Sunday, 24 July 2016

Hello,

I thought I'd share some more work I've been up to just recently.  As it's summer, and the weather has been pretty lovely last week, finally! here's a couple of rather lovely summery drinks.  I know you can drink them whenever but in the heat a lovely iced drink always goes down well.
I really enjoyed creating the different textures especially the ice and limes in the mojito.


Mojito

Sangria

I hope you've had a good week and it's been sunny where you are :).
Have a good week! x

Monday, 18 July 2016

Hello,

So I've had a lovely week and a bit.  I spent a weekend in Norfolk, whilst I was there visiting Norwich which was lovely, (so was some delicious spiced orange cake I had sitting in a gorgeous outdoor garden!) and I also took a trip to Gressenhall Museum and farm which is a former old workhouse.  I have been before many years ago and it was great to go back.  I especially loved the recreated general store pictured below.


I also visited Wimpole hall on my way back to London.  They have a lovely walled garden which is huge.  I loved the view through the railings.


Once I was back in London I spent a long afternoon in the V&A something I've been wanting to do for ages.  In the past I used to spend a lot of time there but I haven't been for a long time and it was so good to go back and wander around.  I did a bit of sketching and just soaked it all up, such wonderful things are displayed there.  Some of my sketches and finds are below.




I also got to the British museum to see the Sicily culture and conquest exhibition and also wander round just enjoying all it has to offer.  I visited Sicily several years ago now and loved it.  The history of the island is so fascinating and there's so much to see.  So I was very keen not to miss this exhibition.  It was pretty busy but I managed to sketch a little of what I saw.  This is part of a capital, it wasn't the easiest place to draw!


So that was part of my week, It was so enjoyable to get out and about and see things.  I think it's so important and definitely something I now need to make time to do more regularly.
That's it for now.  I'll be back shortly with the new work I've been making, all summery.  Summer finally arrived in London and tomorrow is due to be a very hot day!
Bye for now :).






Sunday, 19 June 2016

Hello,

It's a rather rainy night tonight here in London, I'm hoping that summer will arrive soon.  There has been one nice weekend where I got to picnic in Crystal Palace park which was rather nice.  I live north so being all the way down south I'd never been there.  It's so nice to visit new places even after living here for so many years, and the sunny days have to be grabbed whilst they are here!  Here's one of the dinosaurs from the park.


I've also been to see the Yayoi Kusama exhibition at Victoria Miro.  I had no idea that it would be so busy though, I thought heading there on a friday afternoon would mean a nice quiet look around, but there was a long queue, not quite what i envisaged.  Still I did love the pumpkins.



I've also entered the Playing Arts competition.  I don't normally enter competitions I have to say but I liked the brief for this one and I was pleased to get the ace of spades as my card.  You are issued with a card to create and some great artists have made work for previous packs.  Immediately I knew I wanted to do some sort of decorative tree using the spade shape, I wanted to have an animal in it, and I wanted to ban myself from using green as I use a lot of that colour in my work.


That's all for now.  Have a great week and I aim to be back soon!



Saturday, 14 May 2016

Hello from a lovely sunny London :).  So nice to feel the sunshine.  So there has been a longer break between my last post and this one, my aim is to try to blog more regularly.  Sometimes the weeks rush by busily and the time goes!
So just lately I've been drawing more food which has been fun.  I like eating so it's always a pleasure drawing tasty stuff.
First up are peppers stuffed with couscous, halloumi (one of my favourites), spinach and chickpeas.


Next it's roasted cauliflower with thyme.  Cauliflower used to get a bit of bad rep in the past but it seems to be getting more popular now.  Roasted it's absolutely delicious.  You can roast the whole cauli all chopped up and eat it warm or cold in a salad.  Believe me it's yum!
I used several materials to create this piece which is how I love to work.  I really enjoy mark marking and creating textures and i loved making a pattern with all the ingredients.


That's it for now, I'm off to start scribbling for a new piece of work.  Hopefully in the sunshine!  Have a lovely week :)





Sunday, 17 April 2016

Hello,

It's been a lovely sunny sunday afternoon here which is nice.  Even though it's still been quite cold, with the days getting longer it does feel like summer is on the way and it's lovely to have daylight for longer.
So I've been drawing cashew nuts this week along with the plant.  I eat them pretty much everyday, they are such a handy, healthy and tasty snack and I go through bags of them.  Luckily I always keep a good stock in the cupboard.
I did several leaf studies for this as well which I was doing on scrap paper but in the end they looked rather nice altogether so I'm posting it here.  There's more work in progress studies on Instagram.  That's all for now, I hope you had a lovely weekend and got some sunshine too! :)




Sunday, 10 April 2016

Hello again,

So it's been a back to normal week busying around.  I also enjoyed some of the sunshine whilst out and about.  I do like spring, starting to see things grow again and seeing the first flowers always gives a bit of a lift I think.
I've been drawing more food related things.  Below is an illustration of my favourite smoothie, Banana, yoghurt and peanut butter.  It is delicious and I do get through a lot of the yoghurt and peanut butter I have to say.  The best thing is to freeze the bananas then you don't need any ice, and adding a splash of milk just thins it a little and gives it a better consistency I think.  Just dollop a bit of it all in whizz it all up and you're good to go! yum!





Above is one of the lovely window boxes I saw whilst out wandering.  I loved the combination of colours and plants.
So, I'm back to a Sunday afternoon of drawing and painting.  Have a good rest of the weekend!

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Hello,

I realise some time has passed since I last updated this.  Hopefully now I will be able to post more regularly.  So I've been doing a lot of coffee themed illustrations just lately.  I am certainly no connoisseur but I do like a cup and I enjoyed playing around with a few ideas.  I was hoping to put this up last weekend but unfortunately I got ill which is what often happens just when you get a bit of a break :( so that held work up a little.  I'm almost back to my old self again, it did take it out of me a bit.  Still it did mean spending a few days resting and watching movies which is something I rarely do, (I got a bit addicted to the Margaret Rutherford Miss Marples as you do, I do love those old films).
So without further ado here's a selection of the coffee ideas.  I'm working on some more foodie things so I will post those soon.
Have a good rest of the weekend!