Painting in oils
When I first started painting I bought every imaginable colour of paint.
When planning to paint a portrait, I saw 7 shades of red/pink in the lips alone, and so bought 7 shades of red and pink (at great expense).
It took me a while to realise that I can get much better colours and depth by mixing the colours myself, and so now I only use the primary colours and white.
I love painting in oils because the medium is so flexible.
Unlike watercolours, you can play around with oils; layering colours and shapes and experimenting.
If it’s not quite right, I just do something else.
I get excited about the textures that can be created in oils, giving the painting a 3D effect.
Why I paint shoes
Remember that feeling you had as a child when you first put on those shiny new party shoes? Well that feeling has never left me and I still can’t stop thinking “Ooh new shoes!” when I look at my feet!
I wanted to capture that feeling in my paintings and I think I got a bit carried away, as I must have painted about 50 paintings of shoes and boots.
The shoes I paint have also became more outrageous.
Perhaps because I would love to wear them in real life, but have never been good with very high heels.
I particularly enjoyed painting this shoe because it is something I could and would wear, yet is still a little on the wild side.
More shiny things
I discovered that shoes are not the only shiny things that are good to paint. Sizzling sausages, dripping egg yoke and syrupy pancakes…mmm!
Raining cats and dogs
On a raining day out with my husband and two young children, we met an old black Labrador that stole my heart. That was the first painting I did of a dog.
Since then more and more people have commissioned me to paint their furry friends, and portraits of cats and dogs have become another specialism of mine.