Apples and Cornish Pottery

Back after a short break with a small 10’’ x 8’’ oil on board. Not sure why I was so reluctant to start painting again. Probably lockdown: got me beat down. I got my hopes up for some bright light inspiration and I realised I […]

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Still Life, January 2021

I’ve just finished working on a much larger still life in oil on canvas and I’ve been sharing the process on my Instagram account (@durfun). It’s not perfect. There are composition, colour and other issues I’d like to change, but I don’t want to dabble […]

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Trying to relax

Lockdown 3.0: it’s been a bit tough so far. My husband has kidney stones; my son isn’t dealing very well with the pressure of home school, and our puppy is now a teenage ‘home wrecker.’ So, I’ve turned back to my oil sketches. I’m trying […]

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Sheep skull

It’s freezing in the studio today. We’re waiting for logs to be delivered for the wood burner so I’ve resorted to biting scrap frames abs what-not. Just about warm enough to paint this oil sketch of a sheep’s skull. Some of it is not quite […]

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Back to basics

A bit of repetition on a theme here (sorry), but I really need to get back to basics. In fact, calling it ‘basic’ is a misnomer. Getting back to the ‘hard’ is more like it. Observation. Painting what I see (what I actually see). It’s […]

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Oil Sketches

Anybody that knows me will know that now and again I struggle with confidence. This is particularly apparent when I’m painting, or more to the point, not painting. It’s about connection. Sometimes I ‘get’ the connection and everything buzzes along for a while. Other times, […]

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Someone I used to know

Feelings of sadness, loss and grief. Sitting on a hill. Unsettled. Held up only by this chalky grass-covered slope’s strength. Lifted into the sky. Crows and a Raven. The constant wind. Where is my friend? Where have you gone? I want the earth to bury […]

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