Sunday, 23 April 2017

A Major Repair Job


I've been working in my Permission to Play Journal.

The point to this journal is to not worry about the outcome of the pages.

Which is a good thing considering the way this page went.

I am so careful when painting my portraits ( You will notice I have started calling them 

portraits instead of girls lol!) and because I was working in

my Journal I started out with  'abandon'.

I was toying with the idea of sharing my first 'process' pic but it

was so bad I couldn't bring myself to,

This is the first 'acceptable' version of it.

The eyes were beyond redemption. I used oil pastel so I couldn't cover them with gesso

so I covered them up with book paper.

A little more work with  oil pastel on the face and some acrylic paint on the background.

I am so pleased it turned out better than what I thought at the beginning.

That's the great thing about mixed media.  If you keep layering you can

 usually (but not always) save things.

I would love to hear your thoughts. I really appreciate your comments.


Friday, 21 April 2017

Three Tiny Portraits.


I have just completed a trio of tiny works.

The first in pencil.

The second in pencil with a touch of colour.

And the third in Faber Castell Gel sticks.

I have also been working on a spread in my 'Permission to Play' Journal.

(That's what I've decided to call it. Lol!)

Not sure where it's going yet. 

Watch this space...........


Linking this to Paint Party Friday.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Permission to Play


This weekend I thought I would start an Art Book/Journal. Somewhere to

work in without being concerned about the outcome.

I chose a small exercise book so that I could join a couple of

 pages together at a time then gesso them.

I want the pages to crinkle up as I work on them which is normally what you don't want.

A place to break all the 'rules'

A place where I can put all different mediums together without

having to think whether it will end up being archival or not. 

I started with a layer of Faber Castell Gel Sticks.

Added some of my own hand painted collage papers

Some splashes and marks made with acrylic and some old book paper 

and used gel sticks for the face.

I used a scrap of altered papers made with Citra-Solv and National Geographic pages.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Playing Catch Up


Well further to my last post. I seem to have got rid of the spam in my 

Readers List by deleting all the blogs that I had listed as 'Following'.

I will gradually start adding to the list again.

Meanwhile here is  couple of things I have been working on lately.

This started with layered mono-prints to create the background and then used stamps and stencils.

This creates a rough outline which I quite like.

Another was this 6x6 in acrylic and coloured pencil.

I don't know why but I just had to give her this big hair. Lol!

Hope you like them


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Stamping my Feet in Anger.


This is a longer post from me than usual but I hope you stay with me to the end.

I am not sure who will read this post as I don't have much traffic unless I link my post 

to  on-line communities such as Paint Party Friday or WOYWW,

 two of which I have joined in in recent times.

 However, this post is for my faithful few blogger friends that visit me

 regularly and those who still stop by occasionally to catch up with what I have been up to.

The main reason for this post I will get on to in a minute but first I wanted to say this,

which is in a way related.

Lately, I have  become a little disillusioned with the whole social media and networking thing.

Now that I have joined Facebook I am privy to more of what is going on in the on-line community

and I was surprised, albeit  naively, to see very accomplished

artists on Facebook and YouTube talking about how they have coped along the way with people

 leaving nasty comments, not only on their Art, but on them personally.

I saw a case in point over on an artist's  Facebook page today.  The comment that was made wasn't

even about her work but the artists apperance.

There is really no need!

  If you don't like what you see and don't have anything positive to say then

just say nothing and don't visit again.

Now for the main reason for this post.

I hope you are still with me co' this is my main reason for this post.

When it comes to social media I am very low key in the grand scheme of things but even

us little guys seem to get touched by the nastier side of cyber-space.

Yesterday I opened my Reading List on Blogger to find it inundated with posts from sights

I do not follow.

I looked on blogger help forums and found that this has happened to other people

in the past but no recent posts on the subject.

with out going onto too much detail it seem it could be cos' someone I follow

has been hacked or sold their 'feed' for want of a better word to a third party that spams you.

I went through all the sights I follow and couldn't find the effected one.

I recently followed someone new which I have now un-followed as this happened

 just after but has not made any difference.

Someone deleted all her reading list and it solved the problem  so that is what I am going to do now.

Unfortunately that means I won't be prompted when blogs I follow post.

If this resolves the situation I will gradually follow my favourite blogs again but if the spam

continues I will not be able to use my reading List and

will have to take pot luck visiting my favourite blogs.

I would be interested to hear if anyone has had the same problem.

Well if you have stuck it out till the end...... Thank you.

No Art today as you have probably dropped off to sleep by now.

Till next time..........xx



Friday, 31 March 2017



Just stopped by with an update on what I have been working on recently.

I have  just completed this coloured pencil drawing.

It was the first time that I used my own reference photo.

It is not meant to be a true likeness I just used it for the composition.

I have also been working on a piece using layered mono-prints, stencils and stamps.

this is how it looks so far.

I hope you will stop by again to see it when it's finished.


Wednesday, 29 March 2017



As it was Mothers Day in the UK this last weekend I did this

tile sized  (5x5 in)  painting on mount board.

Just the right size for this little wooden easel which is a nice way to display it 

which makes a change from a frame.

I am working on a couple of things at the moment.

This is a coloured pencil piece.

And working in layers using mono printing and stencils and stamps.

Thanks for visiting

I always welcome your comments.


Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Ice Queen Cometh


A little tweaking here and there and add a crown made of ice and she is finished.

Just look at that face.

 Ice Queen with attitude!


Friday, 17 March 2017



This is  a work in progress in coloured pencil on handmade cotton rag paper.

I like the stippled effect that you get with coloured pencil on this paper

but I have used Pencil Blender for the first time on this to see

what it would look like. So far I have used on the hair and the face. 

I'm not sure I will use it again on this paper it is a bit too porous.


Linking this post to Paint Party Friday.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Apple of My Eye


Considering this piece nearly ended up in the bin

 I am really pleased how it turned out.

Normally I don't tape my paper down when I work but this results in

paint marks getting on the back which doesn't look very professional

 if you want to sell it unframed. So this time I taped down

with low tack masking tape with the idea of trimming it.

However I rather like the white border but even though I de- tacked the tape

further by sticking it to my t-shirt first it  still managed to rip

 the surface of the paper in parts.

If anyone can recommend a good tape for this purpose I would be grateful to

hear your thoughts.



Saturday, 11 March 2017

Born out of Frustration


After struggling with this one, out of frustration,

 I decided to scribble a face with oil pastels before resigning her to the bin.

But out of a little frustration came a little personality.

One thing that I find difficult is loosening up. 

So you can appreciate how pleased I was to find an opportunity

to win a free place on an online course to help you to do just that.

Juliette Crane is offering a chance to win a free place on her course 'The Joy of Painting'.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to spread the word 

and leave a comment.

In the meantime I think I will just have a play with this and see how it turns out.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017



This is how yesterday's WIP looks now with the addition of oil pastel.

I just looooove oil pastel.


Monday, 6 March 2017



I worked on two small pieces over the weekend.

One completed and another still a work in progress.

The first was coloured pencil on handmade cotton rag paper.

The second is the WIP. I have laid down the acrylic under 

painting and will continue in oil pastel.

This was intended to b a 'fast' and 'loose' mini painting but I struggled 

with the acrylics for some reason.

Hope you will pop back to see her when she is finished.


Friday, 3 March 2017

Klimt Inspired.


She is finally finished.

She was originally intended for an open exhibition at a local gallery.

 Unfortunately it was not ready in time which is a shame as opportunities to see your work

 hanging in a gallery don't come along very often.

The title of the exhibition was 'Sparkling Spring' and they asked that the artwork

should reflect that with the use of metallic's, foils etc.

I used metallic acrylic's in the background and in the flowers on her dress

but the glimmer doesn't come across well in the photo.  

I started with acrylic paint and then went on to use coloured pencil.

I normally frame my paintings in modern frames with a mount (matt) but for this I am

considering a gold ornate frame without a mount.

If I can find a suitable frame I will share her again in a future post.

Thank you to everyone who visited last week for Paint Party Friday.


Friday, 24 February 2017

A Missed Opportunity.


I have been working on an acrylic painting hoping to put it an up and coming 

'open' exhibition.

Unfortunately it has to be in by this weekend and the last few days I have been

suffering with a bad cold and been unable to work on it.

However, here are some progress pic's.

The title of  the exhibition is 'Sparkling Spring' utilizing all things

 metallic, shiny and sparkling hence her 'crazy' dress.

At the moment she looks like she has half a head but that is because her

 hair is going to come across her face and is drawn in but does not show up in the photo.

I plan to use oil pastels and coloured pencil to enhance the features of her face

 and there is more work to do on the background.

I hope you will stop by again to see her when she is finished.

Thanks for visiting.


Sunday, 12 February 2017

It's Cold Outside


There is definitely a chill in the air today which I think  influenced

 my latest coloured pencil piece which I finished today.

She's wearing her cosy winter jumper.

Hope you like her.


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Good the Bad and the Not so Pretty.


I thought I would share what I can only call a 'Blooper'.

I got so frustrated with my background that I ended up just doodling this face I found in the shapes

that the various papers made.

It's a good job  that yesterday I completed a coloured pencil drawing that 

I was happy with.

coloured pencil on handmade
cotton rag paper.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 5 February 2017



Today I can call this one finished.

acrylics and coloured pencil
on 140lb watercolour paper
6 x 9 inches

She 's looking cosy in her fur collar.


Tuesday, 31 January 2017



In my last post I was working on a background.

 Most of the time after multiple layers you come up with something you are happy with.

Sometimes however, they end up in the bin.

That's what happened on that occasion.

Here is a new painting I started yesterday with a simple background.

I am working in acrylics at the moment but will go on to use oil pastel 

and coloured pencil.

Stop by next time to see how she progresses.


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Getting Back to Basics


For me January is the most depressing month of the year.

After the sparkling lights of Christmas and dark mornings

and mostly dark days it takes me a while to get back into the swing of things.

Today however, was a cold but lovely sunny day and for the first time this

year I managed to get started on something new.

 I have been in my studio creating some background layers with acrylic paint and my gelatin plate.

It's a WIP so not too impressive at the moment but I thought it would be interesting 

to share the process with you.

I love the leftover paint patterns you get from cleaning your roller off between prints.

These papers come in useful for future collage.

Thanks for stopping by.