It’s Nearly Christmas

I’ve been beavering away this week with my website which I’m dying to share with you but sadly it isn’t ready yet.  It’s coming up to Christmas and has been a really busy time for me with various things like getting the Christmas Market happening at my sons school and finishing my website and just everything in order for potential buyers which I hope will come my way over the next few weeks.  One thing I am happy that I have managed to complete and get ready are my new postcards.

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I’m thrilled with my new cards that arrived a week ago.  They have some of my favourite flowers on and the finish of them is really excellent.  I can’t wait to start selling them.  As soon as they were delivered I had my first order which was fab and always makes me feel like it’s worth while.

Anyhow here is a picture of the new postcards.  If anyone is interested in buying any please do get in touch.  There are 5 different cards in a pack and cost £5 including postage and packaging (around the UK).  Spread the word.

Thanks.

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Something Different

Sorry it’s been so long since I last wrote on my blog.  It’s been a mixture of being stuck ( having broken down) in France over the holidays and being incredibly busy with the PTA at my son’s school.

Well I’m back now and with something slightly different.  I have been given the opportunity to display my work with two other artists in my local cafe in Clapham/Battersea called Il Molino.  Their will be a collection of work up during November and December,  pieces that are affordable for easy Christmas present options for local customers.  This has given me a great opportunity to do something slightly different.

I visited The Mall Gallery last week with a great friend and was thoroughly inspired by some beautiful work on wildlife.  The artists there captured their subject so well, showing all the wonderful characteristics in so many different mediums.  I have a great interest in wildlife and this exhibition gave me the inspiration to try something different.

London is full of crows.  However much people dislike them there is a huge presence everywhere you go.  They have a sinister beauty about them.  Their vicious beaks and sleek dark feathers give them an evil edge but one that deserves respect.  The exhibition at The Mall Gallery and walking through Clapham Common inspired me to have a go at painting these wonderful birds.  I really enjoyed working with some really inky blues and wonderfully deep dark blacks.  I was pleased with the outcome and very chuffed to see that others liked them too on Instagram.  What do you think?

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I’m going to explore some more in this medium and subject matter in and around my normal work.

A different Subject

In the occasional classes I go to at an art school around the corner I was asked to bring in something that I could paint over 2 weeks.  The usual subject matter for these classes are flowers, vegetables and fruit or whatever happens to be lying around.

I did what I was told and brought in some things what wouldn’t perish.  I wasn’t too sure what to bring with me as I ran out of the door.  I had thought a while ago about doing series of paintings of toys as something different and so grabbed some of my son’s American muscle cars as I love the wonderful colours with flames along the sides.

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Hot wheels set up

When I produced the cars everyone thought I was mad.  Totally mad.  What a strange subject matter and how sweet that I wanted to do a painting for my son.  I wasn’t doing a painting for my son – no!  I thought a painting of Hotwheels would be rather cool and Pop Art.

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After one week

After lining them up, with the odd one on its back, I realised that I WAS mad.  I was totally mad.  The difficulty struck me and I suddenly felt very depressed by not even knowing where to start!  It was so important to get all the angles and the colours and perspective right.  A nightmare!  Thankfully I had my teacher to point me in the right direction.

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The finished article

 After two weeks I was quite pleased with it.  My son on the other hand said it was a good effort but some attention to detail was lacking and that some of the curves were wrong.  There is no pleasing some people!

Love is in the Air

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My cats decided to send a quick message out to all of you this week.  Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone and thanks for all your support. We love you guys.