Aren't old photographs, documents, letters and postcards fascinating? They provide such an intimate snapshot into the life of our ancestors. I for one find it so interesting to see how my grandparents, great grandparents and beyond communicated, what they looked like and what they valued. I love the texture of old, delicate, stained paper. The… Continue reading Family History Crafting
Here is my latest painting based on a photograph of tulips. I enjoyed sitting and painting this in the garden over a few days during quarantine. Here is the photograph I based my painting upon. I didn't use a grid this time to help me draw the image first, I just drew it free hand… Continue reading Tulip Painting
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
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
I had some exciting news this week, I have been one of six artists selected to have a table at the Three Day Winter Art Fair at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley! This is a wonderful opportunity for me to show off my work, meet other artists and art lovers and… Continue reading Winter Art Fair The Platform Gallery
Last week I went to an art course at Barton Grange in Lancashire. Barton Grange is a huge Garden centre that has amazing Christmas Displays and has recently expanded to include a cinema, bowling alley, miniature golf course and a curling stadium. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area! The course I… Continue reading Autumn leaves and berries in water colour at Barton Grange