By the Lilac Hills

By the Lilac Hills

I throughly enjoyed trying out this technique for these little cottages set in a Scottish landscape. The whole painting was experimental for me, (i.e. out-with my normal style), and I was inspired by Will Kemp's amazing teaching techniques. I will be trying out a few of his videos as I go, and hope to learn new techniques along the way. His work and teaching methods can be found here:- Will Kemp Art School I'm a slow-painter, and quite careful, using small brushes (depending on what I'm painting), this helped free me up, I…continue reading →
St. Monans – Series of Colourist Paintings

St. Monans – Series of Colourist Paintings

A Series of Colourist Paintings of St. Monans. Currently I'm enjoying working with bright colours in a Colourist style. I'm planning on doing a series of these paintings inspired by the village of St. Monans, and the East Neuk. Fishing villages have a lovely collection of 'folksy', old, higgledy-piggedy cottages, many painted in bright, cheerful colours. Old rowing-boats, flowerpots, barrels, all filled with flowering plants add to the overall colour. An absolute delight on warm, summer days! The Auld Kirk is one of my favourite buildings in St. Monans. The Auld Kirkcontinue reading →
St. Monans Windmill

St. Monans Windmill

St Monans Windmill is the last surviving windmill in Fife, and it is thought that this 18th century windmill acted as the powerhouse of the salt-pans, the remains of which can be seen in the landscape around it. It is situated on a bank above the salt-pans and beach below and is an impressive site. The windmill is currently being used by the Coastguards, where the voluntary Coastwatch keep an eye out for boats that may be in trouble. The Bass Rock often looks white, it is a bird sanctuary, and is jam-packed…continue reading →
Colourful Fishing Boats

Colourful Fishing Boats

  These are my first attempts at painting fishing boats. I wanted to portray how colourful they look in the vastness of the sea. Also as an expressive artist, I especially like to use bright, playful colouring. I live in a lovely area, a small fishing village along the coast, where there are a series of fishing villages and coastal walks. I've only been here over a year, and I've become fascinated with the range of fishing boats in the harbours and out at sea. Its a tough life for the fishermen and…continue reading →
St Monans Art Festival 2019

St Monans Art Festival 2019

This is the second time I have taken part in St Monans Community Arts Festival. there were 20 Open Houses with artists showing their work. So much to see and do, I managed to view 13 of the 20 before tiring myself out. There were many activities and workshops held throughout the weekend. I attended a superb workshop held by Susan Forsyth: Coastal Scenes with a Palette Knife, very inspiring! A very enjoyable event, well worth coming along. The arts festival was set up in 2009 by a group of local people, the…continue reading →
Art Quilt – Bird Song

Art Quilt – Bird Song

Over the winter months, I worked away at various crafts, I knitted blanket squares, finally making two small woolly blankets for my cats, which they seemed to appreciate, but who can tell with cats! Then I started on a rag-quilt, my first, which I decided to do totally by hand, enjoyable to start with, before becoming arduous, and how messy! I didn’t realise just how messy it can become, loose threads everywhere! Although I did enjoy it, what I finished up with, isn’t even large enough for a cushion cover. It's currently hung…continue reading →
St Monans Arts Festival 2018

St Monans Arts Festival 2018

This was my first year in St Monans, and the first time I've taken part in St Monans Community Arts Festival. There were many activities and workshops held throughout the weekend. A very enjoyable event for adults and children alike! The arts festival was set up in 2009 by a group of local people, the festival was built around the talented people living in or with strong connections to the village of St Monans, and has been a great success ever since. https://stmonans.org.uk/blog/category/community/st-monans-arts-festival-community/continue reading →
Horse Portrait

Horse Portrait

When a friend asked me to paint her horses, I was a touch unsure as I've only ever painted one horse before and that was a study of Lucy Kemp-Welch's painting of  'In the Sunset'. As my favourite artist is Franz Marc, and I love all forms of Expressionism, I decided to continue to work with the bright colours I enjoy using, and hopefully I've expressed the flow and freedom of the two horses who obviously share a great friendship. My version of a painting by Lucy Kemp-Welch, 'In the Sunset A Birth…continue reading →
Buddha-Healing Energy

Buddha-Healing Energy

Buddha-Healing Energy My obsession with painting the Buddha's and to try to portray and capture the Energy continues. The original idea for this painting began with the concept of the Chakra's and metamorphosed into a painting that expresses the power of healing energy through the symbolism of a Loving Buddha. I would like to say that I painted it whilst listening to meditative, relaxing music, but in reality, I painted it whilst listening to an audio book of The Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, in which I enjoyed the words of another wise…continue reading →
Twitter Art Exhibition

Twitter Art Exhibition

Very happy to be participating in the latest Twitter Art Exhibition. I really enjoy taking part in this type of project. The artwork submitted by so many artists around the world is enjoyable to view, with a multitude of styles and subject matter portrayed. This piece is loosely based upon Madhubani Art and inspired by the Cosmic Dance of Shiva. If you're interested in participating and submitting your own art, please see links below. Call For Artists TWITTER ART EXHIBIT: ORLANDO OPEN TO ALL PROFESSIONAL & AMATEUR ARTISTS WORLDWIDE WORKING IN 2D MEDIUMS…continue reading →