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Saturday, 15 December 2012

St. Malo Church, Colorado

This was the December Challenge from   A Day Not Wasted . A very unusual subject for me. Completely out of my comfort zone, but once I got started I really enjoyed the challenge. I don't like the tree bottom right, but decided not to fiddle.


Sunday, 2 December 2012


This beautiful owl is the November Challenge from  A Day Not Wasted . I first did a quick sketch in pencil and then decided to do a pastel drawing


Pastel pencil on Pastelmat card

Friday, 23 November 2012


Acrylic on prepared hardboard.   17"x12"

This is my interpretation of the  Studio Atelier Challenge November challenge. I cropped the original photo. In retrospect, I think I should introduce a few darks on the bottom right. Unfortunately I have submitted it now!!!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

In the Style of an Old Master

Acrylic on prepared hardboard

This was painted for the  Paint and Draw Challenge November challenge. The original painting was painted by Jean-Simeon Chardin (1699-1779). I was quite excited when I first viewed this detail and thought I would use my new oils. I had a piece of hardboard, previously prepared with fine gauze and a couple of coats of white emulsion. This I coated with a mixture of appropriately coloured acrylics using a 1" decorator's brush and paint straight from the tubes and a criss cross action. I then smoothed the whole surface over with a dry, very soft mop brush working gently from side to side starting top left. At this stage, when it was dry I intended to use my oils, but because I already had my acrylics set out, I'm afraid I succumbed! I'm quite pleased with the result. It was quite difficult to photograph. My original painting appears to have more lost edges!

Friday, 9 November 2012


Acrylic on paper

This was painted for the Studio Atelier Challenge in October.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

MAS Workshop

12"x16"  Acrylic on paper
I recently attended a Molesey Art Society workshop run by Audrey Cove. We were given a black and white photo of a painting by S. J. Peploe and spent a couple of hours painting our own interpretation in acrylic. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, painting in a much looser style than normally.

Irish Actor

These pictures were in response to the   A Day Not Wasted October challenge. I first did a gel pen sketch, then a pastel pencil portrait on UArt 800 pastel card. The portrait is 7" square.

Saturday, 13 October 2012


24" x 16"
I painted this beautiful autumn bouquet in gouache on an acrylic ground. I have discovered that if I spray fixative between the layers I don't have a problem with the paint lifting when I add more colour.


9" x 7"
Gouache on paper
Painted for the October Paint and Draw Challenge.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Cow in Swiss Alps

Gouache on paper.

Painted for the September  A Day Not Wasted art challenge.
I found a lot of my tubes of paint had gone hard!

Thursday, 20 September 2012


Oil on prepared MDF
15.5" x 9.5"

 This picture was painted for the A Day Not Wasted June challenge, but I missed the deadline and posted a pen and ink sketch instead. This is my first painting in oils. It took a bit of getting used to from the drying point of view, but otherwise I quite enjoyed painting it.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012


0.4 black gel pen on white paper
6"x 8"

I sketched this painting in pen for my husband's birthday card. I have posted it on the A Day Not Wasted  June challenge. I have also started to paint it in oils, for the colours are great.  


Soft pastel and pastel pencil on white Colourfix paper.
16"x 23"

Lee Brown ( A Day Not Wasted ) is a superb photographer, and he kindly gave me permission to create this painting from a photo he took in France, I believe during a trip to Europe last year.

Monday, 4 June 2012

White Lilies

This is in response to the current Paint and Draw Challenge.
Coloured pencil on paper. 6x8"

Thursday, 19 April 2012


Composed for the ADNW April Challenge.
Mixed media on paper

Tuesday, 17 April 2012


This is in response to the current Paint and Draw Challenge.
Acrylic on paper.

Saturday, 18 February 2012


 I used pastel pencils on 8"x12" natural sienna Pastelmat
 for the ADNW February challenge. I was completely out
 of my comfort zone, but I persevered! I think architecture
 is not for me.

Sunday, 5 February 2012


This painting is for the latest Studio Atelier
 challenge. The original photo was taken in
 a zoo, so I altered the background.

Pastel pencil on Pastelmat.

Sunday, 22 January 2012


Painted with Pitt pastel pencils on anthracite Pastelmat for the current Paint and Draw Challenge. The background was a mixture of prussian blue and black.

Monday, 9 January 2012

The Waiting Game

My husband calls this "Come on Guv" !! Composed for the ADNW January Challenge.

Black gel pen on wc paper.