The Final Frontier


“My studio has a personality of its own. It can be a monstrous clutter from one end to the other or, at times, the very model of simplicity.” – Harley Brown.      No doubt, at this time of lock-down due to Coronavirus, many people are finding that the things they have planned this year, … Continue reading The Final Frontier

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De-Cluttering, Virtually


“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t.” ― Joshua Becker.         Alongside actual physical de-cluttering, which I am doing a little of every day while we find ourselves living in what feels like a dystopian drama, I am using this ‘lock-down’ time to … Continue reading De-Cluttering, Virtually

A Simple Question For You.


“The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski.         I was chatting with a dear artist friend of mine, several days ago.  We were considering the subject of what art actually is?  If I ask you:                   … Continue reading A Simple Question For You.

The Bewildered Painter


“I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh.      I had fully intended to paint my village church, using acrylic.  Bear in mind that the only training I have ever had for art was at school in the 1980’s!  At the last meeting of the little art group, created … Continue reading The Bewildered Painter

Portrait: My Sister-in-Law.


“Happiness is going shopping with my sister-in-law. She’s got the traits of my husband that I like, with the added bonus of her love of shopping!” – Anon. In my latest practice at portraiture, I thought I would try to paint my sister-in-law.  She won’t thank me for the end result; something of a caricature … Continue reading Portrait: My Sister-in-Law.

Nerves and Bananas


  “Always take a banana to a party.” ― Steven Moffat.       The event had been planned for a few months.  Having travelled for around four or five hours to what was a very heavily flooded part of England, we had all finally settled into our hotel on the previous night.  The hotel was … Continue reading Nerves and Bananas