Advent Artist Day 17

Cardinals' Sin (watercolour 6 x 4 inch)  Artist: Vandy Massey
Cardinals’ Sin (watercolour 6 x 4 inch)

This one is a bit of fun. I saw a picture of choir boys ice skating and my initial thought was that their cassocks made wonderful shapes as they moved. You can almost see the speed of the air blowing through them as they skate. Then, for some reason, the image of a bunch of cardinals skating popped into my head. Made me laugh – and had to be painted. This is today’s Advent give away.

Advent Artist Day 17:

Another photographer today: Lukas Renlund. I love his Steal my Photograph project. It’s kinda like the advent give away – but a lot more hard work by the look of it. Check it out – and have a look at his Facebook page while you’re at it.

Advent Artist Day 16

Handbells (watercolour 6 x 4 inches). Artist: Vandy Massey
Handbells (watercolour 6 x 4 inches)

I’ve always loved the sound of church bells and handbells. Handbells in particular, when well played, have a clarity about their sound. I tried to capture that element in the clear colours of this painting – today’s Advent give away.

Advent Artist Day 16

Leslie Saeta is today’s advent artists. Leslie is a powerhouse. She paints every day, runs workshops and coaches other artists to help them increase their sales. I joined in Leslie’s 30 Paintings In 30 Days challenge in September which resulted in a lovely big stock pile for Running with Brushes. She’s running another 30 day challenge in January and I’ve signed up for that one – with the same outlet for the paintings in mind. Leslie paints in oils and uses only a palette knife. One day I really want to try that technique. In the meantime I’ll just admire Leslie’s work. She can be found on Facebook too.

Advent Artist Day 15


Stars and Snowflakes (watercolour and ink 6 x 4 inches). Artist: Vandy Massey
Stars and Snowflakes (watercolour and ink 6 x 4 inches)

Today’s Advent Give away is a play on frosty fractals with this little abstract of ice crystals and stars.


Advent Artist Day 15

Today I’m highlighting the website of Sea Dean where there’s a Christmas Art Party going on. It’s worth having a look if you want to share your work with other artists, and discover some fabulous new artists over the next couple of weeks.  Her Facebook page is worth a visit too.

Advent Artist Day 14

Look Up (watercolour 6 x 4 inches). Artist: Vandy Massey
Look Up (watercolour 6 x 4 inches)

I enjoy looking at life from different perspectives. It struck when I was thinking about mistletoe that ideally, we’d quite like to be seeing a bunch of mistletoe from the bottom (as long as the right person is nearby). Today’s little Advent give away is called Look Up.

Advent Artist Day 14

I’ve chosedn Emma Sadler Photography as my artist for today. Emma specialises in high definition close up botanical photographs. Her images are astonishing and very beautiful. Have a look at her gallery for a real treat. She can also be followed on her Facebook Page

Advent Artist Day 13

Winter Grasses (watercolour 4 x 6 inch). Artist: Vandy Massey
Winter Grasses (watercolour 4 x 6 inch)

The winter grasses along the edges of the pathways are so graceful at this time of year. Lack of any other foliage makes their delicate heads stand out. The tall dramatic fronds of Miscanthus grasses wave like flags in the slightest breeze, or hand gracefully from their tall stalks.  They stand are all along the edges of the pathway that runs along the edge of the fields behind our house, like a fringe obscuring the view. This is my Advent Day 13 Give away painting.

Advent Artist Day 13

Cambridgde Artist, Sue Rapley works in multiple media creating works of art inspired by nature and the sea. Sue’s work can also be seen on her Facebook Page.

Advent Artist Day 12

Winter Hedgerow (watercolour 6 x 4 inch). Artist: Vandy Massey
Winter Hedgerow (watercolour 6 x 4 inch)

Today we went for a walk across to the next village before I got into my studio. It was great to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the scenery. It inspired me to paint this little winter landscape for today’s December give away painting.

Advent Artist for Day 12

I came across the artwork of Jimmy Brunt a couple of weeks ago via the marvellous Bils & Rye. Jimmy’s papercut artwork is astounding in it’s detail and precision. Jimmy’s work can be seen on his Facebook page too .

Advent Artist Day 11

Get Your Skates On (watercolour 4 x 6 inch)
Get Your Skates On (watercolour 4 x 6 inch)

Ready for winter action, hanging on the wall. Even in the UK, December ice skating is a holiday activity for December. This year there are as many as eight ice skating rinks set up in London for the pleasure of winter revellers.  For those of us who don’t actually have any skates, a painting in my December give away series will have to do.

Advent Artist Day 11

Some months ago I was thrilled to see that the demonstration for the Saffron Walden Art Society was to be done by Hashim Akib. I’ve wanted to see Hashim work for some time. I love the dynamism in his acrylic paintings and the boldness of his colour work. So I was absolutely gutted when I got delayed in London on a work project and didn’t get back home in time to go to his demonstration on the Friday evening. I’m still hoping that one day I’ll have the opportunity, but in the meantime, I’m adding him to the list of Advent Artists. Hashim’s work can also be seen on his Facebook page.

If you’re in London any time in the next week, you can see one of Hashim’s paintings on exhibition at the Mall Galleries as part of the annual exhibition of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. The exhibition is on from today until 21st December 2013.

Advent Artist Day 10

Twiggy Star (watercolour 4 x 6 inch)
Twiggy Star (watercolour 4 x 6 inch)

We’ve had a new front door put in earlier this year. We pretty much had to, as the wood in the old one was splitting and there was a howling gale coming through the gap. The new door has a glass top half which lets the sunlight stream in during the day, and at night, a lovely light glow from the lights inside.  When I was doing the Christmas Fair at the end of November, I noticed some very different door decorations that appealed. I remember my mother making our Christmas wreath for the front door every year when I was a child, but I’m afraid I’m not that accomplished so we’ve just done without, or in some years I’ve bought a fresh one.

These, I found irresistible so I went ahead and bought one which is now adorning the front door. The glass top half makes it very easy to display while protecting it from the weather – so I guess we may have this one for a number of years to come.  Naturally, I had to paint it for the Advent give aways.

Advent Artist for Day 10:

Just has to be the person who created the charming subject for this painting.  Helen at Verdilla Flowers creates arrangements for weddings and special occasions, and she passes on her knowledge in one to one and workshops.

Advent Artist Day 9

Piles of Pines (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)

Christmas trees in the wild always appeal to me. I love the sense of remoteness and silence of a forest of pines. This painting isn’t about the detail. It’s all about the feeling of cold, snow, ice and cold. The kind of cold that’s icy but beautiful. This is the December give away for Day 9

Advent Artist for Day 9

Stephie Butler paints wonderful delicate watercolour portraits. I’ve followed Stephie’s work on Facebook as well as her website. She’s also made a YouTube video of one of her portraits being painted. My regular readers will know that I’m working towards painting portraits when I’m feeling braver.  I would love to be able to paint portraits like Stephie’s.

Advent Artist Day 8

Clarity (watercolour 4 x 6 inches)

The translucence of watercolour seems to lend itself to painting fragile and delicate subjects. A couple of years ago on a trip to the Waterberg in South Africa, I found a glass decoration which is hollow and contains the most delicate of dandelion seeds. It’s far too beautiful to put away for 11 month of the year so it sits in a bowl on a cabinet in the lounge. A tree decoration was on my list of things to paint so if course, as this is a challenge, I had to pick it as the subject for my Advent Day give away for Day 8.

Day 8 Advent Artist

The artist I’m sharing for Day 8 is Jess Stanley who creates fantastically detailed pictures of animals in coloured pencil. The level of detail in her work is astounding. She captures the character of each animal so well the viewer can almost imagine the figure is about to move.