Friday Painting …

A combination of watercolour paints, watercolour pencil and soft pastels were used, followed by a bit of editing with ‘afterlight’ on my ipad:


I may edit it some more but for now, I think I’m happy with it.

Is it too Early for Thoughts of Valentines Day?

I’m sure that I’m actually a lot later than the majority of card designers but nevertheless, I think that now is a good time for me to be thinking about possible Valentine’s designs. I’ll be working on a new idea this coming week but for now, have been looking at using some older designs but in a new way:



Over the next week or so, I’ll be looking at some other ideas and will hopefully find a few designs that could work well as cards.

Going Round in Circles …



I’ve been inspired by the ‘Sketchbook Challenge’ by Sue Bleiweiss. I have a watercolour book which will serve as my sketch book as I intend to watercolour my way through her challenges. The first challenge is entitled ‘Circles’ and I decided to begin with some simple flowers made with circles:

Flower CirclesI also had a go at something similar on ‘artboard’ :

circlesWhilst I do prefer the more random nature of the freehand watercolour, I enjoyed using artboard as it enabled me to try a variety of colour palettes  Рit was only once I had finished my trial run on artboard that I drew and subsequently painted the watercolour above.

Watercolour Wednesday … Winter Whiteout …

Time ran away from me today and I only managed a postcard sized painting with watercolour pencils. We’ve had plenty of snow here over the past few days and I wanted to try to capture it in a picture somehow. Here’s my attempt:

Our park looks beautiful covered in its snow white blanket, the boys have had lots of fun sledging and there have been plenty of snowball fights !

These are some of the photos that I took at the weekend:


Another reason for me posting this image today is that I went to visit a dear friend in hospital this morning, I won’t go in to details but she is incredibly ill and has become so with an unbelievable speed. She loves our park and really misses walking her dog here. She is astonishingly brave and is being so in the knowledge that she will not get better, so L, this is for you, the park won’t be the same without you xx