Saturday, 30 April 2011

Olive trees

Here is the start of my second painting based on my Avignon holiday. This is a little olive orchard in a garden at Villeneuve, across the river from Avignon. I'll have to work at capturing the flickering silvery colours of the leaves - they reflect the light in a most beautiful way. When this is finished it will be available at my etsy shop, at

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Spring in Avignon

Here's the finished Avignon painting. Working on this has brought back some wonderful memories.
This picture is now in my etsy shop, at

Saturday, 23 April 2011


Here is an early sketch of my latest painting - a view of rooftops and bell-tower in Avignon. I've just had a wonderful holiday there, and this was part of the view when we opened the hotel curtains!
So far, this is just a sketch of the composition and an indication of the colours, which were light and delicate, with silvery tints in the old tiles in contrast to the warmer colours on the new tiles at the front. When the painting is finished, it will be available in my etsy shop, at

Monday, 18 April 2011


Pale yellow lupins and (?)mullein in the kitchen garden at Chatsworth. The dark soil background and leaves have been severely simplified for a strong contrast with the flower colours and the woolly leaves of the mullein. This painting can be seen at

Update: this painting is now on the front page of etsylush.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Sketches of Whitby

These are my latest additions to my etsy shop. I do love Whitby, even on a grey day, as shown in these two acrylic sketches. It's always interesting to find colours in flat light conditions. These two pictures can be found at and

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Yellow tulips

I've been a bit remiss with my blog recently - here's my latest offering. This oil painting is based on a photograph of some tall-stemmed tulips in my garden, and I was interested in trying to capture the various overlapping facets formed by the petals and the way they caught the light. There's a surprising amount of a lime green in the petals, ranging to a sunny yellow. The neutral background, I hope, makes the petal colours sing.

You can see this at

Monday, 11 April 2011


My little pansy painting is on page one of Etsylush! The link to the site is