‘It seemed appropriate’
My paintings are back from the exhibition in Praia del Rey Portugal and now I need to get them packed up. Moving back to live permanently in the UK next week …. after 12 years!
Painting is back on my agenda, so here’s a few recent additions to my portfolio.
Plus a couple of paintings of my hike on the Via Francigena in Tuscany Italy.
For any of you who are around the Silver Coast in Portugal. I have a few of my acrylic paintings exhibited until the end of the July at Praia d’el Rey Golf and Beach Resort not far from Óbidos and Peniche
I had great fun last week with acrylic on canvases. Here’s the result. Both abstract poppies. One 50 x 50 cm canvas of an array of poppies and my first triptych, a series of three 20 x 60 cm panels.
I celebrated with a small glass of red wine or three. No …it’s a little watercolour of three wine glasses nearly empty, half full or half empty depending on your point of view and the third is a full glass.
In the last part of last century and early part of this century I did a lot of sailing, on both little tippy dinghies and on some rather nice yachts, on the chilly waters of the Solent and on the most beauiful tropical waters around the world.
The theme of my most recent art has been nautical with compositions from the tranquil waters of the Obidos lagoon in Portugal to the wonderful times sailing in the Whitsunsdays in Australia.
Candy striped lighthouses are always a bit special. Mine are based on the Elbow Reef Lighthouse at Hope Town in the Abacos Bahamas. I remember sailing a big catamaran around the area and being mighty concerned how shallow the water was. Of course, shallow water meant beautiful turquoise colours.
The Lighthouse on the old tile was great fun to paint. I have plans to do more of this type of work.
To see more watery works go to Nautical Gallery
In September last year I spent 15 days walking across England with friends. We went from Robin Hoods Bay on the east coast in North Yorkshire 191 miles to the west coast to St Bees in Cumbria. A life experience. I took hundreds of photographs and even made a YouTube video which I have put at the bottom of this page. Over the last few months I have also done a few paintings inspired by the photographs and memories.
Just read an article on the BBC and saw a Frank Auerbach painting that sold for a lot of money. I set a 2 minute challenge for my husband and I. What do you think? I think Patrick won with his creation. It looks closer to Frank Auerbachs creation than mine!
Growing up in Cambridge my bicycle was just part of my life and my means of transport. I never considered using it as exercise, just a thing to use to get me to where I wanted to go. What a surprise when I moved away and when it was lifted out of the removal van the moving van men laughed at it! It was a “sit up and beg” purple bike with a large wicker basket on the handle bars and an old worn out bag on the back. That bicycle had grown up with me.
Here are a few paintings of my bicycles.