‘Last Sleep’

Starting to feel more finished now, I am really happy with the background and will hope to complete one more veil of colour over the darker areas to smooth the paint brush marks out. Then on to finishing the flowers and sleeping mouse.

‘Last Sleep’

‘Last sleep’ oil on board, darker background being painted in, I avoided this stage for a while as I was scared I would lose the layers I love dearly, I now love the new darker layers more.

Colour Veils

‘Last Sleep’ colour layers, I always put off this stage for as long as I am able to, enjoying the underpainting map before it is hidden forever, I always feel this stage of a painting is like being in early teens, not complete and quite a way off, showing some potential, but quite undeveloped! The […]

Last Sleep progress, background

‘Last Sleep’ refining the background, always a scary stage moving forward and covering the details underneath, but they will come back later in a different form.

Last Sleep progress

Last sleep (16 x 22″, oil on traditional gesso board), another layer of the under painting, previous layers and pencil marks now hidden, I shall be sad to lose this layer to the next, but it must evolve.

New art cards

New art cards, proofed and ready to collect this week. I can not wait to give these little gems to people.

Last Sleep, oil on traditional gesso board

I have been quietly working away on this beauty and watching it unfold on the board, it has been slow going between other jobs and trying not to rush finish it, but I feel like I am making good progress. This painting is also a lot larger than my usual A5 boards, ‘Last Sleep’ is […]


A dear writer friend of mine asked to see some of my sketchbooks, to me they are the usual mumblings of working out paintings, colour palettes, gesso recipes, ideas and thoughts! To her they were a glimpse in to an artists mind, they were precious visual diaries, with scraps of colour here and inky words […]


Dreams usually inspire my thoughts in someway and it can be a source of brilliant ideas, I recently had a dream about a dormouse visiting me, and we had a wonderful time together in the dream, she was also sleeping in a bed of flowers, o so still while sleeping and I did not want […]


Long over due a post here! In between breaks in gardening and pottering, recent finished painting ‘Night-time’ 4×6″ oil on wooden panel, on traditional gesso. Process and final painting. Super happy with the finished painting and the star details in the background.