22 December 2013


BF_fernbirds sketch underpainting a
Revisited an old composition this afternoon and started the underpainting in oils. The materials have that lovely 'library smell' and are nice because they dry slowly (the drawback also being that they dry slowly).
I listen to fluff books while painting and picked the audio of Alexander McCall Smith's 'The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds' because it's a mystery that doesn't involve a murder and was surprised by coincidences with my recent activities. In the book are musings on Georgian architecture, which I was recently reading up on, the art expert in McCall Smith's story is a controversial figure in a non-fiction book I'm currently reading (about a set of possible forgeries), the family in the story lives in a country house in the exact area of Scotland that I've been concentrating on in my dad's genealogy, and their ancestors were also Jacobites (I only recently found this out about my family).

08 November 2013


I love fountains and look for them when traveling. Growing up the sound of water was always in the background but now, living a few miles inland, I miss it.

The angel above is on the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park, NYC, the dolphin baring its teeth below is part of a fountain in the Huntington Gardens in Pasadena, California.

29 October 2013


Here's what's on the easel right now, a façade from Lille, France. After a while of working on those teensy door and window frames though my eyes feel dazzled and it's time to work on some drawings.

Most of my pieces are small but this one is even smaller than most at about 3"x5". It may get bigger, I haven't decided how to finish it yet.

Occasionally I pick up pieces of old lace when I go with my mom to vide greniers in her area but I haven't been using them lately so they were scattered, bits tucked away here and there along with other flotsam and jetsam. The other day I thought maybe I'd use some precious sunlight house to re-organise the studio but after working away for a couple hours it didn't look terribly different so I abandoned the effort and went back to painting.

27 October 2013


This was my favourite shote walking home from a horse fair, a most adorable pony tired at the end of a long day.

Although I don't own a horse I come from a long line of horse people and enjoy going to the fairs when I'm near one.

25 October 2013


my favourite type of shutter holdback in my mom’s village
The shutter holds in my mom’s village are so pretty, most are women and either they or the shutters are this vibrant cornflower blue.
The shutter holds in my mom's village are so pretty, most are women and either they or the shutters are painted this vibrant blue.

19 October 2013

blue wip

WIP. A smaller variation on a previous piece. Mixed media, 8"x8" on wooden panel.
In the studio are a few pieces I'm having trouble finishing, the biggest one because I'm not sure which way to go with part of the composition, and a few smaller ones like this that just need some final tweaking.


When the hounds and I came back from our walk the other morning this little guy was taking a nap on the front door.