nearly winter

I have been away from home, visiting family and being a Granny in Wales, for two months, as well as a ten day break in Portugal

So I’ve been away from my studio and not painting

During the last couple of weeks I have begun to crave paint and canvas. So I bought a few materials from local shops and made these two small works on the floor in my daughter’s spare bedroom. In between visits, and in between layers, they’ve been drying in the shed.

My bedroom at my daughter’s home has sliding doors out onto the garden, with views into the trees beyond. And a view out of the side windows to a stand of Scotch Pines. From my bed I can see both dawn and dusk through these trees.

The paintings are not at all a representation of these photos of views. In fact they have more of an essence of a walk in the woods. I even embedded a fern leaf in the paint, removed it the next day to leave its impression, then rolled over it again with more layers.

However, some of the colours are there. A friend of mine said of these two latest pieces that they were a return for me of a ‘confident enigma’. I like that




2016 retrospective

Painted end of 2015

Sold early 2016 and paid for my trip to San Francisco and New York! 

Working on my ‘Rock in the sea’ paintings in February

Some huge pieces on unstretched jute in March

‘Tis calm indeed’ and ‘Moon rising’ from my Spring residency at Stiwdio Maelor in Corris, Wales 

The huge, rather surreal piece on unstretched jute ‘Clouds’ from May

The 5 piece orange and blue and black canvases – can’t remember their titles! June

The two big (120cm sq) pieces, ‘Stateside’ made in anticipation of my  big US trip in June

Small works on paper (these 2 are ‘Berkeley’ & ‘5th Avenue’) made on the go during my fantastic, life changing USA adventure in June and July

Some of the big bold pieces I made in July as soon as I got back from New York 

‘The path’ & ‘Convergence’

August works in the back kitchen in Wales

‘The dance’ & ‘Columba’ also from August in Wales

Works from my second residency in Stiwdio Maelor in Corris, Wales in September 



Looking forward to 2017

painting away

I’m away from home in Wales for more than two months (until November)

Getting used to making some small works on paper in any available space

This was my first temporary studio this week on my bedroom windowsill – but with oil paint not the best place!

This second temporary studio in the old back kitchen is a much better solution. It’s a bit dark but the table is on wheels so I can roll it into the lighter patch by the door when I’m working and then put it back in the corner out of the way afterwards

These are the first 2 completed pieces, ‘Waiting’ 1 & 2

Waiting #1

Waiting #2

2 more pieces on primed paper in progress.

I’m using up my daughter’s small selection of oils until my new order of paints arrive, hopefully tomorrow


update on ‘traipsing’ – turquoise added! 




New York in pictures


San Francisco in pictures

8 days in San Francisco

Diebenkorn (2), Vaillencourt, Serra, Doyle, B&B, Mitchell, Yerba Buena Gardens, Golden Gate Park, Yerba Buena again, Pride, Sausalito ferry