Wandering in Nature with Pencil and Paper

Today whilst I walked my Jack Russell Tilly up the local recreation fields I had a bit of folded paper and pencil to hand. This is due to the fact that I always think of something good (or at least I hope it will be) to do with art, teaching or writing whilst doing the daily rounds of the grassy playing fields. The fields are … Continue reading Wandering in Nature with Pencil and Paper

Feeling Festive in Hay on Wye

I love Hay on Wye – such a colourful old, market town full of winding narrow streets and shops filled with books, gorgeous ethnic clothing and beautiful things for the home. The pubs are traditional and welcoming with real fires which my friend Anne and I were very glad of on this cold and wintry day! We just fancied a day out and I planned … Continue reading Feeling Festive in Hay on Wye

How to paint a Christmas Wreath – Watercolour demo

If you are feeling Christmassy and want to paint a Christmas wreath then please have a go at this demo. It includes the old favourites of shiny and spiky holly leaves interwoven with the stark simplicity of mistletoe and punctuated with the star of the show – poinsettia. I used Arches hot pressed 90lb watercolour paper – unstretched – I just painted right onto it. … Continue reading How to paint a Christmas Wreath – Watercolour demo

Nocturn – finally completed!

Today was a day for cracking on with my Christmas wreath (see blog post here) and tidying up some loose ends. The hare that I started a month ago (see earlier post here –  https://eastwitching.com/2013/10/20/nocturn/)  was finally brought out o my to do box and finished. I could see more clearly today how it should look. Sometimes you have to leave a painting to gestate … Continue reading Nocturn – finally completed!

Oh to be in England!

I know this is a little late as the poem is about Springtime in England but there again our seasons are all a bit behind. Whilst visiting Hampton Court Castle Gardens near Hereford back in June my friend Anne and I were treated to a river walk around the stately home with its atmospheric Victorian greenhouses. It was graced by Maytrees in full fluttery white … Continue reading Oh to be in England!