Rose and Cherries

Rose and Cherries
Rose and Cherries

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Spring on Stockingstone Hill

I took this photo two years ago just as the trees and bushes were starting to sprout. A lot of twigs and grass , but I got there in the end.

Spring on Stockingstone Hill
oil on oil paper
10"x 12"

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Blossoms on Stockingstone Hill

I've spent the last three weeks stressing about the health of a family member. I am happy to say that things are back to normal. Just the worry stops me in my tracks and I can't pick up a paint brush to save my life!! There must be a way to put everything to one side and paint. If anyone knows of a way , PLEASE tell me. :  )

Anyway, every year I vow to go out there and paint the blossoms. They are not out yet , but this is from a photo I took two years ago.

Blossoms on Stockingstone Hill
oil on canvas board
8" x 10"

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Waiting To Cross 2

I'm not used to putting figures in my paintings and because its a challenge I am really enjoying it. This is another rainy day scene in London.

Waiting To Cross
oil on oil paper
10"x 12"

Friday, 9 February 2018

Chicken Soup

The guy is my husband and I was so busy taking photos, I ended up trailing behind him all the way to my parents, to drop off some chicken soup.

Chicken Soup
oil on oil paper
12" x 10"

Tuesday, 6 February 2018


Our two cats just don't get on. Minnie chases Tibby up and down the stairs and all around the house , but they have their moments when they can call a truce and sit near each other.

10" x 12"
oil on oil paper

Friday, 2 February 2018

Waiting To Cross

I was doing just that , waiting to cross and clicking away with my mobile phone camera. This is in London on one of my trips to see an exhibition, it was summer and raining, just the perfect kind of weather I love.
Waiting To Cross
oil on paper
10"x 12"

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Inspiration from an Artists Life

I had planned to finish this painting today , but by the time I had finished work I was in so much pain from my shoulder that I got so far and had to stop.
I have been cooking for a living for twenty four years and before that I worked in an office . I suppose after using the same muscles and joints this is how it is, I am no different to many people out there. On top of that I have also had fibromyalgia  for the last three years, which just adds to the misery sometimes.
Despite my physical problems I never let myself stay down for long. Life is for living and for any artist out there we know that stopping our work is really the last resort.
Three years ago I visited a friend in the South of France and she took me to see Renoir's house . His studio was as it had been when he was alive, his wheel chair was there, his props and easel. It was inspiring to see how that even when he was crippled with arthritis he did not stop.

A little note to all of you who have supported me along the way so far: Thank you for all your encouragement and support, every painted that has been bought has gone a long way towards helping me with paying for materials and trips to all the best galleries in London.

Painting of a rainy day in London
My aim is to show up at the easel as much  as I can, so long as I can do that I have already won, everything else is a huge bonus.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Sunday Morning Walk

This is from a photo I took back in Autumn , there was strong light and the trees were glowing. The cat is an addition, I find myself ever so slowly moving towards a different style.

Sunday Morning Walk
oil on paper
9" x 8"

Sunday, 7 January 2018

All That I Can Be

I love visiting The National Gallery , it is the home for classic paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, Turner to name but a few. When I feel at a loss I head for this gallery and sit in front of Turner's greatest paintings, their example gives me the will to keep moving forward.

This painting is a view from one the fountains looking towards the National Gallery.

All That I Can Be
oil on paper

Friday, 5 January 2018

Finding a Way Out ( Revised)

I've worked on this one a little more, added some warm colours whereas before there were too many cool colours. I think its finished now.

This song by James Bay is what this New Year means to me. To put past hurts and disappointments to one side and be free to live an artists life.

For you my friends I wish you all health and prosperity, and the best creative year yet.

Finding a Way Out
oil on paper

Sunset on Leagrave Road

It feels so good to be back to painting in oils and painting what makes my heart sing.

Sunset on Leagrave Road
oil on paper

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

After the Storm

After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the souls indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.

Quote by William R. Alger

After Every Storm
oil on oil paper

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Finding a Way Out

Yes, there was a time when I had fire in my soul and I have been ground down. However it is never too late. This song by U2 says it all.

Finding a Way Out
oil on paper

Wednesday, 20 December 2017


We all have something inside of us that makes us get up every morning, something that brings us joy. God in his wisdom has given each of us a reason to live , not only to live, but live happily. Sometimes I lose sight of the fact that I simply love to paint. In all the struggle to earn money, to be recognised, to leave my mark on the world.In this all too brief life that we live, maybe its just enough to live an artists life.
oil on paper

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Needs Must.....

For years I have been craving to get out and paint plein air. So, I started from a safe position, our front garden and this is what I managed to achieve in three hours in the freezing cold. I can't tell how much I enjoyed, what I am really looking forward to now is painting blossoms, out there for real.

Needs Must
oil on board
10"x 8"

Friday, 8 December 2017

Day 2 Sunrise

Today I looked out the window and saw this sunrise, not as good as the real thing , but its my version.
I painted this in gouache which is quite hard to work with , brush needs to be fully loaded or it doesn't flow.
Day 2 Sunrise
gouache in Sketchbook

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Another Day One

Yes, another day one. I will, hopefully be sketching everyday as a response to how I am feeling and what is inspiring me at the moment. Not creating is seriously affecting me, so to try and shift things I am start at the beginning. This is a sketch that has been sitting in my sketch book for months and it was a good place to start, to add some colour and line to.

Day One

Friday, 1 December 2017

For the Love of Autumn

And so begins a series for the love of , of which as all artists know there are many.

For the Love of Autumn
oil on paper
8.5"x 8.5"

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Finding A Way

I have been finding a way to paint abstract landscapes,  I think I am making headway. There is a long way to go, these challenges we set ourselves are never easy, but the harder it is the better the satisfaction at the end.

My path to becoming a professional artist has so far taken me just over seven years and I feel that I am nearly there. The hard part has been finding the time, I work fulltime as a self employed caterer, its physical hard work and long hours, which leaves me with little time or energy for what I love to do best. Still, I count my blessings everyday, my kids, my husband, my cats, a warm home. Art is a bonus, a huge bonus, it keeps me sane when I worry too much about anything, gives me hope that there will come a time when I can get up in the morning and just paint. Just the shear joy of being inspired by a bunch of flowers in a vase, how the light shines from the water and how day by day the flowers change colour and drop petals.
I have my bad days. when I can't move forward with what I am trying to paint, or I'm not being paid what I think I deserve, or huge delays in payment, if I was dependent on my art alone I would have starved long ago. Its not fair that people who work are paid a regular wage and yet they can delay paying you just because its art. Not being valued does affect me, however much I try to not let it. It knocks my confidence and, because I rely on what I sell to finance anything art related, such as materials, entering competitions, visiting galleries and museums.
Anyway, that's enough griping for today. : )  I hope you all have a great week.
Finding A Way
oil on paper

Friday, 17 November 2017


This is the view from our back garden and I am grateful for this view everyday.

oil on canvas board
8"x 10"

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Rest 1 and 2

I have called these paintings rest because painting them felt  peaceful and totally chilled out.

This song reminds me of school days, not the best time in my life, but the music was good.

oil on paper
10" x 10"

Rest 2
oil on paper
10"x 10"

Saturday, 4 November 2017

A Net of Love Day 4

Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Quote by Mother Theresa

Bouquet of Flowers
seawhite sketchbook

Friday, 3 November 2017

Unripe Figs, Fallen Leaf on Day 3

I'm not following World Watercolor Group challenge to the letter , but I am enjoying creating a sketch a day.

Our fig tree is preparing for autumn, the leaves are falling and the second lot of figs have not ripened, I don't think the UK is warm enough for a second harvest. I thank God for this climate everyday, I love how it changes and I particularly love the rain.

Inripe Figs, Fallen Leaf on Day 3
Seawhite sketchbook

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Sweet Pomegranates

Day two of this watercolour challenge run by World Water Color Group  for November.

Sweet Pomegranates
watercolour challenge for November
Seawhite sketchbook

Green Park

I have never taken so much time over finishing a painting, was it worth it? I think so, I am satisfied that I have given this subject my best. However, what I really want to do now is paint in a way that is new, a new song, in a manner of speaking.

Green Park
oil on board
8"x 10

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Its a new month and I feel motivated to start sketching again.

watercolour sketch

Sunday, 29 October 2017



“How tragic it is to find that an entire lifetime is wasted in pursuit of distractions while purpose is neglected.”
This quote is by Sunday Adelaja
oil on paper

Friday, 27 October 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Busy Bees

They are always busy living their lives, doing what they are meant to do.
I have always felt that if I am not drawing or painting I am not being true to myself.

No Promises is a song by Icehouse, an Australian group from the 80's , I have loved their music .

Busy Bees
pen on cartridge paper

Monday, 23 October 2017

Stocks in Watercolour

If you get tired, learn to rest, not Quit.

Quote by Banksy

I guess this is where I go wrong, when I am tired I do give up, for days, sometimes weeks. I aim to accept rest as rest not as failure.

Watercolour flowers

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Narcissus Sketch

Narcissus Sketch
watercolour and line
Its Autumn and I'm already looking forward to these delightful spring flowers.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

All Things Scottish

From experience I have found that the longer I leave a painting without finishing, the higher the wall becomes. In order for me to finish something I have to visualize it first and at the moment I don't see how to finish the Green Park oil painting.

This Aberdeen Angus is a painting I sold months ago and realised I hadn't posted it. I have become a huge fan of Outlander, so this is my homage to all things Scottish.

All Things Scottish
oil on board
5"x 7"

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Teacup and Roses

Yesterdays oil painting is still sitting on my easel, I'm trying to see a different ending to it.

 In the meantime this is one I painting a few months ago, one of many I never got around to posting.

This song by Andra Day is one I listen to often, gives me strength to cook for a living everyday when I would much rather be painting.

Teacup and Roses
watercolour and pen

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Green Park

I was on a recent trip to London and  I love to take photos of people under their umbrellas . This is what I have been working on in the last few days from one of the photos. I fix a canvas board to a piece of hardboard using blue tack, this makes it easy to work on the whole surface and allow it to dry without getting finger prints on it.

I heard this golden oldie on the radio this morning, that sax is amazing!!

Rainy Day in Green Park
oil on canvas board.
8"x 10

Thursday, 12 October 2017


My advice to artists is not to sell your work for less than you think its worth. This way leads to lack of confidence, feelings of being devalued and ultimately an artists block.
A very good friend of mine, Adebanji Alade , who is a brilliant artist, recently gave me a piece of invaluable advice. He said that it doesn't matter if your work took five minutes or however long it takes, count the number of years its taken you to learn to get to this point.
watercolour on heavy paper.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Free Your Mind

Hi guys, I suppose you all must be used to me disappearing for months on end. Its been nearly three months this time!! Now I am going to try again and see if I can find that daily painting buzz I used to love so much.

I heard this song by Sub Focus on the radio recently and it is motivational, he sings to not be about the trouble, free your mind and  it actually freed me to open up my blog again. It's so easy to lose focus just trying to get through each day, being a woman in this day and age is tough. We are too hard on ourselves and sacrifice our own freedom and passions far too often. This blog is my passion and I am so grateful for this connection to the outside world.

Free Your Mind
oil on cartridge paper
5"x 5"

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Teacup and Pink Rose Day 4

I love collecting teacups, new, old, vintage , most are from charity shops. I don't have a huge collection, I have enough trouble finding space for my art materials, but one day I will have a studio and plenty of room for props too.

Teacup and Pink Rose
Day 4

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Teacup and Pink Rose Day 3

Another last minute dash to beat the deadline!!

Teacup and Pink Rose
Day 3

Friday, 14 July 2017

Vintage Teacup and Chrysanthemum Day 2

I'm starting to loosen up with this subject and really enjoy the process.

Vintage Teacup and Chrysanthemum
Day 2

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Teacup and Rose Day 1

It's been a long day, but the highlight is finding time to sketch.

Teacup and Rose
Day 1

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Tibby and Minnie Together Day 30 !!

Well, I've made it through this challenge!! It was a challenge indeed, but again, I am so glad I set myself the small window of  creativity. Life is full on and yet just these little sketches kept me from the misery of not finding the time to sketch or paint.

Today is this rare occurrence, Tibby and Minnie sitting  next to each other, reminds me of me and my sister in law, hahaha.
I hope you like this song.....another golden oldie.

I've already decided on my next 30 day challenge. It is to sketch/paint teacups, flowers and small birds, I am looking forward to this one especially.

Tibby and Minnie Together
Day 30

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Scratching Post Day 29

Minnie scratches all our furniture, Tibby usually finds a discreet corner of the carpet. We are not house proud though, so either way its ok, cats have to scratch.

Scratching Post
Day 29

Monday, 10 July 2017

The Look of Love Day 28

This is Minnie giving me that look and purring away in my lap.

The Look of Love
Day 28

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Minnie Asleep Day 26

Cats are supposed to sleep 18 hours of the day and they do it so well.

Minnie Asleep
Day 26

Friday, 7 July 2017

Minnie Stalking a Beetle Day 25

Minnie keeps bringing in these poor beetles that she plays with, but doesn't eat. I don't like to interfere with the normal cat behaviour.

Minnie Stalking a Beetle
Day 25

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Tibby Scent Marking Day 24

Tibby has a list of items that need scent marking, everyday.

Tibby Scent Marking
Day 24

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Minnie Playing Hide and Seek Day23

Tibby has her moments, but most of the time she sleeps. Minnie likes to play.

Minnie Playing Hide and Seek
Day 23

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Minnie Birdwatching Day 22

My husband built an enclosure made of chicken wire for our cats. Just before dark we close the door and they can come into the house through the conservatory. They both have seats and will often watch the birds in the garden. When its hot they can sleep in the cool night air in relative safety.

Minnie Birdwatching
Day 22