Saturday, 24 November 2012
Spent the year taking care of my husband until he died from cancer late October. With the support of my marvelous family and friends, I will now get back into blogging and posting images on my flickr account.
This is one of the 'LITTLE GEMS' series I created throughout the summer, as it was easier to paint small (5 or 7 inches only) and still be available for Clive. Eight of these works have just been hung in the Picturecraft Gallery in Holt, Norfolk for the Christmas show.
After some six weeks since I picked up a brush, I hope to get back to creating having attended a wonderful two days at Sue Williams cottage earlier this week working in the Fauvre style - just what I needed 'bright, bright, psychedelic unnatural colours, ie green skies and torquoise buildings!! '
Sunday, 30 September 2012
When we lived in the Fens, we were near many orchards and, in fact, our home was called Cherry trees. This little gem 7" square was inspired by our happy times there through the wonder of memories and imagination . As usual, acrylic inks on Lana Vanguard.
Friday, 21 September 2012
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Another 'little gem' 5" square acrylic ink work on Lana Vanguard.
Its sad to say that many of the cliffs along the north coast of Norfolk are crumbling away, as in many parts of our lovely English coastline. Every so often from Hunstanton along to Cromer and beyond these gorgeous red and white cliffs can be seen in this state of erosion.
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
My series of 'little gems' grows almost daily and here is the latest based on the many silver birch saplings in the woods I constantly drive past as I leave home on my various trips. This one is a 5" square created with poured inks with selected opposing colours and textured by using waxed paper.
Thursday, 6 September 2012
I have been creating a series of small acrylic inks called 'little gems' sometimes landscape, sometimes gardens or water. Here is the latest only 9" x 6" using wax wrap and cling film to create textures. Great fun. They sometimes get scrapped when they don't materialise into anything worthwhile but I thought this turned out ok.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
There is a system for making comments, so I would love to still hear from you. I'm afraid just don't seem to have the time now I am a full time carer for my husband and trying to keep my artwork and exhibitions going at the same time.
Sunday, 22 July 2012
so thats what I did here with memories of many a visit to our lovely nearby North Norfolk coastal region. Using acrylic inks on my favourite Lana Vanguard 'paper'. Like Michael Morgan 'unpeopled' to provide a sense of calm and peace.
Above is what I have written in my flickr account where I have posted this painting. Still having major problems uploading images to my blogger, so plan in future simply to
refer any visitors to my flickr account at
HOPE YOU TAKE THE TROUBLE TO USE THIS LINK 'cos I don't want to lose you all!!!!.
many thanks from J oannie until I get myself sorted again!
Saturday, 14 July 2012
Just had a long weekend with Anita at our friends seaside cottage at Snettisham. Despite heavy rain with occasional warm sunny periods, we managed lots of outdoor sketching.
Here are two - the wonderful Snetttisham parish church in the rain and a saddlers brown ink and Lamy pen sketch of Bircham Windmill.
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
After doing some household chores, decided to have an hour in the garden after scrambled egg lunch in the sunroom with Clive. Amazingly it was sunny and warm, so I sat on the wooden steps leading down to our tiny pond where I have this half barrel full of lillies, petunias and strawberries. Used my 11" square Hazel Soan watercolour rough paper block. As you can see, the barrel is falling apart!
I seem to be having real trouble trying to upload images onto the new Google Chrome set up, so I think I had better just refer you all to my flickr account for this watercolour effort:
Thats the reason I have not added any new posts of late - as every time there is a problem.
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Went on a two day acrylic ink course to find out what another artist did with her inks. Great fun using salt, cling film, tissue paper etc. We each chose a different image from boxes of photos taken on her (Sue Williams) travels and I chose a series of prickly pear photos she had taken in Australia. This is just one of them using cling film, though I should have waited longer for it to dry before removing to give stronger texture.
Did a larger one with lots of crystal and table salts giving good texture. Cut a piece out and framed for a forthcoming show. Will photo and post shortly.
With my apologies for lack of commenting on your posts due to family commitments and lack of time. I have quick peep from time to time.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
In readiness for a NOVA artists show at Blickling Hall next month, I have prepared another painting with the Hall seen through a flower bed - this time peonies. It makes a pair with my 16"x16" canvas of a view through the tulip bed previously posted.
Here are the two paintings of blickling viewed through different flower beds and seasons.
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
This acrylic ink painting is the result. Don't know if you can see the texture I used for the treeline and the stones on the roadway - but they certainly add to the effect in this acrylic painting 20" x 15" on canvas, which will be mounted and framed as the previous Indian painting of water carriers.
(I am playing with my new google Chrome blogger browser and seem to have a little problem with this image - ie the repeat on the left side of a fraction of the right side!! )
I now understand that it is even harder since our trip for the village people out in the countryside of India to collect firewood, their only source of heat for cooking and light.
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Monday, 9 April 2012
Afraid I am having trouble uploading images again. This is the second try after reducing the size of the file and it still hasn't achieved the full colour right down to the bottom, so ignore that pink stripe!!
Thursday, 29 March 2012
This is the second flamenco dancer for the Dereham Music Festival Show. I wanted to create a green coloured backdrop to highlight the red in her dress and came up with this lovely pistachio colour. I decided to keep it quite simple and am really pleased. I created the additional glimpse of another spotlight in the front to add mystery - is she dancing with a partner out of view or another lady in red.??
Friday, 23 March 2012
Friday, 9 March 2012
Monday, 13 February 2012
Friday, 10 February 2012
Jayne gave me some gourds to fill my long thin table dish that my sister in law gave me for the lounge coffee table. I purchased some Diamine saddlers brown soluble ink last week, filled my LAMY pen and sketched them in that, spreading a little colour with a waterbrush, keeping Clive company in the lounge as he is not too well at the moment.
Then during the ladies group yesterday afternoon, we decided to paint some of the gourds. With brush only I did a watercolour of two in my garden sketchbook, as there is not much peeping through the snow in the garden at present! Helen did all four on the tray in oil and Philippa in watercolour. A good afternoon was had by all, with Maggie painting some yellow roses she had brought with her.
Monday, 6 February 2012
Saturday, 28 January 2012
Sunday, 22 January 2012
Monday, 16 January 2012
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Good to be back to sketching and painting after what seems a long break.