I have always had a soft spot for these insects (along with all the other insects for which I have a soft spot...) and a couple of people have suggested I try painting one, as dragonflies are quite graphic with clearly delineated markings. Having seen photos of broad-bodied chasers proliferating on Instagram, I decided to … Continue reading Dragonflies


I am gently working my way back towards painting. I am a seasonal artist as my spring and summer job is a beekeeper, and I am enjoying the colours brought out by a recent dose of rain and the shapes of the leaves which have now all burst out of their buds and have lost … Continue reading Inspiration


I was asked if I could transfer one of my gull designs on to a cushion for someone who was wanting a seaside-themed conservatory, and I was rather concerned as I didn't want a transfer which was stuck on to the fabric, nor a cushion with a rubbish zip and poor quality feel. I went … Continue reading Cushions


I am really enjoying the flying bird/Khadi paper/triptych paintings I have been doing. I visited my daughter in Newcastle recently and there is a large kittiwake colony in the city, and it was fantastic to see the birds being welcomed and protected despite the no-doubt negative impact (pardon pun!) of copious quantities of guano inflicted upon the … Continue reading Kittiwakes


I was speaking to a friend recently and we were discussing Gerard Manley Hopkins, and I was reminded of the term 'windhover', otherwise known as a kestrel. Such an apt term, and I wanted to paint one. I'm enjoying the flying birds as I don't especially like putting props in the paintings but many birds … Continue reading Kestrel