Monday, 23 February 2009

Grey Day...Great colour !

Last week I set off to Glos on a cold and damp morning to take a workshop with the 'Palette Club'. The subject was 'line and wash' and even though it was grey outside there was plenty of colour going on INSIDE !

I started off with a 'working' demo of a scene in Malta, which I have included with this blog, and everyone followed along doing their own thing but with loads of colour.

Lunch was great ! Homemade soup, fruit salad and a terriffic ginger sponge... even a glass of wine to finish off with !

I finished off the afternoon with a colourful boat demo.

All in all a very pleasant and exciting days painting !

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Exhibition at Ross-on-Wye

This year I am holding an exhibition of some of my latest work plus prints at the Royal Hotel in Ross-on Wye.

It will run from Fri 12th June to Sun 14th June 2009and we will be having a special opening evening on the Friday. If you are not on 'the list' and would like an invite please contact me on

The hotel has been recently refurbished and the present managers have done a great job of opening up the bars along the front of the building which gives great views across the Wye and surrounding area.

I look foward to seeing you there this summer !

Back from SNOW!

Had a good time in Malta but nearly didn’t get back with snow blocking runways and roads and sky news showing bulletins of chaos around Britain ! I did eventually arrive home at 4.30 in the morning rather dishevelled.

Our Hotel in Malta was big and airy and all the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.
The week started off rather slowly as it rained for the first few days and at times was extremely cold. Our trip to Valletta was a very damp and windy affair and at one point my easel and kit took to the air with one of my brushes taking a dive over the walls Upper Baracca Gardens.

On the plus side , the hotel had reserved the Penthouse suite on the 7th floor for us to paint in during our stay which was a real bonus.
Trips to the villages and a tour of Gozo saw some sun which was a nice change and all spirits were lifted.

The highlight of our stay was our ‘Artists’ outing where we got to see some super subjects and had some lovely weather to boot. We travelled up into the centre of Malta to take in Mostar and the ‘silent city’ of Mdina which was a dream. Then it was down to the coast for some dramatic coastline scenery with the ‘Azure Window’ and the awesome ‘Blue Grotto’ a pic of which I have included in this blog.
The afternoon was spent I the fishing village of Marsaxlokk with its gaily coloured boats and wonderful old buildings and bags of sunshine !

The exhibition we put on for the finale went down very well and loads of people attended.
So its back to the grind…till next time.!