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Valentines Giveaway!!

For anyone looking for something unique and special for your sweetheart this coming Valentines Day, I have a little giveaway not to be missed.. I am giving away my handmade card, Tree of Love. The image is watercolour and gouache on white card. The inside has been left blank for your own message.

For more details and how to enter, please head over to my facebook page

Must end Monday 10th February 2014

 

Good luck x

 

Sent with Love

Oh Boy!

Oh Boy!

Glorious Peacock

Glorious Peacock

Hello!

It’s been a while since I posted… and really, I felt it was time to share something!

The images above detail two little cards that I made recently for my close buddies. The top ‘Oh Boy’ for Sarah and Simon to welcome their dark haired bundle of joy and a belated birthday ‘Glorious Peacock’ for Ali (a super illustrator/designer/extraordinaire). I love receiving post – well I guess who doesn’t?! Apart from bills of course.  So, when I can, I like to send handmade cards to my friends – it feels more personal and hopefully more memorable!

Thank you for reading x

 

 

 

 

The Game Changer

Willow charcoal on paper

Willow charcoal on paper

I thought I would write this post, as today was my penultimate life drawing class of term and found myself getting a wee bit upset to think next week would be my last one – or until I sign up for the summer term!

Life drawing has been a game changer for me. It’s challenging, engaging, fun and has strengthened my drawing skills. Ultimately, it’s a place to experiment, develop observational skills, mark making and take encouragement from fellow students (maybe, dare I say strike up a little competitiveness in me). I have been attending this particular class on and off for two years. There are still some of the same folk that started with me, which has been really lovely to see them progress and individual styles emerge. I also love this class because of the brilliance of the tutor, who is immensely gifted and gentle in guiding each student throughout the class.

I did however start taking life drawing classes much earlier in life – during sixth form. I was lucky to have an evening course on my doorstep – so to speak – at school. Did I utilise it? Not much. Ahh. The ignorance of youth.  And at uni, there was zero… which was really very disappointing. By the end of my degree, I enrolled on a 10 week evening class to build a portfolio. Shamefully I left a large gap before returning to (my now current) life drawing. Now, I wish I could do a class everyday! My boyfriend’s late Granddad attended the Slade before the Second World War, where he did life drawing everyday for at least a year. Needless to say, his work was both prolific and outstanding. On that note… I think I better go and book myself onto the summer term before they sell out!!

Acrylic on paper

Acrylic on paper

Willow charcoal, pastel and white emulsion on paper

Willow charcoal, pastel and white emulsion on paper

Under the Influence.

courtsey of Tate

“Brown Eyes” 1891 by Sir George Clausen
http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/clausen-brown-eyes-n04484

I have been thinking for sometime that I would like to write a series of posts about what inspires me. As this is my first entry or chapter if you will, I decided to choose a painting which I first saw when I was 16 or 17 – it completely bowled me over and its effortless beauty has never left me.

I first saw “Brown Eyes” on the first sixth-form art trip to the big galleries in London. The tone of the trip was completely different to any other, it felt freer as we were all genuinely excited to be on the excursion. Plus our art teacher was amazing – thank you Mr Rich – should he ever stumble by! If truth be told, I don’t remember all of the trip – it was a decade ago! But I do remember being completely allured by the fresh inviting colours and the softness created by the subtle evocative brush strokes. I was like a moth to a expensive woolly jumper. I stood in front of the canvas for several minutes. I remember deliberating how he (Sir George Clausen) managed to create such wondrous orbs, how did he capture the soul? I don’t think you can really get how striking this image is online or print, you need to see it in the flesh. On a gallery visit in 2011, I was heartbroken to find the painting was in storage. Before writing this piece, I was curious to see if the painting was still tucked away, but by the powers of the web – and the Tate’s savy site, I was delighted to discover it is rightfully back in full view.

What is great art? I think its personal to each and everyone of us. But for me, and “Brown Eyes” is a perfect example, the piece should move you and ultimately leave an impression with you for life.

 

Am I too late…?

Christmas Wish List

Christmas Wish List

1. Hobbs Freda Hat2. Sword Liners 3. Skagen 39LSSS1 Women’s Stainless Steel Stretch Mesh Band Watch 4. Singular Pearl Pendant 5. Boden Kate Dress 6. Quentin Blake, Beyond The Pages 7. Accessorize Snood 8. Hobbs Maisie Coat 9. Derwent Waterbrush 10. Lastly the amazing Thea Schultheiss, I so wanted this one the most: Three Female Wrens and Roses, framed (the original has been sold, but she promises a small run of prints).

So, I have only just started Christmas shopping – *hangs head* – I spent hours shopping yesterday, but have only just begun to chip away at the surface of purchasing gifts – I saw a lot of goodies which sparked off this post… Is it too late to have a Christmas List? Well, if there are any family members who are last minute shoppers like me and are stuck for inspiration, I have some ideas! Sadly, (actually great for them) I think they are probably already prepared for Christmas – it is only a few days away after all. I have also, until now *00ps* been silent in making any requests – it doesn’t quite feel the same as when I was young in preparing a list of trinkets, wishes and hopes for treats from Father Christmas.  As I still have a LOT of shopping to do for others, I should forget my wish list (although, fingers crossed for those Sword Liners) – but maybe I can give a few hints for my birthday next month instead!! Good luck to all those other last minute Christmas shoppers!

Happy Belated Birthday Lionheart Magazine!

Lionheart is 1

Lionheart is 1

Wishing Lionheart Magazine a belated first birthday for last week! It is also nearly a year ago since I purchased the first issue as a little Christmas treat to myself and instantly fell in love with the feel and style of the magazine.  I have a HUGE affection for this magazine as it encapsulates so much of what I love; tactile weighty paper, stylish layouts and beautiful images including lots of illustrations – not forgetting super writing = JOY!

I am also very proud and delighted to have been able to contribute for Lionheart issue 2 and the current issue number 3. As I am a massive fan of Gemma Milly (cover star of issue 1 and 3) I was over the moon to sit amongst such amazing creative’s… You can see me below grinning like a cheshire cat!

To buy your very own copy to pore over click lionheart and you will be transported to a lovely website and blog created by editor Helen Martin. Enjoy!

The Set... so far

The Set… so far

 

Me + LHM3

Me + LHM3

 

 

Reminiscing

Dancing under the fairy lights

Dancing under the fairy lights

This time last year we were in Krakow, Poland. We decided to escape for five days to inject some Christmassy cheer into our hearts and also to reconnect to some roots – my late Granddad was born and raised in Poland, although he came from Warsaw, I had heard a lot from my mum over the years about how beautiful Krakow was, especially Zakopane. Although we did not make it to the mountains, we had a wonderful time, soaking up the Christmas market, meeting friends who also flew out for a holiday and managed to find perfect Christmas gifts for the family. Oh and tried a wonderful drink… nut vodka!

Krakow Map

Krakow Map

Our hotel was centrally located, near the town square which was perfect for us because we could nip around most places by foot. Everyday was packed with seeing as much as possible although my favourite day was entirely spent at the National Museum of Krakow. I probably took the most amount of photos at the gallery, which I’m sure would have been frowned upon here, but fortunately they were very relaxed.  The day was also tranquil as visitor numbers were low, this enabled us to amble around freely and take the exhibition pieces in at our own pace. I have selected a couple of my favourite images, ranging from beautiful lace to stunning portraits… hope you like!

Setting the scene

Setting the scene

Lady Pastel

Lady Pastel

Lace

Lace

Lady In A Box

Lady In A Box

 

Bathing Redhead

Bathing Redhead

 

Vase

Vase

 

White Dress

White Dress

And finally… Some original artwork for our new home by a local Polish artist who we met on the grounds of Wawel Castle…

The Streets Of Krakow

The Streets Of Krakow

 

Where’s Wendy?

There has been an abundance of tumbleweed rolling around my blog.  Although it has been quiet, I have been extremely busy on other ventures, namely house related, but I will be sharing more with you soon…

Flowers Galore

Pink Foxgloves

Pink Foxgloves

 

Moseley Open Gardens Flyer

Moseley Open Gardens Flyer

So, its taken me a bit of time to get round to writing about visiting Moseley open gardens *hangs head in shame* – more to the point, the gardens and the photos that you see –  have in my mind completely blurred and can no longer tell which ones go with which or where! Even so, I am glad that I took my camera with me and got some lovely shots of some beautiful blooms.

Looking back at the photos I had taken that day, there aren’t that many of the whole garden. There were various different shapes and sizes, some with interesting nooks and seating areas – some were like hidden gems that stretched on and on. To be honest though, whilst walking round, I was more interested in the flowers!

 

Dream front door

Dream front door

Above: Such a beautiful colour for a door!

Beauty meets disheveled

Beauty meets disheveled

The perfect hideaway

The perfect hideaway

Above: If only this shed was in my garden.. it looks like a real haven for the artist this belongs to.

Purple

Purple

Delicate

Delicate

Blooming

Blooming

Above: One of my favorite photos from the day!

What’s your favorite flower?

 

Roar!

I was very excited to come home to a lovely little package last Monday evening…

A full forty minutes before arriving home, S sent me a picture message to show me that Lionheart Magazine Issue 2 had landed! Needless to say, I was very excited and as soon as I walked through the door, I rushed to unwrap my parcel. I opened the packaging to discover the same beautifully matte weighted paper as Issue 1, Bravery, including the most gorgeous front cover by Natasha Thomspon

I am proud to also share with you that I have contributed to this issue, which is entitled Warmth. I feel incredibly happy to be part of such a beautiful publication, which is more like a book that will be treasured than a glossy throwaway magazine. The pages are full of soul and as an illustrator the array of artwork running through the issue is truly inspiring and a delight to behold.

If you would like to find out more about the magazine, it’s editor and creator or would like to have your very own copy to treasure – head over to the website by clicking this link lionheart magazine. P.S, You can also still buy issue one too!

 

The second issue is titled Warmth and it certainly has a true and beating heart.

This is also a particularly special issue for me – my work is below!!

 

 

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