Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Magnificent Moth

I often use butterflies when painting my Landscape of Dreams and am always looking out for new  and interesting ones to use.

Some time ago ,at night, I saw an unusual moth in my garden, but,unfortunately did not have my camera with me. It was large and had an magnificent pattern of black and white stripes.

Then, last week I saw another one, in broad daylight, sitting on the baseboard of my fence.

This time I managed to get a photo. I think it is a Jersey Tiger moth and, according to my butterfly and moth book,Wimbledon is quite far north for it...

I will probably do a watercolour study of  it to begin with  and may then use it in later paintings.

Until next time


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Fairest

This acrylic is the old tale of Beauty and the magic mirror, only this time it’s a man falling for the line that  he’s the fairest in all the land...

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Race a red horse

This is a small acrylic in the ‘letting my subconscious out for a jog’  category.

I just had this image in my head and let it happen...

Until next time


Wednesday, 28 June 2017


I am fond of puns and Jeux des mots.

This is one of a series  of cartoons based on a phrase that should be obvious...

Until next time


Wednesday, 21 June 2017


This is a small oil is only about A5 size

Here’s a cute young padawan.

I’ve always thought there was something more to this business of padawans calling their  teacher ‘master’.....

Until next time


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Irish Tower

I occasionally paint landscapes in watercolour and some elements often find their way into my constructed landscapes in other paintings.

This tower is near Waterford in southern Ireland. I painted on a short holiday there many years ago.

It has turned up in several paintings to date, including  Bodies in Motion and Metamorphosis

Until next time


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Progress on new oil painting

I have now completed the under painting on the new oil painting.

When last seen it looked like this:

Now it looks like this:

Once I am certain that the painting is dry, I will begin to glaze in green over all the areas painted in Indian Red and will glaze the flesh tones over the parts of the figures painted in green.

Until next time


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Beat Judge

This is another of my book bags.

Take one cute Megacity Judge.

Lightly beat

And serve...

Until next time


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Crow Rising

Another in the ‘letting my subconscious out for a jog’ category.

I worked on this one for a few weeks and quite a lot of things got painted out.

It finally settled down to this image. If you look closely, you'll see that the crow's body is made up of lots of figures.

Until next time


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Now the gloves are off

The found fashion photo I based this acrylic painting on showed a young man with a very intense gaze.

This led me to reinvent him as one of the Psi-cops from Babylon 5.

They were meant to keep their gloves on to damp their telepathic abilities and they did, until they had a reason to take them off...

I am also quite pleased with the texture effects on the uniform ,contrasting the wool jacket with the inset leather sash panel and the metal Psicorp badge.

Until next time


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Stone Carving

On 5th May I went to a craft fair at Hatfield House.

I had ordered a medieval tile (based on a mitre tile I had seen in the V & A) at one of the reenactors markets and ,unfortunately, it hadn't been ready for collection at the next market.

The lady who made it said she would be at Hatfield and would bring it along in case I could get there.

As I found out the event was from Thursday to Sunday and we had a guest over the weekend, I went along on the Friday.

After a bit of wandering around, I found her tent and collected not one, but two versions of the tile that she had made me. She had done one as a modern thickness tile and one as a full medieval floor tile. I thanked her, carefully wrapped the tiles in bubble wrap and newspaper and put them in the satchel  I had brought with me for that purpose.

I then wandered around the fair a bit more and found that there were several places doing have-a-go courses in things like paper making, wood  working  and mosaic.

Then I walked past one of the sculpters' stalls. I was just admiring a beautiful angel commissioned for Westminster Abbey and  a marvellous five foot high heraldic dragon, when I saw that there were people working at tables in front of the stall.

The sculpter, Simon Keeley, told me he was running a  one hour beginners course. and asked if I like to have a go. It was a tenner including a five or six inch square block of Maltese limestone.

I signed up for the next class.

He asked if I need a book to look at for inspiration, But I said I thought I'd be OK.

First we had to Try chiseling a straight line on the back of the block, Which I achieved fairly easily, Then we had to chisel a line round the top of the  sides of the block as a 'stop' for removing the background.

I drew my design onto the block and was shown how to start removing the stone around it with the chisel. After a while I decided to use a sharp scribe to set my design in, as the pencil was becoming blurred.

Then he showed me how to remove larger amounts of stone in layers by first knocking of pieces at the corners and then working inwards with a four pronged claw punch, leaving a cordon round the
edge of the design.

 I then worked back outward to clear the cordon and started to use the small chisel as a gouge to work into the design. The stone was very easy to carve, but that also meant that details were quite fragile and you had to be very careful not to chip off  anything you wanted to keep

Simon was a good teacher and was quick to show people how to handle the tools and even how to mistakes could be corrected.

If you want to see Simon's work you can see it at

My piece was clearly a mitre by the time I stopped working and I was pleased with my progress.I had left the background with the claw marks on it as I quite like the effect.

The process was rather like a mixture of wood carving and carving into a dried plaster model. I found it very satisfying.

I got it home without damage (I had gone up by train) and have spent a few hours doing some more work to it with a steel pick, fine sandpaper and very fine grade wire wool.

As you can see I changed my mind about the background.

This is how it ended up:

Until next time


Wednesday, 3 May 2017


I have been reading 2000 AD  for almost as long as it has existed

Here is a pencil study I did based on a Megacity Judge.

Until next time


Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Over the Easter weekend I was attending the annual national science fiction convention in Birmingham.

As usual, I took some uniforms to wear as hall costume.

There was a Regency Dance on the Friday night, so I wore Ball Dress for the 18th Hussars.

I also wore a Civil Diplomatic uniform that I had been lucky enough to find at the re-enactor's fayre I had been to at Cressing Temple the previous week.

The coat looked as if it might fir, so I divested myself of the Napoleonic Infantry Colonel's coat I was wearing and tied it on. It fit, then I found out that the trousers would fit easily and looked  ( unusually - I have quite short legs) to be about the right length. It was in very good condition, with blue velvet on the cuffs and collat and proper oak-leaf braid.

Then I saw the price and bought it quickly- £35.

I tried the whole thing on whan I got home- it could have been made for me. All I had to do was mend one of the collar hooks!

I found my diplomatic folding cocked hat and added some medals and an order star and was ready to represent the Queen Empress...

On the Saturday I wore my full 18th Hussar uniform, as I had done on my wedding day last year. This time, however, I left the sword and sabratach at home...

We had a great time at the convention and I sold one of my cartoons in the artshow.

Until next time


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Working on a new oil painting.

This is the oil I am currently working on.

As usual, I am using the colour technique of under painting in Indian Red all those areas that are going to glazed over with green and under painting in green all those that are going to be glazed flesh colours

There’s still quite a bit of work to do tightening up the various elements of the landscape and figures.

I’ve some ideas for a title, but it hasn’t been settled yet.

I’ll post about it again when it’s made a bit of progress.

Until next time


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Space Corps

This is a small oil (about A5), which I sold a few years ago.

The Space Corps are always looking for a few good men...

Until next time


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Spirits of air.

I recently completed this acrylic painting.

This is another that falls into the ‘letting my subconscious out for a jog’ category.

Short of deciding that this would be sky/ air/wind  based, I let the painting lead me where it would- until it told me it as finished.

Until next time


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Three Boys Bag

I often carry a sketchbook and other stuff around at science fiction conventions .

 This is a small book bag I painted for this purpose.

I decided I’d like three sexy young men nearly dressed in leather...

Until next time


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Soldier screen

My husband, Teddy, collects ball-jointed dolls. These are displayed in our front room.

Towards the end of the year the low sun shines directly into the far corners of the room and risks fading both the face-paints and clothes of the dolls.

As I didn’t  want  the curtains permanently closed, I made this screen  for him by hinging three canvases together.

Painting the canvases not only made it more pleasant to look at, but also increased the protection it provides.

As you can see, I was able to choose the subject matter and picked Napoleonic uniforms.

The uniforms are an officer of the lancer squadron of the Duke of Brunswick, a sergeant of the 71st regiment of British line infantry and an officer of French Empress’s Dragoons of the Imperial Guard.

Until next time


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Spirit of oak

This small oil was another experiment in composition.

Most painting of human figures within trees are painted with their arms raised, branch-like, above them.

I want to see if I could paint a convincing tree-spirit with his arms downwards.

Until next time


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Amphibian Reign

I am fond of puns and Jeux des mots.

This is one of a series of cartoons based on a phrase that should be obvious...

Until next time


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Spirits of air.

I recently completed this acrylic painting.

This is another that falls into the ‘letting my subconscious out for a jog’ category.

Short of deciding that this would be sky/ air/wind  based, I let the painting lead me where it would- until it told me it as finished.

Until next time


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Judge Studd

This is a painting based on a Megacity Judge( from the comic 2000 AD).

This was also the first time I used  airbrush in an acrylic painting.

Until next time


Wednesday, 15 February 2017


This is quite an old picture.

The beautiful people of the Renaissance take their ease...

 You may note that I used the young man from ‘Leather and lace’ again in this painting  and the young man in green in the background is actually my first portrait of Teddy.

Until next time


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Further light elf abuse

I bought a couple of large canvas bags to transport my framed painting to conventions in ( and to carry stuff about when I'm at the con).

They had a printed picture of cats not pulling a sled on one side, but the back was blank.

I decided to paint my own pictures on the blank side. 

This one is one of my sexy elfboys.

Until next time


Wednesday, 1 February 2017


This recently completed acrylic falls into the ‘letting my subconscious out for a jog’ category.

I just paint and see what come out. 

Sometimes things get painted out, other times things get defined.  Generally ,some sort of structure becomes apparent and I go with that until the painting tells me its finished.

Until next time


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

CD cover art

I am involved in the Science Fiction Music scene, which is known as Filk.

Several people I know are in Filk bands and groups and, from time to time, they produce albums.
I was commissioned by an American group call Three Wierd Sisters to do artwork for the cover of their new album ‘Third Thyme’s The Charm’.

For this job, I was working with a designer for the first time.

I produced some concept drawings and the band chose a combination of two ideas.

As I had to send a high resolution copy across the Atlantic and my scanner only had an A4 plate, I split the frame pieces into four and sent them with clear instructions on how they fit together.

The designer then experimented with background colours (as, at the time, I did not have Photoshop at the time) and settled on the grey parchment. She then added the lettering and sampled some of the motifs as fillers in the lyrics and on the back.

Here's the finished album cover:

All in all, I think it came out rather well.

Until next time


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Ball Dress

This is a painting of a young Napoleonic Line Infantry officer resting between dances at a ball.

He is wearing his dress uniform jacket with skin-tight doeskin britches, silk stockings , dancing shoes and a white silk stock.

Napoleon stole such a march on Wellington in 1815 that some officers left the Duchess of Richmond’s ball in Brussels with no opportunity to change into battle dress, spending the whole of the Battle of Waterloo in their best dancing uniforms.

Until next time


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Three Martlets

This is a fighting shield commission I recently completed for a fellow member of the Paladins of Chivalry.

 In this instance, it has been painted on a large heater sheild

The blazon is :  

Gules on a bend argent three martlets sable.

Until next time


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Steampunked Fart Gun

Some time ago, Teddy was given a toy fart gun  (from the film 'Despicable Me').

I had  recently steampunked up a Nerf Revolver and noted that the fart gun might look quite good with the same treatment.

Unfortunately, Teddy liked the gun so much that he kept it out in plain sight all the time. Indeed he used it so often that we had to replace the batteries.

So, I obviously couldn't just remove it  to work on it....

Luckily, I was able to secretly buy another gun and, with a bit of planning and concealment, was able to present him with this as one of his Christmas Presents.

I used airbrushed and painted layers of acrylic and papercraft foil motifs, before sealing with a mat spray varnish.

Until next time