Sunday, 17 August 2014

It has been an interesting summer and I have been busy with all sorts of different things.  I have managed to get into the studio a bit and this week I have really enjoyed putting together a series of characters for a website being designed for gorgeous hand made slippers. The new site will be going live in September and over the next couple of weeks I will be adapting the characters to fit with the photographic images.  It has been a really fun process and I can't wait to see the finished site.

I have also been using social media a lot more with lots of images going onto my Instagram and Twitter. It would be lovely if you could come and visit me there too.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

I am really enjoying collage at the moment.  I'm finding it a really useful tool to free up my drawings.  I now have a tiny pair of scissors and I am gathering a good collection of papers though I am very fond of my buff sugar paper.  I have been spreading my wings onto other social media recently.  Do come and visit me on twitter if you haven't already...

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

I have really enjoyed creating some designs for the OhhDeer t-shirt competition.  The aim is to promote your work through facebook, twitter, instagram etc and OhhDeer will then select a new contributor based on the artists successful promotion and obviously great work.  I'm not sure I have the huge network needed to massively promote the work but I have had a great response to my posts which is fantastic. It is so cheering to put your work out there and have people say lovely things about it.  Keeps you going and inspires further ideas and plans. 

Monday, 21 April 2014

A couple of days ago I managed to waste lots of time fiddling with an early morning doodle to create this repeat pattern.  There is something very satisfying about a repeating pattern.  Being a doodle there are some slightly dodgy moments in the repeat but it has kindled a desire to create some more. I also discovered on You Tube a far easier way of repeating patterns on photoshop so the world is now my oyster and I am itching to get going but school work is the priority for the next couple of days otherwise I will have classrooms full of children and no idea of what to teach them!

Friday, 11 April 2014

I have spent quite a few months putting together 20 designs for printing as greeting cards.  I have finally had them printed and after the excitement of them arriving and packaging them into cello bags I now realise that I need to start selling them and this is mine and many other artists greatest downfall.  I have started to load them into my etsy shop and it feels really good to finally get some work out there.  

I have also entered some work into the OhhDeer competition with one design here and another here.  The competition works on your ability to promote the work through social media so any like/shares or tweets would be very much appreciated! I still have one design to do for them but with the Easter holidays in full swing and new chickens to look at I am currently a bit distracted but I think today might be the day for getting things done.  

Friday, 14 March 2014

Opening up my shed and clearing a space amongst all the winter storage of junk to start screen printing again equates to the first day of spring for me.  My printing career is a very seasonal thing and it makes me so happy to kick off the process all over again.  Selecting designs, cutting stencils, preparing the screen, the colour etc etc.  Etching was my first love and even though I do love painting there is something about a print process that occupies my mind so beautifully and makes me a lot less anxious than painting does.  So, who knows what prints will appear from the shed this year but todays output is the beginnings of a bright pink bunny.  

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

I'm busy at the moment completing 20 greeting card designs ready for the printers.  The past couple of days have involved painting up some number cards and the painting here is for 2 - "Two little butterflies sitting on my hat".  Finished designs will be here soon (my deadline for the printer is end of next week...HELP!)and I am quite excited about the whole thing.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

I am going Rococo crazy after watching  Waldemar Januszczak in his BBC4 programme Rococo: Travel,Pleasure,Madness.    The portraits of Gainsborough's daughters were amazing and I can't quite believe that after many years of looking at art that I have never really looked at those.  Next time I am in London I shall head to the National Gallery and soak it all up.  The above 7 will end up as a very tiny badge on the dress of a little character who is gracing one of my birthday cards.  I need to sort out the background - I was aiming for Pompadour Pink but it seems to have turned out a bit too purple.

I am now on Twitter so please do come and find me. 

Thursday, 9 January 2014

I make quick notes and drawings in several different notebooks and sometimes I rediscover one that I haven't used for months and months.  I found this one while attempting to clear out the utility room and amongst lots of to do lists was this picture of my daughter totally absorbed in the joy of sucking juice up through a curly straw. 

Thursday, 2 January 2014

A very happy New Year to one and all.  May 2014 bring exciting adventures and wonderful memories.  I have lots of ideas for illustrations and things I would like to try out.  This year is going to be the year of the layer.  I am going to start using the gouache with a bit more transparency and be braver with my layers and mixing of media.  I am also going to do lots more screen printing as that seems to have fallen by the wayside recently.  I am always excited at the beginning of a new year and eternally optimistic about the year ahead. Here goes...