Sacred Creatures Exhibition

For those of you who might be in Florida, here is an invitation to the Sacred Creatures show!

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Sacred Creatures

Kingfisher with Dragonfly
12 x 12 Oil/Panel

Nuthatch with Bumblebee iv
12 x 12 Oil/Panel

Carolina Wren, nest and eggs
12 x 12 Oil/Panel

Black-capped Chickadee with egg
12 x 12 Oil/Panel

At last, I have finished! Unfortunately I seem unable to get really good photos of these paintings, but you get the idea! I am going to go abstract after these… I think my thumb is going to drop off! I would love to find a way to do my birds in a loser manner, but still can’t allow myself to go there!

I am so looking forward to this weekend to celebrate my birthday in London with my children! I think I deserve it!

Singest of summer in full-throated ease – Ode to a Nightingale

Singest of summer in full-throated ease – Ode to a Nightingale
12 x 12 Oil/Panel

I decided (I think) to leave the beak, most people said leave it, with a couple saying yes, change it! Why is it so hard to know sometimes when a painting is finished? Maybe it’s because I don’t have Barry around to say, “stop now!”

I have softened the eye (Loriann?) and above is the whole painting. It is inspired by the John Keats poem Ode to a Nightgale, with the hint of a river, taken from the poem, “One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:” I love this poem and hope one day to include some of the words actually in the painting, but need a lot more time for that.

The Birds


Here are a couple of closeups of the Carolina Wren which I am doing for the show on Sanibel Island. Deadline is the end of November, so I have been really busy trying to get these finished. I am taking off this weekend though to go to Norfolk and if the weather co-operates I shall be taking photos and painting. I am looking forward to getting out and about, but this morning it’s very windy, so hopefully that will die down by the weekend. I am really looking forward to walking on the beach!

Barry McCuan’s Solo Show


Here is a link to Barry’s solo show at Ventana Fine Art, opening this Friday 8th October. Sadly, I won’t be attending, unless of course someone has a private jet!!

The above painting is one of Barry’s wonderful boat paintings inspired by our trips to Dungeness Beach, Kent. I love the clouds.

I am busy working on new paintings for a show in January called ‘Sacred Creatures’ on Sanibel Island at the Watson Macrae Gallery.