Saturday, September 7, 2019


Our end of Summer window, at the One Craft Gallery, features migrating swallows and grasses, wheat and barley.  The birds are in silhouette and made from heavy wrapping paper by Caroline Tetley, who does the window dressing with me.  The grasses etc. were provided by Phil Davis, the wood turner member of the gallery, who cannot resist picking them when on his early morning walks with his dog...

Friday, August 16, 2019


After the recent day course with the Silton Art Group, I have completed a mixed media painting on board (30cms square) - see top pic.  The subject is Derek Jarman's cottage and garden at Dungeness.  A photocopy of a photograph of the site is shown above left.

On the day with Linda Appleby, I finished a painting on paper using acrylics, which is shown above right. Linda made the comment that the poppies should be larger and more prominent.  I took this to heart and used collage, to give extra emphasis on my finished mixed media artwork, which I did in my studio at home...

Monday, August 5, 2019


After a few months break, Caroline and I are back styling the One Craft Gallery windows.  As the weather has been hot, we have headed to the beach!  A sign stencilled onto driftwood, and blue and white striped bunting set the scene.  We added discarded ropes, fishing nets and line, wooden seabirds, starfish and loads of seashells.  We then scoured the gallery for goods and artworks to fit in with our theme...

Thursday, August 1, 2019


This is the latest card that I have made.  It is for the birthday of a friend, who has recently had a torrid time with health problems.  The red poppies in the background were from napkins that were cut up and collaged onto a painted paper.  This was cut to fit 6 inch square card stock and then the wording and butterflies were added using acrylic matt medium.  It was finished off with black and gold felt tips and spray mounted onto the white textured card...


Friday, June 28, 2019


The latest tutor for the Silton Art Group was Artist and Illustrator, Lynda Appleby.  The subject matter was gardens, and some of the group had been out and about with Lynda to sketch.  I went to the next session which was back inside with acrylic paints.  As I hadn't done a sketch, I worked from a photograph of Derek Jarman's cottage at Dungeness.  It was enjoyable day in which we learnt a lot, had a constructive appraisal of our efforts, and saw examples of Lynda's beautiful work.

During the day I managed to complete a painting on paper (see top left pic - the one with the purple sky).  I would like to use this as a preparatory work for a mixed media and collage piece...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019


The above was a piece of artwork that I did a few years ago on a Jane Davies on-line course.  It had remained in a file, until recently.  On the look-out for backgrounds for a new set of original art cards, I came across it and decided that it seemed a bit busy as it was.  So I divided and cut it up into eight.

Each one seemed to work as a miniature artwork, needing no further embellishment.  They were then signed, edged with a black marker and mounted onto cream, textured, 6 x 4 inch card stock ready for sale...

Friday, June 7, 2019


Last Saturday, I went to a wonderful family wedding in glorious hot sunshine.  Congratulations Sam and Sophie Thompson!  I made a card for the happy couple using my own handmade and painted papers mounted onto cream textured card stock.  The heart in the middle was created using my largest heart punch.  Sometimes the simplest ideas work the best!

The textile heart, with the added date which was taken from their wedding invitation, was made as a memento of their day.  I put everything in a hand decorated bag with matching gift tag to give a personal touch...