Thursday, 7 July 2016

Katie Cat

This cat is dedicated to someone who is able to stand on their own two feet with such poise and balance and level headedness it astounds me! She is quietly strong and determined and I am positively sure she will make it in this world without the help of anyone else. Elegant, smart, talented and creative... I am sooo very proud of her. x
Katie Cat - drawn using Derwent colour pencils. 

Friday, 3 June 2016

Vermillion Centred

Today I remembered a prayer on a plaque that sat on top of my Mum's kitchen cupboard when I was growing up. It said:

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." - REINHOLD NIEBUHR

Vermillion Centred - acrylic paint on canvas. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Ode to Nicolas Cage

This illustration is dedicated to a very dear friend that I have known for at least a thousand years (slight exaggeration of course). I hope she likes it... x 

Ode to Nicolas Cage - drawn using pastels on some beautiful old Stonehenge paper.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Big Red Canvas

Big Red Canvas No 1 – acrylic paint on large canvas (1000 x 70cm ish)

Sometimes I just feel like painting... I felt like painting blue but I had tonnes more red paint and not much blue so red won. Next time I'll do blue. There is something so satisfying about painting colour on a large scale. I used crimson, yellow, white, black and a mysterious redish pink tube of leftover paint from who knows where? Choosing which brush to use was probably the hardest part but once I had it in my hand, I started. I basically let the paint and the brush have its way and didn't think about it – just let it happen. Not sure how many hours passed or how many times I listened to the same CD over and over but there it was... a big red painting. As I stood back and looked at it for what seemed like the first time ever, I wondered what its destiny would be? 

Can't wait to do blue...

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Phoebe, The Thinker (Part 2)

Day turned to night and still she sat, deep in thought, waiting for something...

Phoebe, The Thinker (part 2) – the sky background has been changed to a night sky. Its a bit like spot the difference. Can you notice anything else different?

Phoebe, The Thinker

Phoebe felt like she had been here before. Was it de ja vue? It all seemed strangely familiar. Anyway, she was tired and over it and needed to rest. Maybe she had just been going in circles? Maybe she hadn't really gone anywhere at all? Ho hum. It was all too much to think about so she decided to sit and wait for a sign, or a miracle or maybe just a bus?

Phoebe, The Thinker – Originally sketched in pencil then redrawn and coloured using Illustrator. The suitcase texture is the actual texture of an old retro suitcase I own. Background is a painted canvas collaged into illo using Photoshop. Grass was created using Photoshop. Bird just popped in uninvited.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Old Man (charcoal & pastel)

Old Man - Roughly sketched in pencil first on quality drawing paper (I bought it years ago so it has a natural creamish-white colour). I then used black conti to do the actual drawing and pastels to colour. A deliciously soft compressed black charcoal was then used for definition and final shading. Yep, I had charcoal everywhere... love it!

Today was a gift – one of those rare days you remember for years to come. I spent most of it in the art studio (by myself) which I haven't done in months. Usually I just don't have the time to spare and when I do, I have the kids with me or at least constant interruptions or guilt attacks because I should be doing something else. Today however, was perfect. My husband had the kids and they all stayed out of my hair. It was exhilarating to say the least. I painted for a couple of hours in the morning and then drew all afternoon. Time didn't seem to exist. I was so engrossed in my art that the world could have blown up and I wouldn't even have noticed. The creative itch that had been driving me crazy was finally scratched at last...