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Poppies

TITLE:  Poppies

IMAGE SIZE:  240 x 335 mm

MOUNT SIZE: 400 x 500 mm in pale cream

PRICE:  SOLD during Dorset Art Weeks

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  Watercolour with ink.  This picture evolved from a line of red "blobs" of paint which became poppies.  The remaining wild flowers and corn were added in a fairly loose style and finally penwork to add pattern and interest.

CARDS:  Handmade cards available.

 

Poppies
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The First of the Many

TITLE: Snowdrops

IMAGE SIZE:  250 x 250mm

MOUNT SIZE:  350 x 350mm in pale cream

PRICE: £60.00 Plus P&P

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  Watercolour, ink and clingfilm.  This is my first attempt at these wonderful little flowers that tell us Spring is just around the corner.  It was painted to enter in the annual Shaftesbury Snowdrop Exhibition.

CARDS:  Handmade cards available.

The First of the Many
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Sunflower

TITLE:  Sunflower

IMAGE SIZE: 260 mm x 260 mm

MOUNT SIZE:  400 mm x 400 mm

PRICE:   N/A

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This flower has been painted specifically for auction at the annual Summer Ball held in aid of Forest Holme Hospice in Poole.  I have offered to raise money from my paintings as a small way of thanking them for all their kindness and good work.  This painting is, as almost always, painted in watercolour with pen and it is full of sunshine and warmth as these lovely flowers always are.  It will make good cards, the sale of which will also go to the hospice.

CARDS:  Handmade cards available for sale.

Sunflower
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Summer flowers

TITLE:  Summer Flowers

IMAGE SIZE:  170mm x 170mm

MOUNT SIZE:  300mm x 300mm in pale cream

PRICE:  SOLD during Dorset Art Weeks

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  Watercolour and pen. This was painted a couple of years ago, and I finished it off recently.  Although it is quite a small and simple painting, I have always been quite fond of it, I think because I like the colours and the granulation of the paint achieved by adding salt when it was wet.  I entered it, with two others, in a recent exhibition at Broadstone Art Society and it won best flower painting, with an accompanying silver rose bowl which I shall now have to clean!

CARDS:  Handmade cards available.

Summer flowers
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Poppies in a circle

TITLE:  Poppies in a Circle

IMAGE SIZE:  250mm in diameter

MOUNT SIZE: 400mm x 400mm in white

PRICE:  £95.00 Plus P&P

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This was painted in early autumn 2016 after a summer painting almost exclusively landscapes and coastal scenes.  It was an interesting exercise as initially I had no intention of painting a circular picture, but cribbed the idea from a fellow artist - sometimes when someone has a better idea of presentation you just have to go with it!  The flowers are a bit gaudy, but then poppies are, aren't they.  What pleased me most about this picture is the pattern in the background.

CARDS:  Handmade cards are available.

Poppies in a circle
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Remembrance Poppies

TITLE:  Remembrance Poppies

IMAGE SIZE:  200mm x 300mm

MOUNT SIZE:  300mm x 400mm in white

PRICE:  £75.00 Plus P & P.

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This was painted as part of an exercise along with the circular poppies in the autumn of 2016.  I hadn't painted flowers for quite a long time as I had been concentrating on landscapes over the summer.  Suddenly it was very freeing using bright whacky colours and although this will never be a classically good painting, it gave me great pleasure and reminded me that sometimes you just have to enjoy yourself!

CARDS:  Handmade cards are available.

 

Remembrance Poppies
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Pink snowdrops on Yupo paper

TITLE:  Pink Snowdrops on Yupo Paper

IMAGE SIZE:  150mm x 220mm

MOUNT SIZE: 300mm x 400mm on white

PRICE: £50.00 Plus P&P

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This is one of my first attempts at using Yupo paper - a synthetic paper which can be used with watercolour or acrylic paints - its great properties are that the paint floats on the surface until it dries (which it does very slowly) so it retains its colour mixes throughout which is very exciting.  It also means that I can't get too "prissy" with it, and just have to let the colours flow and go with them.  I am not at all sure yet where this will lead, but for the time being I am happy to play with new paper and follow where it leads.

CARDS:  Handmade cards are available.

Pink snowdrops on Yupo paper
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Snowdrops in the snow

TITLE:  Snowdrops in the snow

IMAGE SIZE:  170mm x 230mm

MOUNT SIZE:  300mm x 400mm

PRICE:  £70.00 Plus P&P

ARTIST'S OBSERVATIONS:  This is a much more conventional rendition of Snowdrops than those done on Yupo paper.  It is delicate and a little "tight", but I like it nonetheless.  It is the sort of picture which is likely to sell when I enter it in The Snowdrop Festival Exhibition in Shaftesbury next month.  That's not me being big-headed or complacent, it's a fact, people like to see a snowdrop as a snowdrop.  I am now caught between two stools - I want to progress and loosen my style, but at the same time I know I have a certain following with my more conventional work - I shall no doubt work it out this year!

CARDS:  Handmade cards available.

Snowdrops in the snow
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