Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Sketching in Fuerteventura

Wow!  that was fun....My first holiday abroad in YEARS all made possible because our daughter was able to look after William

(he had a lovely time with her and little Hamish)

Husband and I went to Fuerteventura 🔗 in the Canary Islands and, of course, I took some painting supplies with me...

Can't tell you how wonderful it was to be standing looking at this view
and actually painting it there and then ❤️ ðŸŽĻ
 The scene is on the west coast of the island at a place called

This next painting was at 

Corralejo 🔗

Fuerteventura, being created from volcanic activity over 20 million years ago, the terrain is very arid.
I was amazed at how the hills - mountains and general rocky surfaces held so much colour.  I kept seeing greens, even though there were very few areas of grass or trees, then discovered it was lichen. 

On our travels around the island I still sketched and here are some of my sketchbook drawings:

(Photos on one of our drives)

A quick sketch at the harbour in Corralejo

Stopped in the shade to sketch this church in the main town of

We even drove down to 
(not one of our favourite resorts, but it was on our drive around,
so thought we would stop and take a wander - at least I got a drawing out of it)

Not your usual 'holiday drawing subject' but since we were having a coffee under a large awning
I spied a subject...

All in all it was a




Monday, 3 June 2019

Back to Oils

I have to admit, it has been some time since I set up my easel for Oil painting.  Somehow I drifted away from it with Watercolours (which I love) and then I got into Gouache (in a big way).  The Gouache was the opener to me going back to Oils - Gouache being much more akin to Oil painting than it is watercolours.

It's good that the smelly mediums of Oil painting in the past - well, technically they are still there for some - but for me I'm making the most of the odourless ones, particularly for brush cleaning.  

Zest It!  is effective with a smell of orange - much more bearable.

Living near the sea, I had to get stuck into a Seascape - albeit small 8" x 6", but I'm also trying out some other mediums along the way and wanted to see how they worked on a small canvas board.

Here's the Work-in-Progress stage
~ to this stage it took about half an hour ~

then left it to dry off a bit overnight 
enough to come back to the next day and complete with finishing touches and details

Now it needs to wait for about a week to 10 days before I add retouching varnish to protect it.

(If the paint isn't completely dry at that point, providing it is on the surface, I can still add the retouching varnish and the painting will still cure beneath the varnish - the retouching varnish breaths - who'd have thought!)

~ Now I can't wait to start another painting ~


Saturday, 1 June 2019

The Walled Garden - Plein air painting

Another plein air painting session at Arlington Court yesterday.  Lucky that the weather came out sunny, having been very overcast during the morning.

I set up my easel in the walled garden this time and decided to do a watercolour of the foxgloves.

Bees were plentiful and {{busy bees}} too, but they didn't bother me.  Something nice about hearing bees a buzzing whilst painting.

(Look, I had even worn my coat over there, but found it much too hot to keep on, so my trolley looked after it for me)

I'm after a loose Impressionistic painting here...

Waiting for paint to dry, I poured myself a coffee from the flask I brought along,
just had to remember Not to dip the brushes into it instead of the water pot!

Glad I decided to do the foxglove painting

~ what do you think? ~

As an extra, here's a quick sketch of
The Old Granary which was about 5 minutes walk from the walled garden

 All in all that was a good painting session,
and I'm looking forward to the next time,
but where to paint?....ummm, you'll have to wait for that.


Friday, 24 May 2019

Plein air at Arlington Court

The weather was perfect for plein air painting earlier this week at

Decided to set up my easel in the gardens and found the perfect spot under the wisteria arch.  It gave me a great view along the pathway to the conservatory.
Perfect weather to dry my watercolours without having to wait too long.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Trying to Re-organise and Tidy my studio

....it's exhausting work

(fish-eye lens view)

Think I need a glass of wine 🍷

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The difference a few brush strokes make

Okay I have to admit, this is only an example and not an artwork of great note.  However, I DID enjoy painting it.  On our recent holiday down to Cornwall I did, not only paintings for sale, but also sketching.  SOME of those sketches turned into little paintings in their own right.  I love it when that happens.  

Here's an example of how a FEW added details can bring a painting to life and make it pop.
This is with GOUACHE, so by nature it dries flat and opaque  ~ something I love about this medium ~

My initial wash of colour

St. Michael's Mount, Penzance

and then I added Permanent White 
(not much though)
plus a person on the beach

Is it just me, or does it POP now!


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Update about the plant I mentioned the other day....

Here's the blogpost   ðŸ”—

and the pictures of the plant

We had spotted this at one of the National Trust properties in Cornwall 

One of my followers, Shammickite, suggested asking the Trust about the plant. So this evening I messaged them on Facebook, and to my surprise a very kind person there answered within an hour!!!
How efficient was that!

so now you all want to know the response which was:

Hello Ann, really glad you enjoyed your visit. The plant is olearia x scilloniensis.

(thanks Shammickite for suggesting I ask the question)

Monday, 6 May 2019

Elizabeth Hyde Photography

Our daughter, Elizabeth (known as Lil), is a great photographer and spending more time recently taking some awesome photos (I tend not to say the word 'awesome' very often, so you probably get the idea that I am totally biased here).   I like to think it is justified as myself and others point out that she 'has an eye for photos'.  

I've helped her with a Blog (I've made it more like a website).  She will eventually have a Link for selling photos, but we still have to work that bit out!  However, in the meantime I have added some photos for her, and Catergorised them too.   She has also set up a Facebook Page,  I have encouraged her to add a shop (another "work in progress").  

Let's face it these things take time to evolve, so bear with it and in the meanwhile
take a look at her blog/website and facebook page so far.


Facebook Page - Elizabeth's Photography

ðŸ“ļ ðŸ“ļ ðŸ“ļ

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Oh my, this plant was pretty

I have no idea what it is called, but it was amazing, I just HAD to
take a photo of two to show you all

It has the prettiest little daisy-like flowers

here's a close-up

~ Hope you're all having a good weekend ~

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