Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Shoe Paintings

Wedding Shoes
100mm x 100mm, oil on board
Red Shoes
100mm x 100mm, oil on board

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

More Christmas Paintings

Oysters and Crystal
145mm x 145mm, oil on board

65mm x 120mm, oil on board

Monday, December 10, 2012

Two Commissions and some Lush Framing

 Two commissions, both paintings measure 40cm x 60cm without the frames and as for the frames...
I am very proud of them, framed in house, by yours truly and for the first time...
 I have made my own gesso.  It is a recipe that includes honey among other things.  It is exciting to make in that it makes me feel part of an ancient tradition of artist/craftsmen and that is something that I have discovered means a lot to me.  The craft of art!
 Anyway this gesso goes on like a dream, the frames have about 8 smooth coats and then a luxurious waxing with beautiful smelling framers wax.  The inside line is gilded with 24 carat gold leaf and, I think, adds a little shaft of warm light to the paintings.
These two are destined for a beautiful home in Bath where they will sit either side of the fireplace and fit in perfectly with the Georgian splendour of Bath.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Christmas Already!

Green Brocade Shoes
6cm x 11.5 cm
oil on board
The first of my paintings that are in the Christmas show at the gallery, I will post up more in the next few days. And I am sorry that I have been so neglectful of this blog, explanations will follow when I can make public what exciting thing it is that I am up to! (intrigue!)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

London Affordable Art Fair

The Scent of Lilies
120cm x 150cm
oil on canvas

 I am off to London, in about an hour, to exhibit with Beside The Wave at the Affordable Art Fair, taking the work of 7 of our artists, the above painting is one of mine, its big!
It should be a good show, it is always hard work but very enjoyable meeting lots of new people and hopefully matching them up with beautiful works of art.  If you are going please come and see us, we are on stand H5.
Got to go, got a plane to catch!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gweek Boat Building

Gweek Boat Building
615mm x 510mm, oil on board

This painting is displayed at the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, where it will sit alongside the other work by six artists from Beside the Wave gallery, that is six including me!  Andrew Tozer, Robert Jones, Miles Heseltine, Alasdair Lindsay and Amanda Hoskin. Good company.
Back to the painting, it is the other view from the painting "Three Little Skiffs"  Looking into the light this time, again another glorious workshop muddle.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wet Floors, Newlyn Fish Market

Wet Floors, Newlyn Fish Market
400mm x 600mm, oil on canvas board
This is on display at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall.  Perhaps it should have been called empty fish market.  Anyway it was beautiful, the light coming in through the plastic strips over the doors and all reflecting off the wet floor.  Part of the Cornwall and the Sea exhibition.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Three Little Skiffs

Three Little Skiffs
900mm x 750mm, oil on board
Another workshop painting, imagine lovely smells of new wood, tar, creosote, oil.  The light given by the tarpaulin roof is soft and golden.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Cornwall and the Sea

Diesel Tanks
310mm x 410mm, oil on board
Exhibition, Beside The Wave in conjunction with the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall, six artists paint their Cornwall.  My contribution is all about boat building and fishing.  Here is the first offering, a lovely muddled workshop down at Gweek, where they build traditional wooden boats.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Summer Gardens

Potting Shed
210mm x 165mm, oil on board


As anyone who ever reads this blog knows, I have a thing about painting gardens, and sheds.  This is my friends shed, she is a gifted gardener and she has the best kind of shed.  Piles of really useful things, bits of chicken wire, stacks of pots, a feast for painting.  This is in the summer show at Beside The Wave with lots of other wonderful summery paintings.  Four of our artists had big articles in Artist & Illustrator magazine this month, well worth a read and better still, the gallery is well worth a visit.

Mud Pies
425mm x 590mm, oil on board


This is another garden, or allotment, painting which is in the collection. Also, what do you think of the scale figure.  I find trying to visualise the size of things from numbers quite difficult and I was trying to think of an easy way to show how big a painting is, especially on the Internet.  So I made myself a little scale figure, average height person, with the picture beside, all to scale, plus a line for how big the frame is.  Useful or not, opinions gratefully received!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Little Surf Hoppers

Little Surf Hoppers
185mm x 185mm, oil on board,
Everything will be up on the walls of the gallery today and on the web site.  The exhibition lasts until August 15th.  I don't know yet what it will all look like as I work from home four days of the week.  But I am going in on Sunday, by boat, and so will enjoy the "first hit" of seeing it all displayed beautifully, which is always a pleasure.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

First Splash

First Splash
185mm x 185mm, oil on board,

or £30 per month with Own Art
A little painting this is part of a little series and is framed in a lime waxed oak frame.  It is another piece from the summer show catalogue, there will be more on the gallery web site on Friday.  It is a fine show and already paintings are selling, and the sun has come out today!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A Give Away

Blue Remembered Hills
by Sarah Wimperis
Image Size: 299mm x 221mm
Paper Size: 483mm x 330mm
Edition of 50

Unframed £55
Beside The Wave facebook page (which I manage) are giving away one of my Limited Edition Prints, "The Blue Remembered Hills."  Signed and numbered and worth £55.00. Just Share and Like their page with all of your friends for a chance to win. And they deliver anywhere in the world!!
Result will be announced on August 14th.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summer Time

Over the Back Wall
610mm x 475mm, oil on board,

or £73.00 per month with "Own Art"
Summer has arrived at the gallery, see the latest blog post here, or visit the gallery web site and browse the catalogue.
This painting is the view from the back of the gallery, if you look down there is a lovely little vegetable garden, with a door to the sea and a ladder for a quick getaway!  However, if you look straight out of the window you see this:
Which is also a lovely view, especially when the sun is shining, which is not a lot this summer.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


A Soft Light
85 x 70 cm
Pure Watercolour
Framed in Gold with a wide mount.
This painting has now found a new home. I am always happy to see them go.  I so enjoy it when people fall in love with a painting, (especially when it is one of mine) 
It was framed to compliment the painting.  The more that I work in the gallery, selling paintings by lots of different people, the more that I come to realise that when the framing has been considered well by the artist it helps to sell the art.  People recognise good framing, so it is worth the cost and the risk, because it can be quite an outlay to get an exhibitions worth of pictures framed.  It becomes a business expense.  I am expecting delivery of my next lot of frames, chosen especially for a set of paintings destined for a great exhibition location, more will be revealed later.  They will be treated, black waxed and gold leaf this time, I am quite excited about seeing the finished result.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Felt Sculpture

Wool to Keep you Warm
Needle felted wool and Serpentine
Carrying on with the Renaissance woman theme, here is a little sculpture, solid wool, no armature.  In total she measures about 25cm tall.  There is something very tactile about wool and the polished serpentine.  These take quite a lot of needling to create and this one has gone to a good home.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Neck Ornament

Lapis Lazuli, Silver Shapes and Silver Scribble set on a three part, beaten Silver Choker.
 I have been making jewellery, there is a little collection of silver and lapis now for sale in the gallery.  I enjoy making these pieces because I love the colour combinations with the stones and precious metals, its also a bit like drawing, "taking a line for a walk" (Paul Klee)  As I have a hard time abstracting myself, while painting I think, making things like this could be good for my creative brain, by exercising unused bits of it!  Apart from that I quite like being Renaissance woman!

Friday, June 29, 2012


25.5 x 25.5cm
oil on board
Beside the Wave
Sometimes all that I want to paint is patterns and shapes, lines and colours.  A subject like a staircase and a window present a complicated pattern of light and dark and exercise the mind while painting.  Apart from all that mind work its a beautiful stairway with sinuous curving banisters and light reflecting off the polished floors.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Compost Heap

The Compost Heap
28cm x 28cm
oil on board
Harliquin Gallery
My aunts garden in Devon, she hates me painting the untidy bits but these are the places that I love the most.  It is the start of spring, the wheelbarrow has probably been like this for the most of the winter, bean poles ready to be used, all making lovely shapes and lines in the dappled sunlight.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Rosies Chair

Rosie's Chair
51.5cm x 41.5cm
oil on board
This is a room that I fell in love with.  It is a hot afternoon.  In France.  An old house full of memories, a room full of still air and old dusty furniture.  Rosie's chair is beside the window, perfectly placed so that she could watch the street, see what was going on.  Bathed in sunlight the chair almost glows while the rest of the room retreats into comfortable shadows.  Murmuring voices and distant music come from the rest of the house, dancing into the hot afternoon air like a day dream, like Rosie remembering when she was a girl.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Last Apples

The Last Apples
44cm x 34cm
oil on board
Harliquin Gallery Taunton
This was in the autumn, old gardening baskets with a few apples, the last to be gathered, filling the air in the conservatory with the wonderful perfume of autumn gardens.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

An English Garden

From the Shadow Towards the Light
24 cm x 24 cm
oil on board
Harliquin Gallery Taunton
Small simple little plein air painting.  There is nothing finer than sitting in deep shade painting in a beautiful garden.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Hills Beyond

The Hills Beyond
charcoal and chalk on brown paper
45cm x 30cm
Beside The Wave
More from Provence, that was such a productive trip.  I love working in charcoal on brown paper it is a great way to immerse yourself into tone.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Alpine House

Alpine House
35cm x 35cm
oil on board
Beside The Wave
This is one of my favourite paintings so far, and a favourite place.  My Grandfather was a very keen gardener and grew alpines.  In the winter he could be found pottering away in the shelter of the greenhouse, tending to his alpines.  He would be wearing his tweed gardening jacket and a tie with his pipe close to hand.  He was a lovely gentle man, born in 1900, he died about 30 years ago and I still miss him.  This is my aunts alpine house, I like to think that some of her plants are the descendants of his collection.  The smell of creosote and garden twine still makes me think of him.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Conversation

The Conversation
oil on board
30cm x 25cm
Harliquin Gallery Taunton
Sometimes the things in a room can hold the reonance of what went before, like a lingering perfume.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

The Baby's Room

The Baby's Room
oil on board
24cm x 24cm
Harliquin Gallery Taunton
I am wondering if anyone, who might be looking at this will know where it is, or was.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Quiet Afternoon

A Quiet Afternoon
oil on board
49cm x 39cm
Harliquin Gallery Taunton
There is this room, it dwells in my memory, its a long time ago, I think it is my grandmothers house and I must have been about 6 or 7.  It is very peaceful, very quiet save for the ticking of a large clock, the sun comes in gently diffused by net curtains and dust motes softly dance in the light.
That's what this is about, and it is always a Sunday in this painting.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Want Some Coffee?

Want Some Coffee?
oil on board
40cm x 50cm
An odd kind of found still life from some time spent in France, unfortunately my photographing has bent some of the lines!
Another painting that is showing at the Harlequin Gallery in Taunton.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Painting and More Paintings

Vases in the Scullery
oil on board
61 x 50cm or  24 x 19 inches
I keep saying that I am busy and it doesn't seem to be letting up, in fact its getting better all the time, the busy projects are yielding much fruit and all is very happy in my art world. 
I thought, as I use my blog as a kind of archive for my own information (and because I really don't want to give up on my blogging efforts, I have been doing it since 2006) I would begin to post up all the paintings that I have been doing over the past few months. 
So here they will appear over the next few weeks, which should get me into the habit again (of blogging, not painting, don't think that habit will disappear!)
This painting is of a friends boot room, or scullery and her marvellous collection of vases. 
This is framed and (I believe) still available in the Harlequin Gallery in Taunton.  If you have a burning desire to own it then give them a call or if you would like to see it, and several others pay them a visit, its a lovely little gallery with some wonderful jewellery as well as paintings.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Big Paintings and TV stuff.

Cat on a Hot Thin Quilt
120cm x 150cm or almost 4 foot x 5 foot
It is a big painting! And it has sold!  Which obviously makes me very happy, not only because it keeps bread on my table and paints in my studio, but also because it has gone to such a loving home.  It has been brought by a lovely lady who wanted to use the money, left to her by her sister, for something that reminded her of her sister and made her feel peaceful and happy.  How wonderful is that, when one of your paintings can do that for someone.
I am spending some of my time busily in the gallery these days, cooking up cunning plans, selling lots of beautiful paintings and trying to master the mysteries of a till!  We have fantastic artists, the best in the west, if you haven't seen our blog its here the gallery blog, I write it and will be writing much more soon, follow it if you are interested in us and our artists.   Also the Gallery has got involved in the making of a TV programme called "The Hotel Inspector"  We are supplying artwork for the refurbished hotel, for the big reveal plus a still wet painting (painted by one of our artists) of their extraordinarily beautiful gardens and I think I may get filmed doing the hanging of all the paintings...don't watch it in wide-screen, my bum will look huge up a step ladder on TV!!
If you want to see the hotel and a couple of pictures of the artwork choosing process go here the Meudon Hotel and like their facebook page while you are there.  I think it would make the perfect venue for some painting holidays.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Affordable Art Fair, Bristol.

I have been quiet of late, well quiet on here that is, quiet in real life is never really an option! I have been busy, working in the gallery and preparing for another art fair, this time it is in Bristol, half price tickets available on the gallery web site, get in free if you email me before tomorrow! There are a couple of new paintings of mine in the above catalogue, I will post them up at a later date, in the meantime you will have to flip the flipping catalogue to see if you can spot them!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A Flipping Lovely Catalogue

I will be at Chelsea Art Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3 5EE. On Stand 35. Friday 20th April - Sunday 22nd April. There is a Preview on Thursday 19th April, 4pm - 9pm (invitation only).
If you would like tickets please contact the gallery.
It would be great to see you there. If you click on the catalogue above you can see the work that is being taken by us. There is new work especially for Chelsea by myself,  Anne-Marie Butlin, Amanda Hoskin and Richard Tuff.   Previously unseen work from Chris Rigby. Lovely pieces from the Effortless Brushstrokes exhibition and a selection of very exciting sculpture ( some of mine in there!).
This fair we will be taking a browser containing mounted but unframed original paintings, drawings and etchings by Miles Heseltine, John Howard, Chris Rigby and me, which is an opportunity to get your self some gorgeous art at a lower price.
All of the work is available with the own art scheme, smashing the price into ten, interest free, monthly repayments, so you could have a painting for as little as £10 per month!
If you see anything that you fall in love with it is available to buy now, from the gallery.
Enjoy the catalogue and hopefully I might see you in London, if nothing else it is an excellent chance to see some of the gallery artist's best work in the "flesh" and have a chat and possibly a glass of wine.  I love doing Art Fairs and am particularly proud of my flipping catalogue!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson
60 cm x 70 cm or 24 inches x 28 inches
charcoal and chalk on brown paper
Another charcoal memory piece, these are places that evoke a feeling or memory about somewhere I once knew.  They are real places but they also make me think of a particular moment in time and so in that respect I think they are a bit retrospective as well as being introspective. 
However mean and moody they might be this one is destined for Chelsea Art Fair at which I shall be exhibiting with Beside the Wave Gallery from 19 - 22 April at Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London.  If you would like tickets then please contact the gallery or follow the links above.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning
Charcoal and chalk on brown paper
3 x 4 inches
A little study in quiet, still, Sunday morning peacefulness, soft diffused light playing through thin muslin curtains.
This comes protected by a thick white mount that has a 2 inch border all round.
Post and packing is included.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


watercolour and gouache
4 x 3 inches

A little gouache painting of the beautiful town of Sault, the centre of the lavender world, where the air is rich with the perfume of lavender and the sun must surely shine every day!

Friday, March 09, 2012

A Place to Think

A Place To Think
Charcoal and chalk on brown paper
58 cm x 79 cm
A room, sun shines in through old net curtains, dust motes in the warm still air, scent hangs on the air like a memory and in this chair she waits, and thinks, and day dreams the last few weeks away.  In a different place and a different time.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Midas Light

charcoal and chalk
40 x 65 cm
And so I found it, in the lines of a poem.  The titles of pictures are all part of the process, they usually run around inside my head as I am making the picture, this one arrived a bit late.