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Plein Air art show, found while walking

The tumbleweeds may have invaded this space lately. That’s the thing about me and this blog. It’s a sort of no pressure, no worry, post when I feel like it or when I have something to say sort of space. And, while I do…

September 23, 2015
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Nadine’s drawing challenge: Skin

There’s a Czech saying I know. It doesn’t translate very well, but reads that, when one isn’t feeling well, one is not in her right skin. That’s been me all week. A toothache turned into an abscess, turned into 10 days of Amoxil, two…

September 19, 2015
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Drawing challenge: Pocket

Welcome to our drawing challenge, with this week’s theme: pocket. 😀 I’ve had this little bit of vintage metal for a while now and recently figured out what it is. It’s a pocket warmer! Seriously. 😀 It’s a little metal container stuffed full of…

September 11, 2015
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Announcing a new drawing challenge: Pocket

Yesterday R and I went for a walk in a local park. It was so beyond beautiful and autumnal and, last week’s windstorm brought down all sorts of woodland treasures. Of course, me being me, I didn’t bring any sort of bag or purse…

September 8, 2015
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Drawing challenge: Tiny

Tiny! What a lovely concept Tammie thought of for this week’s drawing challenge. Thank you so much Tammie. I’m a big fan and a big collector of tiny things. I love to stage found tiny things around the studio as inspiration while I paint.…

August 22, 2015

Today was a good day

Robert just looked at me, smiled and said, “Has it been your kind of day today?” I must admit it that it was! I got to paint all day today. That was a treat. I bought 8 beautiful old maps from ebay. They range…

August 21, 2015
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Of ashes, the harvest and magic wands

Everything at the moment is lush and fruiting. Everything here is green and damp and deep summer fragrant. A few days ago there was a blue moon. I walked in the meadow, looking thru the pine trees at the giant orange blue moon just…

August 6, 2015

Practical class: Glass engraving

Finally! I know! I do take my time, don’t I? Well I’ll tell you something. My father bought an engraver years and years ago with the idea of engraving his name, contact details etc, on his electronics at about the time he bought a…

August 3, 2015
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Practical class: Realistic botanical illustration in watercolour

I think that I can just about draw myself anything, (this statement is open to debate…lol), so when I decided to take this practical class on realistic botanical illustration, I hoped it wouldn’t be a waste of my time, (I’m such a cynic!) What…

July 25, 2015
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Practical class: Egg Tempera painting

Ah, the richness of raw pigments. Are you like me, an alchemist at heart? I’m not talking about turning lead into gold…well, not exactly…although one could argue that that’s exactly what we can do here. Do you see all these beautiful golden yellow pigments?…

July 24, 2015