Saturday, 31 July 2010


Mostly this blog is about my art and my journey as I progress and explore different ideas. However, in a weeks time Merlin is going to an important show, the Eriskay Society Southern Show. Hopefully he'll be assessed and a decision will be made whether or not he can become a licensed stallion. This is pretty important to us all, as we've been on hold for 3 years now and would like to move forward and start breeding from him. So in a break from my usual posts, there may be a few Merlin orientated ramblings!

This was Merlin at 15months when he first came to live with us. Wasn't he a little poppet :) (behind him is my beautiful Oliver, greatly missed and never forgotten)

A month ago (after a bath) Merlin has changed so very much from the bundle of fluff above. He will be 5 next Sunday :)

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Sad Day.

Today was a very sad day indeed as we said goodbye to a dear friend of hubby's. As I was sat in the crowded Church, listening to such beautiful and heartfelt words, my mind wandered. It came to rest on the image of The Resurrection, by Stanley Spencer.

I love this picture so much, it's been a favourite of mine for years. It's such a celebration of life after death, of loved ones greeting each other after a long separation. It always brings me so much comfort and peace.

Picture from Tate collection.

Stanley Spencer had a huge impact on my ideas of art and painting when I first discovered him many years ago. He is well worth looking up and taking the time to explore his imagery and inspiration. He was a troubled but brilliant man.

Saturday, 24 July 2010


I'm constantly being distracted by this little hen. She's very demanding and wants constant cuddles. It's not just my shoulder she sits on, but my lap and arm. She sits like a huge black hawk, surveying the World below her, haha!

The inevitable 'accident' is bound to happen, and soon at this rate, hehe!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Another finished.

This is a more formal style of portrait and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially having met this lovely mare and her adorable little filly.

Now it's straight back to the Studio and the next painting on the list :)

Monday, 19 July 2010

Bailey's fantasy portrait is now finished so I'm just waiting to hear if it's what his owner wants. I was going to start right away on his formal portrait, but I have a couple of pictures that need to be finished first as their deadline is soon. I totally enjoyed this painting and am definitely leaning more towards fantasy at the moment and have a couple of fairies and a mermaid waiting patiently to come to life :)

Saturday, 17 July 2010


Gosh, suddenly I find myself to be very busy. So much so that I actually had to print out a timetable of the work I need to get done, for commissions and the Exhibition that's coming up. Wow! This is great. I also need to updat the website, but after several hours digging at the field I find myself too tired to do it tonight. I've had a glass of whiskey and now I'm heading up the wooden hill (anyone else call it that?). So I bid you all a peaceful night filled with inspiration and dreams :)

A commision for the Eriskay Society and another private commission which I'll share when I have permission. Yippee!

Thursday, 15 July 2010


I've taken huge liberties with Bailey's pictures, I know, but this is the fantasy portrait. A chance for me to do whatever I like and take the image in any direction. Bailey's personality is filled with sunshine, so I decided to link him with an image of Summer. There is still a lot to do before it's finished, but I thought you'd enjoy a teaser.

The portrait of the Eriskay mare and foal is finished now, although, I still have the urge to fiddle and twiddle with it, so I need to put it away for a few days and leave it alone.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

New portrait.

I'm very honoured to introduce Bailey. A beautiful Halflinger horse whose portrait I'm lucky enough to be doing. He's a stunning horse and I hope I can capture his wonderful spirit. Many thanks to his owner for allowing me to share the pictures and the process here.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

ADO - Alice Challenge

Alice was sat around in her shift dreaming of the lovely fabric she'd seen. It was far too expensive for a whole dress, so she just bought a scrap.

Using some left over 'Drink Me' potion she shrank down so that her scrap became the perfect dress.

Ooops, a little too much potion it would seem :)

Thank you for visiting me today and please check out the other participants on the ADO Wonderland Challenge.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010


The cool morning air is filled with birdsong. It is early and I'm sketching. What a great start to the day.

Edited to add:

My sketch worked out well and

I made good progress on the painting too. There is still a lot to do before it's finished, but I'm pleased with it so far :)

Monday, 5 July 2010


Another day has slipped away from me, despite my greedy, grasping fingers. I needed more hours today and only managed a scant half an hour to throw some sepia washes onto paper. Today was Sports Day at the Moomin's school. Despite the heat, the children performed like the greatest athletes and were supported with enthusiasm by proud parents and Teachers :)

Above is one of my first ever Dragons. My style has changed a lot over the years, but this one will always be special to me and he sits proudly on my bookcase. Some pieces of work are 'keepers', never intended to be sold as they hold so much of our soul that to part with them would be too painful.

Late Sunday afternoon I managed to escape from the madhouse for an hour or two with the Moomin. We both felt the need to be beneath the trees.

Can you see how small she is against these stately sentries?

We passed through piney woods into birch groves and into a silent oak copse. We found this amazing tree, but then scared each other with tales of Sleepy Hollow! We were utterly alone!

Fairies live in curious, rooty holes.

My inspiration is boundless. My time, sadly, is not! Tomorrow, however is another opportunity to squeeze out a little time and hopefully I'll have something to show for it.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

July Already!

I can't believe how the months are flying past. I'm becoming a master juggler at keeping everything going at the moment! Merlin has a major show on the 8th of August and has chosen now to stop lungeing, I have the main Exhibition for the Petersfield Arts and Crafts Society to help organise at the end of August plus a couple of commissions to be getting on with in between, phewee!!! That's not taking into account my usual duties of looking after children, animals, house and garden!

To make a start I've decided to give the Studio an overhaul. The weather is good (still far too hot, actually) so I'll be getting the washing done while pulling everything in the Studio out onto the lawn and having a major de-clutter. There may be photos, depending on how ashamed I am of all the accumulated detritus!!!