I have been doing a lot more detailed paintings recently, trying to achieve more hyper realistic effect. Here is one of my most recent paintings, it is based on a close up photograph of a grass hopper. Here is the photograph it is based upon: The photograph is by photographer Levon Biss (You can see… Continue reading Bug painting
I have recently started painting a collection of Classical portraits in Acrylic paint. The thing that makes these portraits different is that the characters in the pictures all have the body of humans and the head of animals. The idea came to me when I was preparing a piece of work for Blackburn Artists society.… Continue reading Classical Animal portraits
Here are some pictures I have been working on in my own time at home. I have really been trying to be more accurate with my drawing and have used a lot of pencil and pencil crayons, a medium which I always shied away from before. The coloured pencil pictures take around 4-6 hours to… Continue reading What I’ve been up to PART 3 – other work.
Over the past few months I have been attending the Blackburn Artists society on Thursday Evenings. Each week we are given a "theme" to work with from chickens to sky scrapers and we've recently been out on location drawing the amateur dramatics society during a live dress rehearsal! I've really loved attending Blackburn artists society… Continue reading What I’ve been up to PART 2: Blackburn Artists society
Over the past few months things have been very quiet on the blog, so thought I'd do a series of posts updating what I have been doing behind the scenes. I have been focusing on improving my drawing skills over the past few months and have been attending the "Ribble Valley Urban sketchers" and "Blackburn… Continue reading What I’ve been up to PART 1: Urban Sketching
This week I have been busy making these super cute miniature junk journals! Just the right size to pop in your pocket, slip into your handbag or hide under your pillow! These mini treasures measure 13 cm x 8 cm and average around 34 pages. Each journal consists of a soft back cover with pocket… Continue reading Mini Junk Journal- super cute stocking fillers!
This beautiful Hard backed journal has a pink cover with butterfly motif and heart shaped gem decoration that catches the light. It has a butterfly ribbon on the spine which doubles as a book mark. Throughout the book the butterfly theme continues along with maps, making this journal perfect for a travel journal, or as… Continue reading Hard back Pink Butterfly travel journal
Here is my latest journal. It is a Hard backed journal with a fabric cover and a Sewing and needle craft theme. This large journal contains three signatures, with approx 114 pages all together, front and back. The pages consist of tea and coffee dyed lined and un-lined papers, grid paper, vintage 1930's sewing… Continue reading Jumbo sewing themed Journal *SOLD*
Just 18 days until the Winter Arts and Crafts Fair at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe, right by the train station! If you are in the area please come along and support me and the other lovely artists and crafts people during this three day event. I will be selling hand made journals, original art… Continue reading Preparations for the Arts and Craft Fair @theplatformgallery
If you head to the cards and other paper crafts page here at rrandj.com you can now purchase these hand made mixed media zodiac themed cards online! They are one off items and so you better get the right star sign before they all go into retrograde! Unfortunately the Aries card has now sold and… Continue reading Zodiac themed Greetings cards