Playing with leaves

I haven’t been blogged for a while and the reason is this. I have been quite ill. My lovely neice Rosie was here and we were busy making art in my studio and I was feeling as well as could be.  But, I woke up on the Sunday morning doubled up in pain and ended up being rushed to hospital in an ambulance, where I stayed for four days with drips and all sorts going into my arm, they were not sure if they were going to operate or not so no food and no water apart from the saline drip made me pretty sick.  I had inflamed and infected diverticuli and the surgeon was worried it my burst. Anyway enough of that. It was two weeks ago I feel great and my energy is coming back. 

Hence a lot of leaves  were painted from my mostly reclined position on the sofa. Total rest the Dr. said and I obeyed. Although I managed to paint. I went pottering in the garden with Rosie and picked some vine leaves, juniper berries, sage and rosehips and wanted to work from figurative to abstract. The trouble was I couldn’t do too much without becoming exhausted. But here is the sequence of my paintngs followed by a few I painted a few years ago. In my next blog I will be talking about next years painting trips.






And a few from several years ago that I painted for a special dinner that I was catering for in St Emilion and used the leaves at place names.

Random Leaves 1

Random leaves


See you soon and if you want to look at next years trips please take a peak on my website Paint Provence with Tess  a bientot.




  1. Lee isbell

    Did you use the new flat brush you love to do those little square berries/blossoms? I got the brush for me and Melissa for Christmas. I hope I have some time after Christmas to try out the new brush.


  2. Joan Lippincott


    So sorry to hear about all this. My husband went thru the same illness several years ago…very challenging. I’m so glad to hear that you are recovering successfully. I hope to work with you in the coming year.

    Warm regards,


    Joan LaNoue Lippincott, PhD 52 West 12th Street New York, New York 10011 Tel. 212.691.2365



  3. Anne

    Glad you are on the mend! I wonder what set that off? Those leaves are beautiful. The kids like your painting, so do I! It was Trevor’s last gift to me, so it is special. Love Annexx


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