Autumn is making its gradual way into the garden with much pruning to do and leaves starting to turn and fall. Meanwhile, I am taking part in the Somerset Open Studios until the start of October. Sarah Truscott has opened her conservatory and garden to Viv Meadows and myself to use for the event, while…

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July brought the Frome Open Art Trail which went well with 50 artists in 21 venues with lots of visitors and sales. Along with Kate Westcott in my venue at home we enjoyed talking to our visitors and happily both made some sales! ‘Twisted Tree’ Biddulph One of my smallest paintings which sold and has…

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The last month has been busy with painting, meeting up with friends, admin and prep for the Frome Open Art Trail. My stay with Jackie near Falmouth was a mixture of rest and art residency. I was encouraged to take different approaches to my work, including using large pieces of lining paper and plein air…

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Over the last few months I have been considering an alternative direction for my work. My thoughts centred around the branches and twigs of trees, with the spaces in between. So I started with a few small sketches…. I produced a few paintings over the next few weeks, all oil on paper, around 22 x…

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During November I was asked if I’d have a go at creating two boxes for an Advent Calendar – with a difference! The Greening the Earth Gallery in Wincanton planned to install a window display of 24 decorated wine crates to be opened daily during December. I enjoyed decorating the crates using a lot of…

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The Somerset Open Studios in September with Sarah Truscott and Viv Meadows was a quiet event though we did have a few welcome visitors and some sales. During most of October the builders came to put in a new kitchen after I had painted all the free-standing dressers and cupboards in yellow and white. After…

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The Frome Virtual online Art Trail took place at the start of the July with 52 artists & makers taking part. It was set up as a result of the pandemic so no doubt we could have done a few things differently! ‘End of Lake/Leaf Trail’ The painting has been worked up in Guilder’s wax.…

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Half-way through June already! The garden is looking lush with new growth, many wonderful blossoms, with constant weeding and pruning to be done. The roof of my studio-in-the-garden is covered with sedum, which turned dark red in the hot weather, and is now changing to green with the recent downpours. The birds (and squirrel) love…

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Time has flown past in lock-down! Meanwhile my web-site has been undergoing a welcome update so I’m now able to do a new post. Since the start of April, I have done a lot of gardening, always tempting in such fair and sunny weather, ordered plant plugs to pot up, conditioned the soil, weeded and…

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The world has changed since March with social distancing, shops closed, quiet roads and constant worrying news. To help our local artists & makers the Frome Open Art Trail will now be the Frome Virtual Art Trail to take place from 4th – 12th July. An opportunity to up IT skills, set up online galleries…

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