May 21, 2018

Who on earth would paint white paint on to a white background?  An artist with too much time on her hands perhaps?  Actually that’s far from the case and in my painting ‘Alyogyne ‘Misty’ and Varied Eggfly Butterfly there are two techniques that require just that.


April 16, 2018

If you have read my earlier Blog post on “Painting on vellum’ you will know that the vellum on which I mainly paint is a type of calfskin vellum called ‘Kelmscott’ vellum.  This is actually the heaviest of all the vellum as it is prepared in the usual way but also has...

March 19, 2018

For many people the word ‘vellum’ refers to a modern type of smooth synthetic paper but for artists, and botanical artists in particular, ‘vellum’ is a traditional surface (the use of which dates back to the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages) made from the ski...

February 11, 2018

“What is art? Nature concentrated” (Honore de Balzac -1799-1850) 

Having trained in areas of art that require rapid, loose sketching and painting such as life drawing and expressive drawing, I found myself drawn back to practices that require slow, deliberative, even me...

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