Saturday, 27 October 2012



I have a lovely friend called Lesley, who is painting some wonderful quirky paintings of Nuggleton By the Sea which I love.  She weaves a wonderful story around all the buildings and people on each painting she does, and Nuggleton has caught on, as she does commissions and has merchandise to sell and also, hopefully, will be writing a book.  Lesley would love some impartial advice on her project, so do have a look at her site.  Anyway, I thought, for a bit of fun, and to tickle her fancy, I would try and do something in her style.  I can tell you it wasnt half as easy as she makes it appear.   It  makes me realise how good she really is.  Well here is the pic, followed by a bit of nonsense.

From Rainbowville-on-Puddle you can take the No. 1 bus, or a boat trip, to Nuggleton By the Sea.   Rainbowville is a perfect place to live as it never ever rains during the day.  All the houses are painted in one of the rainbow colours, and if you went inside you would see the furniture, curtains, cups and saucers and toilet seats and even the toilet rolls etc, are the same colour as the house, and if your house is blue you would always wear something blue, and so on.  You can see Lesley selling her Nuggleton wares, keychains, teatowels, fridge magnets, cards etc.  and Polly, her arty farty friend, is painting beside her.  Boy do they talk and giggle a lot! 

Please pop and see Lesley's site.  You will enjoy it.

Thursday, 25 October 2012


I saw this picture of a man on google and had to paint him.  It is on a full imperial sheet pastel paper, using charcoal only and white chalk.  We had been to Paris, and I was fascinated by the artists near Sacre Coeur painting people's portraits, and was inspired to give it a bash.  It also reminded me of something I found in a quaint little church in Isel in the Lake District (St Michaels and All Angels, which dates from 1130 AD), it is called A Smile.  Some days I think about it and as I walk down the street and see someone looking a bit glum, I smile at them.  It is surprising how many smile back.  Try it. 
A Smile costs nothing but gives much
It enriches those who receive it without making poorer those who give it
Takes but a moment but the memory sometimes last forever
None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it
And none is so poor but he can be made rich with it
A Smile creates happiness in the home
Fosters good will in business
And is the countersign of friendship
It brings rest to the weary, cheers the discouraged
Sunshine to the sad and its natures
Best antidote for trouble
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen
For it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away
Some people are too tired to give you a smile
Give him one of yours as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give
Now here is one of mine for you

Sunday, 21 October 2012


Well Halloween is nearly upon us.  Just in case you're going out for a meal for the occasion, may I recommend the restaurant below.  The food was rather good, also the blood red wine - but if you are a vegetarian do not go there.
Oh what a tangled web we weave...................

This was done using masking fluid first and then having fun with wet in wet.  Not my usual style being a bit abstract.

By the way, it took me over 4 hrs yesterday to insert the little slideshow at the top of the page.  I am stupid or what?  Finished at 1am this morning and went to bed with a smile.  I am always so chuffed when mastering something on the computer that I think I can't.  I think it looks good too!


Friday, 19 October 2012




The Saga Arena was full to bursting with - 53 people.  The atmosphere was electric - 45 people were still awake with 10 mins to go.  At 6.37pm a fanfare of a one man band heralded the entrance of the not so fit athletes. However, there was some needle between the gold and silver medal winners of  the Knittathon.  Kim Cable who won the 1 ft sprint in perl, then set a world record in the knitting marathon for the longest scarf in 2hr 30mins was arguing with Angela Aaron who missed out by
1 cm and felt her quality was better as she hadnt dropped a stitch.  It was a perler of a fight but eventually they made up and in the end were having a ball.  The dancers pirouetted once then took a bow.   The applause was not deafening - 12 people were still awake. The song 'The Yawning Man' was being played (yes an actual sleep inducing song).

 It was thought that fireworks would have been too loud for the Seniors so sparklers and catherine wheels created a spectacular sight.  The flag was lowered, the flame extinguished.  The Games were over.  There was muted applause, one person was still awake!  I was that person!  A lone alert athlete, Pretty Polly Perkins - Sadly deciding to hang up my trainers for the last time.  We had inspired a generation (Older it's true)
I hope you have enjoyed this bit of nonsense.  This painting really is of my favourite old trainers.
I have now set up yet another blog, this time a serious one ... it's called it will highlight my typical work, various courses, workshops and general watercolour information.   Perhaps you would like to take a butchers!

Sunday, 14 October 2012



DERRICK DALEY THOMPSON GB pented up a path along a lane in 6 mins 2 seconds, up a path to Grasmere in 5 seconds and threw up every  few yards.  He was stripped of his Gold Medal for drug taking.  Betablockers were found to be in his blood.  They have been banned in this event so that contestants can be very pent up!  Silver medal position holder, Russian, N Ervous, has been awarded the gold.



Unfavourite, beer swilling Aussie, Bruce Gday, was not expected to win this event.  Bruce's intensive untraining did not include the gym, the pool or the athletics track.  His local publican allowed him to exercise his chuckle muscles at irregular intervals.  Bruce said "Training is not going well.  I can only do my worst" Well he won the gold medal, much to his surprise, as all the other contestants took a wrong turning and have not been seen yet.  Bruce celebrated by drinking a tinnie or three.

There is expected to be a massive audience tomorrow at the Closing Ceremony.

Friday, 12 October 2012


My last blog mentioned the Anniversary of The Beatles first hit Love Me Do.  Recently my friend's daughter got married on the same day, so I did the bottom photo for her.  You can tell from the Limo that it was an unusual wedding.  Wish I had a pic of the wedding cake, which had robots on the top.

Don't they look cute!

I'm chuffed my computer is still doing ok.  I am trying to download music for a slideshow that I am doing of my nephew's wedding.  That's been a challenge and a half.  Like to stretch myself.  Hence starting a blog in the first place.  Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, 11 October 2012


Well thank goodness for that, my computer back after another visit to the computer doctor. Now seems fit and well.  Nothing to winge about then?  Went to Liverpool on Saturday as it's the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles release of Love Me Do their first hit. Liverpool was rocking.  Saw a band at The Albert Dock singing Beatles, Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers songs etc.  A tribute to 60's bands or as I still call them groups.  And ofcourse they sang Love Me Do.  Oh it took me back I can tell you.  Here's is a pic I did of the Beatles




News of Dave Methusala from the tiny Principality of Sleepovia.......
The handsome ladies favourite concentrated all his efforts on the backstroke. It took him 48 minutes to complete one length, when he fell asleep.

The crowd went wild by demonstrating with a hushed slow hand clap.

He did a personal best!!!!!

Thursday, 4 October 2012


Last month I went down to London for a weekend course with Hazel Soan.  Was the hardest I have ever done, cos I don't like doing proper people eg portraits and people with faces.  Anyway instead of showing my poor attempts  I going to download a couple of Hazel's demo paintings, which were done quite quickly.  Brilliant.  She is my hero.

Computers, who invented them.  I am sick to death with this one.  Can't burn photos. Can't save files.
What am I to do. (*****   ***!!!!)


John Cleese Minister for Silly Walks, was to present the medals for the tripupathlon. 

I caught up with him in the VIP lounge where he was tucking into a meal of spam and more spam!
The winner did well to beat Mrs Overall from Acorn Antiques, who was expected to score a perfect l0.  Then unexpectedly Cleese stormed off to the shouts of 'Don't mention the War'.