Where my wellies take me...

 It seems ages ago that Mrs Alderson asked if I would go into Beckermet School for their Arts Week and do some art work with the children.  The brief was to do art work based on the local area. I had a great idea for a project for a village school using the beautiful poetry book by Michael and Clare Morpurgo.  I suggested that rather...
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Ravenglass Paintings

Here are the paintings I have done of Ravenglass village. 
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Eskdale and Wasdale Paintings

There are some interesting buildings in the area. Here are some of the paintings I have done in the area. The Sawmill is a great place to eat and relax.  There are some pretty white cottages and stone cottages, the alpine looking lodge of Stanley House and a couple of super pubs. The Mill at Boot  is well worth a visit. Why not ...
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Exhibition at The Shipping Brow

On Sunday afternoon as the gallery closed for another week, five female artists from west Cumbria descended on the gallery to put up an exhibition called Telling Stories.  It took us about two and a half hours to put up the exhibitions with a little help from James and Dave.  We were very pleased with the outcome. The work is of a high st...
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The Dumfries and Galloway Paintings

When I managed to get an exhibition slot in the Tolbooth in Kirkcudbright last November, I travelled up in my van in the late summer and spent three days photographing and painting the buildings in the town.  This year I returned to paint more buildings in the wider area of Dumfries and Galloway. My next exhibition in the Tolbooth will be in J...
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The Beckermet Paintings

Here are the paintings I have done of Beckermet. I got a very warm welcome from the community and enjoy the tea and coffee drop ins at the Reading Rooms. 
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The Cockermouth Paintings

Here are some of my Cockermouth paintings. If you see something you like, get in touch. Some of the paintings are sold but they are scanned and can be reproduced as giclee prints.
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Sharing my pen and watercolour paintings

I'm sharing my pen and watercolour paintings in a series of blogs. The full list will shortly be on my website. Use my contact details if you see any you would like to purchase.  First are some of my Whitehaven paintings. Many of the originals have been sold but all have been scanned and can be printed.
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New work

I've been so busy lately, travelling and then filling up any spare time with commissions that I haven't blogged or updated my website for ages. Soon I will have a list of my street and building paintings. To see the images, you just need to request. There are so many to show now so it is easier to read the list and then ask...
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I saw the Light

 Two years ago I bought this little pack of Khadi papers. 100 sheets of A8 papers. I had no idea at the time what I would do with them but I do love little projects and knew something would spark my creative interest. Ive always loved our lighthouses here in Whitehaven. So, for a coastal competition, I painted the lighthouses of West Cumbria o...
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What to do on a wet Friday in Whitehaven

 What to do on a wet Friday afternoon. We opted for a short walk around the harbour and a pop into the Beacon to see the Lowry exhibition.  In the light and dark, changing gallery space on the top floor we were greeted with a colourful display of art work produced by local schoolchildren with guidance and instruction from Alex Jakob-Whitw...
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Crit Group

 A Crit group is a group of artists taking turns to show their work, while the other members of the group offer their opinions on it. Critique based on the word 'criticism', usually has a negative connotation, since to criticize something usually means to point out faults. So it sounds like it could be a scary experience. But eight artists gat...
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Painting Staithes

I stayed with friends in a lodge in Cropton Forest. One of the days we set off for a visit to Staithes. A sunny day and it was a pleasant drive over the North York Moors and out towards the coast. I've visited many of the towns and villages on the East Coast on childhood holidays and with my own family when our boys were young and our preferred tri...
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Happy New Year

Happy New Year and a special thank you to all of you that bought my art last year. This year is a special birthday year for me and I've got lots planned so I'll be doing more travel and hope to paint more buildings outside Cumbria though there are still many buildings I want to paint in West Cumbria. I've had my eye on a number of industrial sites ...
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Variety is the spice of art

 The bulk of my career, my working, waged life has been in Education. If you include my own school life, I was involved in the education system for 42 years. I've been a pupil, an undergraduate, a teacher and an adviser. I still go into schools sometime, it's such a joy to work with children. I'm looking forward to a project in Beckermet Schoo...
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Shipping Brow Ahoy!

 I was away last weekend at my own gallery event so missed out on the opening day of The Shipping Brow Gallery. It was much anticipated and is a great asset for Maryport. The Gallery stands at the bottom of the brow in Maryport, a striking blue and yellow, calling out to be explored.  The ground floor, reserved for local exhibitions, curr...
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More Art, History, Romance and Chocolate

On our return to Kirkcudbright, I was filled with trepidation. I was excited to have received an order from The Tolbooth Art Centre for eighty cards but no idea whether any paintings had sold. When we arrived, Michael told us I had sold three paintings and thirty-six cards. Naturally I would have liked to have sold more paintings but happy that it ...
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Art, History, Romance and 50,000 steps

We could have done a day trip up to Edinburgh to see the Grayson Perry exhibition but combining it with James's birthday we decided to take a long weekend break.  Thanks to seasoned Edinburgh visitor, Sal Calvin, for recommendations on good central hotels, we booked The George on George Street.  First inconvenience of the day was wak...
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Halloween and The Wicker Man

 We arrived in Kirkcudbright on the 31st October just as the Tolbooth Art Centre was about to open at 11 O' Clock. It is 40 miles from home as the crow flies across the Solway but 100 by road.  My husband, James helped me unload and stayed around to help with the hanging of 16 framed paintings of buildings and streets of Kirkcudbright. We...
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All set for Kirkcudbright

 Kirkcudbright is a lively fishing port in South West Scotland, nestled in a sheltered bay on the River Dee. Beautiful coastline and rolling countryside surrounds this pretty place of wide streets and colourful houses. Whitehaven, on the other side of the Solway, once a thriving Georgian port built by the Lowther family through the exportation...
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