Monday, 15 January 2018


I've just seen a calendar and it says it's the 15th of January already.  That can't be right, can it?  

At "Art Journal Journey" the fabulous Erika has chosen the theme "New Year, New Adventures".   For the first time in weeks I made something that was not related to art for or helping to organise the exhibition, so that was a pretty big adventure.

Happily "Moo-Mania" is asking for art on the theme "Frosty Winter", a lovely theme as snow is forecast for the next few days.

Here is the cover of my Winter Journal

and here are some abstract paintings I had fun making on the frosty theme. 
All are made with oil pastels and watercolours.

I call this series "Winter Windows".


Little Snow Tree

Frosty Window

Ski run

The blue lake in the mountains

Happy January!

Thursday, 28 December 2017


My theme this month at "Art Journal Journey" is "Let's Celebrate!".

We have a birdbath and pond in our garden and one of the pleasures of life is watching the birds having a bath and otherwise enjoying playing in the water.

Let's Celebrate - Birds in our Garden!

I would also like to celebrate the challenge site "Art Journal Journey" itself, celebrate the indefatigable Susi and Elizabeth who run the challenge each month with energy, enthusiasm and friendliness, and celebrate the artists who share their art.

Saturday, 23 December 2017


My art group (of nine artists) is having an exhibition in January and I'm celebrating having everything finished.
Preview cards posted.
Press release released.
Artwork all framed, ready to go.

I was very pleased with the gallery preview card as it features one of my textiles.

If you are in the area, do come along. 
Waterston House Gallery is a lovely gallery in a beautiful area of Scotland.

The textile piece is made of cotton painted with acrylic paints framed by commercially printed fabrics.  
You can see the true colours better below.
It's called "Leaf on a twig".

For "Art Journal Journey" where the theme is "Let's Celebrate" I'm showing this piece which is going into the exhibition.

Of course we are also celebrating Christmas.  Christmas is a big thing in Orange Esmeralda's house, we start early in December.

Some people have just finished a jigsaw.

If you think they look a bit squiffy it's because they have been up all night partying.

Here's the tree

and here is one of Mr. Esmeralda's bead decorations.

Happy Christmas everybody!

Saturday, 16 December 2017


At this time of year I love to settle down with a pile of Christmas presents and pretty wrapping paper.  I oscillate between using expensive designer paper and cutting up and using colourful magazine pages.

This time I thought - why not print some wrapping paper?
I got rather carried away, playing with real art and/or Photo-editing programs.

Now hang on to your hats because there are seven designs and I am going to ask you at the end which one you like best.

1.  The Snowman.
Made from my snowman painting. 

2.  Pretty fabric.
This was quite interesting.  I cut out patterned fabric and made simple fabric shapes.

3.  Wild garden
This was painted with watercolours and watercolour pens and the colours altered with Photoshop to make it more dramatic.

4.  Snow Burst
This started off as a painting and some time later, using photo-editing programs, turned into this.  It's fun when something like this suddenly appears as those of you who use photo-editing will know.

5.  The Pink
The basic block was a small part of an acrylic painting.  I like the colours of this one.

6.  Dark Rabbit
You may remember Dark Rabbit which was painted using only the computer mouse.  It has always been one of my favourites.  I think it makes an interesting wrapping paper with the bright colours against the black, and the magical Dark Rabbit.

7. Lilac flower
I was quite fascinated by this one.  It is bits of three of my paintings thrown repeatedly on to the screen using actions in Photoshop.  Sounds odd, but that's how I made it.

Here are presents wrapped using three of these papers.

So which one of the seven is your favourite?
Here's mine.
I choose 6. Dark Rabbit because I love the original painting, followed by 7. Lilac Flower because of the way it came together in such a surprising way.
But that doesn't mean I don't like all the others too.

Linking to 
"Art Journal Journey" where the theme (chosen by me) is "Let's Celebrate!"
and to
"Moo-Mania" where the theme is "Christmas".

Thursday, 7 December 2017


I'm an enthusiastic person.  I can celebrate anything and everything.

"There's the bus!" - whenever we see the local village bus pass by.
"Look at the sheep in that field - they're all sitting down!"
"The geese are flying over!"
"Isn't it nice to be here!"
"Doesn't the sky through the trees look beautiful!"

I've said all of these things in the past week.

So the theme "Let's Celebrate" which I chose for "Art Journal Journey" this month is dear to my heart.

Celebrating old friends - an old friend who has been in several of my paintings.

A new bird has appeared in our garden.

I've got several mugs but two are my absolute favourites (or maybe three.....or four).

And at this time of year I love to see Christmas trees and decorations in house windows.  

The painting was made with watercolours, pens and washi tape and a little bit of Photoshop trickery.

What do you like to celebrate at this time of year?

Friday, 1 December 2017


This month I have the very pleasant task of choosing the theme for the art challenge site "Art Journal Journey".  
I've chosen "Let's Celebrate".  

I hope you will think of many reasons to celebrate this month including both the small, special everyday things and the larger events. 

Here I celebrate a bird flying across a clear blue sky, the last colourful leaves dropping from the sculptural winter trees and a very happy bunny running and jumping just because he likes it.

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I found this little (2½ inches, 6½ cms.) bright pink coloured pencil last week, so I'm also going to celebrate little pencils and all coloured pencils.

Happy December and Let's Celebrate!