Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Dance

I am very happy at the moment. I have moved to Weybridge (which is lovely), into a new flat that is spacious and old (also lovely), and I'm about to go on holiday (fantastic!).

The last couple of months have been so busy, there has been so much to sort out. Somedays I hardly felt like my feet were on the ground, like I was being swept along by everything. But now I've landed on my feet, and it's a good feeling.

I will now get everything else back on track, well after my holiday I will.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Super busy, and another lady with horns

I am meeting myself coming back at the moment.

I move back down south next week and have the longest to do list of things I need to get done before I go. Plus I'm trying to see as many friends and family, that I'll leaving behind, before I go. Not an easy juggling act.

So I made sure a very good friend got her birthday prezzie, a Lady Jackalope canvas: Right can't stop, speak soon. x x x

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Lady Jackalope Number 2

For some reason this is an image I keep coming back to at the moment. I've drawn several versions of this lady and I have a feeling I'll be drawing a few more yet.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Monday, August 02, 2010

Lady Jackalope

One of the things I've really loved doing recently is getting back into painting. I had an oval canvas that has been sitting around for months just waiting for something to happen to it.
One smudgy sketch later, and it was ready for a duck egg blue wash of acrylic. I like remixing the colour with extra green and blue as I build up layers, I think it gives more texture.
Next I added a lovely deep ultramarine blue to create a bold forest background. I have to be careful not to get carried away painting branches, painting trees is something I've never got out of my system.
Then I added some more colours. I could have done the whole thing in a glorious indulgence of blues and greens, but sometimes a little red and purple goes a long way.
I then like to put the painting to one side for a bit, somewhere where I can see it and stare at it. I then gradually add the details - the shadows and highlights until what I see matches with what I had imagined it would look like: And sometimes the painting isn't quite what I started out to do but is a nice surprise t the end.
I'll be listing 'Lady Jackalope' for sale tomorrow at 9.00pm GMT. I'll post the details here.
More paintings on their way, real soon. x

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I'm back

Hello again.
I took at bit of a break from the blogging world. I needed some time to get myself together and plan, there are big changes ahead.
I went on holiday to Devon, where I spent a glorious week looking after chickens, going to the beach, riding a tandem bike and best of all...
visiting a sculpture garden:
These are just a few of my favorite pieces from if you're ever in the area you should visit. It was a really lovely place rammed full of inspiring work.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

And to continue the mushroom theme:

Every now and then I like to try drawing with colour instead of black ink. I find it changes the way I approach an image and I get less bogged down in detail. So recently I have been picking up my paintbrush, instead of a pen, and doodling with my favourite colours. Here is the result of one of my doodles - a pair of fine blue and purple mushrooms, the print of which is for sale at etsy:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Peeky Peeky - Toadstool Cluster

The latest print to hit the shop is the 'Toadstool Cluster'. Here's a peek but to see more you'll have to head over to etsy or to my new Facebook page

Monday, June 14, 2010


There has been lots of summer rain recently, but I'm still feeling summery... bring on the sunshine.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Toadstools - unfinished

I'm mid way through adding colour to these toadstools, I'll be selling prints of the finished piece when it's ready. I quite like it as black and white though, so maybe I should do prints of both... I'll have a think about it.

It's a glorious sunny day so I'm tempted to spend it in the garden, or with friends. Maybe painting will have to wait today.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Quick Rabbit

I have been super busy, but I've not forgotten my little blog. I have several things to share, which I will, just not right now. While I'm away I'll leave you with this little rabbit....

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Mushies - in the shop!

I have finally got round to adding some Mushies to the shop. Up untill now I've only been delling them at craft fairs. Each one is a one off, I never use the same design and colour combination twice. They are individually numbered, each comes with it's own mini card and presentation box with tissue paper grass.
Hoorah for all things mushroomy.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Don't let truth get in the way of a good story

Yesterday I saw Oliver Jeffers (and his amazing moustache) in conversation with Martin Salisbury at the College of Communication London. Apologies that in the photos he's just a head emerging from a bunch of flowers.... Oliver is a bit of a hero of mine, not just for the moustache but as an illustrator of stars and penguins, and book eating boys. He was quite entertaining to listen to and my favourite quote/nugget of wisdom from the talk was 'Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story', a moto to live by I reckon. He lives the dream - making a living from drawing & painting, living in New York but travelling the world.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Art Monster

I'm doing a workshop at the Lock Gallery in June - making monsters with kids during half-term. I'm really looking forward to it, we're still at the planning stage but I thought I'd share the little art monster I've drawn with you, I think he may become our logo/mascot for the event.
I have another Art fair to prepare for in March. Oooo and I'm going to see Oliver Jeffers (my hero) in Conversation with Martin Salisbury at London College of Communication, I can't wait.... Woop! You can see him in video here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Gothic logo

I had a fun project recently, a friend of a friend was starting a company called 'Offbeat and Macabre' and they asked me to do their logo. It'd bean a while since I last did something a bit darker so I really enjoyed drawing skulls, thorny branches and cobwebs. I guess there's still a part of me that is still a 15 year old goth, and it was nice to let her out for a while.

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