2 July

An outing with Broadstone Art Society to Spetisbury today. I have driven the the village hundreds f times on my way to and from work but never really stopped to explore. Iris organised a meeting at Marcia’s lovely farm shop and cafe a short walk from the river. It was very windy and a little challenging to sit and paint but I managed a view of the Ford which is very popular with dog walkers.

The Ford at Spetisbury

1 July

Knowlton church is a popular Dorset landmark and I have been asked to do a painting by someone who has bought my work in the past. I have done four so far and I am not really happy enough with any of them to show my customer! This is today’s attempt.

Knowlton church

29 June

We went to Fowey (pronounced Foy) in Cornwall yesterday, it would be a very pretty town in the summer sunshine, sadly it was wet and windy but I managed a quick sketch on the town quay before the rain came down in earnest.

Town Quay, Fowey

25 June

My bio domes look like giant grey raspberries but there’s still no mistaking the wonderful Eden Project in Cornwall. I was more impressed than I expected to be by both the rain forest and Mediterranean spheres and by the whole visitor experience. My only gripe was the shortage of benches on the garden walk overlooking the domes ( mainly because there wasn’t one where I wanted to sketch!) and despite it being dog friendly there were no drinking bowls or accessible water for dogs. Overall a good day out.

The Eden Project

20 June

I went to an exhibition today by local artist Tom Marshall. He works en plein air using pen and was with pastel over the top. The results are remarkable and I couldn’t wait to try it out. The result is nothing like Tom’s work as I don’t want to copy him, just borrow a technique. I need to explore it further but it was fun to try.

19 June

Yesterday we were involved with Waggy Tails annual fun dog show. I managed to find time for a couple of quick sketches while the classes were being judged. My Labrador Nuala won a fourth place rosette in the veteran class for dogs over 8, very proud of her!

Waggy Tails dog show