Well, just to reassure you that I haven't fallen down a big hole, I thought it was about time I painted for a living again! I've been somewhat busy in the last 6 weeks trying to get my garden back in order after having my big brand new studio built at the bottom of the garden, and a winding gravel path to get to it. And my partner Janey has moved in with me too, so have been sorting out all the detritus of an artist's life scattered in almost every room of the house, now into the new studio, and letting the house become girlified - you know, cushions breeding like flies everywhere, and flowers and stuff.
But you don't want to hear about my domestic arrangements, let's cut to the chase and see the new paintings. I've really got to paint like fury over the next few weeks to supply my galleries who all need new stock after a selling spree, so here goes with the first two:
April Bluebells, Oil on Board, 6x8 inches SOLD
Well, it's that time of year isn't it - the glorious English Bluebells are carpeting the woodlands with their violet colours, making that stunning spectacle that just says 'Spring is here'. Using my 1" brush to depict most of the fresh green foliage and grass and the sunlit flowers, woods are always a joy to paint at this time of year
Summer Breeze, Oil on Board, 6x8 inches
Another little painting, I enjoyed painting the lively sky with its clouds skudding by and the warm breeze just catching the water and reeds in the foreground.
I've painted this view from a bridge near my studio many times in different seasons, and it always presents a lovely composition with the winding river taking the eye through the landscape. The bush just left of centre is an Elderflower and used to have an abundance of flowers on it, but it is it's twilight years methinks, with its best years behind it. When it does finally topple over, the composition won't be nearly as good, but hopefully, it's got a few more years in it yet.