Tuesday, 11 February 2020

The moon came out



Mixed media on canvas, 50x50 cms

Another painting from my abstract deviation! This time I went bigger, much bigger than I normally paint and that I think, gave me more freedom. It was fun but I've painted over more than I've kept.
This process is still evolving.
Inspired by a wet weekend (it was meant to be sunny!) on the tiny Sicilian island of Favignana.
We did a lot of walking as the island is so small it's really not worth putting a car on the ferry. The hydrofoil is faster and far more exciting.

Available from my Etsy shop here

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Trying out abstracts




Oil on gallery frame canvas 30x30 cms 
These were the first two semi-abstracts that I felt happy with...dipping my toe in the water!
Both are inspired by rivers and their reflections.






This is the beautiful reflection of Verona in the river Adige on a cold, cold day.  Verona is one of my favourite cities. I didn't need to abstract the reflections as nature had already done the hardest part!



Oil on  wood 20x20cms
Both of these paintings are available here and here

Friday, 10 January 2020

New Paintings






Both of these small paintings are commissions from last year. Normally commissions are not my thing but these are so in my comfort zone!
In 2019 I tried to push myself out of this place of comfort and I've been painting some abstracts. I will talk more about these in my next post.




I know it's a bit late but a happy 2020! 

Tuesday, 8 October 2019




oil on birchwood 20x20cms
A recent oil painting of lemons. Sicilian lemons smell so good!
Available from my Etsy shop

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Greetings from Sicily



20x20cms oil on birchwood board. Available to buy from Etsy


 Greetings from sunny Sicily....still here and still painting!  These little fish are from a lively fish market in Siracusa. It was painted a while ago, but it looks like I have a lot of catching up to do.



Living on an island the sea will always be important and little traditional fishing boats are a common sight along with fishing nets drying along the seafront and buckets of octopus.



I've had a little clean up and changed the look of my blog, what do you think?

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Eggs in a Basket



30x40cms oil on wrapped canvas Available on Etsy

All my eggs in one basket...eggs is eggs..love and eggs are best when fresh...I could go on forever!
Here's my basket of fresh local eggs on a sunny morning in Sicily. Sadly I don't have my own hens (yet) but I can get a good supply of really nice free range eggs in the village.

We don't keep our eggs in the fridge here but I know that's not the same for everyone, so where do you keep yours?



Sunday, 25 March 2018

Walking in Turin


'Walking in Turin'  oil on canvas 40x40 cms


I recently flew back to Italy via Turin and spent a day there before continuing my journey.  A day is by no means long enough to see a city but I  walked until my feet were dropping off! 
Turin is a very elegant city, one beautiful square leading to another. 



Piazza del Castello looking towards the Royal Palace




A quick sketch is a  good excuse for a rest as well as a nice lunch and glass of wine!

Buddah head from Pakistan IV-V Century AD


There are plenty of museums in Turin, I chose to visit the Musem of Oriental Art (MAO)...I lost count of the rooms and floors of this museum, housed in a 17th century palazzo. It's a well organised museum and there is every thing from Samurai armour to ancient Chinese pottery. 

I always like to save some places to visit on any future trip, so the Eygptian musuem would be next on my list...just to say hello to the mummies!