Usually I have more ideas and projects than time in which to do them. I paint for long hours because I know that the flow of inspiration might dry up one day. (It once did, and the drought lasted for 6 years!).
Then in September, following a nasty bug, I lost my mojo, my inner drive, my motivation. I had only sold 3 oil paintings since July, the last one was sold at the beginning of November…After a few false starts, I’ve recovered my mojo, hooray! and finished 2 paintings in February, and last week I sold 5 paintings.
Winter wolves slinking away.
I love Spring. Here is Rutmoor Beck, started in September and recently finished.

Edit. 17 March. Staithes Captain Cook’s Museum is currently closed due to Covid-19.

In the small fishing village of Staithes, on the North Yorkshire coast, there is an old Primitive Methodist chapel which has been converted into a museum of heritage dedicated to Captain Cook. Within that building there is now a small artisan shop, filled with gifts and artworks produced by local people (including me). It is open everyday, 11am to 4pm. You will find it on your right as you go down the high street. Here is a link to tell you more…

On the day my father died
I was two thousand miles away.
The weather was wet and grey.
The waves rolled roughly.
There was no blue
In sky
Or sea.
And what was tears or rain or spray,
I couldn’t say.

But that night, when I went to bed,
I opened my book:
Andersen’s Fairy Tales.
I turned the page
And there it was,
The title of the next story:
“What Papa Does Is Always Right”.

And now I must admit
That’s not as I saw it,
And quite often we clashed.
Like the farmer in the story
He had a loving wife,
And as much business sense
As a cucumber.
But he had a good heart,
And really in the end,
Nothing else matters.

Clothylde. January 2020.

(Because a picture can paint a thousand words, but sometimes one has to tell it as it is. and this is it. Sorry for the interruption. Back to painting).

It’s the beginning of December, and I usually run out of calendars by mid December. If you’d like a calendar, please let me know.

PS. Edit 15 December: Thank you to all who ordered or reserved a calendar. There are a few calendars left in the Brigantia exhibition at Danby Moors Centre, and a few in Wold Pottery in Loftus.

The 2020 A4 calendar features my recent paintings of river and sea, from Whitby to Skinningrove. Printed in Yorkshire on 250gsm paper, it has 12 pages (plus front and back covers) and it measures 21 x29.7cm. I hope that it will remind you of our wonderful North Yorkshire all year long.
Please message me if you’d like one. You can leave a message by clicking “Leave a Reply” below, email, or phone 01287 643030. £12.50 including 1st class postage within the UK. Thank you!

Whitby Winterfest. Saturday 30 November & Sunday 1 December 2019. Whitby Spa Pavilion, 10am to 5pm. Winterfest is here again! I’ll be in the foyer as part of Whitby Art & Craft Collective. There will be lots of stalls and local crafts on this community-minded weekend.

Brigantia exhibition at “Inspired by…”gallery, Danby Moors Centre

Brigantia is an association of Yorkshire Art & Craft people (and I’m now a member!). The exhibition in Danby runs from the 16 November 2019 to 2 February 2020. The gallery is open everyday 10.30am to 4pm in November and December (closed on 25 & 26 December), and open weekends only in January. Do go and see! And next to the main carpark is Crow Wood, where you can see beautiful chainsaw carvings by Ste Iredale.

in Crow Wood, Danby.

Can you tell what I’ve been doing?

It starts like this:

And then this:

A few ink lines, then watercolour, watercolour varnish, two coats of UV varnish, top with a glass cabochon, and insert in setting…

Et voila.

12mm to 30mm. Brooches, clips, keyrings… How will you wear yours?
30mm pendants with chain

An original painting, in a pendant. Some of these will be at Danby Moors Centre “Inspired by…” gallery, as part of the Brigantia exhibition from 16 November 2019 to the end of January 2020, and at Whitby Winterfest (Whitby Spa Pavilion) on 30 November & 1 December 2019.