Thursday, April 28, 2011

Graphic.

There is something about design books with large full colour pages that will always turn me into a kid in a sweetshop. I want them all, and I want them now, and I will never have enough.

My addiction is costly, and my bookcase is bursting so I have held back from buying any for a while. However, when I realised I had a gift voucher for Amazon I happily slipped off the wagon and bought this: What could be more indulgent for a scribble geek like me than poking my nose into the sketch books of 110 artists & designers and seeing how they created and form their ideas. It's 352 pages of pure wonder and enjoyment, so I don't care if there is a Royal Wedding on, or if it rains, I'm busy with my nose in a book.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Today I am a Storm Cloud

This is a personal piece. I'm not often moody, but every now and then I wake up grumpy. Normally because I was disturbed while sleeping, but some days - just because.
On days like that I'm stormy, unpredictable (even I'm a little uncertain what I'll say), and generally hard to control. Those around me tend to just head for shelter, batten down the hatches, and give me the space I need to blow it all out of my system. I love them for the fact they put up with me, even when I know I don't make it easy.
I think this is an image I will rework a few times and a theme I might explore futher.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Also added:



Get them from the shop ickleson.etsy.com. More will be added over the next few days.



Peppermint Bunny



Next to be added to my little shop: ickleson.etsy.com is the 'Peppermint Bunny'. As lovingly drawn and painted as evera a bunny was, this one is stripey as well.

It has been glorious weather here in Surrey. Makes me really appreciate where I live - lots of wildlife and woodland. Planning to get down to the river over the Easter weekend, maybe hire a boat and just drift along.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Bushy Tail

I have spent many happy hours drawing and painting a series of small compostions. The first of which is this 'Bushy Tail'. Japanese brush pen, watercolour, hand drawn border, oval mount:

Made with watercolour paper, cream card stock and covered on the back with brown paper. I have signed the back, and written the title.I've made a few - every single one of them different, and will be adding them to the shop over the next few days, so there is a chance to pick up an affordable original little painting... if you want.


Saturday, April 02, 2011

Inky square number 2 - Owl



This is just a little thumbnail detail of my little owl drawing that I've just added to the shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71335420/inky-square-no-2-owl-orginal

I'm very lucky where I live, I'm surrounded by big old trees which are home to woodpeckers, jackdaws, jays, blue tits and many other fabulous birds. I often see them from my desk and occasionally get a glimpse of a heron on his way to pinch fish out of a neighbour's pond. I find it great inspiration to see them all birding around - especially now it's spring.

I have a feeling there will be more bird drawings coming soon.


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