Sunday, 16 October 2016


This was the only oil painting I did this time . The other paintings were all water colour, some with pen added some not.
St Saturnin-les-Apt

Tuesday, 9 August 2016


Jacobs sheep and lambs.White sheep with black lambs with a white topknot.

Monday, 6 June 2016

June 2016

 Half way through the year already!    The first two paintings are challenges from Paint and Draw Together, one oil one in pastel.
This is a picture I painted while I was waiting for the next challenge to be posted. I quite like the effect of the sun catching the little group as they played.

Sunday, 14 February 2016


I cant't believe how quickly the year is already progressing. I took a little longer to finish this picture than I meant to , so January has already passed by.
It is February , cold and sometimes grey so a little Provence sunshine was in order.

Thursday, 19 November 2015


I have had a lot of trouble with my back since returning from France ,but was determined to try the Paint and Draw challenge,which I enjoyed painting and distracted me from time to time.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

September 2015 Provence

We were in Provence for two weeks in September. At first I tried using chalk pastels. I bought a box of five colours, which was a little limiting but a good exercise.
This is a study in some ochre woods.

This picture I did in both chalk pastel and in oils. I had a much greater range of oil colours but working in pastels is much freer.

Working in oil I put in more detail . The range of colour was obviously much better.

The sketches below were completed on the few days we had some rain.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Challenges and paintings from April to July 2015

 A challenge from Paint and Draw in April.

 A challenge from Paint and Draw in May.

I joined a group doing en plein aire  paintings, but unfortunately there were more days in than out, Wednesdays didn't have much luck so most of the course was choosing pictures to work from indoors.

 Coastguard cottages at the mouth of the Cuckmere

 This was one of the few out of doors pictures, Marstakes common in Sussex.

 Another painting using a reference. The bridge Pont du Gard in Provence.

The second time we went out, painting with a little extra (the rib) at Newhaven, Sussex.

 Third exercise outside,The old Forge at Glynde ,Sussex.

 The next two references not outside, the Creek at Leigh on Sea, Essex

 The Creek at Leigh on Sea with Southend Pier in the distance.

The pineapple has continued to grow, but I'm not sure it will get much larger now.


Pen & Wash French Chateau

oil- the 'wobbly bridge' london

an attempt at the girl with the pearl earring-oil