Helen I know you said your patio needed a bit of va va voom, but I didn't envisage a wonderful pergola! You've been busy! It'll look great next year when you've got the climbing plants running up. A Passion flower will look great, but if you're patient a white Wisteria would look awesome here. This mug you've given me is massive and it's full to the rim with cola and a twist of Ginger, almost as nice as your home-made chocolate cookies! Please can I take some home?!
I don't recall ever seeing one of your finished paintings, do you ever finish them?!
Depends on what you call complete. The first attempt takes less than a week. Then I will put it somewhere where I can see it near to where I am sitting, so I can just look at it deciding what needs to be improved. This can go on for two or three weeks with me making minor changes, or big ones, before it is done.
Ahh! That explains things, are you ever satisfied with the end result?
Rarely. When I go back and look again months later, I think how I could be better. Sometimes I make the change. Once or twice I've painted over a painting I wasn't happy with. Other times I produce another and make the changes I think it needs.
I think when I first saw you painting you was using pencil crayons; do you use anything else now?
I have used water colour, pastel, acrylic and I am currently using water soluble oils.
When did you realise being arty was what you loved to do? And, do you have any tips for new artists young or old?
When I realised, I needed a new hobby several years ago. In the past I often went back to drawing and painting. As for any tips, just try it. Take classes, try different mediums, join a club and be inspired, just have a go.
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