Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Special offer

There's not much on the horizon workwise so I've decided to offer a discount for a limited time to hopefully boost commission bookings. Fingers crossed it works:-))


Monday, 27 December 2010


This is another Christmas gift. This is my Grandaughter Izzy. I've never done an official people portrait before but I'm really happy with the result. It took me a while to get her skin tone as I wanted but now I've completed a person I would have a better idea of colours to use for any future subjects.


Another Christmas commission. Dylan a cute Jack Russell.

Priscilla and Elvis

This is one of my Christmas commissions. A pair of gorgeous Labradoodles. They were really lovely to do with all the curly fur. Hopefully they were well received on Christmas day.

Thursday, 2 December 2010


This is a portrait that I completed a while ago but I couldn't post it as it was for a gift. Anyway he's now been presented and well received.

Einstein was adopted from a rescue centre as a puppy. He had been found in an abandoned fridge in the desert with his brothers and sisters. He went to a loving home and lives in California with Darwin the Dalmation whose portrait I did a few years ago.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Other original artwork

I've put some of my other original artwork on the auction site Ideal Christmas gifts at a greatly reduced price than on my website. Happy bidding everyone.

Swan of St Neots. Item number 34456476

Field of Crimson. Search item number 34456556
Field of Crimson II. Search item number 34117825

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

1956 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis finished

Latest Classic car is finished subject to my clients approval. Hope he likes it.

Back to the pets for my next commission piece. A Jack Russell terrier this time.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

1956 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis

Here's my next classic car commission a 1956 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis. It's progressing well so far.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Landscape finished

The landscape is finished. Quite a challenge but I got there in the end. I think I may have a go at some non commission landscapes when I get the chance. I've enjoyed it although I was 'stumbling around in the dark' so to speak until I got the hang of what colours and mark making would achieve the effect I was after.

Could be another car next or a Jack Russell depending on which photos arrive first. Watch this space :-))

Friday, 29 October 2010

Something different

A couple more updates on the landscape.

Something different

This is my latest commission that I'm working on. A landscape which is a first for me. I'm actually quite enjoying it now I've got into the swing of things. It's taken about 25 hours so far. The rocks and the sea have been quite difficult to get the effect that I wanted. I suppose, as with anything, practice makes perfecrt. Maybe I should have a go at some more landscape pictures.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Koda and Hugo Boss

Here are a couple of portraits that I completed a few weeks ago but couldn't post as they were for gifts.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

1955 Cadillac finished

I think the Caddy is finished but I'm just waiting for my clients approval.

Next commission is a landscape, which I've never done before (not as a commissioned piece anyway)

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

1955 Cadillac

Here's the latest Caddy updates. I've just made a start on the front bumper area so it's a bit slow going now.

Monday, 4 October 2010

1955 Cadillac

I've made some more progress on the Cadillac. More highlights needed on the metalwork yet to give it shape. Hopefully more later.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Christmas cards

I've added two new Christmas card designs to my website. Hope you like them.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Christmas cards

I now have a selection of hand painted Christmas cards available via my website All cards are unique and could be framed by the recipient as mini original artworks. All designs are copyright Joanne Simpson.

I've now got four pet portraits completed that I can't show as they're all for gifts. It's a bit frustrating having to wait to show them.

Next I think it's another car.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Where do I start??

Oh no I'm just so rubbish at this blogging!!! The days are just flying by. I completed the Black lab commission (sorry can't post until October). I've then had a little holiday. We went to visit some friends who live in Suffolk. Had a lovely time. We travelled down early on the Saturday and had a lovely walk in Dunwich forest in the afternoon. Pip and Oscar(his bezzy mate German Shepherd) had a fab time running around. We saw some Dartmoor ponies, no I've not lost the plot with Dartmoor ponies in Suffolk. They have a scheme in operation whereby they are integrating the Dartmoor ponies into the area. We came across 2 youngsters first who were not in the least bothered by our presence. Of course I'd forgotton to take my camera.....derr!!! Further along the walk we saw another group of 4 who were older but still not fazed by bounce about Pip and Oscar.

Sunday we went to a local fete. Made the mistake of taking Pippy dog , who unfortunately is not good on the lead. he dragged us there and then was so unsettled trying to 'round up' our group, we decided to take him back to Denise and Davids. There was a flying display later in the afternoon which we were able to watch from D and D's garden.

Monday we went into Aldeburgh, I just love this village, a mix of quaint cottages and larger buildings. Some brightly painted. I've been to Aldeburgh on several ocassions over the years but I particularly wanted to go and visit Peter Williams' exhibiton at the cinema gallery. Not to be disappointed. Pete is a fab artist. Having 'known' Pete via the internet over a number of years it was nice to meet him in person. We had a good chat about his art and I bought a print of a Sea horse that is awash with colour. We then went and had lunch at a hotel on the seafront and watched the waves crashing onto the pebbly beach. A really nice sight and sound when you live nowhere near the coast.

Tuesday, poor Den had to go to hoo...... but one thing I wanted to do whilst I was there was to have fish and chips on the pier at Southwold. Now as some of you will know I'm on some new diabetic medication which supresses my appetite, so I had to make sure I got the smallest portion of fish and chips out of the three of us. By heck it was DELICIOUS. Didn't manage all my chips but ate all the fish which was my goal:-))

Back home on Wednesday and then 'pottering' about for the rest of the week.

Soooooo this week back to the grindstone. I should have started a Morkie(Yorkie and Maltese cross) for an overseas customer but hadn't received the photos so have done a white cat commission and started a cross breed dog today. I can't post any pics at the mo as they're all for surprise gifts.

New meds are going well. Have lost 16lbs so far and feel fab. I've been really lucky as I've had no side effects to speak of. Blood sugar levels seem good but I really could do with an HBA1c test to see what my long term average is to see improvement level. Due at the hospital at the end of the month so should know more then.

Right off to sort dinner as Roy is due home anytime.

Hope everyone is keeping well.

Friday, 20 August 2010

1952 Cadillac finished

Well the Cadillac is finished subject to her owners approval. I'm just waiting for him to get back to me. Hopefully he'll like her.

Next commission is a Black Labrador which I'm hoping to start on Monday.

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

1952 Cadillac

This is where I got upto yesterday. Ideally I'd like to finish this today but there's alot of chrome work left to do which is slow going.