Wednesday, 9 November 2011

ebb and flow

sometimes life takes unexpected turns and twists
new paths
new adventures
sometimes it feels more like a river
it ebbs and flows

i have moved from my beloved forest home

moved back to live beside a river i love

its not far away but very different

there is a huge sky ...and soft colours

and as for my home

beautiful isn't it? not all mine :)
i have a huge light filled flat

its doesn't quite feel like home yet

maybe i'm lucky enough to have more than one home

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

light red over black

life has been hectic, frantic even
mostly fun
and some not so fun

through it all my mind drifts back to this

seen at the whitechaple gallery

it enchanted me and i return to the memory of it
it brings calm

its interesting to see the photographs of people looking at the paintings during mark rothko's first solo show in the uk in 1961

there's a photo of a woman looking at the work ....i'm sure she was feeling what i felt

more about this painting here
and about the exhibition here
i enjoyed the film

Monday, 19 September 2011

hay on wye

this weekend saw the opening of my show
at the lion street gallery in hay on wye

brent blair, the owner did a great job of hanging the paintings

even the late arrivals

it really is a lovely gallery

no pics of me trying on the fabulous jewellery they have...
but here i am before the opening starts

lion street is fun... these are the neighbours

i had a perfect time

especially coming home over hay bluff...magical, mysterious and as wonderful as ever

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

upton house party

i've been to a house at upton house
a 1930's millionaires mansion in the english countryside

fun to visit as you can actually touch things...well somethings
and its feels like the family are still there...just in the next room

the main room was beautiful
but the bedroom was interesting

and the bathroom...the height of 1930's art deco glamour
aluminium gilding and red

well worth a visit

i have to go back to see the garden ...when the rain and wind stop

Monday, 29 August 2011

a new painting...a new series

new paintings are emerging
they are forming a series...i have a name for the series


patteran....coded marks left by gypsies

in this one some of the marks and certainly the mood are inspired by the things in my studio window

things from bali, from the garden
and from portugal...those wooden objects are pushed through loops to form fastenings for leather straps

above is a detail and below is the painting
(click on it to enlarge)

Patteran, mixed media on canvas 100x100 cms

i am loving painting these...but what do you think?
any feedback most welcome x

Tuesday, 23 August 2011


these from roman mosaics at conmbriga, portugal

and these are little bits from the latest paintings

Friday, 29 July 2011

pink hedges

once again i have a gallery selling my work in the border town of hay on wye
famous for books

and the river wye

i was up there delivering paintings this week and decided to stay a couple of nights... this was the view from our campsite

the sunsets were amazing

i loved these old wagons

but what i loved most was this pink hedge

and these pink flowers in the pub garden

and this colour co-ordinate shop

sorry no pic of the new Lion Street Gallery....its lovely...
and i will be happy to deliver more paintings there again soon :)