Saturday, June 29, 2019

Flowering rapeseed fields in Wiltshire

I enjoyed painting this on a glorious sunny morning in May, the huge fields of flowering rapeseed crop near Chirton and Marden in Wiltshire.  Trying to capture the sense of scudding clouds casting shadows on a breezy day.
I used 'artistic license to compress the landscape considerably and encompass the ploughed red earth area on the left.

(oil on gesso plywood panel 10" x 24") Unusually wide format

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Evening Hawthorne

The Hawthorne have been so splendid this year.  I managed to escape from the stained glass studio and find some time to paint a tree in a quiet rural cul-de-sac near the canal at All Cannings Village in the Vale of Pewsey, Wiltshire.  
It definitely  needs more may-blossom, shall try to  continue with it or start a larger study but this is the first spontaneous splash of paint

The medium is oil on primed board. Size 12" x 10"

Thursday, April 18, 2019

A quick watercolour sketch from a bird-hide on the Somerset Levels - that hill is Glastonbury Tor in the distance.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Recent snows. I had a cool time painting this. Fingers froze.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Boxing day paintings

Boxing day paintings - and Happy New year though it is just into February already.

On Boxing Day I managed to get the family's permission to escape to paint whilst they went for a long walk on the Malvern Hills.
Wiltshire,  where I live, has a dearth of Silver Birch, trees which I often long to paint but there are some around Malvern and on the hills, so at last I got to paint some against a backdrop of colourful rocks in an old quarry.

I'd started the painting above then needing a break, leaving the easel and gear in situ I drove off for 10mins to warm up and recharge my phone battery. When I got back an elderly man and child (about 10yrs old)  were standing at my easel, more of their family waiting nearby.   "She wants to know how to paint trees." he said, so I gladly gave a 3 minute or so an explanation on 'How to best paint trees', feeling at the same time my example on the easel wasn't  quite good enough.   However, the girl listened so attentively I sensed that she really wanted to learn. 
Who knows she may even become a painter one day :)

Friday, July 22, 2016


Had a great trip visiting friends, painting

First morning out, it was wonderful to sit and  absorb the view for a while before starting.

The View                                                                       Tonal study
Oil sketch (10" x 12")

Below: The valley at Trenta, National park

View of the mountain range from Ponikve Church

Wide angle

The glorious blue River Soča
Oil sketch  - Capturing the blue of the River Soča  

(Below) Mountains at Trenta

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


A visit to Barcelona with  the Bath Bach Choir last October  -  I went  3 days early and managed to paint a little, though not nearly as much as I had planned.  I just needed to keep exploring and looking with hungry eyes. I couldn't seem to make myself stop and paint. By the time I'd seen enough, sung in 3 concerts and spent time with friends, I was ready to commit to  painting, but ... it was time to return to much cooler UK.

View from Tibidabo, the high  hill above Barcelona

Another painting done immediately after

And painted on an absurdly small board (it should have been twice as wide), the view from Parc Montjuic, a South West position.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Video of my recent plein air paintings

The video starts with a  short 1-minute demo, after which the slide show starts.
(Some of the paintings are still for sale so  please get in touch if you want to discuss buying one, or print of any etc.)

or Click here to watch on YouTube 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Painting Tintern Abbey

Yesterday the day felt different and I took myself off to the Wye Valley.  I've probably not been there for 10 years or more and a sudden yearning to do so has been popping insistently into my head for a couple of weeks, since I saw the program, "A great Welsh adventure" with Gryff Rees Jones, recently shown on TV.
It is very hard to find a clear view of the Abbey from this north side (despite it's size). This was painted from the fenced in footpath above the  field.across the river.  I eventually found  a gap  in the foliage growing up the wire fence.  Several people stopped to talk, and it was a very pleasant 2 hours spent there

As finished  on site .........

With  a bit more finishing once I got home .......

Showing start to end, development of the painting. ....
in progress

And a second visit the following week.
This was larger, on canvas and finished in more detail

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Recent Concert in Malmesbury

As well as painting, music makes the world go round,
The Bath Bach Choir preformed their summer concert in Malmesbury Abbey. We did a set of Tchaikovsky Vespers and the Requiem by Gabriel faure, which  we'd sung the previous week, jointly with members of Darius Millaud Choir from Aix-en-Provence who had paid us a return visit after our trip to sing with them Aix in 2013.

This is a rendering of  a short  encore piece. Otche Nash (The Lords Prayer) by Nikolai Kedrov which  we sang in Russian and were required to memorize by heart, (a very difficult task!).