Thursday, January 30, 2014


Watercolour 50cm x 35cm


Bush Road - 30cm x 21cm

River view - 30cm x 21cm

Bush road 30cm x 21cm

As part of my development I decided that I would try to do a daily painting.  These paintings are only in 2 sizes, 30cm x 21cm and 20cm x 14cm - I have purposely kept them small and I allow myself the maximum of 1 hour from start to finish.  One of the reasons for this is I tend to get hooked up in detail, and whilst I admire photorealism I want people to know that they are looking at a painting and not a photo.  I also chose to do this with landscapes because as soon as I put an animal into the picture I tighten up again.  Maybe in time I will manage to keep the flow with the animals.

These 3 little paintings are all pastel that are started with a wet under-painting.

I would appreciate any comments or feedback from you, please just e mail me.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I am back!!!

Hello everyone, I see I have posted nothing on my blog for over a year, but all I can say in my defence is that it has not been a good year for me regarding my art.  As I said before we moved to Johannesburg, and after spending 21 years in the "bush" in Botswana arriving in Joburg was just a visual overload.  I signed up for courses, workshops and went to loads of galleries and then suffered from visual overload.  Somewhere along the way I lost Jenny and became a clone of whichever course I was on :(  And I hated the work that I was producing.  So I sat myself down and tried to rediscover me - what did I want to paint, and which was the way forward.  So after lots of hard work I think I am eventually back on my own road and can continue my journey. 
But there was a valuable lesson in there for me to learn, and that was after years of working on my own and slowly taking one small step at a time, I definitely was like a kid in a candy store who did not know what flavour she wanted.  And that I had to be careful with what courses I went on - they are great for learning skills, but that is all they are, great aids in developing YOU!!
So on I go, and will be posting some new paintings that I have done recently - and I hope that you like the new path my journey is taking me on.