Saturday, 22 October 2016

Drawing with Light

Last week we were able to join my good friend Lizzy Hobbs at her 'Big Draw' Workshop with Shelly Wain and Anna Sheppard at the Portrait Gallery, London. I had never drawn with light, so it was lovely to have a chance to try something new and draw with my daughter.

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Mournful Lady of Saline

This poor lady, I envisaged having a pet goldfish to rain her tears on, however, with tears comes salt so I thought  lobster would be a happier beneficiary of the poor ladies sorrow.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Postcards from the Train II

These two 'postcards from the train', were in celebration of the allotment harvests of my friends in London.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Postcards from the Train I

I have spent a couple of days in London, visiting friends.
The train journeys were long both ways but on the return journey, I filled my time, making 12 illustration postcards, of nonsense, random thoughts, snatches of conversation and responses to smudges of paint.
Let me introduce you to one of the characters who scares away snakes by flashing her spotty pants.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Ri Tori and Zilasule

Ri Tori and Zilasaule have collaborated to create this universe of universes for 'Big Kids Magazine', using a cosmic soup of techniques and ideas.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Katja Rondel I

Katja Rondel has bought her eclectic, surreal techniques to Edward Lear's The Jumblies and the Dong, and I love it, completely inspiring and joyous.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Lena Pokaleva I

'Why the sun has no beard' is part of a storybook of 'Why' written by Igor Ivanov for his young son. 
Russian illustrator Lena Pokaleva has used many different techniques, including photos of cardboard hand-made 
objects, gouache painting, collage and black marker graphics to make this humourful story come
to life. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016


Last week we went to see the children's theatre production 'White' by award winning Scottish company Catherine Wheels.
This is a compellingly, gentle production which completely captivated the very young audience. The set and costumes by Shona Reppe, were brilliantly crafted, multi functional and perfect mirrors of childhood. The tepi was just like a child's home constructed den whilst the bird houses gave a sense of magic and wonder. White, subtly builds a story of diversity and is a profound celebration of diversity, the perfect antidote for the current political climate, a spark of hope full of humour and humanity.
It is now touring to France and Spain and I hope you get the opportunity to see it.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Shane Drinkwater IV

One of Shane Drinkwater's rarer series of works are these paintings in the bottom of boxes, which I love for their recycled, cobbled quality and the preciousness of something that is normally rubbish.
”Painting is something I’ve always needed to do and I’m enjoying it more and more. I’m interested in the historical, scientific and artistic observation of the “heavens and earth"." Shane Drinkwater

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Shane Drinkwater III

Australian artist Shane Drinkwater is incredibly prolific as he works through ideas like a prisoner to thought and repetitive technique. These are more works on the themes of house creating a variety of buildings with seemingly different personalities mood and purpose.

Shane Drinkwater II

Shane Drinkwater often uses the theme of houses to contain and shape his repetitive patterns, This beautiful collaged indigo house surrounded by a cosmic sky is truly stunning.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Zaara Marta Windeisen

This design for 'The owl and the Pussy Cat'  would be the perfect inktober. It is by Seattle based illustratorZaara Marta Windeisen aka Kitten Chops. Zaara's layering is fantastic, either of print, ink or photoshop and she has wonderful ceramic work too.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Shane Drinkwater I

A collection of Australian artist Shane Drinkwater's red works. Shane's works remind me of maps, diagrams  and systematic recordings, plotting time, lunar passages or seasons. In many ways they speak the language of Australia and it's aboriginal artists in the narrative of pattern that they use.

"Ideas and images appear through the making of the work and I don’t feel the need to analyse them: language becomes unnecessary, I let the work speak for me." Shane Drinkwater

Monday, 10 October 2016

Yoo Jun Jae 유준재

Very happy to start the week with Yoo Jun Jae 유준재 who uses a wide array of techniques to create dynamic fun illustrations.