Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sketchbook Sunday

A watercolour sketch of some cherry tomatoes, just because I fancied doing some watercolour and I like red.  Although these tomatoes are from Sicily they never used to be available at this time of year. Times change and producers all now have greenhouses and anything is possible or so it seems. 

A family group intently studying a book or magazine  This was a really cold day in Oxford and we took refuge in a warm crowded cafe for coffee and bacon sarnies.
I am beginning to like painting on the strange cream/yellow paper in the Moleskine sketchbooks. It's the paper that really doesn't like water, but I like to challenge myself!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Summer Leftovers

20x20cms(approx 8x8") oil on mdf wood

I used a photograph from the summer to paint these cherries.  It's still wet ( this explains the odd patches) but I wanted to get it finished before I leave for a little 'pre' Christmas holiday.
I like to spend a couple of weeks in the UK during the festive season to see my family, then it's back to Sicily for the final run up to Christmas.
So no painting for a couple of weeks...but I've got my sketchbook packed!

Sunday, 23 November 2014


Oil on mdf wood panel 20x 20 cms (approx 8x8")

We were given some pomegranates and of course I had to use them in a painting, they're just so pretty.
This one is another small painting that will shortly be in my Etsy Shop.
I used one of the pomegranates in a wild rice salad with walnuts and apple, it was delicious!

At this time of year we're often given home grown produce, only this week two 'water' bottles turned up, one full of freshly pressed olive oil and the other home made wine.  
Although we have a couple of olive trees,  they don't produce enough for oil so a big bottle of beautiful fresh olive oil is a treat. When the oil has just been pressed it has a peppery taste and eaten on it's own on warm bread it's exquisite! 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Gooey Chocolate Cake (Do not look if you're on a diet)

Oil on mdf board 20x20cms (approx 8x8")

Gooey chocolatey birthday cake!  This cake was for my daughter's birthday and was so delicious I decided to honour it with a painting.  I didn't make the cake, it was bought from a local pasticceria...I think I will have to make another visit soon!

This is what it looks like popped into one of my frames.
This little painting is available from my Etsy shop

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Grapes Are Back!

Oil on mdf 20x 20cms (approx 8x8")

If you follow my blog you may remember my painting of grapes a  couple of months ago.  This is the same bunch of grapes but from a different angle and a much smaller size.   I really liked the pinks coming through the grapes positioned in a very bright shaft of light, warm light and cool light.
1st grape painting if you want to compare. 

Here's what it would look like in a frame. I had to decide what to do with these small paintings....and some larger ones too,  so I'm pleased to announce the grand (virtual) opening of my Etsy shop!
I'm  slowly adding recent paintings if anyone would like to buy a nice gift for themselves or a friend.
Take look here:

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Small but Sweet

oil on mdf board 20x20cms (aprox  8x8")

It's a dark stormy day here in Sicily, although the morning started off bright and sunny!

My small painting above is from a similar sunny morning, a little pear from my garden on the kitchen table with the clear early sun pouring in through the window. I used a mixture of acrylic and oil paints to get the effect of light (hopefully!)
I am enjoying painting small..I cut a large piece of mdf into 12 small squares and  I've finished about half of them so far.  It's nice not to have to worry about investing a lot of time on a large painting only to find it doesn't really work. It's a chance to try out new ideas and best of all they are easy to store!
Do you have a preference...big or small?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Blue jar and Seed Pods

Oil on mdf wood board 20x20cms approx 8x8"
My little blue jar is putting in another appearance, I love to paint the reflections in its dark blue glass.
As I set up this little still life  the seed pods (found walking along the coast) left little seeds everywhere, so I painted those in too.


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