Summoo Break

Time to recharge the old batteries

20160628_124625~2Learn some new tricks


As a calf it looked scary. So I added some width and all different colors:


Sock monkey?

The next one looks like the Darth Vader of cows:


That’s me at the end of the holidays after 5000 of kids squabbling 😂


Have a great summer and enjoy Watercolor month. I’ll post mine on Instagram. I won’t have internet in UK so I can’t commit to it every day. I look forward to seeing everyone else’s paintings.

Happy creating!

Catherine 💙🎨

Countdown to Summer and World Watercolor Month

I always find the last few days before the kids break up for summer so weird and unproductive. A mild panic sets in. I ask myself questions like ‘What will I not be able to do for the rest of the summer that I should squeeze in quickly?’

One thing for sure is to go out to lunch with Phil 💙

Last year I was so surprised at how often I got to paint, early but not too early, mornings. This time I fancy practising my drawing skills with pencil and pen.

Whether or not I’ll have time to do mamy watercolors for World Watercolor Month time will tell.

Thanks to Jill and my scrapbooking leftovers, mixed media is never far from my mind. I quickly added a simple boat to an old painting just to play around a bit. I’ll try newspaper next.

The lady at the pet shop gave me a grwat idea for next year’s Art at the Marina. I should find another artist and go halves. Great tip!

What would you do before the kids break up?

Have a great day!

Catherine 💙🎨

Brits at the Wheel


Someone’s just taken the steering wheel back.
Fingers crossed they can afford the fuel.


Just when you think you won’t mention it 😂

Happy Saturday!
Catherine 💙🎨

p.s. All the years I lived in Chichester and went to the Festival of Speed and now Keanu Reeves decides to ride his bike there. Typical lol.

Acrylic on Watercolor Paper

Just when I was whizzing through emails trying to find who it was who put acrylic on watercolor paper, I stumble across Laura putting acrylic and watercolors on watercolor paper. (I love that yellow!) I’m surrounded by adventurous artists!

So I had a little go at acrylics too and now I want to try it with watercolor too 😀
I really liked this but as soon as I started adding warm colors it changed completely.
Since this painting, I’ve noticed if I pick cool or warm first then just add small amounts of the opposite opposite and it doesn’t go too crazy.

You can go as crazy as you like at the weekend!

Catherine 💙🎨

June Bugs!


Oh lovely June bug you haunt me so.
Either myself or you should go.
I can’t take any more of your devoted stalking.
It is most unpleasant out there walking.

And here’s a quick #naturedoodlewash of one:

These flies are abundant all along the coastline at this time of year. They usually die after a day or two then you are left with a squelchy mess to clear up. Our muscles are ready from snow shovelling.

If they arrive early in May instead of June you just change their name to May Fly.

My daughter loves them and after we got her all ready for a quick roller skate in her new boots this morning, she looked outside and saw the road (top photo) and took all her stuff off again.

At first I thought she didn’t want to get her skates messed up but she said she didn’t want to kill them. How sweet!
I’ve had many a June bug thrust in my face (thanks H).

Anyone else get them?

Catherine 💙🎨



Color is contained

Fluttering between the lines

Then learns to fly.


So yesterday I got brave and joined the Leamington art group. There was a flyer in the shop about Art at the Marina. There’s still a gap for vendors and boy do I have a painting stash to sell….so I might just do it.

The scary part is artists usually spend weeks getting organised for it and it’s in two weeks aargh!

I have no idea if you have to provide your own panels and desk. I’m thinking not nut you need someone to help you put it together – Phil? 😂

He doesn’t know this plan yet he’s away every week at the moment. He’ll be thrilled to help on a Saturday morning. I wish I knew where to get matt boards but I might at least get frames for some of my watercolors. I think I also need something with my name on.

Is anyone else a last minute go for it person?

Catherine 💙🎨

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