Friday, 24 June 2011

Another day,another painting...and another painting FINISHED

When I decided to do Open Studio this year I opted for what was called the " artistic endeavour " version, which means that while people are visiting they can see you working- which is fine and dandy , they also see me making them tea and drinking one myself- so I've been doing small paintings this past week, first one finished yesterday, second one started today. Should get three done over the fortnight and, in theory, this will get me really disciplined and back to painting in every moment of the day I can fit painting in...nothing wrong with optimism.
So here is the start of painting number two.

Sunday update: Open Studio for both days this weekend, so between visitors I continued with the second painting. Finished!

Thursday, 23 June 2011


One thing about rain, you do get a lot done indoors.

Outside, it is raining...

But here in the Studio there are green leaves,

Summer flowers,


dappled sunlight,

buzzing bees,

and the sound of birdsong.

Also, oddly, the smell of RAIN!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Out in the Twilight

I love twilight, colours change, mystery happens....yesterday it was raining so I went out with my camera ( with the flash turned off, I like the grainy effect it gives) to look again at the poppies I had photographed earlier in sunshine.

Getting on with the new painting too,here's the next stage.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Open Studio Fortnight

Very busy with Open Studios this week and next, my first time, so I'm a bit nervous about how it will go. Yesterday was my first Open Day, sat wondering if I would get any callers, which I did: it was rather fun once it got going, so here's hoping the next open days go as well as yesterday. Today I'm not open, so I've a chance to take stock, make some more cards ( they sold well) and spend some time enjoying the garden before it starts to rain again.

Poppies in full, glorious bloom. Every year I leave choice seed pods to mature on the biggest and best flowering plants. I scatter the seed when it is ripe and wait for the surprise next year as every plant produces a different variation of colour and shape: this year's selection is particularly good, some really stunning plants and flowers. Today in the sunshine the bees are nice and busy pollinating them for me, so I shall have lovely poppies again next year. Every now and again I introduce a good variety of 'shop' poppy seed to enliven the mix if my plants have got a bit 'samey' and need a boost to keep them interesting.

During the two weeks of Open Studio I shall have at least one painting on the go so visitors can see a painting in progress when they call: I shall post photos on here so you can see it too.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

June twilight

Go out into the garden with the camera as the light slips away and take close-ups with no flash on. Then play with them....

Some more prints

Busy preparing for Open Studio next week, finishing prints for cards and mounting everything in sight ...the printing is way more fun than cutting endless mounts....