Pebble collection

Stone stories use lots and lots of pebbles so a trip to the Welsh coast yesterday was fabulous!!! With a workshop next week the lucky children are going to have some beautiful stones to use for their stories.

I also collected one or two unusual things with experimenting in mind πŸ™‚

Rhos on sea will be remembered as a perfect collecting beach. 

Artfinder sales

I’m really happy to say that Artfinder is working out really well.  In a very short time I have sold three paintings πŸ˜€

Today I finished the illustration for the front cover of a book I am writing

but tomorrow I will focus on putting a few more paintings onto my site at
I really do love what I do πŸ™‚


As a creator of stone stories by chance I came across another stonestories on instagram and started to follow πŸ™‚

What a great thing she is doing and I really want to share this with you.  She is based on Canada and she writes beautiful positive messages on stones.  These are left in random unusual places for people to find.  Her website is written on the reverse.  Please visit the website and see the impact these stones have on the people that find them πŸ™‚

So today I contacted stonestories and asked if the UK could join in the experiment in serendipity. 

So please keep your eyes peeled for extra special stones wherever you may be x

Bits and bobs day

Do any of you have days where you need to finish off many started projects? Today is one of those.  I have the sky to finish in an oil painting that was interrupted a couple of weeks ago.  An acrylic to continue with.  Two commissions to start planning for…a triptych and a barn owl.

And news just in…a half price sale in hobbycraft!!!!

I might also make a start on this beautiful photograph in nairn…crying out for an oil painting. 

I can see today is going to be fun πŸ™‚

Talented friends

My good friend Sarah Williams created this today and I just had to share πŸ™‚ her love of the sea and music and indeed sewing is pretty evident. 

Pizza making

With summer holidays comes all sorts of creativity mainly designed to occupy young minds.

Today was all about making pizza from scratch… 6 kids…2 adults and lots of fun. 

Even a bit of den building with ‘fork handles’ (only those of a certain age will get that reference I say Granville) and some duvet covers was in order during dough rising time.  After knocking back the dough (no cava involved today) they added extensions to the den using large umbrellas and the rabbit run πŸ™‚

great fun was had by all, especially me as occupied kids equals parents free to chat!

Artfinder is live!

My new shop is now live!! Very excited.

There are 12 paintings for sale so head over and take a look, hit like on the ones you like (obvs) and follow me so that you can be updated when I add more to my shop.

This original oil painting’harlech Castle’ is available on artfinder too.

Thank you for your support and remember I take commissions so please do get in touch.  I’m currently working on a barn owl watercolour and a triptych oil painting πŸ™‚ 

Resin disaster non-disaster

So a few days ago I mentioned having a go at using resin in my art. Inspired by the lavender smells wafting through my window I painted an abstract piece using acrylic paint.

My daughter carefully collected lavender petals for me and when the painting was completely dry I mixed up a batch of resin and poured it on.  Smoothing it out and spreading to the edges.  I then placed the lavender petals onto the tacky resin and topped with more resin.

Many errors… Surface not completely level /too much resin/not enough waiting time before applying second layer of resin…

The result is mixed.

I love love the glass like gloss! This is completely dry.

The petals now look like flies have landed in my blooming resin :/

I cut my finger trying to prize the painting from the cardboard it was sitting on lol!

Lessons learned and I can’t wait to try again πŸ™‚