this and that

I haven’t done any blogging for a while and I was going to keep it to just art stuff. However, this week is proving a bit tricky for me after I went for an ultrasound scan last Wednesday. The doctor had suggested I might have gallstones, so I was relieved when the scan showed there … More this and that

the other portrait

When I posted last I was explaining about one of the portrait workshops I’d attended. The picture here is from the other one which was an Ann Kullberg workshop.  I spent two days in a lovely workshop in Paisley with good friends just drawing. It’s not often I get the chance to do nothing but … More the other portrait


I’ve been on a couple of coloured pencil workshops lately, both doing portraits. Unusual as I don’t often do portraits of people, so to do two in a short time was very different! The first was by a wonderful portrait artist called David Sandell and his workshop was truly inspiring. We spent the first half … More Portraits

New site

Today I changed my WordPress blog into a website. I was prompted by the fact that the site I had’sort of’ done a couple of years ago had expired and no longer exists. That site was just about my artwork. This time it will be about my art, but I’m leaving this blog attached. That … More New site

Birthday blues

This day six years ago I was full of hope. Hope that I was starting out on the normal kind of life that other people seem to enjoy.  We’d had a lovely Valentines day the day before and I woke up to a cold, crisp morning lying beside the love of my life in a … More Birthday blues

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the … More 2015 in review


Food plays a huge part in my life. the most important part in actual fact. I’m sure it must be more important to me than it is to other people, which is why I’mm so fat. My step sisters (Who I haven’t seen for almost 30 years) used to have to be reminded to eat. … More Food


Do you have a reason to get out of bed in the morning? I’d ask you to think about this question carefully.Maybe you have a loving partner to greet you, or you need to attend to the needs of your children, an ageing relative? Somebody needs you right?  Or maybe you just get out of … More Reasons