I cannot believe it is almost December once again! I had good intentions of spending the year leisurely painting for the Christmas Craft Events, and now here I am again, scrambling to make enough! Nothing changes!
Here is a sneak preview of one of the items I am working on for this year! Every year I make two sided block sitter signs in a distressed fashion! Ok, so we rarely have snow here in the Southend on Sea area, but we can dream about a White Christmas - can't we?
Where to start? It has been literally months since my last post!!! I have had such a busy year, and so many troubles with computers and ---- well no excuses - just time to get back on!
Well I managed to participate in my first Art Trail in the town I live in - The Westcliff Art Trail! This was a great experience, put together by some very hard working people and I am grateful for being accepted and also grateful for all their hard work!
I displayed at a small cafe in town run by a lovely lady and although I did not sell anything, I had some great exposure and thank Lesley frome Chili Peppers for her hospitality!
The other big thing for me this past summer was joining and setting up my shopfront on Not On The High Street! This has been exciting and the site itself is full of beautiful things sourced or handmade by many talented people! I feel humbled to be a part of the group!
I am so happy to be part of it, but have found myself so busy these past months, I have not been able to make the best use of the site up to now. With Christmas looming I am in full swing now making Christmas signs, block sitter signs and ornaments and I will be listing some of these within the week!
Click to view all products to see what is there! Check back soon to see what I have to offer for the Christmas Holiday period!
At the moment, all my items are garden inspired paintings in the style of a vintage sign with distressed paint effects. I love flowers - so I guess that is what I am gonna paint! Well in the summer anyhow!
The hydrangeas painting above is entitled Amelia's Hortensia's, inspired by my mother and her parents and their lakeside home. I spent many happy holidays there and feel such a wave of nostalgia just thinking about their log cabin style home built on the lakefront of Adams Lake in the beautiful Okanogan/Shuswap Valley of British Columbia, Canada. My collection of twenty paintings were all part of a group of happy memories from that time.
All for now as it is late (story of my life - I seem to get a second wind after 10 pm! ) but I will post more soon! I will add a few more pics of my paintings over time!
Throughout my entire life - art has been my biggest interest. Since my first remembered drawing of a robin with extremely long legs, I have not stopped playing with art. I attended Fashion College in California, and worked as a designer in London for several years. Motherhood followed and I did what I art I could in whatever time I could find. That journey led to decorative painting, furniture painting and interior design. I was lucky enough to be able to study Interior Decorative Techniques, for 4 years on a City and Guilds course. Since then I concentrated on pursuing the art of rose painting, and these beautiful flowers, which I have loved since childhood, have pervaded my life in all aspects – clothing, home furnishing, art and gardening. I do all this surrounded by my two wonderful teens, Lara and Jordan and my hubby Dave, in our Edwardian home with a garden full to bursting with literally dozens of old vintage roses and gorgeous English Roses! Told you I was mad about roses!