Monday, 9 April 2018

Have paintbrush will paint!

So .... with a shuffle of my feet ... what have I been up to?

Well quite a lot and quite a lot of nothing.

But with the sun comes inspiration and motivation.
And with deadlines comes effort.

At the end of the month I am part of a mini 'secret' open studios,
in May I am exhibiting at a fayre,
June (...well... I'll explain that later)
August I am displaying and selling at a large agricultural show
and in October is TAM2018.

So, got to get my paintbrushes busy.

Oh, let me explain about June ...

For the last three years I have taken part of 30 Days Wild run by the Wildlife Trust
They ask you to post a story a day about the wild life around you.

This year I shall be participating again however with a twist.

I shall be posting an animal painting a day, 
each one will be for sale and at the end of the month 
I shall be sending a percentage of the total sales to the Wildlife Trust.

Each daily post will have a short story related to the painting, 
including the price and the cost of postage and packaging.

Part of me is excited by the adventure 
and most of me is wondering what on earth I have let myself into! 

I will also be sharing the posts on my arty facebook page - kjsutcliffe artist 

Monday, 26 February 2018

I don't just paint in acrylics..... I 'paint in felt'

A quick stop-motion-movie of a commission I completed last week.  A hare that had to ...have large ears, be full of character and generous chops'

Think I did it (well if the reaction of his new owner was anything to go by - I did!)

Friday, 23 February 2018

Stop motion Goldcrest

Since moving back into the summerhouse studio I have felt quite inspired. 
Thought you'd like to see what I did on Wednesday ....

A Goldcrest - I can't claim the photo I used for inspiration,
 I follow a facebook page
 where the members submit images they have taken 
and I fell in love with this particular photo. 
I asked the photo-owner if I could use his image 
and he was kind enough to say yes.

I'm glad he did :)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Popped in to say hello

Been a little busy recently-
Getting ready for a fair this weekend... 
Going with a group of fellow artists from TAM 
We have nicked named ourselves 
'TAM on Tour'
They are a good group of nutty folk
I fit right in.
Of course! 
Fingers crossed :)

Friday, 5 January 2018

Moving forward

Due to the weather being less than inclement,
due to the sudden downtime over the festive season, 
I have been busy in the background,.
Like starting my new etsy shop,
which entailed taking lots of new images, 
which was 'fun' with the low light levels, 
And also priming boards for a new series of paintings
I have in mind,
 watch this space :)
2018 - I've got this !

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Thank you!

I have just been the recipient of a beautifully written post as a thank you for a slate commission painted as a Christmas gift.

I was touched - so with permission - I have added it below - Thank you Jayne x

Kate Sutcliffe, Artist

I have been spoilt rotten and am not sure I deserve it. 

A couple of weeks ago a package arrived, and the return address on the back informed me it had
come from Susan in Australia.  Naughty girl - she knows we don't do presents any more, but Susan 
has such a kind heart that I wasn't really surprised.  I did notice that it had been posted in the UK, 
and didn't have "England" as part of the address but as half her family are in this country I reckoned 
she had lots of stuff shipped in one consignment and then redirected.

Thought I was so bloomin' clever working that out, but never in a million years did it occur to me that 
this package was the product of some incredible foresight and forward planning not just from Susan, 
but also from the lovely Kate.   I met Kate online a couple of years ago when she blogged 
gently but beautifully as Hawthorn Spellweaver but now everyone can see what an incredible artist she is.  

There were a couple of tears when I unwrapped this.  Cannot express how absolutely blown away I am.

Bearing in mind Kate hasn't met Daisy but was working from photographs it is stunning how she 
has captured her personality, particularly the eyes which are so very, very difficult.

What I can now admit is that something on my "List" for 2018 was to have a bimble down 
to Lancashire to meet with Kate and commission a painting of Daisy as a present for Management ...

From the cutting room floor:


  1. Oh Jayne, thank you for such kind words X painting Daisy was both a pleasure and tricky - I have always loved her ears but she also had to be perfect for you ! Xx so glad you are happy with her😀xxx
    1. Kate, you are very welcome - on many, many levels. I wish my head was not quite so full of 'bluuurrghhh' and I could write something better for you :)

      Slate Daisy is absolutely fabulous and already a much treasured item. Thank you, xx

  2. What a wonderful surprise present, Kate has captured Daisy beautifully. I presume Daisy herself approves? :)
    1. Thanks Eunice. At the end of the day, however much of a dalring she is, Daisy is still a dog, and that means she can be a selfish little sod interested primarily in her own needs, which, as you can see, did not include being photographed!
  3. Just got your email & thanks for loving it. Wish we could have been there in person & I'll email a little later. It is very, very hot here again & I've had a touch of sun from being out & about with our visitors, who are away for the next week & back with us again next Tuesday, before flying out on 6th. Even the English cricketers are feeling it at the MCG for the 4th Ashes test. I may do a post tomorrow after I load photos from camera, as I didn't finish the Advent challenge. Thanks again for the lovely post & huggles from down under.
    1. Hi Susan, we will have a proper catch up when we're both feeling better. Glad you got my email and I do hope I was able to express in clumsy words just how much your gift means to me. Thank you so much.

      huggles, xx

  4. Oh Jayne, what a wonderful surprise and beautiful painting of Daisy. I have to say that a couple of years ago my daughter also surprised me with an oil painting of Annie. I can tell you quite honestly that you will look at and enjoy your painting every single day. Kate has captured Daisy and those ears that everyone loves so very well, such a talented lady.
    1. Thanks Eileen, as you were recently the recipient of a wonderful painting of Annie I know you will truly appreciate my gift!

      Kate is truly talented, but until I held Slate Daisy in my hands I did not appreciate just how skilled she is.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Painting not painting

Continuing on my quest to practice my rusty landscapes,
I started another one.
I chose a field system above Malham,
to make me concentrate
on stone walls and grasses 
However, after a rather damp and dreary autumn,
the summerhouse developed rather wet corner.
So, after a quick shuffle of the desk and workbench
and an intense investigation to find the offending weak point,
all potential rain ingress has been halted!

But painting tomorrow might be at home rather than in the studio.

Hope your Monday
is a little less damp that mine!!