Welcome to Polly's Blog

Welcome to Polly's Blog
Watercolour, humour, this and that

Friday, 30 November 2012


This painting has been taken to the four local exhibitions I enter each year.  It has run it's course and has been taken out of it's frame, to be tucked into one of the large boxes I have full of finished and 'in progress' paintings.  It was one of those paintings that I hardly remember doing, so to me I think was a success.  I now have 5 paintings framed and ready for next year.  I feel that I haven't painted so well this year, my inspiration has left me for most of the year.  My working area at home has been in dire need of  repair (lean-to come conservatory) has been so damp and smelley that I havent worked in there for 18months or so, so have only worked at my art class and club.  The conservatory is having to be rebuilt ££££ so I will get my studio back.  But will I get my inspiration back ............ I hope so.
I feel the sky is too pale and plain and I should have splattered more water.  Perhaps you have  an idea to improve it.
I really do appreciate anyone who has taken the time to look at my blog(s) it makes my day!!!
At the moment I am asking people to comment on Modern Art, ( it makes me feel grumpy), on my other blog, if you would like to leave a comment I would be chuffed.
dated 25 November 'Liverpool Art Exhibition'

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


Recently at our Art Class, we had a model  She was excellent, sadly my work wasnt.   It's something I know that I should work on.  So for once you will see not my better work but something I battled with.  Each one is about a 20min sketch,  A2 cartridge paper using a large squirrel brush, with minimal or no drawing.  The monochrome one is done using pigment similar to paint Rembrandt would have used and is made basically from burnt wood and tar.  Lovely to use, no drawing.  Here are four of the six sketches that I did. I enjoyed the battle!

Sorry pics all over the place been trying to place them, impossible.

I went to a contemporary art exhibition at the Liver Bldg in Liverpool. Was not to my liking!!!!!!!!!!!  If you would like a rant about modern art please leave a comment on my other blog pollyluvspaintingetc.blogspot.com dated 25 November 'Liverpool Art Exhibition' would love to hear other peoples opinions...................

Friday, 23 November 2012


I have just been looking at one of the blogs I follow Sharon Whitley who has done a brilliant card for her brother's 40th birthday, of him on his bike in all the cylcists gear and going at a helluva speed! Also today I bumped into a friend of mine who has become a great grandmother, I can't believe it, I think she is kidding me.  These two incidents reminded me of some cards I have done for people close to me who have had babies and cards that I painted for them. I so enjoyed doing them.  Here they are:-

They were all 5.1/2" x  4" on rough  paper.   I put the babies names on the trainers, initials on the booties, in the bubbles.  It was such fun researching subjects and miraculously I liked each one.  I stuck them on coloured card in the obvious blue and pink.  Can't wait to do the next one in the New Year for my nephew and his wife.  I hate doing anything twice, so I will have to get my thinking cap on.
Been having a rant about contemporary art at Liverpool on my other blog pollyluv's painting and I'd love your comments.  Don't want to go on about it here on my ' posh'  site

Friday, 16 November 2012


Liverpool is a place with many wonderful memories for me, from being taken to see Santa in Blackers and Lewis's when a child, feeling privileged in my teens to see the Beatles and other Mersey Groups or Bands as they say today, to the present day. I still visit the city regularly.  A city that is always buzzing and improving.  There is to be a big art and craft exhibition there later in the month in the Liver Building, which reminded me of some paintings I have done myself.  Let me show them to you

The exhibition will be at the famous Liver Building on the watefront.  This is my version called  'Lorra Birds Over the Liver Building'  16" x 10" lots of wet in wet and gold pen.

Guess who?  Enough said.  This is also 16 x 10 watercolour and with gold pen
Albert Dock on the Waterfront.  My hubby using binoculars to see a cruise ship sailing in the Mersey.  No not a Ferry Across the Mersey silly!  Though the ferry ships do sail around the ships when they dock.
Ofcourse you realise that I am showing you my best work and not the many, many failures.
Have a great weekend!



Saturday, 10 November 2012


Paintings for an exhibition at CHET which is Crosby Hall Education Trust, the profit from the sales go towards helping underprivileged children in the area.  You can have 10 pics, but I am opting for 5 (I never think I have anything decent, my art teacher Marion helps me find something).  This year they are all watercolours. 

Just got back from the glorious Lakes, remembered I had painted this previously of  Derwentwater, well it's going in the exhibition.

Was painted on the spot while on a course in Provence with Hazel Soan. See the man painting in the shade?  I can remember the heat, the gentle buzzing of the bees and all the butterflies.  Magical! The ultimate for an artist Painting in Provence!

I was inspired to do this when I saw the work of Viktoria Prischedko. It was such fun.  You can really see the negative shapes.

These two panoramas were inspired by Alvaro Castagnet after going on a course with him to Yorkshire. Top one is of Staithes. 
If you live in the Liverpool, Crosby area pop to see the exhibition, its in a lovely building, an old barn, most of the artists are professionals, what the hell am I doing there I ask myself, and there are stalls with jewellery, cards, crafts etc.  Its at Back Lane, Little Crosby (L23 4UA) between Fri 23 Nov and Sun 25 - 10 am to 5pm
If you go let me know what you think of the exhibition.