The colours of Autumn never cease to encourage pastel to paper!
A favourite walk and in the snow, even more rewarding.
Shiny beaches, damp sand, tiny rivulets traveling towards the sea and shimmering water… that’s a Cornish beach!
Anybody who visits Dartmoor will be familiar with the incredible storms that wipe the skies with shades of grey and purple.
Devon Lanes are a patchwork of damp green moss covered stones.
This a typical scene during the Winter months, I love the wild texture of the hedges and contrasting stillness of the water.
Floods on the Somerset Levels.
Frosty Morning on the River Loddon, Hampshire. Pastel
Having spent 5 years living in Scotland, a return visit inspired this rather sentimental pastel painting.
Italian Monastry. Pastel
This painting was one I used for students to work from in a workshop before using their own material.
We travel to the South of France in September and stay for the month.
This is a most beautiful wilderness where inspiration greets an artist at every turn.
Well worth the hazardous walk!
Moon light can create the most incredible colour schemes, especially where there is water to reflect the light.
My husband and I experienced this spooky scene during an early morning walk along the canal.
Earlier this year were invited to stay at our friend’s house in Gigaro, Souuthern France and this was the route to their house, number 306!
Ploughed field with puddles, lots of texture and contrasting still water.
I tried to capture the drama of this scene.
Each month has its colours, however, October wears the best dress!
This is one of those pastel paintings that just happened.
Back in Devon again, rocky crags and smooth water.
I found some old photographs taken in New Hampshire during a Christmas visit to a friend.
This is really more of a dyke on the Somerset levels.
I love the different colours in the water and the mixture of textures on the banks.
I love the drama in this subject and I hope my chosen palette emphasizes what I felt.
We spend a lot of time in Devon, my husband’s home and my first teaching post was in Plymouth.
It was the textures in this subject that attracted me, spindly trees and brilliant water.
I hope this picture appears as cold as I felt!
I’m lucky to have this river on my doorstep, it changes faces all year round.
Willows and reflections.
We have friends who own an old mill on the River Teign, an idyllic spot.
Although the river is calm at this point it gathers momentum as it rounds the bend where canoeists can enjoy the rapids.
Lots of sketching opportunities resulting in several paintings!
Anyone who is familiar with the Dorset coast will recognise these cliffs.