All Together Now…

Four freshly varnished lily pond paintings are now looking for good homes. Extra points if you know where the titles come from : )

Here, There and Everywhere — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405mm, 2018. Available.

We Can Work it Out — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405mm, 2018. Available.

All Together Now — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405mm, 2018. Available.

There’s a Place — acrylic on canvas, 405 x 405mm, 2018. Available.

A no-brainer (word prompts)

These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting a few favourites on Instagram.

8. The Zombie Ball was a no-brainer.

9. Pranked! Again! It’s just not funny : (

10. Her cauldron stew, a legendary brew.

11. She wished she believed in omens.

12. Grave digger wanted. Gold digger misheard.

13. Confused, the scarecrow consulted the rain.

14. Her favourite candy was… um… yes : )

[October prompts: zombie ball, pranked, cauldron stew, the omen, grave digger, scarecrow, favourite candy.]

Sugar rush (word prompts)

These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. The background was made many years ago using 3D modelling software Bryce. My Mac (un)reliably informs me that I created the image in 1970. Okay. Sure. I’d put it a little closer to 2002 but what do I know?

1. The vine carelessly embraced the statue.

2. Stone cold, impatient for the thaw.

3. Sugar rush, headlong into sweet surrender.

4. A Bloody Mary without tomatoes? Ew!

5. Ding dong. Wake up, sleepy head!

6. Mrs. Bones didn’t believe in leftovers.

7. The cellar felt safe and warm.

[October prompts: creeper, stone cold, sugar rush, Bloody Mary, ding dong, Mrs. Bones, the cellar.]

Reflections on a Lily Pond

Reflections on a Lily Pond series – final paintings

I’ve been on one of my painting journeys over the last few weeks, revisiting Sparkle and Shine, a landscape (pondscape?) from 2013.

WIP#1 – works in progress – underpainting and figuring out the composition

WIP #1  I started with black canvases and used intense colours for the underpainting because I wanted the lily pads to really stand out against the blue-black water.

WIP#2 – adding colour

WIP #2  Then I painted green over the pink and yellow over the purple. Lighter blue ‘sparkle’ shapes were introduced to the water.

WIP#3 – the final touches

WIP #3  The final stage included adding touches of pink for the highlights.

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I’m going to wait a week or so for them to dry properly, varnish them (because I think reflections should be glossy and I want the water to look deliciously dark and deep), and then these four new paintings will be available on Etsy.

Divine intervention (word prompts)

These six-word stories were prompted by the Page Flutter Six-Word Story Challenge. I’m also posting a few favourites on Instagram.

24. Breathe. Wait for your second wind.

25. Their secret plan: work, pray, work.

26. Team work built this happy home.

27. They realised they had arrived. Surprise!

28. Divine intervention was her backup plan.

29. Within reach… just a little further…

30. The victory lap left her breathless.

[September prompts: second wind, secret plan, team work, surprise arrival, kismet, within reach, victory lap.]