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Is that Martin?

One of the funnier moments of York Open Studios was the afternoon when one after the other, people entered the room, pointed to the portrait on the low…

Reclined male

The hip bone’s connected to the…

Some models are a joy to draw. One of those is Stephen, whose lean form creates Egon Schiele-like results. His skeleton is clear under the skin, so when…

Well that was fun

Can’t believe it’s over!

I love these entries in the comments book! York Open Studios was hard work, but so much fun to take part in. I shared my studio with Jess…

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens: Seasonal studies

Just south of York lies the  village of Stillingfleet and at its heart is Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, a beautiful, natural garden owned and run by Vanessa and John….

Evening Light and Barton le Willows: Bright Sky

In good company

I was thrilled to be part of the York Artworker’s Association‘s 25th anniversary exhibition at Pyramid Gallery (one of my favourite galleries in York). The exhibition ran from…

Plein air painting looking towards Lands End. It was very windy and I had to hang on to everything, but it was fun!

Cornish sketchbook

I love a crunchy sketchbook. There’s something about the feel of heavy paper and bits stuck on, and the creak when you turn a page that makes me…

hole of horcum: Devils punchbowl

Hole of Horcum: a devil’s punchbowl

Friday was a thundery day in York, so Lynne and I weren’t overly optimistic when we set off for a sketching session on the North York Moors. We…

plein air at penmon

A painting for Amy

My niece, Amy, has recently turned 18 and completed her A’levels, so I painted her a picture of Penmon beach, Anglesey, as a present. The beach has a…

Sketching in Low Newton

Northumberland sketchbook

I’ve recently returned from a fortnight sketching by the sea in Low Newton, Northumberland. The beautiful sweeps of sandy beaches and dunes covered with wildflowers and grasses, will…

Barton le willows

Yellow

Lynne and I went sketching at a friend’s farm in Barton le Willows, a village outside York, to catch the bright yellow oilseed rape in flower. Back in…

New portfolio

Happiness is…

… a new hand-made leather portfolio with a bespoke deboss and orange textile lining by Hartnack & Co. It feels lovely, it’s beautifully made, and it smells great…

memory jars

Memory jars

I collect objects and put them in jars so that I can reference colours, textures and materials in my paintings when I get back to the studio. They…

Ynys in stages

Ynys in stages

I like it when a piece evolves. It means it has a life of its own, and an energy that needs to be responded to. Ynys is one…

Painting Rae

I’m really enjoying painting my friend, Rae at the moment. I’m working on a 3-session pose. It’s longer than I normally get with a model, so it’s a…

Blue

I’ve just returned from a week in Sennen Cove, Cornwall. I spent most of my time walking, sketching and painting – the sea was the most amazing colour…

Thornwick Bay rockpool

Digital sketching

I’ve been experimenting with my Samsung tablet. I can draw quickly and use colour freely using a Wacom pen or my finger – really handy when I’m out…

Patterns and texture at Thornwick Bay

I had a lovely afternoon sketching with my buddy, Lynne, at Thornwick Bay, Flamborough, North Yorkshire. I went with the intention of doing lots of colour studies, but…

sketching on a rock

Inspiring places

I’ve just returned from a fortnight in rural North Wales. Based in the Rhinog mountains, in a cottage set far off the beaten track, I managed to get…

Quirk

Quirk

I love painting people who have their own style and an inner confidence or humour. One of my favourite models to paint is Raeven, a steam punk with…

Swaledale

Out in the open

Capturing the wind in the trees or the warmth of the sun reflecting off the soil in sketchbooks, drawings, notes or paintings helps me to remember how I…

Askham Bog

Exploring the bog

I’ve been falling a little bit in love with Askham Bog lately. It’s not a flashy place, sandwiched in a triangle of rough land between the railway line,…

Unpredictable

I enjoy the unpredictability of some mediums. I’ve recently discovered water soluble graphite – a wonderful medium that goes on like soft graphite, but acts like ink when…

Ian reading

Painting a fidget

My husband, Ian, can’t sit still for two minutes so I decided to paint him reading for want of something better. This was the second sitting – one…