Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gig 2 - James Morrison

Last night I saw James Morrison play at the Shepherd's Bush Empire. It was fantastic, he's such a good singer and the venue is one of those cool old buildings full of quirky plaster mouldings and stuff. Unfortunately I was shorter that the rest of the crowd so I didn't see a whole lot of the action but here are a few shots of the stage. The one above the band bowed just at the second I pressed the shutter... I was destined not to see them!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nick Cave & Francis Bacon

What a combination!!!!
Last night I saw Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds play at Brighton. The support band were awful but Nick more than made up for it by leaping on the stage like a crazed preacher of rock. The music was seriously good, not sing a long pop, but true rock with two drum kits and three keyboard/organs, and a guy with a big beard who switched between fiddle and guitar. Amazing.

Then today I went to London and saw the Francis Bacon Exhibition and the Turner Prize at the Tate Britain. I love Bacon's work although it's a little disturbing I personally find his paintings really compelling and powerful. I especially like his series based on a portrait of a pope... A few years ago I saw an exhibition in Dublin about his life and works. They had taken his actual studio (every little piece, right down to the screwed up bits of paper and dried up paint tubes) and rebuilt it inside the gallery.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Snow bear

The weather man keeps saying it's going to snow but I've not seen one flake! I have took a moment to do a quick digital sketch.
I did give him a little Santa hat and a big wiggly scarf but I think he's better without all that fuss. I'm having a cosy night in tonight as I'm off to see friends and family tomorrow. One of whom is over from Australia who I haven't seen for two years. I hope to catch up with him a few times before he flies back.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The sniffles

I seem to have what can only be called the sniffles. It is not a cold, and I am definitely not ill. I just randomly (or so it seems) sneeze and then sniffle a bit and then I'm fine again. It must be a cold weather phenomenon, the weather men keep saying it is going to snow on friday... I wonder if it is related to that. I do have to fight the urge to wrap up in the biggest duvet I can find and hibernate the winter away.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New home... somewhere

We're searching for a new home. We don't know where and not sure what the crazy house market is actually doing at the moment but we feel it's time to move. I dream of space, of room for a studio at home. The reality is we'll probably end up somewhere even smaller! Either way, in my experience, a home is a home. It's where you curl up at the end of the day, where you feel settled and relaxed. Plus there's nothing better than nosing around other people's while you look. Everyone uses the space differently. I prefer big airy windows, and cosy nooks and crannies, and bookcases up to the ceiling. Pictures on the wall and a little garden that catched the sun in the evening. I sound easily pleased but it's harder than you think!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

And more promo

I cobbled a sort of e postcard out of the illustrations in my earlier post:

I'm really pleased with how it looks. I really want to be busy again, I can't handle just plodding along. I think I need that sense of urgency just to get me going... It's been lovely having time again to see people but at the same time I'd like that sense of achievement back.

Plus we're looking at moving again, so I need all the pennies I can get.


I'm using some of my favourite images as part of an email marketing excercise. I thought I'd go for a nice friendly 'Hello, here I am' attitude. I don't want to agrevate already busy people but if they would like to pop round to my site and see what's there then that would be lovely.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


I am so proud of my new little gif. It's not perfect by any means but hey, it works! I'm starting to tinker with my website again and this is the first new addition. See it in action at

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More toads

I'm having a fab time at the moment planning lots of things to sell at the fair. It also gives me an excuse to develop things that have been lurking in my sketch books. Which really means more of these:

Sunday, November 09, 2008


I've been tinkering around with all sorts recently, but this little guy is one of my favourites. I think he's a bit small to go to a big old craft fair so I'll sell him through etsy. He's a little keepsake pot - he splits in half so you can hide your treasure inside. He'd be perfect for rings, ear rings or beads. I used a dark turquoise/teal paint (which has actually almost run out because I love it so much I use it all the time) and white. He has stripes, spots and swirls and I think he's precious.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

I'll always be a Cov girl

I know I don't live there anymore but I'll be taking part in the Coventry Art Fair. I'm really excited about it because it's about time something like this happened in Cov, a very good friend of mine is organising it and it gives me something I've not done before.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

A little snippet

This is just a little snip of what I'm up to. I'm trying to spend a little more time drawing, getting the ideas out of my head and onto paper where I can do something with them. Problem is while I'm doing that I'm not on here, sorry. I'll post more soon, it'll be good... hopefully.
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