Cherry Blossom Tree

Cherry Blossom Tree pink & blue sketch

Cherry Blossom Tree

Gouache sketch on paper

The cherry blossom trees have been lovely here, so I was moved to try to paint one before the blossom fell. The three images above show the same sketch, with different backgrounds. I liked the buff background I initially chose, but wanted to experiment by introducing the sky blue colour which is used in Japanese art. However it seemed a little too bright, and overwhelmed the tree (centre image), so I wiped it back to leave a paler blue. I’m still not sure which I prefer – I guess with the middle one I could have heightened the pink of the tree, to balance the blue, but I was really happy with the tree, and didn’t want to fiddle with it. And you can see in the first picture how I’ve tentatively started applying the blue in the top left, so maybe I could have painted a little around the tree and seen how it looked. The tree was left untouched throughout – it’s interesting to see how different it looks in each image. I guess the constant decision-making in painting is what makes it so interesting but also so challenging.

Hope you’ve had a good week – in lock-down or out of it. Best wishes.

Figure by Moonlight

Print on Paper Figure by Moonlight Ancient Egypt heiroglyphics

Screenprint based on Egyptian heiroglyph

One-off original print on paper 21x30cm/8.25″x12″

Hi. I’m developing some new art work based on landscape at the moment  (oh, it feels so good to be able to say that!). So here’s a screen print I’ve always liked from a while ago based on ancient Egyptian heiroglyphics. Always been an interest of mine, and their art too. I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Egyptian room at the British Museum London and the Tutankhamun exhibition. Amazing.

Thanks for visiting and I hope your weekend’s good.


Happy New Year!

Barn Owl Painting Mixed Media
Barn Owl – Original Painting by Anita Langham
Just wanted to swoop by and wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
It’s hard to be positive here, in this country, on this island, on this planet.
But I’m an optimist, and I like to think that people turn towards the light and what is right (though it may take a while!), so I hope for better things to come, for all of us.
Have a Good One

A Blog Post!

Rock and Leaf Collage

Rock and Leaf Collage

A blog post has been a rare thing here of late. Meanwhile autumn/fall has arrived. This collage seems to give it expression  – the damp greeny-greyness all around. Lovely time of year though. I made this as a base for drawing or painting on, but I quite like it as it is.

I hope intend to post here more regularly from now on. I’m also toying with the idea of moving us all to a new blog, but undecided. Will keep you posted about that.

Thanks for visiting.


Sleeping Cat Drawing

Sleeping cat drawing on paper

It’s cold here again, so a time for cosying up this weekend. Cats have the right idea. A quick drawing, but it captured the essence.  Always good to seize the moment. This  sleeping cat is another one I did a little while ago.

And a date for your diary, for when the weather’s (hopefully) warmer. I’m a member of the Art of Gwynngala group and we’re having a showing of paintings, sculpture and ceramics  at the Cowslip Workshop near Launceston in North Cornwall  over Easter, 19 – 28 April, 10-4 daily. There’s a lovely cafe there, next to the exhibition space, and a textile studio/shop. So if you’re in the area, please come over for coffee or lunch and have a browse. There’s a Meet the Makers event on Saturday 20 April 12 – 2 pm, too.  Hope to see you there.

Art of Gwynngala 2019 Cowslip Exhibition

Three Things I Love About St Ives

Colours of St Ives photo sea_sky_sand

St Ives Beach

  1. The colours – blue-filled sky, pearly aqua sea, shining soft sand. So alluring.
  2. The railway (and that it has a railway – and a station!).
  3. The galleries and artwork (much of it in the town, free to view). I always see wonderful things and always return inspired.

St Ives Society of Artists Gallery in Church

St Ives Society of Artists Exhibition