Wednesday, 15 February 2017


I was painting some Fantasy Flowers for an exhibition and had some pretty colours left over so I painted a messy page to use them up.  Splish splosh.

Fortuitously, the next day, "Try it on Tuesday" asked us to "Get messy".

I sometimes say "the pens did it" but in this case the paints certainly did it.
I didn't notice the rabbit or sheep until the paper had dried and it only need a few strokes of the white, blue and pink pens to highlight them.

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Here are three more pages from the inchie book I showed in the previous post.  Each page is an inch square. 

This is one of Douglas's favourite pages.
Douglas likes flowers.

Some jewellery advice from Douglas.
Douglas knows about these things.

The Castle and the aeroplane.

Happy painting!

Saturday, 4 February 2017


You know how normally you are making art and you are enjoying it and then other times you are so obsessed with what you are making that you want to make it all the time till it is finished, no matter what other tasks are calling your name?

This is what happened when my Real-life friend J. made me a handmade book with forty-two pages, each page measuring an inch square.  I couldn't stop painting until it was finished.

The opening pages - Welcome.

This was the first page painted.  I was pretty excited by the book right from the start.

The whole book could have been on a single theme but there were too many ideas clamouring for attention.

A little bird is having a lie-down.

Many of the pages would not lie flat for photographing, so Douglas volunteered to help.

This was the first painted two-page spread.

On individual pages the two opposing pages were co-ordinated.  There's a little piece of washi tape here.

A strange land. 

I had the most amazing fun with this little book.
I'll show you more pages another time.

When I was at art college they were always trying to "persuade" us to make large pieces, but I always ended up with small art.
Do you have a kind of art you always go back to, even if you experiment and try new things?

Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Hello everyone.

Thanks for playing along with the stories in my two previous blogposts.  It was fascinating to read what you saw in my paintings, and you had great story ideas.

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I've been in Entertaining-Visitors Land for the past week or so.
No paints, no crayons, no glue, no blog visiting, no computers.

When we have house guests, we go with the flow, the flow of what the guests would like to do.
And I thought, what if after the visitors leave, when we stop going with the flow, we go with the flower instead?

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This was painted with watercolours and watercolour pens.
I rather like the simplicity of it.

And because I had been artistically deprived for so long, I wanted to use every colour in the box.
This one was painted with watercolours and oil pastels.

I wonder which one you prefer?

Linking to "Art Journal Journey" where Erika is asking us to "Tell a story".

Wednesday, 11 January 2017


After the holiday it was time for my pens to get back to work, so I got out a selection

and gave them a sketchbook.
My Real Life friend J. makes these wonderful, beautiful, useful sketchbooks in different sizes and I have a nice little stash of them.

The pens just looked at me, silent.

"What's wrong?".
"We don't know what to do".

Good grief.  Now I've got pens with artist's block.

"OK", I said, "Draw an orange circle and take it from there".

And they did.

Oh a bird, that's predictable.
I've absolutely no idea where they're going with this.  What are these funny squarish purple things in the sky?

I see what they've done with the square blobs.
And now we've got two crawly things.

It's getting a bit better.

Thanks pens, I'm taking over now.


What do you think will happen next?

Is the happy flower in danger?
Who lives in the two little houses?
What about the purple blobs?  Friend or foe? 
Who is that, on the extreme right?  I'd have liked to see more of him.

Linking to "Art Journal Journey" where Erika is asking us to "Tell a Story".

Monday, 2 January 2017


In a previous post I posed the question "Where do ideas come from?".

Erika is hosting the challenge blog "Art Journal Journey" this month with the theme "Tell me a story", and the first port of call was my sketchbooks which sometimes have strange drawings in them.

I found this sweet lady standing happily in the middle of a page.

With a green face?

The rest of the story just about made itself (with the help of my magic pens).

This is her transport, landed on a convenient rock.

I've no idea who this is, he just sort of appeared.
Is he a friend?

But where did these large flowers come from?
Has the alien landed on earth .......or is this her own planet?

Who (or what) is on the approaching airship?
What is the significance of the yellow circles?

Any ideas?

The painting was made with watercolours and watercolour pens and no alien photo-editing trickery was involved.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016


Hello friends.

We are all ready at Orange Esmeralda's house for the best Christmas and New Year.

The tree is looking good

and the teddies are all wearing their best Christmas outfits.
These two are visitors, they wanted to stay for Christmas.

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I'm making art for an exhibition in April 2017.

Here are some try-out ideas, made from painted papers and threads.
The bright colours shine through the dark and will join in with Valerie's theme of "Light and Darkness" at "Art Journal Journey".


Finally, many thanks to you, my dear blogging friends, who visit Orange Esmeralda's blog and who leave such thoughtful and encouraging comments.

However you celebrate at this time of year I wish you Peace and Love.

Love is all.