Friday, 26 July 2013

Ain't Nothing but a Hound Dog


“Ain’t Nothing but a Hound Dog” 
Watercolour 30cm x 20cm
We used to have a basset hound (or Monty-dog as I call them). It’s only when studying the eyes closely to paint them that I now understand why I was putty in his paws!  All our friends and family have memories of Monty, varying from his innate stubborn tendency to give up on a walk half way round to tricking people by whatever means to get them out of their chair so that he could sneak up.
He made us laugh.
So why paint him now?  I am building up to a possible exhibition in September and “All things Hound” could be appropriate.  However, seeing Monty’s face appear on the paper when I painted this piece, has stirred up many memories and those eyes were just amazing to paint.
There was many a time though when those eyelids were just too heavy!………..

Monday, 1 July 2013

An Amazing Day


The British Polo Day Charity Cup was a truly glamorous, exciting and amazing day.  Attention to detail in every aspect from the grand champagne reception to the traditional grooms’s asado was second to none.  The Charity Auction raised close to £70,000.
The sun shone on the stunning fields, home of the Black Bears Polo Team and the matches were played with the winning team fighting for their country and a 5-star holiday selected by Abercrombie and Kent!  A “flash mob” style dance/fashion show-case and hot air balloon provided further entertainment as the evening went on.  The photograph here shows my fellow artists, Astrid Harrisson and Jeremy Houghton.
What a wonderful place to exhibit and I thank British Polo Day for the invitation.  Hanging paintings from the marquee wall was an experience, but it was so totally worth the effort.  More photographs can be seen on my facebook page:
Also my new website can be seen: