Friday, November 23, 2007

This week

I had a painful start to the week as I managed to shut my thumb in the car door, which has made holding a paintbrush a bit difficult this week. Sitting in the new conservatory having my lunch today watching the birds in the garden was very pleasant, and it would be easy to spend too much time relaxing.

I managed to take my beginners watercolour class on Wednesday, although there were a couple of absentees, something about a football match or some such thing on TV, can't possibly think why it was important!

I need to get started on some new artwork in preparation for next years round of exhibitions. So off to get some paint as I'm getting low on a couple of colours.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Finished at Last!

Over the last three months we have been having a new conservatory built to replace the old one that consisted mostly of rotten wood, or so it seemed! It has taken a bit longer than I envisaged at the outset but it has been worth the turmoil. I finished the decorating a couple of days ago and sitting in it watching the birds in the garden is a pleasure, might distract me from painting but I suppose I could argue that it is giving me inspiration for some more paintings.

These are a couple of photos .
The new conservatory -

Inside the new conservatory -

Friday, November 09, 2007

Nubble Lighthouse Maine

I've just completed this watercolour commission for a couple who visited here this summer whilst on holiday. They already have three more of my paintings that they previously commissioned. Working from photographs on this one, unfortunately their budget didn't quite cover an on site visit.

Friday, November 02, 2007

A Demonstration

Started the week with a demonstration for the Hythe Art Society, I allowed what I thought was plenty of time for travel so I could have half an hour to set up and gather my thoughts. Ran into a huge traffic jam on the Motorway and had only travelled 10 miles in forty minutes, panic mode one. Arrived with five minutes to spare so felt a bit harrassed, but soon got into the swing of things. There was a larger audience than I was expecting, around 40/50, has news of my fame preceded me I wondered.

Trying to do my style of painting in a couple of hours is impossible, but I left them with a flavour of seascape painting and some tips on the way I work. I also took along a few of my marine paintings for them to see some examples, these can be seen on my website.

This was the painting I did, it's still in its unfinished state, I shall work on it again after I finish the commission I am currently working on.