Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Back of the Houses



40x40cms oil on wood
The older houses in Sicilian towns are often very beautiful with balconies, terracotta roof tiles and old doors, just to name a few of their interesting qualities. But sometimes the view from the back, although unadorned can be picturesque too.
In the mountain-top village of Erice in Sicily the winding cobbled streets are a magnet for tourists to admire the old and historic houses but round the back there are some great views too.  This row of  houses and the light falling on them caught my eye.




Friday, 3 June 2016

Fresh Lemon


20x20cms, oil on wood click here to buy


At the end of the winter the lemon trees around my house are full of juicy fragrant lemons.
When I first came to live here the whole length of the dusty lane was so yellow with lemons you couldn't see the leaves on the trees.  Over recent years the lemon groves have diminished as the price of lemons has dropped and many prefer to sell their land for building purposes.
I still can't resist a lemon straight off the tree, with all its lumps and bumps, not at all like the too perfect ones from the supermarket.
I love to paint them and eat them.



Sunday, 22 May 2016

Persimmons




20x20cms Oil on wood
Persimmons, kaki or cachi as they are known around here.  These are from my friend's garden, painted on a textured surface. The challenge to myself was to paint the smooth skin of the fruit on the rough gessoed board.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Cipolle, Onions, Oignons.....



20x20cms oil on wood click to purchase


When I get stuck for something to paint I have a look around my kitchen.  Fruit and veg are always a good standby and onions are actually very beautiful if you look closely.  I set them up by the window with lots of natural light and watch them glow.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Bright Red Poppies




20x20cms (approx 8x8") oil on wood.
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Every year at this time the dusty lane becomes  lined with beautiful poppies, swaying and bobbing in the breeze. Each day I drive past and want to stop to admire the evidence of spring on the roadside.

The reds vary from orangy red (technical term here) to a deep scarlet, brightening the dullest morning!







Saturday, 30 April 2016

What makes you want to paint?




40x40 cms, oil on wood. Click here to buy



What makes you want to paint? What should you paint?    I recently read a magazine article where the artist said paint what you like and chances are someone else will like it too.  I don't remember the artist (sorry) but I think it's a good way to approach what we paint.

I am often inspired by my friend's garden.  It's an unusual garden with hidden corners and vintage objects given new uses or just displayed because they remind my friend of her parents and childhood.  The above painting is a group of old jugs with a jam jar of flowers was just outside the back door.




 These are just a few of my other paintings inspired by sunny mornings or afternoons spent with my painting friends in the garden ...there are many more!




Sunday, 6 March 2016

Sketchbook Sunday





These are my sketches from a sunny but windy morning with the local USK group.
The first is an abandoned ceramic works which I sketched sitting on the side of a busy road.  Lorries and cars hurtled along but I always enjoy sketching these types of buildings so didn't notice.










The  above park is nearby, called 'Acqua dei Corsari' which means pirate's water, legend has that pirates were saved by a fresh water spring in the area.
We sat overlooking the sea and ancient watch tower in an amphitheatre built by the local council a few years ago in an effort to give some life back to an area ruined by industry and pollution.  The whole area is now sadly overgrown and desolate once again.



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