Olympic Farewell

Hello! The success of the Paralympic Games in Sochi was great to see. Team GB were the UK’s most successful Winter Olympians ever, simply amazing. I’ve made a collection of drawings from both events as a new page, with a little reminder here. Spring is well on its way and time to leave the snow behind. Thank you for following, see you very soon. Here are my drawings:

Olympic Girl Power!

Hello! How wonderful it is to see Sochi again with the start of the Paralympic Games! This post is dedicated to the brilliant Team GB skiers, Kelly Gallagher and Jade Etherington with their guides, Charlotte Evans and Caroline Powell. Brilliant performances from them have seen a haul of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, the first British women so to do. Brilliant! Here are my drawings:

Olympic blues

Hello! The last few days coming up. I noticed that there are many shades of blue all over the place – not least in the eyes of Team GB’s Women’s Curling team, which I have found very difficult to capture! But there is the blue of the night sky, blues of team uniforms and the emotional blues that this great event is coming to an end. Here are my drawings:

Olympic Thrills and spills

Hello! Back to sporting action – a selection of thrills and spills. Whether indoors on the ice or outside in the sunshine or even in snowflakes the size of dinner-plates, they’re all wonderful to see! Here are my drawings:

Olympics, sochi

Olympic Sunshine

Hello! The past three days have been so packed with sport, I confess to playing catch up! Part of my problem is that I’ve been distracted by the beauty of the mountains and scenery at Sochi – very, very beautiful. The weather was glorious at the weekend, today there is rain but either way, the mountains are breathtaking. Here are my drawings:

Snow into Spring

The winter in Britain this year has been exceptional, one of the worst in recent memory. This week we’ve seen farmers desperately trying to rescue their sheep and cattle, buried deep in snow drifting over the hedges where they sought shelter. Where the sun breaks through there is a slow thaw, but in the hedgerows it hangs on. The nights have been crystal clear and bitter cold with bright moonlight. The clocks change to British Summer Time tonight but the summer seems a very long way off. Last night, the moon called me at 3 o’clock and as always, lured…

Food under the plum tree, (January 2013), Maxine Dodd

January blues

This week the weather steadied – snow bedded deep and days were cold. The whiteness is wearing and we’re all tired. I ventured out  to meet my friend Sheila who was painting nearby, but mostly continued work in the garden. Along with my usual pen and watercolour, I changed to oil paint on board for the first time in a long while. I felt that I needed paint with substance to convey the scene. I made four small paintings of our trees, birds and hedgerow at the end of the garden next to the field, making wilder marks as I…