Despite the relentless bombardment of gaudy festivity advertised in every commercial avenue, winter still manages to be beautiful. Traditional foliage, frozen landscapes and platters of mince pies have a tendency to invoke my artistic inclinations but, in truth, I spend all year gaining delight from the changing seasons and the human culture surrounding them. Go to my Blog to read more!
Not limited to Music, theatre and the spoken word, Stroud's independent magazine provides a creative guide to local events. Check out my christmas illustration of the Shambles farmer's market amongst the December listings.
There are many forms that a sketchbook can take and Garden Journals are one that has a lot of potential. Whether you'd like to create an artistic response to the changing seasons in your garden, illustrate crop rotation in the veg patch, or record and cultivate heirloom varieties, a visual journal can be the perfect craft to compliment your green fingers. Read more in my Blog!
Something a little bit different this month: take a look through this sketchbook from winter 2021 and listen to me talk about all things sketchbookery! This little book is a mishmash of shopping lists, sketches, spider diagrams and watercolour paintings... Go to my Blog to view!
People are fascinating, truly, we are a subject that can never be fully explored. We come in all shapes and sizes, we decorate our bodies with colourful, varied clothing, and paint pictures on our skin. We hang sparkly objects from our ears and cut our hair, draw lines of black paint over our eyes and try to make ourselves beautiful. Regardless of how beauty changes in our culture, we adapt like brightly coloured birds fluffing up our plumage. What artist wouldn't want to study our strange and captivating species? Read more of my latest blog post via the Blog heading!
Many artists say you should never throw your work away, and there is good reasoning behind this ideology, but I am a firm believer that this doesn't have to be a hard and fast rule. I often touch on this problem and it comes up so regularly that I feel it deserves a small mention of it's own. Go to my Blog to read more!
Cirencester Park provides the perfect backdrop for the new Living Crafts event on the late May Bank holiday weekend, where I will be sketching people and talking about all things handmade with other like-minded creatives! Search: The Living Crafts Festival, for more information and how to come along.
It is a well known stereotype that the British drink tea, and this is entirely true. We drink tea morning, noon and night, sometimes 5 times a day. We drink it at work, in the garden, on a train; meet new people over it, offer it to strangers, on good days and bad days and truly awful days. It is this that makes it the perfect companion to a diary, as the routine of regular tea and coffee breaks is already incorporated into our daily lives and associated with the ups and downs that that entails. To read the the full article and browse tea based illustrations, visit my Blog!
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