Monday, 30 November 2009

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Play Ball !

The best thing about a dry weekend is when the work is done, its time to play ball with your dog:

Of course, if its wet, there's only one place for this jack russell.... bed!

Friday, 27 November 2009

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Thames riverside walk

Back in the days I worked in accounts at a firm at Blackfriars, London, I used to spend many a happy lunchtime walking down by the river- even on the greyest of days.
My favourite walk was between The Doggetts Coat and Badge up to Westminster Bridge.

Recently, I bought a Geoff Kersey book, London in Watercolour - and there within was a photo of my favourite walk, with my view blighted by the London Eye.

The first painting I had to tackle was my favourite walk, but sorry, Geoff, I have omitted the London Eye, thus may I go back in time to my happy memories every time I look at the finished pic.

Stage 1

Monday, 23 November 2009

Scrappy Jack

Jack russells - my favourite breed of dog.
I paint quite a few of them, this little lad is Scrappy.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Watercolour painting of Milo goes home.

Saturday sees me working into the afternoon.
Sometimes I paint afterwards to have a change of pace, but this weekend I had a lady arrive to pick up her painting.
Milo's mum came to pick up the painting of Milo and Shady.
Milo's mum is a lovely lady, who cares a great deal for her dogs. She fell in love with my jack russell, Missy - who was the complete Diva and performed many tricks for her.

The painting was studied, the mum amazed at the exactness of the likeness.
And now the painting has gone home, to bring only happy memories of an enthusiastic, joyous terrier .

Milo Goes Home.... Go Milo!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Increasing Blog Traffic

I had some free time between patients today, so decided to read some art posts on the internet. Some of the articles were specifically aimed at people who paint and blog.
You know the type of thing.. 12 things you must do to increase traffic to your blog...

I got as far as number three when from underneath my glass computer table, I felt the Hypno Stare working.....

and you guessed it, I never got as far as Number 4 on the list.
One delightful little dog got a long walk instead.
The fresh air was probably better for me, too!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Thursday, 19 November 2009


Everyone who I know that paints keeps a library of photos and I am no different.
Sometimes when there is no one thing calling out to be painted, I go through the photo gallery and see what I would like to paint.

There was a picture of some people on a beach, rocks either side and a lighthouse to the left in the distance.

This is where being an artist is good, because unlike photos you can rearrange things to suit yourself.
So this time, I got rid of the beach, the people and one set of rocks and moved the lighthouse to the right. Less can be more.

For even more effect, I changed it from day into night. Our recent storms are obviously still on my mind.
So here is the work in progress:

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

A little Protest.

Life gets busy, you know how it is. You work, you do chores, you paint (if you're lucky) .

But if you should - for some reason - not give your dog as many walks as she would like, she stages a sit-in protest - until you say the magic word Walkies.
Where better to stage this sit-in but at the computer?
Smart dog :)

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Walking with the Chief

Missy has a second name, MissyChief.
That's because a little while after we adopted her, when she'd settled in, we saw the twinkle of mischief come back into her eye - which as terrier lovers delighted us.

We walk frequently and today we had a lovely experience. We met someone who Missy adores and this lady adores Missy.
Today, as usual she made a fuss of MissyChief then she said to me "Do you know, I hate jack russells!"
She went on to say "But I adore Missy. Jacks are usually so yappy and snappy, but not your girl. I love Missy. If she was the only jack I knew, I would have one.. She's a real credit to you"

She's come a long way from the girl we adopted from Battersea - but we always thought she had it in her.
Thank God they kept her for 2 years, whilst she waited for us.

Walking with the Chief, heads held high.
Now there's a painting I should make!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Snow Joke

I know, that's a very tired phrase, but once I had painted this picture and saw the big brown eyes looking up at me.. that's all I could think of: Snow Joke. Thanks to Shelley for the use of her photo :)

Snow Joke:

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Best laid plans

As Robbie Burns once said
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley.....

meaning the painting I had drawn out and started to paint was abandoned thanks to the big storm we had in Essex today. The sky went so dark, I couldn't continue to paint, or even photograph what I had already done.
Sadly in the move to the new house, my natural daylight lamp has been mislaid.

So instead, have a look at this window, an exercise from one of my many watercolour instruction books.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Its coming....

Christmas, that is.
So I thought I'd show you a painting I made for a previous Christmas, which was auctioned off to help Russell Refuge - a dog charity who only deal with Jack Russells - my favourite breed.

Jack Doolittle

Jack Doolittle was named after Eliza Doolittle, from the show My Fair Lady ( based on the play Pygmalion) and inspired by the lines from the song:

"All I want is a room somewhere... far away from the cold night air... with one enormous chair..... oh, wouldn't it be lovely?"

So many dogs wanting that same thing.. if you can provide that room, please give it to a rescue dog.

You can find them here in the UK
Terrier Rescue

here in the US
Russell Refuge

Friday, 13 November 2009

Cooling Off

I was being teased by a friend in a different part of the country that she had just taken some chocolate muffins out of the oven, how yummy they looked.

So I begged her, take a photo for me..

and here, from the photo, my latest painting..

Cooling Off

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Making Waves

Sometimes I make little practice pieces - either because I have no painting in mind - or because I have a painting in mind I want to do really well on!

currently, making waves..

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Armistice Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

Remember Me:

Grandad, I do!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Go Milo!

Go Milo!

This painting is a tribute to Milo the jack russell, who sadly passed away, yesterday.

Milo chasing Shady to snatch the toy is the happy memory his mum will keep - of a fun loving, happy tearaway !

Monday, 9 November 2009

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Charlie's Angels

The finished painting - called "Charlie's Angels"

Because it was Charlie who had a birthday treat of keeper for a day at Colchester Zoo... and his mum kindly let me use some of the photos she took. Charlie's favourites are the Penguins .

If you'd like to be Keeper for a Day , click Colchester Zoo Keeper and follow the links on their front page.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Penguins 2

The background washes are now completely finished.
Onwards towards painting the penguins, stones and foreground washes.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Penguins 1

Here's a beautiful pair of penguins seen playing underwater.
This picture shows the drawing and first tint to the paper.
It will be my latest painting.

Thursday, 5 November 2009


A painting with fireworks to show off two cracking jack russells - Dax and Pink. - and their first meeting by the river.

Pink lives in The Netherlands, one of the girls "Of the Hunters Pride"
Dax does too, but he is the mascot of the kennel.

Click the kennel name "Of The Hunters Pride" to learn more about these beautiful dogs.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Doodle day

Just a couple of doodles today.. sometimes that's all I can fit in a day.

Gives me ideas for future paintings .. although there are people who analyse doodles - there's even a National Doodle Day and a Doodle for Google competition for youngsters!

Mine were simply practise drawing doodles and no hidden meanings as far as I know!

National Doodle Day raises money to help people suffering with epilepsy and neurofibromatosis

Doodle for Google a chance for a youngster to have their Google Doodle seen by millions and to win a trip to California

and just for fun.. the meaning of doodles..

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Bin Training

My little dog can be a bit sensitive around sudden noises. Why, we don't know.
What I do know is she usually hides when the bin men come to visit.
Yesterday we had the delivery of two new bins as our local council gets right into re-cycling; so I took this as an opportunity to teach Missy not to be scared.

As the bins came off the truck and got wheeled to their new homes, I had Missy in a sit and each time she wagged at the delivery men, I gave her a treat. When she acted scared I ignored it, if she broke the sit, I asked her to sit again.

By the time the men delivered to our house, she was wagging like fury - and just as I hoped the Bin Man made an enormous fuss of her.

Bins are nowhere near as scary now. Good girl Missy!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Calling Me On

No words to distract you... just enjoy...

Calling Me On...

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Bear in the Woods

The finished version of the Bear in the Woods, who we originally met and photographed in Sept . Click here for original post

I quite like this little fellow, what do you think of him?

Art Club 10 days ago

So, art club 10 days ago- when I was still feeling fine.. I got half way through a painting and thought I'd easily have it finished.
How wrong can you be?

Here it was as I left it...

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