Sunday, 9 April 2017

Hello there,

The weather here this weekend has been absolutely gorgeous and I have taken some time to walk about a bit, it feels so good to feel the sunshine!  I've also been working on a personal piece that I started a while back inspired by things I see everyday.  I'm very lucky in that where I live I overlook the lovely garden which I share with the other flats.  Pretty much anytime I look out of the window I see crows going about their business and they fascinate me, so I really wanted to draw some.  I also haven't made any larger scale work for some time now and I've been itching to do something.  This isn't that large really, between A1 and A0, but it's bigger than I've done for a while.  So, I've been getting stuck into making large marks with lovely big brushes and scraping around with my palette knives, lovely!  It's also a great excuse to spread out all over the floor and make a mess, (I am incapable of being neat and tidy as I work, today I ended up with paint on my leg.....I still don't know how that happened!)
Below is how it looks now, I want it to feel very rhythmic and I'm working with a reduced palette.  I'll post the finished piece when I'm done.


I've also recently completed some editorial commissions which I'll post once they've been published.  They've been lovely jobs :).
I'll be back soon.  I hope the weather is as lovely where you are, I really love this time of year.
Here's some sunbathing daisies from the weekend.  Now I'm off to have a cuppa and do some scanning :).  Have a great week!


Friday, 17 March 2017

Hello,

So I thought I'd share some pics from my visit to the Eduardo Paolozzi exhibition I went to last week at The Whitechapel Gallery.  There was such a variety of colour and line and I'd been having a testing time working with colour on that day so it was the perfect time to visit!  Sometimes having a little breather can just sort things out in your head I find.




I hope you've had a good week :)

Sunday, 12 February 2017


Hello again,

It's been a few cold days here in London but I've braced myself and I finally made it to some exhibitions before they closed today! Hooray!  
Friday I went to see Zaha Hadid: Early paintings and drawings at The Serpentine.  I really wanted to see this as I became fascinated by her paintings after watching a documentary on her a while back.  To get there I had a long walk in Hyde park and by the lake (it was pretty cold!).  I definitely don't allow myself enough time to go walking out and about so I really appreciated it and the odd snowflakes that were falling! 
Saturday afternoon I went to see Anselm Kiefer - Walhalla at the White Cube Bermondsey.  There was a big queue but it moved pretty fast and I'm really happy I went.  I'd read varying reviews of the exhibition but I really loved it.  Especially the huge paintings.  Such fantastic colours and textures.  I've often missed exhibitions in the past because I haven't made time to go and I'm determined not to let that happen anymore!

 By the Serpentine.  I didn't envy them!

Zaha Hadid



Anselm Kiefer
Have a lovely week, I'll be back soon :)

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Hello again,

I thought I'd share a piece of work I've completed just recently.  I could carry on making endless work about my travels I have to say as I've really enjoyed taking inspiration from my trip and creating illustrations on that theme.  I still have lots of ideas left to explore.   Travel is just the BEST thing for inspiration especially when you visit somewhere for the first time.
I really wanted to be able to sit and sample tapas at one of the little bars at La Boqueria but it was always really busy when I went there.  I did end up buying some tasty snacks though (of course, sampling local food is always a highlight of any trip!) and I loved the displays, the fruit and vegetables in particular were always pretty impressive.


That's it for now I'll be back soon until then have a great week x

Friday, 20 January 2017

Hello,

It's a beautiful sunny day today here in London although pretty cold! but I'm not complaining, it's so nice to look out and see a blue sky :).  So today I'm sharing a food illustration of a very yummy Paella.  Hmm wonder if you can guess where I may have eaten some of that!  I had one of these after a long day of wandering, I did also have a veggie version which was very tasty too (not on the same day I might add!)  Paella was one of the foods I wanted to eat whilst in Spain.  One of the things I love about travelling is experiencing the food, and after a long day this dish really hit the spot.  I knew pretty much anywhere I chose to eat the food would be good and I was never disappointed.  I had so much fun working on this, it brought back so many good memories.  Oh I really hope to travel more this year!  

I hope you have a lovely weekend whatever you're up to, I'll be back soon with more news :)

Friday, 13 January 2017

Hello,

So after a very brief snow the sun is streaming through the windows today :) nice!  I have yet to venture out but I'm sure its pretty cold!  
So here's a map I illustrated of Barcelona (yes I know obsessed!)  It is great drawing something you love.  I tend to draw all the main elements first, larger than I will use them and often quite detailed.  I then shrink them down and decide what to keep in and what marks to remove.  For example with the Sagrada Familia I knew I wanted to add the openings going up the towers as they are such an iconic feature of the building.  I also enjoy taking aspects of buildings and other features to make up the decorative aspects of the piece.  Barcelona is so filled with patterns and amazing forms that I was in my element here :).  Every time I think of Barcelona I am filled with happiness, it really was such an amazing time for me.  I'm hoping this year I will be able to travel more it inspires me so much!


I hope you have a great weekend, If you've got snow keep warm and I hope you can go and enjoy it!


Saturday, 7 January 2017

Hello and happy new year!  It seems like a very long time ago since Christmas and New Year now, I can't believe it's already one week since New Years.  I had a lovely break spending some time with family and then I came back to London full of enthusiasm to get back on working.  I hope you all enjoyed your break if you had one.
I'm sure you know by now my trip to Barcelona was one of the highlights of last year for me.  I found it so inspiring and have been making work about it ever since.  Below is something I completed recently based on a beautiful square Placa Reial (I especially liked the fountain and lamps).  I came across it whilst out walking on my first afternoon and instantly knew I wanted to create some work around it.  I hope it conveys some sense of the heat and light of a summer afternoon.
Just a quick post today, I'll be back soon with more.  Until then Happy New Year and I hope you've had a great start to 2017!