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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Wednesday, 4th December 2019 - Work in Progress

Herbie and I spent an hour or so this morning making sure the teddies had their cars. I have an advent calendar from Hetty and Bella. It has no gifts. It has no chocolate. Herbie and I love the pictures behind the doors. Each previous day needs discussion. I have never had a better advent.

I was in my studio this afternoon working on my oil paintings. At the time they looked fine. A fresh eye tomorrow morning will reveal their real true quality.

Tim bought me a Kenwood for my 50th birthday - and that was five years ago - today I think I may have found that it is rather good at making cakes. We have Nigella's sticky gingerbread cooling.



Work in Progress
Oil on Board

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019 - Held up at The Hub

I helped Harriet out a bit today. It made me realise what a busy life she leads. We did the school run. Hetty and Bella had an assembly in French we watched. Off to The Hub at Bodiam for a very lively Jitterbugs session. We had coffee and snacks while Herbie played. Wow and that was just this morning.

This afternoon I got my pills from the doctors and wandered the festive streets of Cranbrook. At Hartley Dyke I found the perfect white rose sprig for my final oil painting. It will have to wait until tomorrow as I am too tired this evening.


Held up at The Hub
Charcoal and Watercolour

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Sunday, 1st December 2019 - Advent Sky

It is a riot of Advent calendars for our family from Lego to Playmobil to chocolate to open the door and reveal the picture.

Harriet and I went to Tenterden to look at The Tenterdens Artists exhibition. There was some great stuff. Tonights picture is inspired by Emma Dove.

Me and my studio have been working on my oils for next Sunday. Sort of nearly done one with three others well on the way.


Advent Sky
Watercolour

Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Christmas Crafts

Hetty, Bella and Herbie came round to make Christmas cards with the glue gun. I found a pack of Christmas bows, bobbles and bits on Amazon for application. The perfect festive activity. Herbie directed and I stuck until we needed a break and watched Postman Pat.


Christmas Crafts
Pen

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Sunday, 24th November 2019 - Cabbages and Roses

I wasted two hours in my studio painting flowers that were diabolical. At least I can wipe off the oil paint and start again. I felt very pissed off.

LeeLee and I fraternised with artists in Battle.

I came home to find a huge bunch of flowers from Harriet, dinner cooked by my husband and a stint of ironing whilst watching The Apprentice made for a charming evening.


Cabbages and Roses
Watercolour Markers

Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Early Stages

I spent the afternoon in my studio working on. four paintings, The ground is on, colours perfected and shadows and background painted in.

This evening we met Mike and Pippa in front of the fire at The Three Chimneys for one too many glasses of wine.


Early Stages
Oil on Board

Friday, 22 November 2019

Thursday, 21st November 2019 - Hash Akib

We said goodbye to Uncle Bill today. Going back to the crematorium was so sad. The last time I was there was in June for Mum's service. Then there were only the three of us and Mum. Today there were a lot more friends and relatives. The Two Sawyers put on a good spread he would have enjoyed.

This evening the artist Hash demonstrated to WOKAS. In just over two hours he painted a portrait and a landscape. Just amazing. I love his exuberant style.


Hash Akib
Pen and Watercolour