Sunday, February 20, 2011

Holiday memories

I rarely paint landscapes, but occasionally I am inspired to try.  This is a view from clifftops on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales.  I spent a wonderful day walking along these cliffs with my husband, I think it's the most beautiful place.  I am truly blessed to live in such a beautiful country.

Gower View
Watercolour, 22" x 14"
Not for sale

Thursday, February 10, 2011


I'm running a giveaway on my facebook "fan" page and thought my blog followers would like a chance to take part too!

One lucky winner will get to choose three greeting cards from this group:

To enter, you need to be a facebook member (so you are able to comment) and simply leave a comment on  this image (you might have to "like" my page first).  I'll be selecting the winner using a random number generator, and the draw takes place on Friday 18th February.  I hope to see some of you over there!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

KISS...... and this blog in top 50 list!

Keep It Simple, Stupid - what I had in mind for this painting.  I had a very busy reference, a mass of purple coneflowers, it could have been extremely complicated.  I chose to isolate a single flower, keeping the background very simple (in theory), and using complementary colours.

Centre of Attention
watercolour on hot press Fab. Artistico
10" x 14"

My selection of hot pressed paper was, on reflection, a mistake as it made it far more difficult to get a smooth background.  There are a few hard edges but it didn't turn out too badly.  The trick is to use lots of water, wetting the whole of the area before adding strong pigment and letting it mingle.
A nice surprise this morning as I learned that this blog was included in a new article about the top 50 watercolour blogs!  I'm at #40, and I'm thrilled to see that I'm in some very good company!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Well I never!

I rarely paint abstracts, mainly because I never know where to start, and then what do I do next?  On the occasions I've tried, I have rushed, not considering my next move, and ended up with a big mess.  This time, I went slowly, planning each brush stroke..... amazingly, I really like the result!

Abstract - Watercolour, 14" x 11"