Monday, 11 September 2017


I painted this totally gross piece to try out the colours of some old acrylics that had been around for a while.

I'm always being told not to destroy duff paintings so I kept it (why?) but later on wondered what would happen if I cut it up digitally and recoloured it.

With colours inverted and recoloured it's improved already.

First cut-out (top left turned round).


Second cut-out dulled down a little (bottom middle).


There's also something interesting happening top right.


Who would have guessed these could have come from the bad painting?
I'm quite excited about making cards and framed prints from these designs.

Linking to  Susi's "Art Journal Journey" where Yvonne is hosting and has chosen the interesting theme "Colour in my World".

Monday, 28 August 2017


Hello everyone.

Over the past few weeks we've been festivalling in Edinburgh at the World's largest set of Art Festivals.

Douglas is absolutely exhausted.

As well as festivalling Douglas's other duties are to help to freeze and preserve the garden produce which all seems to come in the same few weeks. 
There are a thousand plums (we have three plum trees, one of which appeared all by itself),

and lots of apples (two trees).

The rock garden was replanted last year and has gone like a rocket all summer.  You can see the tomatoes in the background.  Funnily enough the outdoor tomatoes produce far better plants than the greenhouse ones.

Douglas asked his friend Mabel to help with the rhubarb.
Mabel is not her real name but her Internet name.  She is very security conscious.

And this year Mr. E's sweet peas are the best ever.

* * * * * * *

There are three challenges I absolutely had to make something for.

First, at "Art Journal Journey" where Jo is asking us to make art based on poems or a quote.  Although I have a thousand million fruits and vegetables to deal with I took to heart my sister's advice - "Just do it, and it's done".

Secondly, "Moo Mania" is asking us to make Bird art, and how could I miss doing that?

Thirdly, "Try it on Tuesday" has given us the theme "In my Garden", another must make.

I gave myself the additional challenge (mustn't get stuck in an art rut) of using these inks which I've had forever.

All set to go.

The instructions on the bottles were to wash brushes immediately after use so as soon as I had finished painting a colour I tossed the brush into water and because of this I eventually used 27 brushes.
You can see the brush on the left, which was white to start with, is still stained with purple even after being washed several times.

This is the result!  


Have you used these inks?  I found them quite difficult to use (I didn't use any water) and they don't spread like watercolour.  On the plus side they do stay where they are put. They also mix rather nicely.

I was completely in the Zone when painting this, didn't stop for anything from start to finish.

What activity puts you in the Zone?

Thursday, 17 August 2017


Over the past few weeks I've spent 20 hours making a textile piece for an exhibition.  After 20 hours I took a violent dislike to it and it will never see the light of day again.  (Sometimes you have to light the fire in Summer).

Then I painted a watercolour with flowers, trees, bunting and a cat you would not want to meet.  Same again.

So I was best pleased when this Cool Cat came out of my watercolour brushes this morning to give me her very best advice.

What do you do when you've made something and you don't like it at all?

* * * * * * *

Linking to "Art Journal Journey" where Jo is asking us to make art based on poetry or a quote.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017


At  "Art Journal Journey" Jo is asking us to make art inspired by poetry or a quote
and at "Moo-Mania" Susi has the theme "Cats".

I chose the poem "The Cat" by Robin Skelton.

The cat stood under the lilac.
It was black.
The sky was blue, the grass green,
and it stood
black under the lilac
that was lilac
under the sky that was all over blue.

The poem told me exactly what to paint.

Thursday, 27 July 2017


Hello everyone.

I always love being on holiday and I always love being back home too.
When we are away our garden is looked after by our Real Life friends J & E and I don't know what they do to it but everything always looks so lush and well-cared for when we get back.

The first thing I do when I come home is zoom out to look at the garden.

Douglas and the giant cabbage

Douglas among the flowers

Douglas with the broad beans for tea

I was also very keen to make another piece for Elizabeth and Bleubeard's challenge at "Art Journal Journey" where the theme is "Summertime Love" and I think I have just managed to get in under the wire.

The garden and giant flowers in the sketchbook

The garden by day

And I couldn't resist a little photo-editing to show

The garden by night

It's good to be back in Blogland and I'm looking forward to visiting you all and seeing what you have been up to.

What's the first thing you do when you come home from holiday?

Monday, 3 July 2017


The ever-inventive Elizabeth is hosting Susi's  "Art Journal Journey"  this month with the theme "Summertime Love".

Call me strange, but one of the things I love about Summertime is the rain, whether it is the gentle soft rain or the bouncing off the pavements rain, and of course the flowers and plants love it too, especially the vegetables which thrive on water.

I gave my watercolour pens the week off and went back to my normal practice of using every colour in the box to make


The original paintings were made with oil pastels and watercolours and the results photo-edited.

And of course the other good thing about rain in Summer is that we are "allowed" to stay indoors and make art.