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

Drawings for a Winter Book

Uncategorised Posted on 09 Jan, 2021 19:32
I have recently been working on these drawings/paintings for a handmade book of winter subjects to follow on from the autumn book I made previously. The individual leaves are painted on Lokta paper which gives them a natural appearance due to the texture of the paper which is made from the bark of the Lokta bush found in the Himalayas. Although destined for the book the paintings make an attractive picture when combined together. A few more subjects still to add before the collection is complete.

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.

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