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This section of my catalogues of work is becoming full of the unexpected. Do follow the stories through to the end, you are sure to find some surpises!

I have written my notes in chronological order, my latest work first, and the prices ( exc. postage and packing) are shown underneath each set of images.  Enjoy your browse, it has been an interesting journey for me ..................

 

Wren Jug

Another fortunate discovery at Sarah's Attic, Monks Eleigh and it has stood in my stable for some time.  

After the usual priming, I was undecided on the design and thought I would paint it once I knew its likely home.  So it became a gift to a friend and I am pleased to say she loved it. 

 

                                      

 

Owl and Pond Churns ........

The full story of how I came to be commissioned to paint these two 30 gallon milk churns is explained under the Fox and Hare photographs below.  On collecting them, Lynn wanted two more painting!  One, with an owl theme, was to be a present for her daughter, who loves Barn Owls and Little Owls and the second, to be painted with a pond theme, was to be for herself.  Lynn's only particular preference was that her churn would include a Heron and some yellow pond iris. The Owl churn was relatively straightforward to design, the pond one was a bit more of a challenge however, as I needed to include water into the painting.  I am very pleased with the finished work and I hope Lynn is too.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this whole project.

           

           

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Fox and Hare Churns .......

I was contacted by a client who wanted a couple of old milk churns painted, they had sentimental value to her as they were left over from when she used to have a dairy herd.  Lynn is a very accomplished photographer and had a specific vision in mind, using some of her own photos of foxes and hares.  Being predominently a bird artist this was going to be a challenge!  When the churns arrived I was quite surprised by their size, they were huge!  And heavy!  

So, after a couple of weeks, I had completed the churns and when Lynn turned up, she was delighted with them.  So much so that she presented me with two more!  Let's see what I can do with them!

 

           

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    Watering Can .......... 

 

     I saw this well used, nicely battered old watering can as I was leaving Brett Gallery  .........  

    in Sarah's Attic next door.  It just appealed to me.  Swallows seemed a perfect choice

    of subject as the excitement of summer approaches and our gardens need our daily attention. 

 

           

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Seabirds Churn ......

I love painting these French vintage milk churns and was excited to start this seabird themed one.
I wanted to use birds that complemented each other with the colouring, so I chose the Oyster Catcher and Puffins.  This was used as an umbrella stand at work for a couple of weeks, then it sold !

           

 

           

 Price £250.00 
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 Garden Churn........

My churns, from such an unlikely start as I have explained below, are turning out to be quite popular. Here is my third!  I have chosen a spring theme as it is now early April, trying to create an uplifting piece set in a cottage garden with several of my favourite birds adorning the fence.  You will see a sparrow, great tit, wren, chaffinch and robin together with butterflies, bees and snail.  Wrapped around the pales are honeysuckle and roses, both of which feature in other garden bird paintings of mine.

                   

 

                  
 Price £250.00 
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I saw this lovely shaped terracotta pot for sale and I thought I just had to have it, no idea what I was going to paint on it though! I just loved the shape.
 
It took me ages to think of a design that would wrap around the whole pot so I went through my gallery and my puffins jumped out! An obvious choice in the end!  After two coats of primers had dried I could sketch on the design and, as it is quite a large pot, I had to paint it on its side propped up with cushions! I also had to paint standing so it was a challenge for my back! Then two coats of varnish were applied to make it durable and protect the design.
 
Really happy with the end result.   SOLD at Brett Gallery, Monks Eleigh

                                                                                          

Price £150.00 ( Height 24" )

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Here are two views of my second milk churn, a beautiful winter's setting this time.  The story of how I came to start painting on milk churns, and now other artifacts, is explained below.

My subjects for this one are Redwings and Waxwings.  The original paintings of these two birds sold quickly and have been popular in my subsequent limited edition print runs.  One commission I received was to complete a pair of pictures and they look well together, either side of my customer's on fireplace.  It seemed fitting to repeat the idea on this churn.   I have taken it to show Brett Gallery and I was delighted with the reaction.  It is now been added to my range for sale there!  Do call by and take a look, it is quite unique and certainly "One of a Kind" .............. ! SOLD at Brett Gallery, Monks Eleigh.                

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Here is another in my inaugural range ....... painting on old churns, watering cans and now a jug!  I am publishing these new pieces as I finish them, rather than chronologically so, as you trail through this page, you will see how this new aspect of displaying my art arose.  Once again, I discovered this memento in Sarah's Attic, Monks Eleigh.  Her Aladdin's Cave is situated opposite Brett Gallery where my paintings are exhibited, so you can imagine that I have become a frequent visitor.  Exploring Sarah's collection of memorabilia is a joy in itself and I am forever surprised at my discoveries, frequently finding new ideas.  You should see more in the months to come.  I love my traditional work but I am finding this change most therapeutic.  I will admit I am struggling to release this for sale and have already tried it in our conservatory.  As well as painting it, I am getting great pleasure from it visually.  It would make a lovely vase too!  

                          

                                                                                                                                           

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 Following the success of the milk churn project, which I have descibed below, I was visiting Brett Gallery to discuss its progress and discovered this rather battered watering can.  It was for sale in a rather welcoming shop next door, intriguingly called " Sarah's Attic ".  My Dad helped reshape it a touch, yet still retaining that well used look and I started painting the kingfishers, using my now well established preparation techniques.  I particularly like my flying fellow and I think he could become the subject of a painting fairly soon!  I first showed it to a work colleague and friend of my Mum and she has fallen in love it.  I was delighted of course that it had made such an impact!

 

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This project arose from the most unexpected turn of events, a casual conversation as I dropped off another painting to Brett Gallery.  The origin of using a milk churn to display my birds is now well explained in my reviews.  Mary handed me this grubby, well used and somewhat beaten vessel and I drove away thinking "where do I go from here?", "What have a let myself in for?"  I do love a challenge though!

I knew I needed to provide a sound primer base as well as a durable gloss varnish ..... both had to be compatible with my acrylics, as I was determined not to change my medium, it brings out such depth of colour, as well as giving me greater scope for the detail I strive for.  I would not compromise my standards.   I think it is worth noting that the staff at Crown Paints in Ipswich ( after many other enquiries ) went to a great deal of trouble to help my partner source the finishes I needed.  All credit to them, a National Company helping a part time, professional artist and there was only a small tin of each needed !

This is the result.  I was so excited, I couldn't wait to hand it to Mary, who was particularly pleased that I had painted on both sides.  The photographs are outside my Stable Studio in Suffolk, looking down the garden. What a perfect English setting!

Next?  A watering can and a couple of old jugs already sit in my studio.  It all looks like scenes on the deck of one of those splendid canal narrow boats.   

                                           
                  

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Here are some more suprises...................... 

Over the last three years, several of my closest friends have had babies.  I have given a lot of consideration into creating a unique and personal gift for this very special occasion.

 

These keepsake 3D box frame pictures ( Size 14" x 14" ) can be ordered to your individual requirements. For example, they could include your favouite nursery rhyme, picture or verse from a much loved children's book.

 

They have proved very popular and much admired and I have shown some examples on the following pages.

 

Price £35.00

 

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This "Winnie the Pooh" picture was painted for my partner's nephew and wife following the birth of their second daughter, Abigail.

    

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Peter Rabbit was for one of the vets at the practice I work at.  He and his wife Emma chose the above design for their second son Joseph.  The one below was for their first arrival, James.             

       

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SarahBookIMG 04212This one was for my friends, Sarah and Andrew.  Sarah's favourite children's book is "Each, Peach, Pear, Plum" so I really wanted to paint a scene from this classic for her. Baby William is the first boy born into this branch of the Bryce family after a long line of girls!

 

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Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter Rabbit

 

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 This was a gift to some friends who have just had their second daughter. 

 

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