Friday, 26 November 2010

Flamborough Head

My latest - an indian ink drawing giving an impression of the cliffs and foreshore at Flamborough Head in Yorkshire. The cliffs have been eroded into fantastic shapes and from the sea look like a herd of elephants with huge legs (must do a drawing of that).
This is available at

Friday, 19 November 2010

My new treasury

'Heart of amber'

All Glowing Inside ...

Kimono Silk Scarf A...


Heart Ornament

Les Fauves

Amber Bow tie Sterl...

Morning Sunlight. (...

original abstract a...

Warm Spiced Cup wit...

Cadmium Orange

Outsider - Original...

Autumn textures - o...

The Golden Flower- ...

Autumn Leaves Photo...

Kabuku XV

Follow Your Calling
This is a collection mostly fine art celebrating the tawny shades. A warm inviting treasury for autumn days.
The link for this is

Rocks and sea

My latest - sketches of the sea at the foot of Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire. These cliffs are a great place for birdwatching (huge numbers of gannets, kittiwakes, puffins, etc.) but here I was just interested in the sea and rocks in the shadow of the huge cliffs. Not a particularly rough sea, but there was a general churning of water.
(These are both sold.)

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Sun and shade in the park

Here's my latest acrylic painting - a view looking down into the shadowy river valley in the park in Matlock. It was a rather misty day and sunlight was just beginning to catch the few autumn leaves that are left, making them look like cobwebs against the shade.
This is available at

Friday, 5 November 2010

Work in progress - orchard

My current painting - a view of the orchard at the bottom of the kitchen garden at Chatsworth. I'll be adding it to my etsy shop soon but there are changes to be made to the shadows and background yet. This was a lovely autumn day. No apples are visible - they'd been picked (a couple by us on earlier visits). These little trees are all old types of apple trees. This is also a good place to look for shaggy inkcap toadstools. (This painting is now sold.) It can be seen at

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Geological abstracts

I've now finished my two geological abstracts. They were great fun to paint and took me away from the colours I tend to use. The first makes me think of a wild autumn wind, and is based on a microscope slide of a rock from the Ross of Mull in Scotland. The second painting is of a garnet-containing rock in Central Europe, and gives the feeling of spiralling into a gemstone. I've posted them both on etsy now, plus detailed views of parts of the pictures.
These are available at

Monday, 18 October 2010

Work in progress

Here's a view of two abstract oil paintings I'm working on just now. The left-hand one should be ready to add to my etsy shop soon. I'm not quite sure where the right-hand one is going yet. (Or perhaps I should just treat the drawing board as an abstract painting?)

They're both autumnal tinted pictures based on tiny parts of images from my collection of photos of rock and mineral microscope slides. These provide inspiration for all sorts of paintings and have great colour combinations.

(I've just realized that if you click on one of my blog images a large-size version pops up.)

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Hi from Joyce!

This is my first post for my new blog, so here are a few representative paintings from my etsy shop.
First, my latest item, an end of summer view of trees in the park at Chatsworth (in the Peak District), a place I regularly visit through the year. These odd-shaped trees have had their lowermost branches nibbled by sheep to make a horizontal edge, and have an unreal, toytown feel. The painting is in acrylics with accents in oil pastels, and is on textured acrylic paper.

Here are a few of my older paintings just to give a flavour of what I'm up to.
An acrylic sketch (on paper) of some cooking apples (Bramleys) in a box made of thin wood strips.

A winter view of Bradford valley, near the village of Youlgreave in the Peak District. Amazing colours on the closed buds of trees in late afternoon light. This one is an oil painting on canvas.

An abstract based on golden lichen on an old limestone wall. This is an oil painting on a deep canvas, and is one of a pair on the subject of lichen - gorgeous stuff.

You can see my paintings of landscapes, gardens, flowers, sea and sky, etc. at my etsy shop, azuredayart (