Friday, February 24, 2006

Wishy Washy

Well I lived with the other one and I decided it was too wishywashy, nice for weddings but not me!

Friday, February 17, 2006


Tried the crocus image from below for the masthead above - works beautifully as a repeat image, but whether I like it or not is another matter. Will live with it for a few days and see!

Illustration Friday - Song

This is the first painting in the Cadence series I started last year (there is another one here). As I've mentioned previously I have a love of pattern, also a love of colour and music and the definition of the word cadence describes this exactly-

Cadence -1. a fall in the pitch of the voice, esp. at the end of a phrase or sentence. 2. intonation, tonal inflection. 3. the close of a musical phrase. 4. rhythm; the measure or beat of sound or movement.

- so these paintings are my attempt to capture this, a visual song if you like.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Crocuses and Daisies

One thing I have always loved is pattern, especially oriental ones. What I hadn't realised is that they have a name - Chiyogami. And what's more there is a blog on the subject - Chiyogami Monday. And playing around with my software today I realised it had a tile/pattern feature so created a pretty little digital tile of crocuses and daisies brought back from the park today. I never use my software for more than resizing photos for the web so it's fun to see what it can really do! It isn't, of course, a proper pattern as I've used a photo but it has sparked off lots of ideas for wedding designs as well as paintings. And maybe if I have time I might even try my hand at a chiyogami pattern as well!

Spring is in the Air

It's half term this week so with the eldest at home we decided to go out for a walk through the woods nearby. It was late afternoon and the sun was shining quite low through the trees creating this magical warm haze, really felt like spring is on it's way! I'm glad I actually remembered my camera this time as although I am hopeless at keeping sketchbooks (especially with children to cope with) a camera is a good way of capturing moments like this and I can sit and work from when the kids are in bed.

It didn't occur to me until I got home but this pic has a line not disimilar to my cadence paintings, time to get another canvas out I think!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Illustration Friday - Simple

As you have probably gathered by now most of my work, the collages especially, are quite busy affairs. This one however was an conscious attempt to simplify things a little, to see if I could finish a piece without covering the whole of the surface with imagery. Less is definately more in this case!


One of my valentine cards for a client - I've tried to steer clear of the usual red hearts and roses so chose a soft pink and cream with vintage elements and crystals, very romantic!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Best Advice

This is my entry for Penelope Dullaghan's Best Advice project titled 'get a good night's sleep!' I'm an 8 hours a night girl but with 2 little ones and work and house and other life stuff I am having to survive on about 5. Of course the baby of the house keeps disturbing me all night then has the cheek to sleep during the day but being as gorgeous as she is I can forgive her for that!