Monday, 30 December 2013

The White Tree

2013 has been a very good year for  Seeing a re-vamp of the website and meeting lots of lovely and interesting people along the way and oh yes i think i have produced my best work to date!  So to go out on a high, here is "The white tree" painted in acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20".  Wishing you all the best in the new year!  See you in 2014! x

"The white tree", acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20".

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Last painting of 2013!

I was going to start a new oil painting today but unfortunately i got artists block so i decided to progress with the acrylic painting i started a couple of months ago!  Hopefully one more session and it will be finished in time to start a fresh in the new year!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Website make over! has had a make over and a vey exciting one at that!  Please drop by and have a look!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Winter Wonderland

This is my new painting "Winter Wonderland"!  I just had to get this one finished today as i had so many ideas on which direction to take it in.

"Winter Wonderland" Oil on Canvas. 20" width x 16" length, 0.07" depth.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Another beautiful start!

I've started another beautiful piece of oil painting today, and if i didn't have to wait for the paint to dry i think i would have finished the whole thing because i have great ideas for this one!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Underneath The Lamp Post Light

Here's my finished oil painting!  "Underneath The Lamp Post Light", to add to my silhouette pieces!  I'm really happy with the effects i have achieved on this one!
"Underneath The Lamp Post Light"  Acrylic on Canvas.  20" width x 16" length, 0.07" depth

Sunday, 3 November 2013


I have been splattering the paint onto my oil painting today and have made a lovely mess of myself in the process!  It was fun though and has made a fantastic effect!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Second new painting!

And here's my second painting i have on the go!  Acrylic this time!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

New Artwork!

I'm liking the way my collection of oil paintings are developing and this one is going to be a great addition to my silhouette group!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Wild Rose

I've had a lovely day finishing my acrylic painting and here it is!  Wild Rose!

"Wild Rose"  Acrylic on Canvas.  20" width x 16" length, 0.07" depth

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Sold! - Summer Solstice

My oil painting Summer Solstice was sold this week and is now with it's new owner!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

The skies the limit!

This is the start of my new acrylic painting.   I'm really enjoying this one but i keep getting lost amongst the leaves, it's so absorbing!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Shapes as Patterns

These are my entries into the Tigerprint competition "Shapes as Pattern"!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Parrot Fashion

This is "Parrot Fashion", my new acrylic painting.  It's been a weekend of getting my paintings finished.  Next weekend it all starts again!

"Parrot Fashion"  Acrylic on Canvas.  16 width x 20" length, 0.07" depth

Saturday, 14 September 2013


Here is the painting of the moment "Lighthouse"!  I just finished it today and i am delighted with it!
"Lighthouse"  Oil on Canvas.  16 width x 20" length, 0.07" depth

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Feather developments

My acrylic painting is almost finished!  Just a few more highlights and further bright colours to add that bit of sparkle and i think it will be complete!

Monday, 2 September 2013


I've been away for a lovely week in North Wales and returned with many fantastic photos i just can't wait to paint!  First though i have to finish this one!  I've done a bit more work on it today and it's almost there, just a few more finishing touches needed!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Black and White Patterns!

Here are my five designs entered into the Tigerprint Competition for black and white pattern!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Feather fun!

Back to my acrylic painting today and it is really starting to take shape.  It's nice to have some fun doing something a bit more abstract for a change!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Stage 2 of my oil painting

I am really enjoying my oil painting and was so glad to get back to my canvas this afternoon!  I'm so pleased with the way this one is developing!  I am using this time away from my oil class to put into practice all the techniques i have learnt so far, ready for the new term and new challenges ahead.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Second painting on the go!

The curse of using oils hit me today!  Because i was creating some lovely impasto work with my palette knives last week, the paint is still wet today!  I didn't want to risk messing it up as i am really happy with the way it is progressing so i decided to get my acrylics out and start a new painting!  Now i have 2 on the go at once!  A new first for me!  As i started painting it hit me that i haven't used acrylics in a year, (plus that it was no good starting without water for my brushes!)!  This one is a more abstract piece to complement one of my earlier pieces "peacock train".  It was difficult to get going but here is the start.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Tigerprint Love and Marriage Prize

The best prize ever, arrived from Tigerprint today, in fact i think i squealed as i opened it!  A box of 100 Pantone postcards!!  Totally amazing!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Runner Up Prize!

I've done it again!  I'm runner up in the Tigerprint Competition!  This time for my Love and Marriage pattern!  Here is my little star pattern and Tigerprint's lovely comments!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Paintbrushes & Palette Knives

This is the first stage of my new oil painting!  I have decided to use a mix of paintbrushes and palette knifes as there are so many different textures to this one!  I am really liking the profile i am getting with the knives as i love the texture of thick paint on canvas, it really adds dimension and extra interest.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Love and Marriage

I have been busy working over the weekend to get my designs ready for the Tigerprint Competition "Love and Marriage".  Here are the designs i have just submitted!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

It's a Symphony of Fireworks!

Let me introduce you to "Symphony"!  Using a mix of scumbling, brush and palette knife work my oil painting is finally complete.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Palette Knife Fun

I decided that the only way to get those fine firework lines in was to ditch the paintbrushes and get the palette knife out, and it is working beautifully!  I've got some nice textures in there now and a lovely mix of colour.  The only thing which is missing now is the bright light which i'll put in when the paint is dry!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

A bit more fizz!

My fireworks have come to life now that i've managed to work into them a bit more today.  Getting the foreground in has really helped too.

Saturday, 29 June 2013


The foreground and essence of my painting is very slowly developing!  I have got the basis of the fireworks in now.  When the paint is dry i will then add more detail.  The sky needs to break through more, at the moment they are too solid.  But it's no good trying with all that wet white paint on the canvas!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Background Prep

The background for my new painting is now prepared.  I'm looking forward to adding in the most exciting parts next week when the paint is dry!  If you're wondering what i'm painting, it should all become clear very soon!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

The Start Of Something New

After not painting for a few weeks now because of the summer term break, i decided that in order to keep sane i needed to get the paints out again!  So i sorted out my studio, got set up and started on a new adventure!
I had lots of scumbling fun today, preparing my background!

Friday, 14 June 2013

Polaroid Notes

My runner up prize arrived today from Tigerprint!  I got a box of 20 different notecards and envelopes which all have quirky, arty polaroid photos on them and i also got a lovely magazine with information about their studio.  Thanks, Tigerprint!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Friday, 7 June 2013

Runner Up!

What a good start to the day it was to find out that my lighthouse photograph was chosen as a runner up in the Tigerprint photographic blank card competition!  I got some lovely comments too!  I've even learned that "bokeh" is the technique i have used for achieving the out of focus (glimmers of light) areas!

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Photographic Blank Card Designs

This month i have entered the tigerprint competition to submit a photograph than can be used on a blank card.  Therefore the image has to work for any occasion.  As this is such a wide brief i decided to trawl though my many photographs and found the most appealing and then added my own special added touches by using some filters and playing around with effects.  And here they are...............

Monday, 3 June 2013

Quincy Lampshade Design

I submitted a few of my designs to Quincy Lampshades, a fabulous company who produce some lovely patterned shades.  I am so pleased to say that one of my designs has made it into the voting pole!  Anyone wanting to have a closer look or to vote for my design, here is the link
Please note that i am listed as my married name "Proudman"

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Summer Solstice

My art course sadly has now finished for the summer.  I will miss it greatly but will try to keep motivated and carry on painting at home!  I finished my latest painting at home today, and named it "Summer Solstice".  My next subject matter hasn't come forward to inspire me yet so until that magical moment please enjoy this one.

"Summer Solstice"  Oil on Canvas.  20" width x 16" length, 0.07" depth

Friday, 10 May 2013

Dramatic Sky!

The background of my painting has been prepared for the dark silhouettes to be added next week, and that sky is looking nice and dramatic!  The sun needs to be brighter but i'll do that next week once the paint is dry.

Friday, 3 May 2013

New Painting

This is the start of my new painting.  I was drawn to the drama of the sky yet again in this pic but more will be revealed as the weeks progress.  It isn't just about the sky!

Friday, 26 April 2013

Poppy Fields

My painting "Poppy Fields" is finished!  This week i put the fiddly finishing touches to it by adding a sparkle of light to the foliage.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Almost Finished!

The good news this week is that my oil painting course is continuing!  We had a new member joining us and i was also delighted that an old friend returned.  So i continued with my poppy field painting.  I have brightened the flowers so that they look like they're catching the sunlight more and also added detail in to the foliage in the foreground.  All i need to do is add touches of highlights when the paint is dry next week and then i will be on to my next piece!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Female Surface Pattern

Here are my design entries into the Tigerprint "Female Surface Pattern" competition.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Creative Oil Course Term 3

The next term of my oil painting course started this week and we were all dismayed to hear that the people that be want to close us down due to low numbers (must be because people are away on holidays at this time of year).  Thankfully though we have an amazing tutor who stood up for her students and said no matter what we are painting and we will find a couple more students to join for next week!  So the search is on, then hopefully we can keep our little painting group going!  I had a lovely couple of hours working on my artwork.  The poppies are really growing up the painting now!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Male Patterns

Here are my entries for the Male Pattern Tigerprint competition.  I've tried to enter a few varied styles and techniques whilst keeping quite a neutral colour palette.  "Stripes"and "Aztec" are painted designs and the others have been completely drawn on the computer.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Spring is here!

Well it may not seem like it what with the weather being bad and all but believe it or not spring is actually here!  Well it is in my painting anyway.  It's such a lovely image to paint during these terrible bouts of bad weather!  Take a look at this latest stage and cheer yourselves up with a bit of sunshine!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

My New Painting First Glance

Time for a first glance at my new painting which i started in this weeks oil class.  You kind of get the idea of the sort of painting it is going to be but it doesn't give much away yet.  I will keep this one a mystery until next week.

Friday, 8 March 2013


My painting is finished!  My tutor and i had a few minutes reflecting about how we perceive this image and found that there are many different takes on it.  Who are the figures? Where are they going?  What direction are they walking in?  What are the bright lights?  etc....  At the end of our discussion we settled on a very apt title, it is simply named "Reflections".

What's your take on this scene?

Sunday, 3 March 2013

A little bit further

I'm a little bit further on with my painting, but it has been difficult as the paint is still wet from Thursday!  I have managed to prepare it enough for this week class though.  I have scumbled over the background on the right hand side so that it now looks hazy, and also used the same technique for the figures as you could see the brush marks before.  Now it all looks nice and smooth.

My Haven - The Studio!