Thursday, 31 January 2013


 The 30 x 30 Painting Challenge

Final Collage

All the paintings I submitted to the 30 Day Challenge can be seen here and by the end of the challenge I had 19 daily paintings completed.  I found it a valuable experiment which I may well try again sometime, perhaps!  I found it a struggle to broaden my choice of subject, and try not care too much about the end result, as it was the process that was most valuable. 
Most of the paintings are on this site, and the titles are as follows:

1. Lilac Trees  2. Autumn in Stratford-on-Avon  3. Dress Rehearsal   
4. Deep Snow in Winter   5. Western Point   6. Venice at Dawn   
   7. The Villa    8. Little Rock River Falls   9. A Study of Roses   
10. Going Home   11. Midnight Blues Guitar   12. The Winner

13. Time for Tea!  14. The Wait   15. Poinsettia

16. Robin in Winter   17.  The Pink House  18. The Rose   
 19. The Mill

All paintings ©Jules Art Gallery

Wednesday, 30 January 2013


Day 30 of the 30 Day Painting Challenge

"Autumn in Stratford upon Avon"

Stratford-upon-Avon, home of 'the bard' - Shakespeare. 
This is a small watercolour painted from an old photograph I found 
during my panic to find something to paint!
I particularly like the tree on the right, 
with its bending branches heavy with golden leaves.

"Autumn in Stratford Upon Avon"

9" x 12"

©Jules Art Gallery
30th January 2013

Wednesday, 23 January 2013


Day 23 of 30 Day Painting Challenge

 Inspired by the view over countryside, during this past winter.

"The snow laid deep over the valley, while the ruins of  the Castle lay
hidden in their shroud of white mystery, as if never there...."

"Deep Snow in Sarum"
8" x 12"
©Jules Art Gallery
23rd January 2013

Only Available as a Print

Sunday, 20 January 2013


Day 18 of 30 Day Painting Challenge

"Venice at Dawn"

Today's painting is a quick little Venetian sketch in oil  for a larger painting.

"Venice at Dawn"
20th January 2013
10" x 10"
©Jules Art Gallery
Oil on canvas board 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013


Day 16 of 30 Day Painting Challenge

"Robin in Winter"

For today's painting I decided to paint a Robin from one of the photographs that
I had taken a while ago. I spent so long trying to get the feathers right
that I didn't have much time left for the background but finally
decided on this one with an apt wintry atmosphere! The poor Robin 
is hanging onto the branch for dear life in the cold north wind
that is blowing all his feathers around!

"Robin in Winter"
8" x 8"
©Jules Art Gallery
16th January 2013

Sunday, 13 January 2013


"The Basket"

A Still Life with Gourds, Onions and Pumpkin.

I missed posting for a few days on the daily painting challenge, 
so instead I am posting a pastel still life which I have been working on.  
I added some onions - as it is "unlucky" to have an empty basket!.
 It took a while to get the composition right, but I am very pleased with the result.

"The Basket"Pastel8" x 12"

©Jules Art GalleryJanuary 2013

Wednesday, 9 January 2013


Day 9 of 30 Day Painting Challenge

"The Mill"

Here is a pastel sketch I have done today from a watercolour painting of
Grist Mill which I painted during a paint along class
with Johannes Vloothuis.

 This particular pastel sketch however is not supposed to represent Grist Mill
and is much smaller, but rather it depicts a general impression of the area
and the fast flow of the water.

"The Mill"
7.5" x 7.5"
Pastel and Watercolour

© Jules Fine Art Gallery 2013

10th January 2013

Tuesday, 8 January 2013


Day 8 of 30 Day Painting Challenge

"The Winner"

Many, many years ago when I was about 14 years old, 
my Aunt asked me to paint her a picture of a horses head. 

Although I tried several times I could never get it right and eventually gave up trying. 
However,  I have never forgotten my promise of long ago and now I have 'finally' managed it.

This is a racehorse I named appropriately "The Winner" because I feel victorious at having finally accomplished the horses head that has long been on my 'to do' list. 

By the way, I sent my Aunt the painting, and she was so delighted!  However, told me in her letter that it was such a surprise as she had no memory of asking for a painting of a horses head, and had no idea I thought she would still be waiting for one !!! 
Funny, how life is, huh?

"The Winner"
12" x 8"
Watercolour and Pastel
©Jules Art Gallery
9th January 2013
Private Collection

Saturday, 5 January 2013


Day 5 of 30 Day Painting Challenge

"Midnight Blues Guitar"

I start this challenge with a small painting of a fabulous
midnight blue  -  blues guitar! The background is
in pastel wash and the guitar is in acrylics,
and highlighted with gold.

"Midnight Blues Guitar"
8" x 8"
Acrylic and Pastel
©Jules Art Gallery
5th January 2013

Friday, 4 January 2013

At the start a January Challenge

 Well here I am at last after a few hiccups in getting this blog going!! I discovered that learning to blog is at first confusing and not so simple as you would think.

My aim here is to document my painting progress from now on, starting with a Daily Painting Challenge, which you can also follow on Leslie Saeta's blog 'Slices of Life'.

I am not sure if I will paint EVERY day...but I will give it a try and see what happens.
Although I have painted most of my life and dabbled in various mediums and genres, I hope this experiment in blogging will be enjoyable as well as enlightening, if not to anyone else then specifically for me.

The Challenge has already started, and so I arrive late but none the less enthusiastic. So let's go!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013



"The Mill,  Pont Aven, Brittany, France"
11"  x  9"
Summer 1993
Private Collection

© Jules Fine Art Gallery 2017

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