Working with pastels

1 Decide what colour ground you are going to use and block in the shapes   2. Put in some of your more dominant colours, trying to work on the whole picture at once 3. If you’re working on a dark ground, try to establish some of the lighter tones. If you’re working on a […]

Demonstration. A 4 hour oil sketch

1. No styling here for this project – just a straightforward oil sketch of a street market in Abruzzo to demonstrate the stages. Starting with a warm colour where the buildings and a street market will go. 2. Next I blocked in where the cool greys go 3. Adding an indication of where some greenery and […]

Brushing up on my italian

As we are going to be joined on the italian painting holiday by some local day students I am brushing up on painting terms in italian to describe things like “see the horizon”, “try to see..” Hopefully our mixed cultures will enhance everyone’s experience! All the materials are either out there or packed in a […]

Pottery Ladies

Ah, the joy of getting in a real mess making a pot. I always wondered how some of my class used to stay looking so clean. This painting is a homage to those ladies who could preserve their nails and their composure and still turn out a lovely pot.

Plans well on the way for painting in Italy

  Just returned from finalising plans for the week of drawing & painting in Spoltore, Abruzzo, Italy. We have a cook, a great art shop in Pescara and accommodation booked. Working on menus and specifics about the schedule of sites and visits.

Lose and find yourself

Two women doing a simple task of picking and gathering apples. One is preoccupied with her thoughts whilst the other has used that simple task to find a solution to something that was bothering her.The sun shines on her new resolve. Acrylic on board  36 x 46cm

Unconditional love

A new painting in oil on wood about unspoken communication between a dog and his owner. No words are necessary as they share warmth and love. 39 x 39cm

Always room for one more pair

A new painting for 2017. I think there’s a bit of Imelda in all of us. The perfect pair of shoes are sitting in the window and we just have to go and try them on. My painting is all about wanting rather than needing and those red shoes spoke to me. Oil on canvas […]