Thursday 28 February 2013

That time of year!

Exhibition Preview

It's that time of year again....invitations are being printed! The Preview for my Exhibition at East Lambrook Manor Gardens is on Saturday 4th May 2-4.00pm. If you think you may be free, and would like to join me for Pimms and a preview, message me your address and I'll post an invitation!

Wednesday 20 February 2013


There is something wonderful about seeing a friend’s photograph and caption that makes you laugh out loud.  And this is what this little furry cat did to me!  Not only did it make me laugh but I also saw something really special that I wanted to capture in watercolour.

Here is the painting, followed by the caption:

And there he is, sulking because the automatic feeder failed to feed him err... automatically. He might have lost a bit of weight from his cheeks”

There is so much to consider when choosing a subject and deciding how to paint it.  Sometimes it can be a matter of “what do you leave out” as much as “what do you actually paint”.   This portrait is so unusual as you can hardly see the eyes, yet even without this, there is a magical expression.  Sometimes things click and a little bit of magic happens!

Friday 8 February 2013

Live for the moment!

Mischief Maker!
Original Watercolour 
Framed Oak 12" x 12"
Copyright Kaye Parmenter 2013

"Few of us ever live in the present, we are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone" - Louis L'Armor

I love this quote and have been contemplating it over the last few days.  I have tried to do this - to enjoy living in the moment and I was delighted that it can work for me!  Although I know it is important to have plans and dreams,  there is nothing you can do to alter the past and the the future is yet to enjoy where you are now!

I was working on a sketch to illustrate a point for my next watercolour course whilst planning and thinking of all the things I have to do.  My mind was busy and preoccupied!  The sun appeared outside and, all of a sudden, I changed tack completely and spontaneously painted the above black lamb.  It was a moment of pure enjoyment....just living in the present and appreciating the moment.

I hope my little Black Lamb makes you smile.

Tulip Time - National Trust