Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Red is the Colour

20x20cms, oil on wood here

I love painting tomatoes as much as I like eating them, so I painted two!
I used to think that red was a hard colour to paint with and had a love/ hate relationship, forcing myself to use it.  

20x20cms, oil on wood here

Now I really enjoy painting with red....yellow is my least favourite painting colour now, just one slip and it becomes mucky grey!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Sun Seekers

Oil on mdf 20x20 cms available
After having lunch at a bar on the seafront I spotted these two ladies sitting on the rocks.  They looked very similar apart from the colour of their cozzies, quite possibly sisters.
I know I shouldn't sneak up on people, perhaps there's even a law about it...but you can't see their faces so it should be alright!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Morning Coffee

Oil on mdf wood, 20x20cms Available
What's the first thing you look for in the morning? For me it's got to be a nice hot cup of coffee...


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Hiding Under the Geraniums

oil on wood, 40x40 cms
 It's the summer holidays here and also very hot so I while away many a morning in the garden with my grandson.  He's in the paddling pool and me...well sometimes I'm in the paddling pool too!
There are no trees and apart from my umbrella the only shade I can find is up by a big clump of geraniums, so that is where you'll find me hiding.

Geraniums are available  here

Paintings available to buy here


Sunday, 10 July 2016

White not White

oil on mdf wood 20x20 cms (available here)

White carnations in a white vase....colourless? Nooo there's plenty of colour if you really look.

Your eye can be trained to see a whole spectrum of colour in the whites you find in flowers, china, cloth etc.
There are some subtle colour and value changes and then the reflected colour from surrounding objects, but you will also need  to mix some beautiful greys to set off the delicate whites.
There is very little actual white in a 'white' painting, and if you use too much you'll get a chalky, opaque result.

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.


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