clouds are in front of the blue sky.

Now I’m using the palette knife. I would usually start by painting the darks first, but the dark clouds are in front of the blue sky.

sky detail

sky detail

Working my way towards the darker clouds.

Working my way towards the darker clouds.

clouds detail

detail of clouds

At this point the sky is almost done.  I need to add the really dark bits and the lightest bits.

At this point the sky is almost done. I need to add the really dark bits and the lightest bits.

dark clouds detail

dark clouds close-up

The sky is now complete.

The sky is now complete.

Starting on the land below.

Starting on the land below.

land detail

land detail

Here is the finished painting.  There is lots of movement in the sky and I like the blue bits of the sky peaking out through the dark clouds.  Well, I'm off to paint another cloudscape.

Here is the finished painting. There is lots of movement in the sky and I like how the blue bits are peaking out through the dark clouds. Well, I’m off to paint another cloudscape.

In my studio: Floral still life with fruit and veg

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I have been working on this painting for about four days.  Here is the condensed version of the process.  Above is the underpainting.

I have been working on this painting for about four days. Here is the condensed version of the process. Above is the underpainting.  (Painted on a 30 x 30 inch board.)

I'm halfway done at this point. My fruit and veg set -up is looking a bit wilted and dried out.

I’m halfway done at this point. My fruit and veg set-up is looking a bit wilted and dried out.

I managed to switch out a few fruit and veg with fresher replacements.  Even though I was very tired towards the end I finished the painting.

 Even though I was very tired towards the end, I kept going and finished the painting.

This is the bottom half of the painting. You can see all the deferent elements a bit closer.

This is the bottom half of the painting. You can see all the deferent elements a bit closer.

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