Underwater Penguins

When you look at my paintings, you’ll realise that I like painting animals. Of all of them, Penguins are my firm favourite animal. This is painted from a photograph that I’ve been carrying around for a couple of years – waiting for my skill in painting water to get sufficiently proficient. This also shows how powerful a tool masking fluid can be!

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Watercolour

Alpaca

A friend and I visited the Bucks Goat Centre near Aylesbury, especially to see the Alpacas there. There were three Alpacas, who stared intently at us as I took photos and made sketches. This was probably because we were holding bags of feed! This started out as a pen and ink sketch, but I liked it so much, I added water colour and pencils to really bring it life. It is still one of my favourite pieces.

Painting size – 297mm x 210mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour, Watercolour pencils

Stepping Stones

Visiting a beautiful garden in Japan, we happened on these stepping stones. Almost all of the gardens in Japan are beautiful, however this scene caught my eye particularly. Where do the stones go? To another vista with a working water wheel.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Water Colour, Pen and Ink

The Penguins are Coming

I love Penguins; I have fed them and sponsor them via the WWW. My house is full of them too. So when the idea came to paint not one, but eight baby penguins, I jumped at the thought. I liked this painting so much, that I used it for my 2018 Christmas card. Hence the red nose.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour

Giraffe 1

I can’t resist a Giraffe, so when we visited the new Giraffe enclosure at Whipsnade Zoo, I couldn’t resist painting this fellow. Unfortunately, one of his ossicones has fallen over, so he looks a little sad.

Painting size – 297mm x 210mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink.

Giraffe 2

Another Giraffe from Whipsnade Zoo. This guy is a lot happier. Quite a young giraffe, he kept us all amused attempting to drink water from a stream.

Painting size – 297mm x 210 mm

‘Medium – Watwrcolour, Pen and Ink

Orange bird

Another bird, that we painted as an exercise in understanding how to paint feathers at my Tuesday Art class. Sadly, I don’t know what kind it is, although someone suggested it was a Woodcock.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

Windsor End, Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield is a beautiful small town in South Buckinghamshire. In the “old’ Town, there are still many half timbered buildings which are evocative of a by-gone age. Not easy to paint though. There are four ‘ends’ . Windsor End points towards Windsor, then curves around back to the centre of the town. The Old Tea House is well worth a visit.

Painting size – 297mm x 210mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour.

Snowdrops

What could be a better reminder of spring than snowdrops? I love to paint them but, sadly, I’m less successful with growing them.

Size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

Verrucola Gateway

I can never resist a view through an arch, especially when it is made of stone. Verrucola is in North West Italy.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Water Colour, Pen and Ink , with accents in soft pastels

Farmyard

My Art Tutor gave us a rather uninteresting photo from a Farm Calendar. I deepened the shadows a bit and added a lot of pen and ink. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but rather like the result.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

Patches

Like all artists, I like to try out different styles from time to time. This is a painting from my ‘impressionist’ period! Patches refers to the style of applying colour in ‘patches’.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

‘Van Gogh’

Another painting from my ‘Impressionist’ period. I particularly like the way Van Gogh does his skies, so tried to create the same feel. Another medium too for me this time – soft pastels. Quite messy, but I do like the effect.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Soft Pastels

Poppies

Remembrance day in 2018 was a special day as it marked the end of hostilities at the end of World War one. To celebrate this, I thought it would be appropriate to paint some poppies to remember the occasion.

Size – 297mm x 210 mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

Chick Mate

I’m not sure where this painting came from, but it seems to have been triggered by painting chickens a few weeks earlier. The chess idea came out of the blue one night, and then I just had to paint it. It became a bit of an obsession, and this is actually the third version I painted.

Painting size – 420mm x 297mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

Chicken Run

This is the chicken painting that started my obsession with painting chickens (I’m over it now). One chicken wasn’t enough.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

Bluebell Wood

Nothing tells you summer is coming quite like bluebells. We have lots of bluebells at the bottom of our garden, but not totally native bluebells like these. We trekked quite a long way to find these, but suddenly there they were, stretching out beneath the trees, as far as the eye could see. I had to paint them.

Painting size – 420mm x 297mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour.

Skendleby Hall, Lincs

Every year, we go with friends to spend the weekend at a Regency Houseparty. For the past 2 years, we’ve hired this wonderful house. In 2018, I decided to try an ‘en plein aire’ painting of the Hall. With an audience (not something I usually do). I was dressed in Regency costume throughout, including a bonnet and a corset. I should have worn a shawl as well, as I got sunburned.

Painting size – 355mm x 254mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

The Laddies

Another one from my ‘impressionist’ period, although the horses aren’t particularly impressionist. Unlike the original Degas! Having been obsessed with drawing horses as a teenager, I was overjoyed to take the opportunity to paint them again.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

Sheep

There is just something about sheep that make a landscape complete.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink.

Woodland

This is a view walking hrough Burnham Beeches during the Autumn, when it is at its best. The colours are just extraordinary.

Painting size – 210mm x 148mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

Red Kite

Ok, I confess, I like painting birds. This is one of my earlier works, where I was learning to paint feathers. This is also when I discovered that I liked using Pen and Ink too.

Painting size – 297mm x 210mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

St Mary’s Church, Beaconsfield

I’ve done several paintings of the Church, in different seasons. This is the Church in the winter.

Painting size – 297mm x 420mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

The Wave

Another Hokusai tribute. I’ve always loved this picture, so had to paint it myself.

Painting size – 297mm x 210mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink, Gouache

Red Fuji

I like Japanese art too. Especially the woodblocks of Hokusai. This is one of my tribute paintings.

Painting size – 297mm x 210mm

Medium – Watercolour, Gouache

Starling

We were in Canada, and trying out Poutine – chips, curd cheese and gravy – when a flock of European Starlings decided to join us. This particular fellow perched on the edge of the table and helped himself to the chips in my hand. Cheeky, or what!

Painting size – 210mm x 180mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour

Robin

I painted this specially for 2017 Christmas, and a few lucky friends got a Christmas Card with it on. Someone even framed it for their wall!

Painting size – 297mm x 210mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink

Point Prim Lighthouse

We went to Canada Maritimes a few years ago, and I sketched a series of the lighthouses there. This one is on Prince Edward Island.

Painting size – 210mm x 148mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour

Peggys Cove Lighthouse

Probably the best known lighthouse in maritime Canada, as it’s fairly near Halifax.

Painting size – 210mm x 148mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour

Lunenberg

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its narrow streets and unique architecture – it is also the home port of Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II. This Lutherian Church was also rather lovely.

Painting size – 210mm x 148mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour

Green Gables

As the daughter of a Canadian mother, I grew up reading Anne of Green Gables. So of course I always wanted to visit the House on Prince Edward Island.

Painting size – 210mmx 148mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour

Annapolis Lighthouse

Another of the Lighthouse series – in Annapolis in Novia Scotia

Painting size – 210mm x 148mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour

Hopewell Rocks

An extraordinary place with the highest tidal range in the world of an average (!) of 52 feet. Situated near Monckton in New Brunswick. This is low tide.

Picture size – 210mm x 148mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour

St Agnes Lighthouse

Not only did I paint a lot of lighthouses in Canada, I also painted many on the Isles of Scilly as well. This rather lovely lighthouse was a long walk up from the landing stage on the Isle of St Agnes.

Painting size – 210mm x 148mm

Medium – Pen and Ink, Watercolour

Porthmellon Beach

One of the great things about the Isles of Scilly, is the number of empty beaches. This was in July, and the only people on the beach for most of the afternoon were us.

Painting size – 210mm x 148mm

Medium – Watercolour, Pen and Ink