Monday, 30 June 2008

New Blog and - FEEDS!

Hello there!

I've started a new blog! aha! It's not a replacement for this blog it's actually a place where I blog about other art, music, anything I find inspirational and hopefully - other people will find something in it too! It's called Branching Streams.

Also, I have managed to put the Subscribe to links on the right hand side - some people have asked me about that before, so there they are!

Sunday, 29 June 2008

A bit more

Managed to finish up a painting, just a bit more was added. I don't know what to call it....Thanks for the nice comments everyone!

I'm currently working on another similar style version. It's so incredibly enjoyable to work with more colour, and more natural things....And i'm being inspired by a book that Rima mentioned recently - 'The book of lost things' by John Connolly. A magical book - with a very dark twist.

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Some things

Recently I left my old job and started at a new company - The new job means I spend more time with a pencil or a wacom tablet in my hand - it's a great feeling. Although, I am shattered, I think I may be over-excited!

Anyway, outside of that, my work is changing slightly. Some elements of different paintings are merging together, i'm having a great time. Another tiny flutterfish - he's framed but I haven't powered my camera batteries up to take a photo yet, so:

But mainly i've been sketching - lots of women and butterfly wings, flowers, fish all just bungled into a big writhing lump (I'm not really selling this am I? :))

And from the last sketch, the start of a new painting:

Again, my monitor is dreadful, dpending on how I tilt it these images can look washed out or over-saturated - literally have no idea what they look like :) hey ho. Eventually i'll amass enough paintings to put some in the shop.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008


I'll be posting some sketches and paintings i've been dabbling around with soon.

For now, please enjoy this wonderful music video! It's all hand drawn and animated by Misery Guts!

Sunday, 8 June 2008

A bit of work

Hello! It's been ages since i've done any real painting or drawing. It seems like that anyway. I did manage to do two digital images for some freinds of mine's first wedding anniversary...Can you believe that both of the wee puddings asked me seperately to make them a surprise present for their other half? It was a bit of a nightmare secretly getting them both the printed images without me getting confused about which story i'd told who, and making sure they both agreed to the kind of images that would match! It was well worth it in the end I thought.

I have mostly been pottering around trying to decorate on a shoestring. It's a very rewarding experience, mending what I have, sewing covers with bright ikea fabrics, painting things in bold colours...I'm not sure it's anyone else's taste but it makes me smile.

I did manage some painting though, they'll be in the shop today.
One is this altered victorian photo which I painted at the Made in the Shade event mentioned below:

He is the Guru Albert Arkwright, the sage of Lancashire. Reknowned for his stoic silences and his wisdom on the nature of a good potato.

And a painting inspired by the wedding gifts and a visit to the botanic gardens, it's been donkeys since I painted a creature, it was a very pleasant experience!

If any colours look weird or too dark or anything then please accept my apologies! I have had to resort to my father-in-law's laptop as my other one has gone - the screen on this thing is horrendous so i'm saving up for a new one...Meantime I have no idea what the colours are really like here!

I hope everyone is having a grand old weekend. I'm off to amble about.