Monday, March 12, 2018

SBA Madrid

Practising my Spanish

Tulipa Peaches and Cream

The Society of Botanical Artists are holding an exhibition 'Tulipa Tulipae - el tulipan ilustrado', at Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid 20 March to 20th May 2018.
'Peaches and Cream' is one of my paintings in the exhibition. I am really looking forward to visiting this exhibition and seeing a little of Spain. I have never been there before.
I am trying my best to learn some Spanish. With not much luck. I can say hola (Hello) and Gracias (Thank you). I know a little French and German, but Spanish is such a hard language to learn. I think I need to carry my phrase book with me wherever I go. If you are visiting the exhibition and come and talk to me and I reply de nada (your welcome) and nothing else, I apologise, I am trying.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

House plants brighten your days

Coral Cactus

Sedum Burrito

It might be cold outside. Too cold to go out and garden. But plants grown in your home are a great comfort at this time of year. I don't have a lot of space for plants but all my window sills are full of them.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Painting has a life of it's own

Green background
Black Background
When I planned this composition I originally decided to have a green background.

In the first photo you can see the green background is in place. I was unhappy with it, I felt it would not highlight the plant the way I wanted it to.

Sometimes a painting has a life of it's own.

In the second photo you can see I have changed it. Lots of neutral tint. Much better.

I finished the painting and hated it. I could not decide what was wrong, so I put it away out of sight.

Reaching it out again, months later, I knew what was wrong. Too much neutral tint! I added more Sea Holly to the background.
More Sea Holly
Sometimes a painting definitely has a life of it's own.

Some paintings give you no trouble to paint, but then you always get one that is wilful, awkward, and puts up a fight.

Writers often talk about how their characters follow their own paths. Well who says plants can't do the same.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Society of Botanical Artists Madrid

 Tulipa 'Estella Rijnveld'
Tulipa 'Peaches and Cream'

The Society of Botanical Artists are holding an exhibition in a new venue next year. The Madrid Botanical Gardens in Spain. The exhibition is all about celebrating tulips. Those of us in the society who are taking part had to chose two tulips to grow and paint. It was coordinated so we all were painting different tulips. These photo's show my tulips growing in pots in my back garden. I was worried they would not grow or slugs would eat them. I protected them from all bugs and slugs as best as I could. They turned out to look nothing like the photo on the packet, but they were lovely colours and I was happy to paint them.
For a preview of one of the paintings I produced, have a look at my website

Monday, May 15, 2017

Plein Air in Plas Newydd

On a recent visit to the National Trust's Plas Newydd #Garden on #Anglesey, in North Wales, I actually managed to do some plein air painting. It is a while since I have painted outside, but at last the weather is perfect. I had forgotten how much fun it is.

I have a small set of paints, brushes and paper that I keep with me in my handbag.
When my husband and I go walking, I usually take my art set and often don't get round to using it. This time we settled ourselves in a quiet area of the wonderful Rhododendron gardens. I painted while Mike read his book.

Away from the wind it was hot. Luckily I had my sunhat. It is no wonder I am always loaded down with stuff, I must be carrying a ton weight in my bag. Okay I am not all that organised; I did forget my seat pad! Maybe I need to pull around a small truck!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours

Some photo's of the Mall Galleries, on Private View day, for the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Open  Exhibition.
Rosa Sepple, the president of the Society gave a well received speech, and the artist and print-maker, Norman Ackroyd opened the exhibition and presented the awards.
The whole gallery was crowded with people, and the walls were covered with beautiful displays of art. It made for a very exciting event and I was glad I was able to be part of it.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Grosvenor Museum's 12th Open Art Exhibition

Opening night at Grosvenor Museum

Grosvenor opening
Open evening at the Grosvenor Museum's 12th Open Art Exhibition was packed with art and people. The exhibition is on until 21st June 2017.  There is a massive range of painting styles and subjects that make for an interesting display.

Running alongside, until 6th May, at Funky Aardvark, 61 Bridge Street Row East, Chester, is 'Not the Grosvenor Museum Open'. Both exhibitions are excellent and well worth a visit if you are in the area. I have paintings in both.
'Not the Grosvenor Museum Open'