Saturday, 21 June 2014


I have not posted for a while as I am still busy working on commissioned portraits so it was good to take a day out to paint these Irises.​Since our fire nearly four months ago, I make sure I always have some flowers in our small annex, which has become our temporary home. They brighten the space and help lift spirits. I don't find flowers particularly easy to paint so as soon as the portraits are finished I intend to get a lot more practice :-)

Friday, 6 June 2014

Rice Pattern

It has been a while since I last posted, but I have not been idle. Since the fire I have been inundated with requests for portraits. It is as though people are suddenly aware that I am the artist who had the fire. As a friend put it, 'most people just advertise....' I am trying to keep the still-life going and have ventured into some plein-air as I need to escape the scaffolding, so watch this space! ​This is my latest pastel, consider me a masochist with all those elipses but I really loved the way that these rice pattern Chinese bowls are translucent when the light transmits through them.... inspiring!