Sunday, December 31, 2006

Old Father Time

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Old Father Time
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“Last night we went to our favourite crêpe restaurant, “Le Coin Tranquille.” As usual it was packed with Bretons. Smoke from the fire stings your eyes. It is noisy, filled with voices of all ages enjoying themselves. It is hot; so many people in one small place, open wood fires and sizzling crêpe plated working full blast. It is a tiny bar, deep in the dark black night and it is such a good night out. A few months ago I designed the place mats, which include portraits of the two girls who do all the cooking and their Grandmother who started it. Father was upset; I hadn’t included him on the place mat! So I decided that he would be an appropriate portrait for New Years Eve, Father standing in for Old Father Time."
Happy New Year everyone.

60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe).

This includes the postage.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

An Old Boat


An Old Boat
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“It is pouring with rain, a gale blowing, the world seems to be scudding by on the crest of angry grey clouds. Inside the barn it is dark and dry. An old boat waits for a little loving care before the promise of trips on the river become more than just a dream on a day such as today.”


60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe).
This includes the postage.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Twenty-One Letters


Twenty-One Letters
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“Twenty-One Letters Written To A Near Relative”, is the title of this little book that I found inside a ruined workhouse. The letters inside are dated 1777.
Two hundred years later I found it under a pile of leaves in the corner of a huge dormitory.
Now thirty years on I still look at it and wonder whose hands have held it.
My son gave me this beautiful leather bound sketchbook for Christmas.
I shall fill it with drawings and little bits of writing, I wonder if anyone will hold it years from now. Like telephone wires across time.”

60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe).
This includes the postage.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Winter Walk


Winter Walk
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“A winter walk beside a winter sea.”


60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe).

This includes the postage.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Dan Playing The Dobro

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Dan Playing The Dobro
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“Dan is fantastic on the guitar, I love watching him play. In this painting he is playing a Dobro which is a slide guitar. His fingers rush about like mad spiders over the strings.”
60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe).

This includes the postage.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Citrus Box

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Citrus Box
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“A box of brilliant coloured tangerines and lemons sits in the kitchen. A taste of summer in the depths of winter.”
60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Shopping

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Christmas Shopping
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“The French have the right idea about Christmas shopping, do a bit then enjoy a good espresso or a glass of mulled wine in a warm café. It seems to be a very relaxed affaire.”

This is for sale.
60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Have a happy Christmas Eve.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Polish Cup


Polish Cup
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“My favourite cup, a chunky solid Polish cup. It is one of a set of a special kind of Polish pottery that my son’s Polish girlfriend, Alex, gave to us. It holds a great cup of tea.”

This is for sale.
60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.Email me if you would like to buy this or any of the other paintings

Friday, December 22, 2006

Last Bell

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Last Bell
10 cm x 15 cm. 4 in x 6 in.
Watercolour

“The last bell in the collection, small and a bit rusty, like most of my bell collection. It still rings though. This is also the last painting of a tatty little decoration, I shall look for something a bit different tomorrow.”

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Little Green Camel


Little Green Camel
10 cm x 15 cm. 4 in x 6 in.
Watercolour

“I am determined not to miss a day. Painting these decorations is helping me get through the pre Christmas storm of shopping, cleaning and food preparation, they are my little oasis in the day, a window of pure calm.”
This is for sale.
30 pounds (UK) 60 dollars (USA) or 44 euros (Europe)
Postage included.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Rusty Little Bell

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Rusty Little Bell
10 cm x 15 cm. 4 in x 6 in.
Watercolour

“Another small study of a tiny rusty bell. I keep lots of thing just for sentimental reasons, rusty and old it still chimes its way through Christmas.”
These little pictures are for sale.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Russian Bell

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Russian Bell
10 cm x 15 cm. 4 in x 6 in.
Watercolour
“This is part of my bell collection, a little bell from Russia. A simple pleasure, to begin the day with some very relaxing watercolour.”

Monday, December 18, 2006

Mirror Ball


Mirror Ball
10cm x 15 cm. 4 in x 6 in.
Watercolour
“I have had a really hectic day, trying to do the Christmas shopping, I hate it. I came home and did some painting, getting lost in the blues and reflections of the little mirror ball and the clear glass ornament. Am now restored.”

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Greetings

The painting today is my Christmas card, which is a watercolour of my fireplace looking very festive. I want to send many thanks to everyone who has brought paintings, looked at paintings and commented on paintings. Thank you very much for your support and interest.
Have a lovely, happy and relaxing winter festival, whichever yours may be, enjoy family and friends, lights and good food.
It is a busy day today as I have "flung wide" the doors to my studio and invited tout le monde. Hopefully there will be a few people who drop by to look at my work.
You can do so by watching the little film below.
Painting as normal tomorrow.
There are also some new paintings over in The Red Shoe Box, with some more in the working life series.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Directors Cut

Master film maker, HBB, has been dashing around the house making a film. Then he made me do a running commentary...the result is this, it is quite long, about 7 minutes long so, if you have nothing better to do, grab a glass of wine and enjoy a little trip around my "open studio"

Pictures At An Exhibition

Red Bells


Red Bells
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“Back to small paintings, these are part of my Christmas decoration collection, a great excuse to go and collect very nice nonsense.”


This is for sale.
60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe).

This includes the postage.
Email me if you are interested.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Sunlight

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Sunlight
40cm x 40cm. 16in x 16in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“Among the tall pine trees the light breaks through just after sunrise piercing the dark woods with shafts of red and gold. In the shadows the frost rests in shades of blue, safe all day from the warming rays.”

This is for sale.
120 pounds (UK) 235 dollars (USA) and 175 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.Email me if you would like to buy this or any of the other paintings.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Stream

SOLD, wow, quicker than quick!
Stream
40cm x 40cm. 16in x 16in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“Walking through the woods I went off the beaten track and came across this little stream making its way through a hidden valley of ivy covered trees. The sense of being totally alone is very powerful in these woods.”

This is for sale.
120 pounds (UK) 235 dollars (USA) and 175 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.Email me if you would like to buy this or any of the other paintings.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Early Morning Frost

Early Morning Frost
30cm x 40 cm. 11.8 in x 15.7 in.
Watercolour

“Frost covers everything, the freezing temperatures making the river thick and sluggish. The sun is just catching the top of the trees beyond.”

This is larger than the usual daily painting and so the price, should you be interested in a purchase, is:
75 pounds (UK) 148 dollars (USA) 112 euros (Europe).
This includes postage. Please email me if you are interested.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tree Shadows

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Tree Shadows
30cm x 40 cm. 11.8 in x 15.7 in.
Watercolour

“This Breton house has stood here for years, watching the river flow past. Solid and simple it is washed by shadows from the trees.”
Local watchers of these paintings will know that today the sky is not blue and the river is not flowing in a peaceful manner. This was painted today, from a bunch of sketches and photographs done when the weather was fine. It is tempting to do a still life every day that the weather is just too horrible but one of the things that I enjoy so much with this project is the changing seasons. Having said that maybe I should try painting in the rain. Better get a good umbrella.


75 pounds (UK) 148 dollars (USA) 112 euros (Europe).
This includes postage. Please email me if you are considering having this to keep forever, on your wall, to enjoy for a very long time.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Reflection

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Reflection
30cm x 40 cm. 11.8 in x 15.7 in.
Watercolour
“ River flowing slowly, cold and clear, blue sky.
A vapour trail is perfectly reflected in the water.”

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Barge at Pont Neuf

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Barge at Pont Neuf
33cm x 24cm. 13in x 9.4in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“The river is in flood after all the rain. This barge has a mooring at Pont Neuf; it is a beautiful, big, Dutch Barge, which someone has converted into a home. It has been decorated with hundreds of lights, as have the two houses on the bank just beyond. As a result the inky blackness of the night out here by the river is punctured with a celebration of light both in the night air and the dark waters.”

This is for sale.
95 pounds (UK) 186 dollars (USA) and 140 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.Email me if you would like to buy this or any of the other paintings.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Lights at Inzinzac

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Lights at Inzinzac
34cm x 24cm. 13.4in x 9.4in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“This time of year the sky is inky black and little towns and villages begin to put up their Christmas lights. This is Inzinzac. I sat a while on the riverbank trying to see all the colours. The sky changed from a deep indigo blue to velvet crimson, lights haloed out as they caught the leaves and twigs of the trees and houses became suggestions of green and ochre. The river swirled by, its currents being highlighted by the reflected lights.”
Dont forget that to see a much larger image just click the picture.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Invitation

Announcing the opening of The Red Shoe Box, a gallery blog for some of the larger work that I do and how to commission work. Please go and have a look and tell me what you think.
Click on the box at the side or use the link.

Full Moon At The Boat Cemetery

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Full Moon At The Boat Cemetery
46cm x 37cm. 18in x 15in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“Recently I have been wandering at night, drawing and collecting information for a series of night paintings. This one is the cemetery of boats on the river Blavet just outside Hennebont. The full moon gave rise to a wonderful pallet of dark blues and purples. A distant field appeared to be a splash of pure cobalt. It is a beautiful place with the skeletons of old ships resting in the shallow water like fallen dinosaurs.”

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Banks of Willow

Banks of Willow
30cm x 30cm. 12in x 12in.
Watercolour

“Yesterday I did two paintings, this is the second one. I am so glad that I did, it was indeed a brief window of glorious colour, and today we are back to driving rain and grey sky. These are the willows on the banks of the river Blavet. I loved the way the sky became such an intense colour in the reflections.”
Dont forget that you can see a larger image by clicking on the picture.
This is for sale.
75 pounds (UK) 148 dollars (USA) and 112 euros (Europe).
This includes the postage.
Email me if you would like to buy this or any of the other paintings.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Last Leaves

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Last Leaves
30cm x 30cm. 12in x 12in.
Watercolour

“In a last blasé of glory autumn says farewell, brief sunlight, intense blue sky and red gold leaves reflected in the waters of the river. A solid Breton house watches silently the slow passage of time.’

75 pounds (UK) 148 dollars (USA) and 112 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Todays Painting

Dear All
What a day, I have compleated and mailed today's painting to everybody on my mailing list.
I am pleased to say that the painting has sold. However, despite trying several times I can not up-load images to my blog. As soon as I am able I will post all of the outstanding work. I am sorry that there appears to be a break but I assure you, I'm still working and producing a painting a day.
If you would like to join my mailing list please email me and I will put you on.
Best wishes
Sarah

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

River Mist


River Mist
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“In the morning mist rises from the river shrouding the valley in soft white clouds. A house appears as just a suggestion and trees are smudges floating above the ground.”

This is for sale.
60 pounds (UK) 119 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe).
This includes the postage.Email me if you would like to buy this or any of the other paintings.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Clouds

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Clouds
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“Heavy rain in the night, there is a brief respite but the sky promises more to come.”

This is for sale.
60 pounds (UK) 119 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe).
This includes the postage.
Email me if you would like to buy this or any of the other paintings.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Clown-Cup

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Clown-Cup
10 cm x 10 cm. 4 in x 4 in.
Oil on stretched linen canvas


“Outside today is the most horrible storm, rain lashing down, winds like a tempest and hardly enough light to call it a day. A hot cup of espresso in the brightly coloured “clown-cup” on a rich red cloth, it warms the cockles of your heart.”
As this is such a small painting, it has a smaller price.
Including the postage it is:
55 Euros (for Europe) 37 Pounds (for the UK) and 68 Dollars (for USA)
Email me if you would like to start a jolly little collection.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Rust

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Rust
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“Walking across the fields I found this rusty bell, its used by the hunters for their dogs. The metal all rusted and the old green leather strap sodden and faded. Time drawing on the surfaces. It must have lain hidden in the grass for month’s maybe even years before I picked it up and moved it on. A little, slow journey. It reminded me of a moment when I lived in Israel. I was working on some illustrations for a book and I was given a roman oil lamp to draw and I could hold it. It was a very simple, pottery lamp but as I worked I saw impressed into the clay the thumbprint of the potter who had made it. Leaping across a thousand years or more, a moment in time lands at your feet or in your hands. A story reveals part of itself and, if you are lucky, you are there when this happens.”

This is for sale.
60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.
Email me if you would like to buy this or any of the other paintings.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Beeswing


Beeswing
16cm x 16cm. 6.3in x 6.3in.
Oil on stretched canvas

“The French for a still life painting is une nature mort, now is that dead nature or natural death? I suppose it could be both. My windowsill in the studio held this little tableau, I was listening to Richard Thompson singing one of my most favourite songs, “Beeswing” and so this seemed the perfect subject for today’s painting. Sad but beautiful.”

This is for sale.
60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 90 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.
Email me if you would like to buy this or any of the other paintings.
It is the countdown to Christmas and paintings make lovely presents, they are just so easy to wrap!