Tuesday, 11 October 2016


So, last night was just one of those nights where you can't sleep.
And this is the result

Orion rising,
Resplendent in silence.
No cars
No sounds of life in the still night air
Except the distant trains,
The long slow rumble of a freighter
The staccato click-clack of the overnight express
And so it remains
Until the east brightens
And Orion fades.
And I try
Once again
To sleep

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Slow but steady

Here it is, the first thing I've painted in a long time.

In a serendipitous* turn of events I received an invite to an on-line course with the wonderful Tara Leaver, just as I was wondering where to start getting back to my art. The course, entitled Touchstone, is less about how to create, and more about why, when and where - a way to overcome the inner demons, and look at the things that slow you down or stop you.

And this was the result of day one. Not worrying about what I was doing, just slap some paint on to the canvas. It's quick, simple and colourful. And Fun!

*Do you know how many goes I had at spelling that! :)

Friday, 23 September 2016

The blog is back!

Hello dear reader.
Just when you thought it was safe to venture back into blogland, I have returned!
It's only taken me the best part of a year, but I'm back and I'm creating,
and hopefully staying around this time
[where have I heard that before?]

I'm not posting anything earth-shattering today,
I thought I'd give you time to get over the shock first!

See you soon :D

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Hello 2016

Well, it's a new year I guess.

The tree is down, the decorations are away, and the dining table has again succumbed to being loaded with paint, and paper and all the other bits that normally reside there.

And here's the first post for 2016, just a quick sketch to get us under way. Hopefully I'll be a bit more productive and communicative than last year!

Don't mention the hands! I haven't decided what she's going to be doing with them yet!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Into the black

Journal page,
white pencil on black gesso.

Inspired by this:
Warning: It gets heavy! :)

Monday, 30 November 2015

Never to be told

It's the end of another AEDM and I'm finishing on a high note.
 One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told.

You may have noticed, when it comes to my artwork I'm my own biggest critic, but occasionally a piece just comes together perfectly; and this is one of them. I'm really happy with this and it's in my personal top three pieces.
There are several versions of the rhyme above, depending which part of the country you're from; but the version above is probably the most well known as it was used for a children's TV show back in the seventies.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Almost there

AEDM, last day but one.

This started life as one of those brown cardboard/papier-mâché blanks that can be bought from craft shops. It's a storgae box that's book shaped. Add a few layers of paper towel, cover with yellow and pink tissue, attach a few embellishments, and hey presto a birthday present. 
(Contents are not yet decided)