My best friend in Bristol has a lovely apartment in Royal York Crescent, Clifton (where so many scenes from Jane Austen scripts are filmed). This beautiful Regency terrace is built on two levels: the upper level, pedestrian only, is accessed by steps or slopes at either end; the lower level is on the road, where the entrance to my friend's apartment is. Hers is known as a “garden flat” and can be viewed both from the door below, through the grill, or much more clearly from above, looking down though the railings next to the entrance to the apartment above her, on the pedestrian level. The main alcove wall of her garden was white and bare and uninteresting, so to brighten it up, I painted a Tuscan mural on it (we also thought her garbage can was very ugly so I gave it a bright, floral treatment). The mural (and garbage can!) is clearly visible to pedestrians above and it attracts a lot of attention from passers by, who even stop and take photographs. Once it was included as a clue in a treasure hunt, much to the amusement of my friend, who saw many viewers making a hurried note before dashing off to the next destination!
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Anthuriums.Arches acid-free deckled paper22.5x30” 57x76cm, 300lb 650gm Grainy, solid organic wood chosen for the frame Anji and Rick bought one of my large, deckle-edged watercolours of Anthuriums on one of their frequent visits to Antigua. They took it back with them to their apartment in England, and Anji explains the framing process: “Our home is situated on the water's edge in a harbour, south-facing, with an amazing amount of light. Highlighting colour and the essential elements of the Caribbean was very important. The accent wall is lime green, which brings out beautifully the less obvious centre of Gilly's beautiful watercolour. The mount proved more difficult. I wanted to complement the picture but also the texture of the heavy (650gm 300lb) Arches paper it is on. Traditional cardboard matting did not do it justice and I could not source the right colour. Frustrated but not beaten, the idea of using raw silk came into my mind. The resulting combination of the three different but complemenatry textures was perfect: the weave of the green raw silk, the grain of the dark solid organic wood frame, setting off the rough finish of the paper and the colours of the painted image. The textured weave of the raw silk We feel we have honoured Gilly’s watercolour in the way it deserves. We live and love it every day.” Anthuriums, in the home
Tall palms.Acrylic on canvas24x48" 61x122cm Antiguan art was on Norah's mind when she last visited Antigua. Norah bought ten of my paintings for her colourful house in Los Angeles, where the decor and the Antiguan art are in perfect harmony, as is shown in the examples here. The larger canvasses were removed from their stretchers, rolled up and inserted in small, protective mailing tubes for travelling. Everything fitted perfectly into Norah's suitcase and she enjoyed choosing the frames for them upon her arrival home. Tall Palms, at Norah'sAcrylic on canvas24x48" 61x122cm Humming birds & hibiscusWatercolour/Arches24x18" 61x45.7cm,140lb/200gm Humming birds & hibiscusWatercolour/Arches24x18" 61x45.7cm, 140lb/200gm . Cat watching the sun go downAcrylic on canvas panel11x14" 28x35.6cm Cat on red chairAcrylic on canvas24x36" 61x91.4cm
Art Exhibition I participated in a joint Art Exhibition on the theme “Dancers” at the Clifton Gallery, Memphis Tennessee in September 2010. These paintings are examples of the watercolours I painted for the show. They range from 12x16”, 14x20" to 24x18” (unframed sizes), all on Arches or Lanaquarelle acid-free 140lb NOT paper. The Art Exhibition lasted three months and the images below are what I still have available - except for the ballerinas. Flamenco dancersWatercolour/Arches, 12x16" 30.5x40.6cm, 140lb/300gm Single flamenco dancerWatercolour/Arches, 12x16" 30.5x40.6cm, 140lb/300gm Grand jetéWatercolour/Lanaquarelle, 20x14" 50.8x35.6cm, 140lb/300gm TangoWatercolour/Arches, 20x14" 50.8x35.6cm, 140lb/300gm BallerinasWatercolour/Lanaquarelle,24x18" 61.4x45.7cm, 140lb/300gm Can CanWatercolour/Arches,16x12" 40.6x30.5cm, 140lb/300gm A client sent me an image of the painting she bought, beautifully mounted and framed, hanging next to her desk.
A canine Christmas Gift: Stewart, Teddy, Samson & DelilahAcrylic on canvas panel, 16x12” 40.5x30.5cm A Canine Christmas Gift In October 2012, Don & Judy Klovensky, a charming couple staying at Sandals Grande Resort and Spa, Antigua, came into the Art Gallery there and bought one of my paintings (the gingerbread house shown here - a typical example of local Caribbean architecture). They admired a painting of two dogs which I was working on and wondered if their Mother/Mother-in-Law's four beloved dogs could be painted for her as a canine Christmas gift? Upon their return home, they emailed me a number of single, separate images of the dogs, all rather small and very low res. However, following their approval of the initial group sketch I did, putting them all together, I completed the painting in acrylic on a canvas panel and FedExed it to them in time. The dogs' owner was absolutely delighted, particularly as the eldest, Stewart, died shortly afterwards. Gingerbread houseAcrylic on canvas, 36x24" 91x62cm
Oscar & Felix. Acrylic on canvas panel. 16x12” 40.5x30.5cm This painting is of my neighbour's dogs, father Oscar (on the right) and son Felix. Oscar was a very adventurous dog and sometimes turned up unexpectedly in our garden. We could not figure out how he got in until one day, his owner saw him climbing a tree next to the fence and creeping along a branch that leaned over into our yard. Sadly Oscar died recently at the ripe old age of 14. He is sorely missed and his portrait, together with his son, hangs above an old photograph of the owner's parents.
Antiguan dog Yula with her portraits Antiguan Dog Antiguan dog Yula is typical of the type of dogs generally found in Antigua. The black muzzle and tan coat seem to be the basis - with origins both varied and intriguing. Yula also has lovely white markings and a feathery tail. She was adopted by a couple at the Mill Reef Club, Antigua, who absolutely adore her playful but very gentle nature. She lives in their beach front house and loves the sea, which features in the paintings of her. I did two watercolor portraits of her - one full size and another of just her head (both can be seen in the Portfolio section of this website, in the category Dogs & Cats). She is pictured here with her two paintings behind her on the couch.
BoatyardAcrylic on canvas, 30x30”, 76.2x76.2cm This Exhibition was held in the Abracadabra Restaurant, English Harbour, Antigua. The paintings were hung in the restored section built from sailing ships' ballast bricks dating back to the 19th century. Earlier that same year, my 26-year old son Francis was tragically drowned off the British Virgin Island Tortola, whilst working on a yacht. This Exhibition celebrated his life, his love of the sea and the Caribbean, where he grew up. Great Egret taking offAcrylic on canvas, 30x30" 76.2x76.2cm Nesting Brown PelicansAcrylic on canvas,15x30" 38x76.2cm Late afternoon, facing west,with Great EgretsAcrylic on canvas, 5x30" 38x76cm Jabberwock BeachAcrylic on canvas, 30x30" 76.2x76.2cm