synthetic flat brushes for lifting and correcting

I see that people are offering small flat synthetic brushes as something new. I have been using Pro Arte short flats for years. They are much less expensive than the ones being offered  (£3.60 from Jacksons) and are fantastic and very useful brushes for all sorts of things.   The ones you want are Pro Arte Sterling series 201 size 0.




I commissioned a box from Edward Wild and this is the box he has made. It is Walnut with a pear wood lining and is so beautiful made with such attention to detail, I am thrilled that he has made it for me.  It is to hold all the secret letters at my exhibition.


Box of letters

23 august

I always take a sketchbook on my walks and today’s experiment is a painting done with blackberry juice, grass juice and mud.   I drew a few lines with a pen that a kind woman gave me as I had no drawing implements.  It was fun trying to see what I could find to paint with. This is a sort of impression of the woods. I did find that Montbretia gave a rather good yellow.






I have added another course in november as it seems to be a very popular month. Please see the website for details.





Secret letter July 7

July 7 words.copy July 7.copy July 7 back.copy

June 3

Dog roses in the hedge.  I think they are very beautiful and smell lovely but what IS the connection?


June 3

June 2

This is one of my favourite swimming places. The pool, in the heart of the wood, is just upstream from the old packhorse bridge where the water is a gold ochery brown with lime green reflections from the trees.   I break the surface into shards of light.


2 June

June 1

Golden afternoon, – lying in the long grass among Ragged Robin and Buttercups, listening to the sounds of the river and the birds and watching a pair of Brimstone butterflies.  I love this place.


June 1.web IMG_3878

The Crumble diaries

May 31

So many Foxgloves this year, at least that is what I have been told.   I am sitting beside the path in the woods at Pethybridge admiring these and I must say they are very attractive to bees.


May 31.web

New Handmade silk scarf

Have just received the first of these beautiful silk scarves designed with one of my paintings. They are available for sale