What we get up to in lockdown



Norfolk Wildflowers

For some time now I have turned my ‘artistic’ attention to the wildflowers growing in our neighbourhood meadows and hedgerows.  They have become such an absorbing interest that I decided this year to attempt to grow some myself.
Having sourced the seeds online I sowed them in modules in our greenhouse in March and decided to monitor their progress by sketching them as they develop.

Art, Skye and The Outer Hebrides

If you are looking for a place where you can relax in the sun with a glass of chilled white wine in hand then sadly, I cannot recommend you follow in our footsteps.
However, if horizontal wind and rain, interspersed with sun, amazing scenery, some glorious sunsets, and a dram of whisky are your thing, onwards to Skye and the Outer Hebrides. We were touring during September in our campervan.


I thought I would let you know my experience of down- sizing and moving my home and Studio to a new location.

I had a bit of a tough time a couple of years ago, losing my husband and Mum in very quick succession, so when I found myself rattling around in a three bedroom house on my own, I decided to downsize into a Park Home.

Fact or Fiction? *

In these times that we have so much to think about, I wanted to share one of my artistic adventures.

I had recently moved to a new area and was eager to find a way into the local art scene. Delivering flyers for a workshop I was planning, I stumbled onto a fine art and antique gallery. It was a funky sort of place with a good buying public. The well-connected gallery owner, Mr A, was eager for me to bring my work by.

A visit to the ‘Art Deco by the Sea’ exhibition

Art Deco by the Sea

Art Deco by the Sea

It was a wet and blustery day for our visit, so we were relieved to reach the shelter of the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich. A quick coffee, then we joined the 12 pm guided tour of the Art Deco By the Sea exhibition. Our guide was so knowledgeable and dedicated, almost losing her voice but she valiantly soldiered on.  She was quite happy for us to dip in and out of the tour as we walked round.

There was something for everyone really…. paintings, furniture, pottery and textiles, all beautifully staged and curated.

Solo Exhibition Sue Welfare

Local Artist and Printmaker, Sue Welfare, will be exhibiting her work at Welney Wetlands Trust from 1st March 2020 until April 30th 2020

Sue’s work – primarily consisting of limited edition linocuts – is inspired by the Norfolk landscape and its diverse wildlife.

Helen Breach, On my Own

‘Fortissimo’ oil on canvas

‘Fortissimo’ oil on canvas

Solo Exhibition at The Theatre Royal, Norwich

26 March – 22 May 2020

Artworks that convey intense emotion through simple forms and bright colours.  
Inspired by sound and movement, this exhibition of entirely new works by Helen Breach oscillate between figurative and abstract.

Society of Graphic Fine Art

99th Annual Open Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London.

Les Williams, a WNAA member is also President of the Society of Graphic Fine Arts, who are the only national society dedicated to promoting drawing in all mediums in traditional and contemporary formats.

Anyone with an interest in drawing is invited to enter for selection at the UK’s premier gallery space.’

Follow up, “Why Do We Paint?”

Roger Julien Dufour, Veuve de l'île de Sein (Widow of the Isle of Sein)

Roger Julien Dufour, Veuve de l’île de Sein (Widow of the Isle of Sein)

Following on from my question “Why do we paint?” in December’s Update, I have carried out further research via the internet [technology can have its rewarding side!] into the source of the tiny print, which was hanging on a cafe wall in Ireland, and so inspired me 22 years ago. It has thrown up some very interesting information, and posed yet more questions.