Tuesday, 25 December 2012

At the lake

This painting took me several weeks to paint but it is finally finished. It is always a great feeling when a painting is completed, but not as great as the day when I was at "Lac d'Aiguebelette" with Marie-Therese. It was such a beautiful day and there she was....... what a glorious lady she was indeed!

Sunday, 14 October 2012


There she is.....beautiful Ella. She is such a wonderful and loving cat. She has just turned 15 years   old. What a sweetie! I am glad with this painting and it was a challenge. I think now, I will keep it like that with the grisaille and not worry about adding colours. Anyway, I am done and happy!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Back to the easel

I got back a few weeks ago from my holiday and am slowly getting back into painting. Having had such a long break from my studio, I feel like a total beginner. I should try to do something easy to ease myself into oil painting but instead am planning to do the portrait of my cat "Ella". I am working from a photograph  and will be painting a grisaille first in order to work out the tonal values. This is going to be a great challenge and I will post the outcome in the next few weeks. Oh yeah, and this is going to be a rather large painting, 100X75cms. I will post as soon as the grisaille is done.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012


I do find painting apples relaxing. This one is not a real apple but one of those fake ones that I have had for years in my studio. It was just sitting there, a little dusty and looking at me. So there you go, a deceptively fresh looking apple. I love the simplicity of this painting.
By the way, I am going to France on holiday next week for about a month so I will not be posting for several weeks. I hope to come back with renewed inspiration........

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Fairy Tale Kiss

Are fairy tales true?.........you will be the judge. This painting was a joy to paint. I took my time as if to make the pleasure last. But I am glad it is finished now so everyone can look at it and make up their own stories.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Sweet surprise

Have you ever received or given one of those to someone? It is a wonderful way to show your affection.
While painting this "billet doux", I thought of the people close to my heart. Ah!.....isn't love beautiful?

Monday, 9 April 2012

Royal Escape

Royal escape?...... Why?....I hear you say.......because this apple is "Royal" (Gala).
Simple idea, simple pleasure, simple joy and such happy feelings when I look at this painting. I could eat this apple!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Reflected Love

It feels good to be back! Here is my painting of the week. Since I did not paint for the last 3 months, I certainly felt nervous about holding a brush again when I started painting "Reflected Love".
Painting always takes me on a journey.....this is such a wonderful process.
I must say, I am in love with the reflections of the rabbit and the heart. I wonder if this was their first meeting......were they nervous? exited? elated? .....Well, I know I felt all of that. But then again, this is always how I feel when I paint. What bliss!