Location: Teignmouth, Devon, United Kingdom

I'm married with two grown up children and four grandchildren, My wife of 47 years is Sue and we are the same age. My two children are Pamela (blogging occasionly under and Roy,who was recently Paralysed from the waist down due to an Absys on his Spine. My 4 grandchildren are (oldest first) Gavin, Hayley, Thomas,and Zoe. Sue and I are both retired and we're disabled too, her with a badly Arthritic back and spine, me with lung (COPD) and Heart problems.I have always loved Fishing (all sorts) Sue started fishing with me about 8 years ago, now she really enjoys it too. We both love m'cycles and m'cycling, Sue owns and rides her own bike which is a Custom 1981 250 Honda.I own a 1979 Honda CX500. We are both members of this motorcycle club ( view or join our club on or see my blog post Dec 2007 blog "Getting old, never", of course we're badly resticted now due to our illness, only riding in really good weather.Just over three years ago we lost our best friend and Baby Mojo the border Collie, Gone but never forgotten. Please feel free to use any of our photo's but do let me know you have used them, thank you.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008


Well this is the blog I promised a few weeks ago. Before going any further I have to say that its going to be a very long blog, so please bear with me. Its all about Sue's other paintings, these are the real life ones. Sue started painting around 25 years ago, just after moving into our present house. The first few attempts were mainly of a small size and of no particular subjects. After a while she tried doing larger sizes from 18"x 12" to as big as 30"x 20" (in Oil), mainly of landscapes, these she never really got into so did very little over the next three or four years. When starting again her love of wildlife took over and thats what she began to paint. Her real loves are Elephants, Big cats, lions, Tigers etc and Dolphins. Over the last 15 or 16 years she has probably done about the same amount of paintings as amount of years. She has always led a busy life working full time until recently, as well as being a housewife. Some of these paintings have taken 16 or 17 months to complete!!, some more are not finished even after over two years. Sue has given a few paintings to family and close friends, plus she's sold about 7-8 more.
These are a few I'm about to show you, starting with some early ones, working down to the latest ones.
Please remember these are pictures of paintings and I'm afraid do get spoilt a little by reflections from the flash.
Above "Bluebell Wood" an early framed picture around 20" x 12".
Above, "Anglers Dawn"the last landscape she painted. This one's around the same time and size.
Above "The Family" one of her first forays into both Elephants and larger paintings, 30" x 20".
Above, "Time for a drink" her first attempt at a single Elephant, again in the larger sizes.
Above, her latest (large) Elephant picture "Hurry for a drink" was finished just about 3 years ago.
Above, A framed picture "I'm watching you" was the first Tiger picture she painted.
Above, "Not Happy" was completed in 2003-4 and is a real favourite of mine. (large unframed).
Above, This one "My Baby" is from around 1999-2000 and was the first large mother, cub one she did.
Above, "The Whole Family"is again one of my favourites, this one really suffers from light reflection which is a real pity.
Below, "We're Relaxed" was again one of the last pictures completed in around 2006-7. Sue has lots more that I havn't shown you and at least three more " under construction" at the moment.
Sue has also done a couple of dolphin pictures but as soon as they are finished someone wants them, hence no photo's.
Please leave comments either good or bad.

Native Wisdom

A salesman is driving toward home in Northern Arizona when he sees a Navajo man hitchhiking. Because the trip had been long and quiet, he stops the car and the Navajo man climbs in.

During their small talk, the Navajo man glances surreptitiously at a brown bag on the front seat between them.

"If you're wondering what's in the bag," offers the salesman, "it's a bottle of wine. I got it for my wife."

The Navajo man is silent for awhile, nods several times and says, "Good trade good trade".


Blogger Bob said...

absolutely stunning full marks wish I could paint.

8:09 pm  
Blogger Changes in the wind said...

Love the joke....giggle, giggle....

2:26 pm  
Blogger Ex-Shammickite said...

I am absolutely "gobsmacked" by these paintings, they are truly stunning. Such a talent. Where does she get her inspiration? (I'm wondering if you have some pet tigers or elephants in the back yard??? I guess not.)
Clever and talented girl. I admire her immensely.

6:26 pm  
Blogger bigbikerbob said...

Hi All, Thanks for the comments.
Ex-shammy, Sue has loads of Natural history books which she looks at for inspiration.

6:56 pm  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

These are fantastic, you are so clever Sue, do you sell any painting? If not then you should.

You have a real gift there and should try and make as much time as possible to paint more wonderful pictures.

Thanks for showing us this Bob!

12:54 pm  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Bob Im Back, WoW Sue is a very talented lady truely beautiful paintings,I just love the family of tigers and the one growling its so life like. Jen

1:30 pm  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...

Oh, my goodness!

These are just wonderful paintings!

I love the animal ones...but my favorite of all is that 'Angler's Dawn' landscape!

Thanks for sharing these!


11:18 pm  
Blogger Gwen said...

Hi Bob & Sue.
Thanks heaps for the great jokes,
your wife sure has talent.
Her paintings of those big cats are
magnificent,talk again soon.

1:54 am  
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