Sunday, 31 October 2010

Colchester Zoo, Essex

I had a fantastic day at Colchester Zoo today with Jan and her son Tayte. It was spooky Hallow'een Day at the zoo, so it was open late with lots of scarey themed events including a visit to the frightening forest and the ghost train (yes, I did scream). I don't generally like the idea of animals kept in captivity, but Colchester Zoo is very well maintained and the animals seem very happy in their surroundings. My favourites, as ever, are the giraffes, penguins and goats. We were very lucky to see the penguins be fed on this occasion. As you can see, Jan and Tayte had their faces painted. LOL.


Friday, 15 October 2010

'Forever Waiting' - NEW coastal landscape painting

'Forever Waiting' by Andrea Farmer
Recently featured on my blog as a work in progress, here is the now completed painting entitled 'Forever Waiting'. This is the latest addition to my coastal landscape collection. This painting was inspired by my visit to Wivenhoe, Essex and the abandoned rowing boats there. Created in oil, ink and mixed media on 305 x 305 mm box canvas.

You can purchase this painting from my online gallery.

'White Heat' in Etsy Treasury

Many thanks to Etsy member 'WhiteRabbit7' for featuring my wool wreath 'White Heat' in their Etsy Treasury entitled 'You Can't Catch Me'.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

'Coastal Poppies' - NEW work on paper

'Coastal Poppies' by Andrea Farmer
'Coastal Poppies' is the latest addition to my works on paper collection. Created in oil and ink on 300gsm oil paper, this 250 x 175 mm artwork is supplied unframed and wrapped in cellophane for protection.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

From Maldon to Heybridge Basin

Todays outing was a VERY long walk from Maldon to Heybridge Basin, Essex. Heybridge Basin is located at the end of the 13 mile Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation and contains the sea lock which joins the canal to the Blackwater estuary. It boasts stunning views and lots of wildlife. Hubby and I followed the coastal path all the way to the lock where we stopped for lunch in The Old Ship pub, before walking back to Maldon.

Oaklands Museum, Chelmsford

On Monday hubby and I visited Oaklands Museum. Home of Grayson Perry's pot 'The Chelmsford Sissies'  there was also a fantastic collection of art, coins, ceramics, pottery and glass - alongside exhibitions about Community Life, The Story of Chelmsford and Natural Sciences. You can also visit The Essex Regiment Museum and The Essex Yeomanry. The museum is situated in Oaklands Park, off Moulsham Street in Chelmsford, Essex. Admission is free. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.


Monday, 11 October 2010

Saturday, 9 October 2010


I spent much of last night working on a new floral landscape painting. As I work in oil, I generally have to work in layers, allowing the first layer of paint to dry before applying the second and so on. Last night I made a start on the flowers. These will need more detail, as will the background. It will take a few more sessions to complete this painting. I will post the final version here on my blog.


Friday, 8 October 2010