Back Home in the UK


Well, I have been here for a couple of days now and thank goodness this morning I woke up to a beautiful sunny autumn morning after one very gloomy day and a day of continuous rain! Above are a couple of photos from my Dad’s garden, since I haven’t managed to get down to work yet as I have my son with me. My daughters met me from the airport, which was lovely!

Loriann Signori posted the second part of her interview the other day, so I hope you will take a look. I think she has done a great job!

Plus I have finally managed to do a new website. I keep finding little glitches, and hopefully I have fixed them all, but do let me know if I missed something!

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Another two paintings for the Museum plus an interview!

Mist in the Tweed River Valley
10 x 12 Oil/Panel

Here is another Scottish painting. Last time I was there, (which was actually 2008 because I wasn’t able to go in 09 because my Dad (Mr. Miracle!) was so ill), I drove over to my favourite valley and I couldn’t see a thing because it was completely shrouded in mist! It was as if I was in an aeroplane high above the clouds looking down! Luckily it started to clear and this was the inspiration for the painting I am submitting to the Albuquerque Museum Miniature show.

Early Morning below Gordes ii
10 x 12 Oil/Panel

The third submission for the Museum show is the above painting.

Three years ago Barry and I went with a few friends to a place called Fontblanche in the valley below Gordes, France. We arrived in the middle of the night owing to a few logistical hiccups and as we walked into the beautiful old french farmhouse, we thought we had arrived in heaven. None of us wanted to go to sleep and we all sat there on the balcony watching the twinkling lights of the valley in the distance, drinking the wine the owners had kindly left us. Finally we succumbed to sleep because some of us had just flown over from the States. In the morning we awoke to such a glorious view, all sparkly and fresh and we couldn’t wait to get out there, coffee and croissants in hand to explore and get our paint boxes out. We all long to return and hopefully one day Barry and I will take a workshop there, because I can assure you it is one of the most glorious places on this earth!

On another note, (I should be packing!!) Loriann Signori has just posted a really lovely piece about me on her blog… I am somewhat embarrassed by the attention, but honoured too! Here is a link to her blog. Thank you Loriann for your kind words!

Winding River, Tweed River Valley

Winding River, Tweed River Valley
30 x 40 Oil/Linen

I finished it! I am wearing a dozen different hats at the moment trying to finish up everything before I leave. I think I have just over two weeks… Why Oh Why did I decide to re-do my website at this time I wonder?!! Talk about challenging parts of my brain that have been lying dormant! I am such a terrier too, I hate to give up.