Friday, March 22, 2019


For my latest cards, I have incorporated some of the techniques I have learnt from recent day courses.  For the ones above, I have used  bright orange underpainting and some impasto techniques with a painting knife.

The centre of the daisies were enhanced by applying an acrylic medium that had large gold mica flakes in it.  Shredded paper was used for the petals and I have splattered on gold paint with an old toothbrush...

Monday, March 18, 2019


I now belong to the Silton Art Group.  Every other week we learn something new from a different tutor.  I have mentioned the day we had with Soraya French in a previous post.  Another excellent tutor was Fiona J. Forbes. The subject was Flower Markets and the technique we used was manipulating the paint, acrylic or oils with painting knives.

I found it difficult to control the acrylic paint using painting knives and the impasto technique.  It was not something that I had done before.  The results of our talented painting group were impressive - see pics above.  The top centre and top right were paintings that Fiona had brought along and you can see her, with the painting she was demonstrating on, in the centre photograph.

Fiona recommended underpainting in a contrasting colour to unify and bring the painting to life.  My day's effort is shown here. I used a bright yellow for the underpainting to give a sunny, summary feel to the French flower market I was trying to create.  It now needs finishing...

Sunday, March 10, 2019


As March1st is the first day of Spring, according to the metrological office, we at the One Craft Gallery, decided to change our window dressing to reflect this.  The 'i' in the SPRING wording is represented with a large wooden flower and we have used yellow/orange and green bunting.  We are hoping for good weather...

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


Last week I attended a great day course, tutored by Soraya French.  She is an artist, that first came to my notice, when I bought her excellent and colourful book, Contemporary Landscapes, a couple of years ago.  She produces fantastic vibrant semi-abstract artworks in acrylics and mixed media.

The subject was seascapes using acrylics, textured gels and pastes. Soraya, who can be seen above holding a paint chart, demonstrated by starting her own painting - see top left hand photograph.  The day was good fun and the results of the participants was impressive.  I learnt a lot and managed to complete this seascape on thick watercolour paper....

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival 2019 has taken place.  It was a great success with the town buzzing!  I was right about the winner of the Best Dressed Window - it was Anna's Attic (see last post).  Incidentally, the trophy, which can be seen in the top left pic, was made by Fran Davies, a local stain glass artist and one of our members at the One Craft Gallery.

We, at the One Craft Gallery had a highly commended certificate - see our window in the previous post, as did the Opticians in the High Street, Christopher Young.  Their window can be seen in the bottom three photographs above...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


At the One Craft Gallery, we have just done a 'WE LOVE SNOWDROPS' window for the Shepton Snowdrop Festival, which is taking place this coming weekend.  My 'Dancing Snowdrops', a mixed media painting, features in the side window - see above bottom right.

This fabulously romantic snowdrop window is our competition!  Anna of Anna's Attic won the prize for the best dressed window last year, and looks all set to win it again!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


This is what my garden looked like last Friday!  We don't have snow very often in Shepton, so it was quite a shock!  Perhaps it was appropriate that at the time, I was working in the studio on finishing some snowdrop cards - as seen below.

I used the painted backgrounds that I had made when doing my urban valentine cards.  On top of them I painted stems and leaves with various shades of green acrylic, and then collaged on paper petals.  A few details were added with a black marker pen before they were mounted onto 6 inch square textured card stock.

The cards are for sale in the One Craft Gallery and are part of my contribution to the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival 2019 which is taking place on the 16th and 17th February.