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A new departure October 2019

  So a new departure for me.  I have recently discovered painting ‘alla prima’ or direct painting in oils and have become obsessed  with this style of painting.    I set up a composition, always small, of fruit or vegetables and set myself a time limit of painting it in one session, hence direct painting.  The size is 6 x 6”, 9 x 9” framed (23 x 23 cm). I set the compositions up in direct sunlight (not easy in this country) which is usually at around lunchtime, so as to get the deepest and more interesting shadows beneath the fruit/veg.  Then I paint.   I have always liked bright, vibrant Mediterranean colours and this works to great advantage with these paintings. I tend to buy fruit/veg in season from my wonderful local organic greengrocer Hugo’s Greengrocer  (@hugosgreengrocer on Instagram) on North Street in Bristol where I live, so every painting is always fresh and new. If you would like me to match a composition to suit your wall decor, send me an image of your kitchen, etc., and I will be happy to do this for you. The paintings are framed in a simple white frame for £65, or…
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‘Bristol rover meets Bristol City’. 13/06/2019

This is a play on the two football teams we in Bristol are lucky to have; Bristol Rovers and Bristol City.  I came across the two new City posters  ‘Robins’ on North Street where I live and the germ of an idea came to me.  The Robin is the new logo for Bristol City and Ashton Gate Stadium, home to Bristol City (and recent Spice Girls venue), is down the road from North Street. My area, Bedminster, is a big City supporter. North Street plays host to Upfest, Urban Paint Festival,  each year, when street artists from all over the world descend on Bristol and paint every available wall space with beautiful sometimes thought provoking street art.  I’m thinking @jody_artist here !  I am so lucky to have all this inspirational art to work into my compositions.  I always try and obtain the street artist’s permission before I incorporate their street art into my own work. Bristol Rovers supporters wear blue, Bristol City red, so I had the idea of placing my trademark woman in blue walking past the red Robins.  As always in my work, the positioning of the woman changes the dynamic of the street art and vice…
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Sale of ‘North Street Blues’

It’s always so good to see my artwork in a new home and I am grateful when clients take the time to photograph it and post it on social media.  So thank you, as this was one of my favourites.  I use streetart in my compositions as I am keen to promote and preserve this ephemeral art.   This is one of the first street arts I incorporated into my work and it is by the amazing street artist @paulmonsters.  He describes himself as a pattern maker on Instagram and I find his colourful geometric shapes fun and uplifting.    The streetart was part of the Upfest festival on my street in Bristol, UK. As people who read my Blog will know, I place a woman somewhere in the foreground which changes the dynamic of the street art, the 3d woman bringing the 2d streetart to life and vice versa.  In this piece I feel the woman on the wall is watching the woman in red walking past her and wondering why she didn’t notice her.   I wanted to show the bright midday sunshine on the girl walking, described by her shadow on the pavement, as it seems harder/harsher. The…
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