Celebrating Five Years Blogging – and a Giveaway!

Boscastle Tower Sunset Signed Landscape Print from Original Painting

Signed Limited Edition Print of ‘Boscastle Tower, Sunset’
which I’m giving away as a Thank You gift – see below!

I’ve just received Congratulations from the WordPress people on my Five Year Anniversary of Blogging. Wow! I hadn’t realised it was that long. And I just checked on my stats – 150 posts. Not bad. But – almost 80 finished paintings!! How awesome is that! I’m sure¬† that without the blog, and the encouragement and support I found here, I wouldn’t have achieved that many, or perhaps any at all. And maybe I wouldn’t even still be painting. So thank you all – old-timers and newbies and everyone in between. I so appreciate your visiting here and taking the time to look at my work. And thank you for all the comments and likes, too. And now I have something for you.

As a BIG THANK YOU, I’d like to give away a signed limited edition print of the painting above to one of my lovely followers. It’s one of my favourites, so I hope you like it too.

All you have to do is ‘Like’ this post, and your name will be put in the hat. That’s all. Totally free, no catch. The lucky winner’s name will be drawn next Saturday.

Thank you once again – and here’s a toast. Cheers!



Bude Harbour Painting

Bude Harbour Boats Cornwall Painting

Bude Harbour Painting in Progress ( Mixed Media 11×11 ins / 28×28 cm )

I’ve been working on this one today. Feels good to be back painting after the seasonal break. I changed the colours slightly, to make them more – well, colourful! And warmer – I thought the original had too much of a frosty feeling. See what you think – a detail of the original was posted back here Bude Harbour painting in progress .

I’m very happy with it now, and I think it may be finished. I like the sketchy feel to it, and don’t want to lose that freshness. So I’ll put it away for a few days, and then look at it again. That usually works.

Hope you’re having a good weekend, and thanks for looking.




A Walk in the Sun


The weather has been wonderful, and it’s been so lovely to be out walking in the sun again. Here are some photos from my walk, including one with the sheep living on the edge – literally!

Not quite warm enough for me to sketch outside. but it’s coming. Can feel spring in the air. The daffodils are emerging, & soon the little lambs will too. Can’t wait!

The Coast Path – wonderful shadows. Only noticed them when I uploaded the photo.

Sketching on a cold winter’s day

Actually, I was cheating! I was indoors, doing some little sketches from photos and generally playing. I wanted to try out my lovely new Inktense Blocks (by Derwent), which I was given for Christmas. I love that they’re a drawing medium, but that you can then wet them, at which point they become like paint. And then they dry, and you can draw over them again. So great possibilities for working back and forth. And unlike watercolour pencils, they don’t shift once they’re dry, so you can put other colours on top. I think they’ll be great for sketching outdoors – they’re very quick to use, light and easy to carry, and very versatile.

There’s a very useful demo at How to use Derwent Inktense Blocks
and you can also use them on fabric which I’m itching to try ūüôā
See the demo here Derwent Inktense Pencils on Fabric – Jackson’s Art Supplies

Derwent Inktense Blocks

Fancy an Art Break in Cornwall?

Welcome to my newest Venture – Boscastle Art Breaks

I’m very excited to be offering the first Art Holiday in the series:

‘Landscapes in Mixed Media’

7 – 9 November 2017

Boscastle Morning Photo

Want to learn something new, or just indulge your Inner Artist?

Explore the stunning North Cornwall coast for some sketchbook drawing, and then return back to base to create mixed media paintings. Enjoy also the specially designed ‘Leafscape’ workshop with experienced tutor Liz Gregory, who’ll show you how to use found natural materials to make eye-catching pictures.
Accommodation and full board included, as well as friendly expert tuition, materials and trips. Suitable for all levels.

 Go to Boscastle Art Breaks, for more information and to book, or email me at boscastleartbreaks(at)gmail.com

And don’t worry if you can’t make the November one – I’ll be running the art break again in the springtime. Check the website for details.