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Hello again and Discount tickets

Hello dear blogets, some time has passed since I wrote a blog as life has been some what challenging. Nothing too traumatic just some major and quite difficult changes in my boy's lives and lots and lots of admin. Admin is the pain of my life and yours too I would imagine; one student said to me the other day that she would like to see my diary and see a typical day in my life!
This got me to thinking there isn't a typical day in my life!!!, the only constant is that I am always in a muddle with my diary, I can't be trusted to book air flights (really) and I am drawn to pink flowers like a moth to a flame and must stop.
Seriously though I have forbidden my self from painting pink but it is so hard to stop, virtually all the flowers that are still in bloom are pink and nearly all the flowers I want to paint are pink. This theme must stop. So with that in mind I am going to paint white flowers for the SBA next year. I will never beat last years show in terms of delight at s…

Summer News

How do you do? may the sun be warming your toes.
This summer has been very interesting, we did get away with the boys and they tolerated being with us very well despite our interests on holiday being so very far apart!!
Of course when you are away you leave all your deadlines behind but on return they are waiting to pounce on you the minute your key opens the door, the garden survived being neglected most of the summer but I have been busy weeding and apologising to the plants by deadheading and tending them well since my return.

The tutorials have been more varied through the summer by way of some of the requests on the survey. I really hope you enjoyed the little departure from botanical precision, it is good to dabble and play with your painting style as it may indeed open a door to understanding the medium a little better so don't be afraid to give it a go, it is also great to paint outside.
The next project 'Peony bud' is back to my usual style botanical painting this aut…

June, Pinterest, and framing.

Dear lovely friends, it has been a varied month so far, the SBA show was my best so far, I sold 4 out of the 5 paintings and still feel a little giddy about it. The large painting called 'South facing wall' won the Suzanne Lucas memorial award (Suzanne was the founder president of the Society of Botanical Artists) and peoples choice, get me a chair!!! I thought the show was colourful and varied but we still need new and exciting artists to join the fold, so spread the word and encourage fellow artists to apply, most mediums are being considered.Any hoo, following up on family matters, in case you are following me, I did actually have to tolerate a party for Will and am recovering from a very late night after peeling drunken girls up from the floor at 2am in the morning; followed in the morning by a massive trip to the bottle bank, I am very concerned that the young'uns  drink so much and that's before they arrived at the party! I now miss the jelly and ice cream days. …

Where did May go?

Hello lovely people, I am sorry and can't believe that it has been a month since my last post! I must write in my 2015 diary that everything happens and blooms in May. All is out and some flowers are over, the grass is jumping the borders and with lovely weather I am itching to do some gardening but it must fend for itself as I have been away teaching and must now prepare for Patchings and Wisley.
Will, my youngest is 17 today, so much to do but I am relieved I don't have to arrange  parties any more, least ways not the type with jelly and ice cream.
This has been an emotional month with my most wonderful Pa being ill through much of it (thankfully he is on the mend) then my most wonderful Ma becoming run down, again thankfully well again; then on a happier note one of my dearest friends becoming 60 and then long time much loved friends visiting from Australia. It was so so nice to have our friends in our lives and close again and then so sad to see them leave. I often dream of …
LEAVES and cartoon

Add some leaves to you sketch book there is a plethora burgeoning from all directions, with a rich choice of greens, blues and reds it's the perfect time to practice colour mixing. I use a warm yellow, cool yellow or lemon, a cool minty blue and a warm navy blue, a warm red and a cool pinky red. My preferred colours are Sennelier red, Sennelier rose madder, Sennelier Phthalocyanine blue, Sennelier french ultramarine, Sennelier yellow deep, Sennelier lemon yellow; with these six colours I find I can mix most if not all the greens on offer. Experiment with mixes and see what happens, if I am being teacher, mix a colour drop it into a water glaze and let it be, just watch and enjoy seeing what colour and texture matures. The ivy demo will give you ideas on techniques. Paint on scraps of best watercolour paper and then stick them into your sketch book. On something completely different, below is the start of my cartoon commission, oh to wear hair like that. A very Happ…

Spring, Book and memories

Hello lovely people, my new project goes live on Monday continuing the next step of the lily flower study. I have been tending to my garden, just a little this week, in between painting for various deadlines. 
The section of the painting above was commissioned by my godmother's cousin; she particularly wanted the early clematis with daffodils to remind her of her university years and the friendships she made at that time. Plants are wonderful for stirring memories, I remember squishing the snow berries (Symphoricarpos albus) outside our house every autumn, while waiting for my brother and sister to walk with me to school, I can't help but squish one or two in my garden in the autumn in memory to that time in my life. This time of year with blossom, blossoming everywhere reminds me of gathering up to throw at my sister as she pretended to be a bride while sporting an old net curtain on her head, we also mushed the petals in rain water to make some kind of perfume or magic potion…

How to paint and things floral

A snippet of my painting at this years SBA show

Hello lovely people, my new project on painting a white Lily (Lilium longiflorum) is live on the subscription site I just need to tell you that the drawing part has been reshot and will have a drawing demo that you will be able to see! this will be added asap and is a lesson learned for me.
On all things floral
There are 2 wonderful Shows coming up which if you visit you should. The first is the Big SBA show (The Society of Botanical Artists) a wonderful show of all thing botanical covering mostly botanical illustration but also a wide variety of top floral painters, jewellers, glass engravers, miniatures and new this year silk sculpture and collage held at the Westminster Central Hall, Storeys Gate London SW1H 9NH 9th -18th May 11am-5pm including Sundays Wheelchair access and cafe available.
The next Show is theSFP (The Society of Floral Painters) to be held at the Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester, 21st May- 8t…

Preparing for the SBA show

Greetings, as per usual I am up against a self inflicted manic deadline, I am trying to complete my work for the Society of botanical Artists annual show. They are having the show later this year in May but I am still pushing it to the last minute, hoping I can get it all done in time. I have  4 smaller works this year with an emphasis on the botanic and one lager piece with a slightly softer style but with more impact.
I always find it tricky on how to frame the works, as I am aware of the quantity of work to judge and fear for the safety of a very expensive frame, however, pride has overtaken me this year and I have gone top of the range so fingers crossed they don't get 'dinted'. Framing is so important and though I love my shabby chic frames of the previous years, I have been advised by others at the show that they are too glitzy, which is a shame as loved them but framing is very personal.
 This year my framing is top notch and frankly if no one likes them I don't…

Thank you and welcome to my painterly world

Dear friends, firstly happy Valentines day, I am wishing many roses fall or fell into your laps today.I am delighted with the launch of the tutorial website but it's been close to the emotions of having another baby!  I have to sincerely thank everyone who has joined and for their patience.  Tom my Tech guy has helped a few to log in and I am so glad you have managed to join us.  Don't judge me on this outfit, you were only supposed to see me from the waist up!*One of the first things you'll notice on the subscribe site is that you need a username and password, you have to complete the new account form which is right at the bottom of the subscribe page of the payment plan you chose. You can't fill in the username and password until you have received the email conformations from us.*If you are looking for your emails from us and your log in details, they may have gone into your spam folder so do check in there! *We recommend Google Chrome as your browser and you can down…