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Today's theme is Figures and Form, and you can see the daily themed video here: https://youtu.be/eZnpj8jLTe0


'Monmouth castle in the rain' 30cm x 40cm oil on canvas panel


This is one of my earliest paintings but is still one of my favourites. It features my three children, visiting Monmouth castle in Wales during a torrential downpour. Wales is legendary for its wet weather, at least in our experience, and we decided to visit the castle despite the impending storm. It did mean that we pretty much had the place to ourselves!


I love this painting because it captures the characters of my three children so well - my sporty son at the front racing off to find imaginary soldiers/pirates/dinosaurs, the energetic middle child at the back racing to catch up, and the petulent teenager in the centre, claiming the umbrella and trudging up the hill even though there were probably a dozen other things she would rather be doing at that moment.


I finally ordered a frame for this painting earlier this week, as there is now wall space in our newly refurbished and redecorated home. I shall be keeping this one for myself, and each time I look at it I shall remember not only that day, but the characters of those children that are now grown up.


I think it is that strong emotional connection that compels us to want to own a particular piece of art, and sometimes a blank spot on a wall can be waiting a while for that right piece to come along - although in my case it was the art waiting for the wall space!





Today's theme is 'Rivers and Lakes' and the daily themed art trail is here: https://youtu.be/NaJN-Hnlzi0


'Otter river crossing' 16"x12" oil on canvas panel


This is an older painting that I'd like to revisit now my knowledge of tonal values has improved. Just a few darker tones on the rocks and in the trees, and it will be done. It was the first time I tried to paint moving water.


I loved this photograph of the waterfall and decided to add the otter (because I love them). It was challenging ensuring the right scale.


Apparently there are now otters living in our local river, but I have yet to see one in the wild. I've seen sea otters, though, on a visit to the aquarium in Barcelona a few years ago. The aquarium is well set up so you can see them swimming on both the surface of the water and underneath. The mums swimming on their backs whilst hugging their babies and keeping them dry are just the cutest!


I'm very drawn to all things watery, being a Pisces and a frequent swimmer as a child. Holidays alway revolved around swimming pools! Actually they still do, though I swim a lot less these days :)


My next series is likely to feature more rivers and waterways - I have lots of ideas.



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Today's theme is 'Still life and simple pleasures'. You can view it here: https://youtu.be/nRqDTalyMmE



It was hard to choose a single still life painting for today's blog so instead I am sharing a selection of my new greeting cards that I've had printed for Artweeks. I'm super proud of these and really happy with the quality. I've got individual cards and also these multi-packs featuring 5 themed cards with different designs. Which is your favourite?


It's just 5 days until my exhibition opens on May 15th.Greeting cards are a lovely way to appreciate art and support the artist, and these will be super affordable. I hope you like them and I'll have them added to the web-site soon!








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