Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


Welcome to my blog.
This is where I write about some of the things that inspire my work,
news of exhibitions and works in progress

Monday, 31 January 2011

Reid's Palace Madeira

I am just back from my holiday in Madeira. I painted this watercolour sitting by the sea looking up at this sugar pink building perched on a cliff and surrouded by palms and exotic plants.
This elegant and luxurious hotel was one of the first built on the island. I have been there for afternoon tea. I sat on the balcony under the arches with the terra cotta roof.
People go there to celebrate special birthdays and anniversaries. Winston Churchill used to stay there.
This view is from the Royal Savoy.
This painting is for sale in my etsy shop here

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Winter Beauties

These winter flowering shrubs are looking good today in the winter sun. They are all perfumed too.

Hammamaelis mollis pallida

Winter honeysuckle


and promise of Spring, some bulbs coming through.