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The Seven Wonders of the World…..


How ironic that the  Seven Wonders of the World are free…..

Wishing everyone a beautiful day filled with these wonders and Magical Hummingbirds. 




A Bientôt



Landscape exercise using gouache.

I visited my old school friends Mick and Gail last weekend in Kent, and although quite warm there was a feel of change in the air, and indeed this week all of a sudden autumn is definitely with  us.

I love the subtle change in colour as one season moves to the next, which I recorded in this landscape exercise.


I began by using an old sketch.    Remember this is an excellent way to warm up.   There’s a sense of freedom about working on paper that has already been used.

This was the old sketch, which I turned upside down.   I will use this sketch as I would a colour ground…


I am using Winsor & Newton Designer Gouache for this exercise.    Gouache is opaque which means it can cover strong colours.       With a wet brush I add some Permanent white, and allow the colour underneath to be picked up and mixed with it.


I am working the sky area in an energetic manner – again allowing the colour on the original sketch to blend into the white……


Note the suggestion of blue hills on the right of picture and how I have lightened the sky above the hills and horizon line.

I then add light green and naples yellow into the foreground, and while the paint is wet, indicate dark trees and hedgerows.     There is no detail….it’s an impression, and I am working very quickly.


Given that the sky reflects upon the land, I have taken some of the Naples Yellow into the sky so that the two elements of the picture, sky and land are interconnected.


Final image.


Regardless of my subject matter, or where I am painting, Magical Hummingbirds are always with me.    HummingbirdHQ.com



Have a lovely weekend.



A Bientôt

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’



A Bientôt



Nothing is fixed….2

‘For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed.     The earth is always shifting, the sea does not cease to grind down rock.    Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.    The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us.    The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out…..’

James Baldwin (1924-1987) A vital literary voice during the era of civil rights activism in the 1950s and ’60s.

Mother and Child


The awesome beauty of Earth from space.


The beauty of the natural world




A Bientôt