Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Peaceful Plaice

I'm sure Dorne didn't hear the click of the camera over the sound of the lapping water, but we introduced ourselves anyway. We had a good chat before leaving her in peace again. 

Dorne Again

I was too late to post but this is yesterday's offering of another angle (excuse the pun) of Dorne, fishing all alone on a peaceful evening on Vane Tempest beach. The title is a play on one with nature...a spiritual experience...Dorne again.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Old Post Office-Newark

We walked to town this morning and I couldn't resist the colours of the old post a pub offering good food.

Friday, August 26, 2011


One of the painting studios by the purpose-built Monet's pond and bridge in Nottinghamshire, UK. I was a resident artist here many years ago and loved to wander through the explosion of colour in the warm sunshine. This particular occasion was a stolen moment just prior to one of their national art conventions after I had finished my preparations.

Proceeds of this sale will go to the charity World Vision for the children in Africa...a challenge organised by DPW.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Getting Closer

I think I took a photo every couple of feet as we walked along the beach, knowing that there was a painting or two to salvage from an already rich experience.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


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Vane Tempest Beach is certainly an interesting place to walk along.  On this occasion I was in the company of Bev. Our conversation was often halted as we stopped to watch those breakers crash against the rocks. As we walked back along the top, we met a man who gave us his life history...that's what you get in the north east when you ask someone a simple question...friendly to a fault.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Casting Breadcrumbs

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The goldfish came swarming in the end, but this one was way ahead of the game.

Monday, August 22, 2011


This happy one year old Indonesian Orang-Utan is spending quality time with it's parent. The photograph was taken by wildlife photographer Thomas Marent and was found in several UK newspapers last week. Thomas has kindly given me permission to paint the happy scene, the proceeds of which will go to  Rainforest Foundation Norway.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Monet's Water Lilies

They really are his. I visited the garden a number of years ago but arrived on the day it was closed to the public. I was nonetheless resourceful enough to take a reference snapshot or two...don't ask! Fortunately for me, I have been several times before when it has been open, so I have plenty of photographs....none as striking as this, though.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

On Fire

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Yes, it was the evening I took a walk along Vane Tempest beach with Juli as the sun was setting over our shoulders. I was mesmerised with the suck of the retreating breakers and the light catching it all.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

For You

This little fellow was so happy to be rescued from a box in my ramshackle summer house at the bottom of the garden, that he presented me with a flower.
The proceeds from the sale of this painting will go to the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dorne at Dusk

She was one of only two people on the beach other than us and we were hesitant to disturb her peace, but you know me. I'm not sure if she gave me permission to take a photo so my daughter attempted to justify my odd behaviour by explaining that I was an artist (as if that would explain everything). As it happens, she understood and Leeds Lass (known only by her email address at the time) was very friendly and accommodating. I promised I'd email her when I painted something. She emailed me back with a variety of titles that I'd asked her to think of, some of which included her name and others which were a clever play on words. I hope she likes my slight twist on the suggestions she made.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Featherbed Rock in Gold

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As I walked with my daughter, Juli one evening along Vane Tempest beach, we eventually came to Featherbed Rock which was bathed in gold. As we gazed up at it, we were transfixed. This is one of what will probably be many studies.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Evening Light on Yvon's Pond

I've painted several studies of Yvon's pond and I don't suppose this will be the last. The colours change so much and I'm fascinated by the changes. It's such a peaceful place snuggled in the woods as it is. I often go and just sit and think about life as the goldfish lazily swim around. There are hundreds of them. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Featherbed Rock

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This is located at one end of Vane Tempest beach in NE England. I took the photo for reference the same day as the three sisters of the previous painting. I struggled with the urge to put detail into this painting. Fortunately I determined to stop before giving in to the urge altogether. 

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Calm Before the Storm

During our last Sunderland visit, we saw these three little sisters with a yellow ball, happily giggling as they headed for the breakers. It was a heart-warming scene that was quickly marred by the mother or guardian who screeched abuse as she dragged the tearful oldest girl back for not holding the younger girl's hand and sticking together. Now, does she not look in control? Do they look to you as if they are not together?

We could only look on in embarrassment at the verbal onslaught... and at the only one out of control and not able to hold it together.

The heart weeps when the innocents are cruelly dealt with.