Friday, April 11, 2014


A few weeks ago we had a very dear friend to stay for the weekend. It was a precious time of catching up and just being, that lovely feeling of being with someone close, where words are sometimes unnecessary...
This friend is an artist, you may remember when we bought a painting...

This very clever artist painted this, her sideboard, her display of treasures upon it with another of her paintings hanging on the wall. L teaches watercolour to a small group of friends, and is always thinking of something she can pass on. Some of the students have little or no experience so she is enjoying helping them begin. Whilst staying with us she developed an exercise for the class, drawing lines behind the subject, easier to show than explain!!

These are demonstrations she did with her class as a way for them to learn to mix paints and to understand tones and values. I of course had to try it out. My first attempt was a good drawing of lilies but then go clumsy with my tones and had to begin again. The second attempt was a bit of a challenge.

I decided in  'my wisdom' that my painting needed more dark to try to correct the wonky perspective in the tin...silly me as then really I half defeated the point of the exercise! When to leave alone!! That is an exercise on its own!
I picked quinces this morning and have drawn up a sketch of them to paint. I. Going to have fun with them, painting, cooking, enjoying their divine scent as they decorate the table..?That is before they are cooked. I have a batch on the stove at the moment to pre poach them, if this is a possibility! They are so blinks tough to peel and core so thought If I soften them first it might be easier, soften, then cool of course! I'll let you know!
Have a lovely weekend! As we will.


  1. I think that is such a wonderful project to do. Wouldn't they make wonderful tapestries too! I can't find your number!!! so give me a call if you have a moment (all is good). xxooxx.

    1. I think I might have found a way to make one into a tapestry for Lou, I'm hoping so! Thankyou for the idea! Love Mum