Friday, May 6, 2016

Beetroot and pears

Pear blossom by the greenhouse

At last we are enjoying some gorgeous spring sunshine this week, and happily I was able to get out to my favourite local allotments. I didn't spend time looking around because this dilapidated greenhouse caught my eye immediately, and I especially liked the pear tree next to it with the sun glowing through its leaves. 

In situ, bright and breezy day

Afterwards I couldn't resist a little study of these beetroot plants nearby, with the gorgeous little glimpses of pink and red amongst the green leaves.

Beetroot going to seed

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Summer greens

Summer greens and blowsy clouds

Here are a couple of fresh and green allotment paintings that sold at my exhibition in Putney, both plein air paintings from different allotments. The variety of greens on show is one of the many reasons I love painting at the allotments so much. I'm not much of a gardener myself, but I do so appreciate the efforts of others. And of course as painting subjects go, you can't beat the light reflecting off the greenhouse glass. 

Inham Nook allotments

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mud bath

Mud bath
20" x 30"
My exhibition in Putney with Paul Curtis NEAC is finished now but was a great success. I was so busy with the house move that I didn't get a chance to blog about it so I'll try to make up for that now and show you some of the work from the show. 

This is one of the large studio cow paintings that sold. I found I couldn't get a good photo of this piece but it gives you an idea anyway. It excites me the way the cows become a part of the mud, and the light catches the wet surfaces with little glimpses here and there in the darkness. I look forward to returning to this subject, I just need to find a local dairy farm willing to help out an artist.

20" x 24"

Sunday, April 17, 2016

New studio in the countryside!

Most beautiful view framed by the large door!

Less than a week ago we moved house and moved studio so we've had a fair busy old time of it, packing and organising things for weeks and weeks on end. Now we are finally here and although we  are going to be living in chaos for a fair while longer we are enormously happy with the new place and on a sunny day there is nowhere we'd rather be! We have moved less than a mile away, only to the next village so we have the advantage of knowing the whole area and yet still there is something exotic and holiday-like about our new situation and we are loving the views.

I'm feeling very inspired and can't wait to get those paintbrushes moving again, and soon I'll have to get into a new routine that allows me to get my work done alongside getting jobs done for the house and studio.


Sunday - I have some floor space! Yay!

Thursday, March 3, 2016


20" x 24"

My exhibition opens today at The Russell Gallery in Putney, and will be open until the 2nd April. If you come to London this month please try and visit. There are also works by Paul Curtis NEAC which I am looking forward to seeing.

This is one of my new paintings in the exhibition - a large studio painting of some cows that I painted in Norfolk recently. 

Paintings can be viewed online at


Telephone: 0208 780 5228
Gallery email:

12 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 1JP

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Now you see me, now you don't!


Well that was odd. At around 11.00 this morning my whole blog disappeared. I had an email from Blogger to tell me so. In fact the email said that they had removed my blog because they believed it violated their terms of service with regards to phishing.

I looked for it. All six years worth of content vanished, nothing in it's place.
I was indignant - I'm not a scammer! I'm just a humble artist posting drawings, paintings and random thoughts.

I looked for a phone number, a helpline, an email address to contact... none of the above. Just a little 'click here' type button on my blogger dashboard where my blog once stood saying 'appeal'. 

I clicked appeal. Then waited, and wondered what else I could do. Nothing.

I wondered how long I would have to wait, and would my blog come back, and would all that historic content ever come back or had it been banished into hyperspace forever?

I did the only thing any reasonable person could do in such a situation - I put a little pity post out on Facebook. Help! Nasty google! Has anybody else experienced such a thing?
I did confess that it was a first world problem, but Facebook friends are so good at making you feel supported in times of modern angst such as missing blogs, computer viruses and the like.

And then I got on with life, because I am finishing framing 36 paintings this week for my March exhibition at the Russell Gallery in Putney - exciting!

Roughly five hours after my blog disappeared I received this email from Google -

"Hello, We have received your appeal regarding your blog Upon further review, we have determined that your blog was mistakenly marked as a TOS violator by our automated system and, as such, we have reinstated your blog. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused in the meantime and thank you for your patience as we completed our review process. Thank you for understanding. Your sincerely, The Blogger Team"

Hoorah! And the whole lovely blog came back, with an apology too. And so to celebrate here are a couple of sketches from this week.

Welcome back blog and welcome back lovely subscribers! Normal service can now be resumed. Whatever that is.

Oscar in the car

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Roof with a view

New roof with a view

We went to Granada for a couple of days and the second day was really hazy in the afternoon - no strong sunshine or shadows to be had. We walked uphill to the Plaza San Nicolas to overlook the Alhambra palace. The previous afternoon we had painted here while enjoying a fabulous clear view of the palace and the snow topped mountains.

After the uphill walk I needed a little sandwich and recuperation time while I considered what to paint. It was then that my friend Karl Terry called out to me "I've found a great subject Haidee. You're going to love this!".

I did indeed love it! Karl had found these workers laying a new roof against the backdrop of the hills and palace. It even had cypress trees - which I love - and a tree in the foreground covered in Seville oranges. It would have been great to see some rim lighting around the men and the bits and pieces on the roof, but the hazy afternoon light had it's own charm. 

Painting next to Karl

Monday, February 15, 2016

Yellow pavilion with Mercury fountain

The yellow pavilion

I was overwhelmed by the beauty of the gardens at the Alcazar Palace in Seville. Fountains, hedges, palm trees, Seville oranges growing on trees, ornate arches, peacocks, shady corners and vibrant warm colours... and all seen in the most beautiful light imaginable. Plus, Sorolla painted here so I was walking in giant footsteps. All this made it very difficult to calm down and actually paint! This was my first attempt in the gardens, I couldn't resist that wall of yellow and it's reflection in the pool.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Evening street study, Seville

Evening street scene, Seville
Oils 8" x 12"

Talk about a rush! When you attempt a subject like this you know that time is short. Most of the street was in shadow and the warm evening light was still hitting the tops of the buildings, mainly on the left hand side but some coming across the sides of the buildings on the right too. It was one of those 'nothing to lose, just bash on with it' moments. Again I knew I had no time to be finickety with the drawing or details in those buildings - an effort to catch the light and atmosphere being order of the day.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Horse and carriage

Horse and carriage
Oils 8" x 10"

My first painting from the Seville trip was this study of a horse and carriage. I was really taken by these horses lining the streets ready for tourists to take a scenic ride. When this one arrived in front of me I noticed the light along the horse's back and around the ears. Captivating. Of course I didn't know how long I would have but decided it was worth the risk. It could have been that that five minutes later I was wiping the board down because the subject had gone, but actually I had probably forty-five minutes or more before the horse moved. I think the horse in my painting is perhaps not anatomically correct but this kind of quick study is much more about capturing an impression of the light for me. I'm pleased with the atmosphere and the palette of colours captured so am tempted to make a studio painting based on this - in which case I would be able to take more care with the drawing. The light in Seville was nothing short of marvellous, such a contrast from the winter light in the UK.

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