I ended last year on a high note: just a few days before the year was out I managed to get out to paint and it was oh so wonderful! I just love these very atmospheric overcast days we’re having
Towards the end of my two years in Christchurch, New Zealand, I actually lived in the city proper, in Avonside. My flat was in a rather large wooden mansion which had been split up into several flats. The landing outside
It’s been a bit quiet at my end, I know. I have been very busy lately, what with the wee one being cute, needing a lot of one-on-one time and creating, let’s be honest, all kinds of work for me.
It’s been a while, my friends! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your loved ones. At my end we spent Christmas as a family of three with our newborn baby son James. He is just wonderful and
The Salt City Swing Band, which I draw sometimes during their rehearsals and gigs, features three string instruments: the concert bass, the gypsy jazz guitar and the violin. Here are two of these lovely instruments and their adept players. Also,
My sweetheart’s hometown in Tennessee is home to a large chemical manufacturer. Slowly but surely the plant and all its associated industries have spread out, assimilating residential areas in the process. These little houses used to be part of a
This is the fourth week in a row of me painting with a limited palette. I will introduce the current palette tomorrow. Why am I doing this at all though? I have already hinted at how my thinking about the
The true pain for any plein air painter is that she can never paint all the beautiful subjects which deserve to be painted. I felt this pain acutely yesterday on my paint-out in the Botanical Gardens in Hanover. They are
Rain is usually not a weather condition suited much to outdoor painting, at least not if, like me, you don’t own a painting umbrella which can be attached to the easel. But drizzle can work sometimes. Looking for an interesting
Still working with the Zorn palette, still into them trees! It is quite unusual, to be honest, to use so much black in a watercolour painting. But I like it! It serves a good purpose, as does the yellow ochre.