JUNE NEWSLETTER 2019

HELLO! This is the first newsletter from my Illustrated World; a thing I have been meaning to do for quite a good while. This first newsletter is slightly longer as I have summed up all the exciting things that have happened since New Year, but usually it will just be about the preceding month’s activities. It is the place to find all my up to … Continue reading JUNE NEWSLETTER 2019

New Year, New Pens, New Paint, Same Plans!

Happy New Year to you all. I love New Year, it heralds a fresh vista, unfettered by Christmas. I do loved being fettered by Christmas, but it becomes so intense in a making, selling and celebrating way that it is nice to pop out the other side feeling free to walk a different path. Or in the case of this year, the same one. For … Continue reading New Year, New Pens, New Paint, Same Plans!

Four Mightily Illustrated Books

I am actually in love with some of the books I own. They make me feel so great when I chance upon them that it is like falling in love with them all over again! On a visit to the attic yesterday evening, looking for something else, I happened upon a box of old and much loved books . Unfortunately my work room is the … Continue reading Four Mightily Illustrated Books

Business-like or Whimsical? Why not both?

Let me introduce you to a dead seal.  (But be rest assured, no animals were harmed in this post!) He is a whimsical artwork I painted on a stone and framed for sale in my online shops and at fairs. Other of my framed artworks have been bought to start lives in new homes but after being on my stall at two fairs and a … Continue reading Business-like or Whimsical? Why not both?

The joy of Spider Diagrams – all arachnophobes welcome.

I love spider diagrams. They help to clear my mind when there are so many things jostling about in the planning and sorting part of my brain. I sat in a cafe today doing one myself. I needed to work out which of my very varied artistic activities were the most important to commit my time to and which were tributaries or, even if I … Continue reading The joy of Spider Diagrams – all arachnophobes welcome.

The great art materials lottery; jackpot or ticket in the bin?

Good luck young Padawan. The force is strong in you, served your artist well. Ok, so this isn’t a post about Star Wars, but it definitely is about a star brush, now handing on the duties to a younger one. I’m actually quite sad as me and the paintbrush on the left have been together for nearly two years. Yes, two years! So many painted … Continue reading The great art materials lottery; jackpot or ticket in the bin?

Magical Illustrator, Warwick Hutton.

I’m not an expert on Warwick Hutton and his illustrations. In fact, and unbelievably, I have only just discovered him. But I can tell you that it is definitely a case of better late than never. I follow someone called Robjn Cantus on Instagram who posts images and information about all sorts of artists and places, very much in the sphere of things I am … Continue reading Magical Illustrator, Warwick Hutton.

‘Hello’. A small but mightily powerful word.

Hello.  The simplest and most friendly word in the world.  But one that can also seem quite scary to some folk.  What if I say hello to that person and then they say something back? What if I say hello to that person and they want something from me? What if I say hello to that person and they don’t say anything back? What if … Continue reading ‘Hello’. A small but mightily powerful word.

If birds could only tell us what they’ve seen…

I used to create a lot of artworks on the theme of  flying, birds and rooftops from the early 2000’s until about 2007, which was when my son was two years old, and the art of juggling all his needs, carrying out illustration commissions (often until about 2.30am after a whole day of being a full time mum) and creating paintings to exhibit started getting … Continue reading If birds could only tell us what they’ve seen…

Small Town Art – USA. Who’d have thought it was so marvellous?

In this programme, Waldemar Januszczak explores art in small town America, and it is really excellent. It was full of wonderful art, all very connected with the lives of the artists featured, which for me is always the best kind. Nothing beats the art that lives side by side with the every day and the mundane, such as the wonderful murals in rural post offices that … Continue reading Small Town Art – USA. Who’d have thought it was so marvellous?