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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

props and side lighting........

This weks Kim Klassen lessonis about using and finding props - I have a home full of props-------side lit from west facing window, late afternoon.........:-)

Monday, 23 June 2014

Be Still 52

Side lighting is what I'm supposed to be doing this week ---- but I didn't!

Saw these wild strawberries in the garden, thought they would look good against a plain white cup and saucer - grabbed some linen and this 'Think of Me' piece of needlework, which I found in at Tynemouth market and took them into the garden......

I will do side lighting soon.......;-)

Thursday, 19 June 2014


Art up, biscuits made, kettle on...what's not to like?

11am - 5pm
Sat 21, Sun 22, Sat 28, Sun 29 June

11 The Gardens, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, NE25 8BG

Come along it would be lovely to see you.......

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Be Still.........

Oh I'm struggling with last weeks Kim Klassens Be Still 52 workshop.......

All about how to use your camera. My Cannon 125 doesn't even feature on the Cannon digital website, it's such a point and shoot dud!

No you tube or googling the manual helps .... Yikes, no idea about f stops and pre sets. 

Very tempted to give up........

Scrolled down after two hours of trying to work it out and see that the theme of the week is to look for off I go, in the company of my trusty tiger lily cat and we found the light ...... in my studio!

So, point and shoot Cannon, edited on my i pad, 'Over' app to add text..........

Spot the tail ......

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Art tour.....

Dates for your diary!
Come along to the Summer Network Artists Art Tour 

Browse my new collection of work in the  
'garden gallery'
with tea/coffee and home made biscuits in the sun....
(fingers crossed)

11 The Gardens,
Monkseaton, Whitley Bay,
NE25 8BG

10am - 5pm

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd June
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June


Thursday, 5 June 2014

What I did on my holidays..........

What I did do was have a lovely, sunny time in Tuscany.

 But I can't stay away from my paints for long...............

Everything is so green here- everything fresh and green - fruit on the trees, the earth, the hills, the fields --- 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014


 Holiday in Tuscany this week. A big rest before the Art Tour!

Brought with me a small journal, watercolours, a couple of pencils, brushes and fine liners.

Earlier in the year I did an on line watercolour workshop witn Jane La Fazio.

When I went to art school 30 years ago, watercolour was not popular, so I didn't ever use it.

Janes workshop was very clear, making using watercolour possible and contemporary.

She gave great constructive feedback on the workshop, not shying away from pointing out where work might be improved, which I greatly appreciated.

I love her work - take a look at her website. Clear, colourful,beautiful images........

Here's my first piece........gorgeous shiny fig leaves with tiny figs starting to fill out......and my old, old watercolours, which are now in use :-)