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More colour and sunshine

More colour and sunshine today…..to express the way I am starting to feel again:)

These four plein air watercolour/gouache sketches were painted during some very happy moments in France.


I can paint water reflections all day long….There’s something about disappearing deep down into the reflection.


From the day I painted in Monet’s Garden after all the tourists had gone home….what a gift.


Monet’s Garden.


And of course a colourful, Magical Hummingbird…..




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Dance above the surface of the world…..

Dance above the surface of the world.   Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion’.   Red Haircrow. 






Enjoy a day filled with colour and creativity and of course magical hummingbirds.




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Magical Hummingbirds for the week ahead…

More colourful, magical hummingbirds for the week ahead.


In the midst of juggling our daily lives, Hummingbirds remind us to savor each and every moment. 


to be playful….


and yet to be persistent in the pursuit of our dreams.


When things get a little heavy in our human world, I imagine the hummingbirds flying free above it all……




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HummingbirdHQ.com is now carrying my cats prints………

I am very pleased that HummingbirdHQ.com is now carrying my cat images along with Magical Hummingbirds. 

‘Content Afternoon’


Please take a look at the HummigbirdHQ.com site – more products will be added soon.

‘Christeve the cat with Hummingbird’  


Facing the Sun’


May the Magical Hummingbirds be with you this weekend.  Janet:)

‘Three on a mission’



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The dramatic work of Phyllida Barlow

I love to observe how dramatic shapes work together, and so when Maureen and I walked into the gallery within Tate Modern housing Phyllida Barlow’s sculptural installation, I felt a sense of excitement.


Born in 1944, Phyllida Barlow has made imposing, large scale sculptural installations for over four decades.   Using inexpensive, everyday materials such as cardboard, fabric, timber, polystyrene, plaster, scrim and cement, her distinctive works focus on her experimentation with these materials, to create bold and colourful three dimensional collages.

I loved the way the installation worked against the more classical curves of Tate Britain.


Having enjoyed Turner’s sublime paintings,  it made for a huge contrast to enter the world of Phyllida Barlow.

Maureen features in this frame as she walks through the installation.


The large black boxes appear to be very heavy, but in fact are made from a very light weight material.     Another element to the work was the wonderful smell of wood.

Shadow play on the gallery floor adds to the interest.



Colour and texture….so interesting juxtaposed  to the elegant curves of the gallery.


I wonder what the Magical Hummingbirds would think of this.   Maybe some hummingbird feeders could be added:)




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A visit with Phoebe and Henrietta

Today I get to visit my favourite Jack Russell, Phoebe.    

Phoebe lives with Josie, who was a childhood friend of my Mothers.    Like me, Josie is an animal lover….which is evident as you enter her home.     Every surface and wall is covered with animal memorabilia, from cats and dogs, horses, elephants, donkeys, you name it.     There are also numerous clocks, none of which tell the correct time.   It’s a little like walking through the looking glass…..


Phoebe is always so excited to see me….and immediately tries to get into my bag where she knows I will have Welsh Cakes…which she loves:)

This is the look she gives me when she wants more…..how can I possibly resist…


Phoebe has a friend, named Henrietta…

Henrietta is a budgerigar…..not quite a hummingbird but very beautiful in her own way. 


 Phoebe and Josie having a conversation. 


I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  

May you float free of time with the Magical Hummingbirds. 




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Allowing the brush to dance….

The following watercolour/gouache painting is an example of warming up, playing and allowing the brush to dance…..


I cut an unsuccessful painting into quarters so that I could re use the paper for this and other images.


Using a mix of Opera Rose gouache – plus a little permanent white gouache I rapidly indicate the flower heads….I use violet and Alizarin crimson to indicate the darker areas of the flower.

Note that the underlying colour from the original sketch integrates with the flower.


Allowing my brush to dance across the surface, using a mix of burnt sienna and prussian blue watercolour, I begin to indicate the stems and leaves.   I have also added a little Winsor & Newton green gold – an expensive pigment, but one I highly recommend.


Using a knife I scrape out some of the paint while still wet….which gives a sense of energy and movement.


In the final frame, I mix some Green Gold with permanent white gouache to highlight areas of the image and to indicate seed pods.    I also move more opera rose around the image to bring a sense of harmony and balance.

This is all about spontaneity.     Working like this is a great way to hone observational skills.     The key is to let go, be playful and allow the paint to do its own thing……It also helps to work on several pieces at the same time.

I would also add that my ‘wet brush no paint’ technique is used throughout….this means as I add colour, I immediately clean my brush to pull out the colour.    This prevents muddiness, the enemy of all watercolour painters:)


Here is a Magical Hummingbird to start the new week…..

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Colourful landscape exercise

This colourful landscape is inspired from when I lived in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales where the light is so dramatic.


The following landscape exercise is excellent for warming up and uses the same techniques.

Working on white paper, I add lots of water to the top half of the paper and then add juicy red and orange watercolour paint into the wet area….allowing it to bleed.      Feel free to use any colour combination you like.

Note that the bottom part of the paper is still dry.


In this frame, I use a clean wet brush to  gently pull down some of the paint from the horizon line, making sure to leave some dry white areas between the foreground and the horizon.


I now add some of the same intense dark shown on the horizon line to the bottom of the image to give the image a sense of balance.   I have also indicated the boundaries of fields…leaving dry white areas.


Given that the sky reflects directly onto the land, I brought the same colours from the sky into the foreground.   Note that there are still dry white areas showing…..

Also I have allowed the paint to settle and do its own thing which is one of the exciting elements of watercolour painting.    

Using a knife I scraped out some paint in the foreground.



Floating free of time like the Magical Hummingbird





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