Wednesday, 28 August 2013


Early Evening Sky

Today it is two years since my first blog entry and I have enjoyed every minute of it! I have made so many friends and been inspired by all the wonderful art I see by following their blogs!! It has also made me  commit to regular painting and  helped me develop the skills to grow. To celebrate and say a BIG thank you to everyone I am giving this 6x8in painting  away! This is a view from my studio window one spring evening...and in three days time it's the end of winter here!!
If you would like a chance to win this painting.. you can either leave a comment here or if you follow me on facebook share this post...simple! You can enter by Saturday  at midnight and I will announce the winner on Monday September 2nd. Good Luck!   

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Cheese and Olive Snack

6"x6" Oil on gessoboard

A cheese and olive snack with a glass of wine...always goes down a treat!! Well I've found out lately that I love painting olives as well as eating them, so there will probably be more of these as time goes by. 
On 28th...which is in a couple of days... it's my 2 year blogiversary, to celebrate it  I have a painting stay tuned!

Friday, 23 August 2013

Bowl of Garlic

6"x6" oil on board

This is the first time I have painted garlic and I found out it's not easy!! These bulbs were very pale and difficult to see all the variations of color in them. The green bowl is one that my husband Bill made a long time ago and is always kept full with garlic! Love it!!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

One More Olive

6"x6" Oil on gessoboard

One more olive...I  drew this in graphite and pastel earlier this year with the intention of painting it later it is! I like the fact it is mainly neutrals with a little color  and it's in another  of my favorite small dishes!!

Monday, 19 August 2013

A Day in the life of an Artist - A Blog Carnival

This is your chance to find out what daily life is like for an artist....Today I share what my day is like!
Click on the links below to read about the days of other participating artists.


This is where I paint my smaller paintings, I use a the glass palette seen here and the easel to the left of the photo....larger ones are painted in my studio at the back of my house.

A day in the life of an artist.... well I am not sure I have a typical day! There are so many different activities to keep an art business going. Some days I gesso boards, varnish paintings,buy art supplies and package paintings to name a few. Other days I  simply sit and wonder what I am going to paint!!

This is what happens on a painting day:

My day starts between 6.30-7am, I get up and take my dog for a walk for 30-40 minutes...I take my camera too and often take photos for reference. When I return I have breakfast and do whatever household chores are necessary.
I like to get into my studio by 9am. (not always possible) The first thing I do is spend an hour checking emails and facebook. Because of the time difference here in New Zealand I find it easier to do this before I start to paint. It's an important part of my day because I use social media  to build relationships, having conversations with artfriends, followers and fans.
I start painting around 10am...I mix my colors on my palette first. Most times I use a limited palette so it does not take very long to do it.

I paint until 12.30ish then break for lunch for an hour...during this time I check social media again. I am back painting at 1.30pm, coffee at 3pm, then finish up at 4pm. (If I am working on a larger painting I will work longer.)
I take photos of the finished painting so it is ready when I want to upload it to my blog, daily paintworks, and website. The last thing I do is clean my brushes and turps this time it is about 5-45pm.
That is me finished for the day!!

P.S. This probably seems very organised, but believe me it is only like this when I paint. Other days only relate to the first sentence of what happens on a painting day and can be a complete shambles!!!

For this carnival I will  hold a two day sale on my available 6x6in or 8x6in daily paintings...$50 each!  View here. Sale ending on August 20th. Send me an email to let me know which one you would like and I will change the paypal button to the new price or if you would rather I will send you a paypal invoice.

Thanks so much for reading about my day..and thanks to Marla for organising this!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Sewing Essentials

6"x6" Oil on gessoboard

One of my little bowls again! This turquoise one is my favorite. I'ts been a while since I did a thread painting and I still have a few more to do. I liked the shadows the scissors created in this one!  Funny how we all seem to have a favorite spot in our paintings!!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Olives for Lunch

6"x6" Oil on gessoboard

There is not a lot to say about this painting really! I love to eat olives and I love painting them...especially these green Spanish ones!!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013


6"x6" Oil on gessoboard

Daily Paintworks Challenge this week paint this black Raven without using black! This is painted from a reference photo. I really had to look hard to find other colors and never used any black at all!!  My palette...ultramarine blue, cad red light, cad yellow lemon, burnt umber, a touch of cerulean blue and white. Great challenge thanks  CJ!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Chilli Group

6"x6" Oil on gessoboard

This is painted from a watercolor study I did a few months ago... I felt like painting something bright and simple today!  Love the lively color of these chillies together!!