All the Little Things

Moors, Art, Pretend it's a City..

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This week I have been working on a commission and a smaller landscape as well as trying to finish a Whitby painting. The commission and smaller painting are both inspired by the moors. I was thinking about what draws me to these places; the open spaces, the moody skies and the warm colours of plants and heather. It isn't a chocolate box landscape, it is something wilder. There is a freedom in painting them. Whilst I have been painting I have been watching "Pretend it's a City" (yes, I paint mainly with music but sometimes with the telly on, maybe...

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Stories and painting

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you will know I ran a little competition to name my new Stoodley Pike painting. I received so many lovely suggestions that I couldn't really choose. So I asked the family that bought the painting to do so; it felt the perfect solution. They decided on "This is what it is to be happy" which I love and suited the painting really well. It is a Sylvia Plath quote and it made me think about the connection between words and pictures. With my background in illustration, stories are so important to me....

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Stoodley Pike Painting

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This week I finished my painting of Stoodley Pike. It began life in one of my classes, where I was teaching landscape painting. The photograph kindly supplied by my student! I loved the mist in the photograph and the foliage framing it. I carried on in spots and spurts, layering colours, looking for shadows in the mist. It took a while to get the pink fresh looking while still blended with the blue! I have a competition to win a print of my painting on my Instagram and Facebook pages. All you need to do is suggest a title and...

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In the Springtime..

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So along with people who have bought summer seating, spring clothes and barbecues, I have probably contributed to the snow this week as I decided at the beginning I would write a blog about my Spring paintings.. About this time last year when lockdown was all weird and new, the sun came out. I remember delivering local orders; walking paths I had never trodden with my phone in hand, optimistically following arrows. The woods were full of blue..  At the same time I was commissioned to paint some bluebell woods. It was such a lovely painting to do for the...

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Screen printing

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I have been really focussed on my painting lately, so I thought it would be nice to look back on some of my screen prints. Screen printing was my first love. At Edinburgh College of Art I was always in the print room. The print department was really inspiring there and because I studied illustration the focus on taking your drawings to print was very strong.  I remember walking down the corridors to the print room clutching my fragile lined drawings and the technician; Ronnie telling me they were too delicate for screen printing. I was always very drawing rather...

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