Thursday, 30 July 2015


 This photograph enhanced just a bit was taken from a viewing point high above Cheddar. I went down to Somerset for my nephews wedding and my sister took me to this spot, it was wonderful to look out across the open countryside.

 Art in Action was inspiring, though only there for a short visit. It was the paintings that drew my attention.  
This is a small piece of paper that I have  built up over several painting sessions.

Experiments with mono printing using a homemade permanent geli plate. It reminds me of waterlilies.

Flowers from my alternative parents garden. Both in their early 80"s and growing lots of vegetables as well as flowers.

Flowers from my garden. Dahlia from seed again, last year I had lots of bright pinks and white, just my colours this year I have yellow, orange and red/orange. I think there might just be one pink one in the veg bed. Calendula grown for the first time. I love the volume of petals.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015


Not sure what has happened but the post I did a couple of days ago showed up in the wrong colour text so it could not be read. While trying to sort it I have lost it! Her goes again.

I have been out to see some of the Oxfordshire Art Week exhibitions. Including mixed media, textiles, jewellery, art and pottery.

I got this pottery from Uffington Potters.

My garden has the best flowers at this time of the year. I love growing seeds and nurturing them.

Bootcamp for this month was to draw crustaceans and create patterns based on Otomi [Mexican] and or Haveli [Roman and Indian]. This is my finished piece of work. The gallery can be found here

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


I have been wearing purple in support of world  IBD day.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Monday, 23 March 2015


It is lovely to have warm sunshine, blossom appearing, lots of birds singing all signs of the arrival of spring.

I have been reading The Power of Now. It is good, I like to think that I have always been fairly observant but I now feel much more aware of things. Reflections fascinate me and this is one from the meadow this afternoon.

I spotted this blossom in the village. Talking of the village, changes  are afoot as there is an application to build 190 houses on the former paper mill site. The whole village is only 490 houses. The impact will be enormous.

Friday, 27 February 2015


I know that it is a some time since I was here.  Spring was in the air today so I wandered around the lake. Sat on the bench put there in memory of the man who gave the lakes to the local preservation trust. It was lovely to have warm sun on my face and to listen to the bird song it made the noise of the traffic and the odd train seem unimportant.

I have been busy doing a couple of on line courses. The first one is MATS Bootcamp. Lilla Rogers is an a very energetic and enthusiastic Art Agent. I decided that it would be good to have a regular assignment to do and to belong to an artistic community. I am enjoying it and it has made me do things that I have not done before and the information and support is brilliant. This is a piece I did last week, not quite what was asked for, but my interpretation.

The other one is DWYL for life,  run by Beth Kempton. It has been a wonderful experience. I have a plan now for what I would like to do in the future. I would recommend this course to anyone who feels that they want to do more with their lives and really live. The support has been excellent. Some of you know that my life has been a bit crazy in recent years and then last summer my Father died. That is the main reason I have not been blogging, needed to just do something else. Three years ago I took him back to the village he lived in when he was a child it is just over the border in south Northamptonshire. I wonder what he was thinking as I was taking this picture. This is one of the fields that he played in. It was the last time we went there. We saw where my Grandmother was born and where her Mother spent all her life. Went to the local churches including the one at Hinton in the Hedges where he had been a choir boy.

I am sure that I will keep blogging; may well be something different, need to formulate all my ideas. I will certainly be back to let you know.

Welcome to the spring weather and longer days. Happy creative weekend.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Happy Christmas

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.

Just trees and some flowers. This first one is a doodle done on the iPad using Adobe Illustrator Draw. There are some very good free Adobe apps for iPads. I especially like the Brush one.

Had a go at making an outdoor tree using twigs collected from local walk.

My real Christmas tree that came from Blenheim. My lights had broken, so I am now the proud owner of 100 small white lights. They looked so good on their own, I was tempted not to add any further decoration. But you know me, there had to be pink, turquoise, lime green and purple.

These lovely winter chrysanthemum were grown by some very good family friends.

May you all have a peaceful and good Christmas.