Thursday, 28 February 2013

Progress of Eurydice Painting

Here are some progress Pictures of my current (huge) painting. The painting will be 28x48" / 71x121cm. This is just a detail of the final painting. I've been sharing the progress of it on my facebook profile.

It is not finished yet, but I thought it would be nice to share the progress in one go, since I am nearing the end and there are now long periods of drying time. I am using an antique tambour lace veil with appliqué floral motifs, probably from the late 19th century. The lace is simply painted as a tiny square pattern, interrupted here and there by a floral motif. The pattern is painted over a darker background so that the fabric is visible. I try to vary the tonal value of the pattern to indicated folds and shading, something I will enhance later (after it has dried) with adding glazing and scumbling and even repaint areas that need more punch.

The whole painting will be revealed to visitors to my Open Studio Days in May (drop me a line if you are thinking of coming and I'll let you know where and how to get there). When the painting is finished  I'll share online.
Detail of initial square pattern to create the lace.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Drawing Cards

Lace Patterns

Trying something new in between painting....

Greeting cards, individually hand drawn, each unique.  No printing involved!!

£2.50 each, box of 4 for £10.
Email me if you're interested, or click the 'buy now' button below for a box of 4 (UK only).  Email for postage cost outside UK.

I hope you like them!

or buy them in my newly opened Etsy shop!

I'll be putting cards, drawings and lace for sale on there.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Friday, 22 February 2013

Open Studio Days Preparations

Although it is not May yet, I have already started planning for the Open Studio Days! Making sure I have enough greeting cards, prints and other goodies. Besides my original oil paintings, there will be a lot of lace, fabrics, portraits, reproductions, greeting cards, notebooks, sketches and drawings. You can see me at work and ask any and all questions!

Do let me know if you can come and visit - and I'll let you know how to get here.
5, 6, and 12 May. 10am - 5pm
South Gloucestershire

Friday, 15 February 2013


Just to let you know....
Commissions do not always need to be portraits...think of eternalising that prom dress or wedding veil, shawl-with-a-memory or christening gown....

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Perfect Frame

I just love my framer. They make exactly what I imagine.....
Frinton Frames, thank you.

That said, frames are quite personal and you might not like what I like....;)

Monday, 4 February 2013


I've been exploring a new medium..charcoal pencils. The textures you can create with these are really endless. Still lots to learn but am getting the hang of it.
I've called this one Eurydice, she has some tiny snakes in the lace pattern.....

Eurydice, Charcoal & Pastel, 60x45cm


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