Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sea Holly and Nettle

The coastal path between Rhyl and Colwyn Bay in Wales, is a favourite walk of mine, and this is were I found Sea Holly. 
It is a very large prickly perennial and loves to grow in sun or part shade. The roots of the plant have medicinal properties, they are anti-inflammatory.
The nettle adds a little extra colour to the painting.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wirral Society of Arts Members' Exhibition

'Sycamore Leaf' was awarded the Maureen Hinchcliffe Award for a drawing or watercolour at the exhibition. I was thrilled to be presented with the award by Mike McCartney. 'Sycamore Leaf' is one of two paintings I had accepted for the exhibition.
The exhibition is open until 18th October, Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. (closed Monday and Tuesday)
It is held at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead CH43 4UE.
It is definately an exhibition to visit, as it is so diverse and interesting.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Autumn is on the way, so I thought this was an appropriate picture to post this week. I love reflections on water, they are very interesting to study. Making the leaves look like they were floating was quite a challenge but fun. This is painted in watercolour and gouache.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


This painting was done for a commission. It was extremely difficult to paint as it was so detailed. I feel I just got the hang of it when I was finished. Valerian is a beautiful flower, and the leaves are very interesting. I must paint some more.

Thursday, September 3, 2015


I painted this picture many years ago, before I started adding raindrops to everything. I thought it would be an appropriate picture for the time of year. It has certainly gone cold and it looks like Autumn is on the way.