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‘Reflections’ Acrylic and Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies on Wooden Block My submission to the Art Society '30 Shades of Green' Exhibition. The small butterflies a tad trying to cut out and paint. A fair bit of mess. Fabulous evening at Cloud 9 for Tim’s birthday celebration. With the weather turning chilly, as winter started to flex its muscles, grateful for the thoughtfully designed terraces and dining

SOLD From a photo by Terry at Sedgefield AfroQuartez Opera Group at Freshline made for a great evening out. The weaving of traditional language into classic opera, the highlight. Terry took the Ottolenghi cauliflower creation to another level with ‘Piment D’espelette’, a red chilli pepper that hails from the Basque region that is not screaming hot, but packed with flavour. The pepper was first brought to

'Brothers', 100% silk scarf, the latest addition to the Jandreart Wearable Art range, has arrived in the Studio. They are simply, amazing. Lotus 2Acrylic and Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Butterflies on Canvas 200cmx150cm The light stretcher-bars holding the canvas meant that there was quite a lot of flex across the length of the canvas adding a different dimension to keep the geometric lines of

‘Left over Palette’ Acrylic on Canvas 200cmx70cm From the large ‘Lotus’ Commission. the residue of paint, smeared about the canvas. Privileged to be included in Chef Stuart’s dinner at A1. The midnight, 9 course, wine-pairing dinner (that catered for my diabetic restrictions) incredibly special. There have, only been, 15 finishers. Against the chaos in Ukraine. Russian family finances destroyed. Children's lives obliterated. The 2022, Bracleys Marathons

Butterflies. The last of the recycled plastic water-bottle butterflies painted and ready for the commissioned painting. My shaking hands meant that trying to flip the keto-crepe's resulted in piles of mushed mess. Fortunately there was enough mixture to develop a double handed flip, with the crepe sliding up the back of the pan to have enough space for the lifter to operate. Not pretty,

Edith at the gallery in Zurich with the digital image of my 'Lotus' painting. Incredible. A good 80% of the traffic lights were out of order, which when brewed with a driving culture that ignores stop signs and traffic lights, is probably safer as you aren't expecting traffic to stop at a red traffic lights. I did find it amazingly stressful! Of course, this is

Acrylic on canvas 20cmx20cm From a Photo by Lorraine. The large canvas for the ‘Lotus’, Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies delivered to the Studio. Immensely grateful that we have suppliers in this part of the world who can make canvases to order. The underpainting, white on white acrylic a matter of feel for the raw canvas. The Silent War. Crashing blood sugars. Night, a scary thing. Following my Physician

The digital image of the my ‘Lotus’ Acrylic and Recycled Water Bottle Butterflies on Canvas on view at the Urbanside Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. A bunch of transformed water bottle butterflies in the making. 'Coffee Pot' trail run through the Indigenous Forest, concentration not to trip over the branches that cover the trail. Fallen trees, thorns and monsters, making for a challenging run. Only a few

Wild Side beach restaurant. Simply splendid, and the setting. Perfection. Spoilt, we are. Struggling to get the large canvas (200x150cm) canvas I need for the butterfly commission. Stock, a general problem and trimming the weight of the final painting an additional complication. Palette for Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Butterflies Dinner menu, for the predicted weather. A disaster. Storms, and falling temperatures, which inspired the Coq au

‘Kei River Mouth’ Oil, Acrylic and Recycled Plastic Water Bottle Butterflies on canvas. Jury Selected for the Venezia Biannual Art Expo in Venice, Italy. The Semi0Finalists and Finalists will be announced in early April.   ‘Under Offer’ What Could Have Been Oil on Canvas 76cmx104cm | Her gentleness, and beauty shinning through the hardships of her life. A glimpse of what could have been. In a different world. Based the portrait on