Not the Royal Academy show

8 x 24 Oil/Wood Panel

This is the piece that I submitted to the RA Summer Exhibition, which was rejected. It’s OK, I wasn’t surprised. Apparently you have to apply more than once plus there were rumoured to be between 8,000 and 10,000 entries, 10% are accepted, 5% are Royal Academicians so that leaves 5% of regular old artists like me! I shall keep trying though… I now see it as a challenge and must succeed before I get too old to hold a brush in my hand!

Still, the good news is that it was accepted at the Not the Royal Academy show, which is inspired by the ‘Salon des Refuses’ in Paris in the 19th Century.

So that is a glimmer of hope in these dismal times.


Emergence 8 x 24 Oil/Wood Panel

At last a photo of my triptych. I think I am going to start using pastel colours! This was so hard to photograph (and to paint!). Fingers crossed it gets accepted, but I know the competition is enormous, so I am not holding my breath. You have to have a go at least!

I am back in snowy New Mexico now. I have left spring in the UK, with all the daffodils about to burst open for cold New Mexico. It’s so good to be back with my main squeeze after four months absence.

I don’t think there will be much time to relax though. I have loads of paintings I want to do and need to get the house ready to rent.

My weekend studio

For the last two weekends I have managed to get away and stay with my friend, Melanie in Cambridge. She has a little studio flat above her garage where her daughter stays sometimes. I have been able to use it this weekend to paint in and it feels so good to be able to just lock myself away and get on with some work without interruption.


Getting There….!

The Wren, The Nest and The Bumblebee
9 x 15 Oil/linen panel

I am gradually getting all my deadline pieces finished. I will be so glad. Then I can get on with lots of other new pieces. The colours here in New Mexico are glorious and I have started painting the cottonwoods again. Just love them.


Amy’s Nest at 50

8 x 8 Oil/Panel – Sold

This painting was commissioned as a gift for someone’s birthday. The eggs indicating how many children had already left home and the one cracked egg left in the nest is the teenager… about to embark on independence. It was a lovely commission to paint since I had been doing my own nests, with my own symbolism… First Born, Then there were Two and The Complete Set. I guess I should post those too! It’s Monday morning and I am planning on getting some large paintings started this week.


First Born

12 x 12 Oil/Linen panel – Sold
Available at Showings Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO

Last year, when my friend Jasmin, who lives in Scotland bought a new flat, I gave her a little oil pastel of a nest as a housewarming gift. I enjoyed painting it so much that I decided to paint some more in oil paint. This is one of them. Of course they are hugely significant for me as my children live in the UK and I live in the US. This one would be for Holly, my first born!