Saturday, 5 March 2011


Voyage to the Outer Skerries charcoal, chalk & graphite on canvas

Having spent the last few months in my studio drawing and making paintings I have to get back to the sea - am feeling frustrated with being cooped up inside - I need to walk along the cliffs and feel the wind and taste the salt and watch those waves.... so I'm going back for a fleeting visit.... to become re-invigorated. Am not going to take my drawing stuff, although I will probably regret this decision, but it will be a good discipline just to look and remember.

Have been working on another large drawing (72"x48") they take so long to make and I emerge from the studio as though I've been down a coal mine, I've also been battling with some paintings that merge historical images into the painted surface (not quite there yet). Have made a couple of paintings of waves, which I think have worked...

Shetland waves oil on canvas 60"x48"

Shetland waves oil on canvas 36"x36"

These will all be going to my show in June at the Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland.

But I really really really need to make some larger paintings -

Feeling very excited about getting back to Shetland next week!!!!!


  1. Hi Janette, I love your work,the sketchbooks and paintings. Hope you are getting out in some wild weather up there, not too wild for large canvasses. I struggle in the cold, I tend to take photographs and try and work form memory. Seeing your work really gives me a yearning to be out at sea though.

  2. Drawing and painting out of doors and on the sea (well maybe not so much the painting bit) is the only way to really get a sense of it all.

  3. Janette, I am so glad I found your blog. Its really lovely and so inspiring. Its great to see the way you practice and your work looks fantastic..