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Sunday 14th October 2018   12:37 PM

Painting on a wet day

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This is me in my studio. I work on an old computer desk which faces my garden. It's a lovely place which means I can look up when I am in need of inspiration.

Today it has rained since I got up this morning and the forecast is for more and more of the wet stuff so I have the lamp on with a daylight bulb. One thing about rain; you don't feel guilty about staying indoors.

Painting though, can be a lonely job!

Monday 8th October 2018   03:00 PM

Cambridge Antiques Centre

Gwydir Street, Cambridge
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One never knows what is going to happen but when something does it can really boost one's confidence.

I am an Urban Sketcher. I love it. The Cambridge group are really great and I feel I have a whole new set of friends. It took me some time to pluck up the courage to go but since then I did I have not looked back. So what happens during an Urban Sketch meeting? Venues and dates are shared on social media and you just turn up with your sketchbook and pencils and paints.

We have been to all sorts of places but my favourite are the colleges and the street scenes. A few weeks ago we were invited to draw down Mill Road, which has a long stretch of quirky independent shops and cafes. After meeting outside St Barnabas Church we spread out to find something to draw. I headed down one of the side roads to the antique shops. I spent an hour sitting drawing until the smell of curry from a nearby restaurant became too overpowering and I moved to draw something else.

After regrouping with the other sketchers we were asked to show our work to the Mill Road History Society and unexpectedly asked to say a few words about what we do. Then those that could make it went to Hot Numbers for tea and cake and sharing sketchbooks - thinking about it maybe this is why I love going to the meetings.

Later we put our sketches on social media.

A few days after this I come home to find a message on the answerphone from Janet at Cambridge Antique Centre who would like to buy my drawing and to use it as their logo. Chuffed or what - I said yes. So hopefully in the future I will be able to show the printed paper bags on my blog.

Sunday 7th October 2018   08:10 AM

A customer hangs her painting

Cornucopia
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I recently sold my painting called Cornucopia. The lovely lady that bought it knew the place it should be, in her office. But her office is unfinished and is being used as a storeroom.

She said in an en email 'I am enjoying your picture so much. My husband wanted to share it, so it's hanging in the sitting room, pulling all eyes toward it.' I am so pleased it has found an excellent place in her house.

The painting is called Cornucopia which derives from Latin in the early 16th Century and is a symbol of plenty usually consisting of a goat's horn overflowing with flowers, fruit or nuts.

In my version a tree with curly golden branches produces many different fruit. The foreground is packed with flowers and fungi and in the distance are rolling green hills and a mountain range.

A ladder leans against the tree and someone has been there to fill the basket....

Maureen

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Painter living in Cambridge. Mixes fantasy and realism and loves medieval art.

Blog Archive

* 2018
* October
* Painting on a wet day
* Cambridge Antiques Centre
* A customer hangs her painting
* September
* Two more mini paintings
* Drawing at the Museum of Classical Archaeology
* Urban Sketchers
* Painting some mini pictures for an upcoming exhibition
* Ely Art Society demonstration
* August
* Painting Kings and Cows
* Painting Kings and Cows
* Painting Kings and Cows
* World elephant day
* Visiting Addenbookes
* In the basement at Byard Art
* July
* Thank you to everyone who came to visit my Open Studio
* Drawing at the Botanic Gardens
* Open Studios have started
* July means Cambridge Open Studios
* June
* Sold at Byard Art
* Edible drawings!
* First Sketch to completed painting
* Zoology Museum visit
* Paintings in the window
* Paintings at Byard Art
* May
* My studio and garden
* Urban Sketchers at Novi
* May Drawing challenge
* April
* Byard Art
* Sketching at the Parker Library
* February
* Drawing at Queens College
* 2017
* New painting
* Winter Open Studio
* Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition
* Cambridge Busker
* Cambridge Urban Sketchers
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Cambridge Art Book
* Haddenham Gallery
* Drawing at the Parker Library
* Teaching Art
* Observational Drawing
* 2016
* Winter Open Studios
* Winter Open Studio
* Lost Crusaders
* Drawing at the Parker Library
* Cambridge Open Studio
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Curiosity Gallery, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
* Running with Brushes
* Cat on a Mat
* Winter Open Studio
* Cambridge Drawing Society
* Mixed Media Workshop
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Pop up shop
* Cambridge Drawing Society at Addenbrookes
* Busy Painting
* Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition
* Samovar Tea House and Gallery
* 2015
* Pop Up Market Place
* Etsy Handmade Fair
* 2014
* Cambridge Christmas cards available
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Strawberry Fair
* Cambridge Open Studios 2014
* Clavering Easter Art Show
* Cows, Bowers and Towers
* 2013
* My Shop on Etsy
* Prints
* Potentials
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Silvanite Woods
* Tree of Knowledge
* Cambridge Open Studios 2013
* New exhibition at Williams Art
* Art on The Hill
* Cow Prints at St Ives
* 2012
* Christmas Gift and Craft Fair
* Art Classes in Cambridge
* Cambridge Open Studios 2012
* 2010
* Moos & Blues
 

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