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This blog shows some recent work that is not on the website and work in progress.

Autumn Tapestry

Uncategorised Posted on 21 Dec, 2020 20:37

A watercolour collection of autumn finds from our weekend walks in Surrey

Yellow Flag Iris

Uncategorised Posted on 13 Oct, 2020 20:50

I completed this painting today by adding the seed heads. The iris was painted in June but the seed heads were not formed until September. It was an interesting subject to paint and I particularly enjoyed the seed heads.

Jersey Tiger Moths

Uncategorised Posted on 31 Aug, 2020 20:21
These Jersey Tiger Moths are common in Southern England from July to September and they are increasing in number according to Butterfly Conservation. I recently sighted them on yucca and conifer and their stunning colouring and wing patterns inspired the to paint them.


Uncategorised Posted on 23 Jul, 2020 20:55
These radishes were another colourful subject from the Riverford Farm box.

Wayside Grasses

Uncategorised Posted on 07 Jul, 2020 20:25
Recently I have begun to take an interest in the huge variety of grasses to be seen when out walking in fields, on rough ground and on grass verges. Many of them are very attractive when observed closely. I have painted four common grasses that can be found on waysides. I have identified them as l-r Italian Ryegrass, Catstail, Wall Barley and Creeping Bent. The butterfly, added for interest, is a Small Heath.


Uncategorised Posted on 27 Jun, 2020 19:28
This turnip is unusual in that it has grown four roots instead of a single tap root which made it an interesting subject for a vegetable portrait. This specimen would probably never be found in a supermarket amongst the more perfect specimens but arrived in our Riverford farm vegetable box which is an excellent source of veg for painting as well as eating!

Rainbow Carrots

Uncategorised Posted on 31 May, 2020 18:44
Carrots of hope!
These rainbow carrots arrived in the vegetable box from Riverford farms and made a good subject for a topical painting. A botanical version of the rainbows of hope being displayed at the present time.

Colourful Tulips

Uncategorised Posted on 11 May, 2020 14:37
You never know what you will get in a bag of mixed tulip bulbs. These impressive tulips were in the same collection as the yellow tulips I painted previously. Such stunning colours!

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