11 April 2014

LATEST ILLUSTRATION + WOMEN IN MAKING 2014 COMPETITION




































Hey, what do you think of my courgettes? As you might have already noticed, I have enjoyed drawing vegetables of late - I've been cooking more vegetables/ vegetarian dishes since moving in a new place with my boyfriend so I've been really inspired I guess. Even though I've always struggled with watercolour, I painted red onion on the other day.

And I've just entered Women In Making competition this year - since I am a little late and got only 21 days left to gather votes so help me out by voting me HERE. I'd really love to have that opportunity to develop my business selling more products of my original illustrations. I would be really delighted to have your support. Thank you so much in advance, will really appreciate all the votes.

Happy Friday and have a fantastic weekend, you all!

6 April 2014

KATERINA PLOTNIKOVA PHOTOGRAPHY




























I absolutely love this photography project by Katerina Plotnikova - those animals in the portraits are actually real! Of course there were professional animal trainers helping out in the shoot, take a look at this behind-the-scenes photo album. I'd totally love to be up close with bears, elephants and cuddle with foxes - so envious of these lucky models. 

Would you go that close with animals? Have a browse at the rest of the photos here.

3 April 2014

NEW HOME!




























Hello! I guess you were wondering where I've disappeared to..

My boyfriend and I have moved in our first home together last week! Over a month ago we decided that we wanted to live together so we started looking for flats, which was tricky - most of good flats we found were gone before we even had a chance to view them! But one night we were lucky enough to view the beautiful flat in Elephant and Castle and decided to grab it on the same night.

Now with unpacking done (but not quite settled in yet, we are building a new desk tonight and few more furniture coming in this weekend!) and new internet set up, I am blogging again and hopefully as regularly from now and on. I might do a little flat tour post if you lots are interested. 

As of my studio in Peckham, I will commune most days (30 mins walk, 15 mins on bus) and have started on Monday, which so far is good but if I happen to miss working from home, I do have a lovely wooden table in our new living room to work on - apart from messy projects aka oil painting of course, we are only renting so we have to be reasonably careful. I seem to be working with colour pencils and watercolour more recently anyway. My shop hasn't been updated for a while but new stuff will be up in few weeks! 

How are you doing, lovelies? Looking forward to catch up with your blogs soon!

14 March 2014

RETTS WOOD AT HOME IN LONDON

























































This awesome home belongs to Retts Wood, a photographer from London. I have always liked the idea of living in the canal boat. But my mammoth collections of shoes, bags, cameras and notebooks would be a problem! If you are also in love, have a peek at the whole set of pictures here.

Would you live in a canal boat?

images via the selby

11 March 2014

ARTIST IN THE LIMELIGHT: MEGHAN DURNO

Today's Artist In The Limelight is Meghan Durno! Hello! We went to the same boarding school - I remember her as an artistic young lady and also a regular visitor to the textiles department. She has recently started an exciting business called Fabrication, where she sells lovely framed pieces. I am really liking the animal shapes on all of her pieces, maybe I should commission her to make me cat one!

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Hey Meghan! Can you tell us a little about yourself? 
Hey! I'm just coming round the idea of calling myself an artist! I am 22 years young, currently in third year of studying veterinary nursing at Edinburgh Napier University. I'm like a granny Rapunzel in my tower at home with my cats, family and my materials, as most of my friends live far away and I enjoy that aspect to my personality. and when I go on nights out, I make up for lost time. It's just as well as I can only manage a night a month! I love sleep, gyozas (any oriental food actually), clothes! And my three cats. 


How did you become an artist?
I've grown up making things (namely handbags from old jeans at the age of 9- terrible!) so I've always had an interest in craft. I studied textiles for my GCSEs and Alevels but I found I got frustrated with having to follow a specific criteria. I actually wanted to study textile design at university but during the interviews I realised again that I would feel trapped. I didn't enjoy the feeling of handing my portfolio over to the 'judges', then being told that my work wasn't what they were looking for- it wasn't a nice feeling. that was when I decided to keep it as a hobby. 

I stopped making things for a couple of years and only recently have I found exactly what it is I like making- the reason I'm on here! 

How would you describe your art?
An eclectic mish mash of different applications and materials; felt, tartan, polycotton, paper, wood and occasionally, knitting. Just anything I come across that triggers an idea. I'm constantly collecting things that I 'may have a use for one day' including sweetie wrappers and train tickets. Each piece is different but they all have an underlying similarity. 


Who or what inspires your work?
Is it bad to say that I get most of my inspiration from myself? Ideas for pieces tend to come when I'm driving or when I'm in bed and my mind wanders (these usually result in sleep-deprived nights when I just want to make it right away) when I'm actually making something, one piece will give me ideas for another one, which I write down in my ideas book. sometimes I struggle with how to piece something together and someone will say something & I'm like "eureka!" Although Pinterest is a good place I tend to go to if i'm looking for images. I follow crafty people on Instagram and seeing some of their businesses grow gives me inspiration for mine! 

What is your favourite piece you have ever produced?
There are pieces I absolutely love and pieces that I haven't been too proud of. I have a sentimental attachment to the first one I ever made but I don't think I have a real favourite because each one is different. 

Who is your favourite artist if you have one?
I'm not one for properly following major artists although I did go see a Jack Vettriano exhibition recently (lots of eyebrow furrowing and chin rubbing was present) which I enjoyed. I really like the style of David Hockney's photo collage work- how he's pieced each individual picture together to make one entire image is fascinating. 

What advice or tips would you share with a fellow artist?
If there's passion, there's time to follow your dreams. you're never too busy. 

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I really enjoyed reading her answers, I hope you did too. And check out her website, Instagram and Facebook!

Interested to be involved in this series? Get in touch! You can be photographer, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, knitter etc too. Meet the rest of artists here.

7 March 2014

PEPPERS DRAWING + FRIDAY LINKS




































Thank you all so much for commenting my last post of cupcake and chilli peppers drawings, it has been real useful getting your feedbacks! A couple of days ago, loving my chilli peppers drawing, I decided to draw three different coloured peppers in the same style. I hope you like!

Before the weekend starts (yay!), I have a few "too cool not to share" links to share..

> These adorable photos of cats and dogs losing the battle against human furniture!
> This amazing house. (via Purpose and Form blog)
> Check out these lovely photographs taken by Mat from Buckets & Spades blog.

That's all, folks. Have a super fun weekend!

3 March 2014

CUPCAKE + CHILLI PEPPERS










































I've grown to really enjoy using colour pencils this year. Before I stepped out of my comfort zone aka oil paints last year, I wouldn't never guess that colour pencil is now one of my favourite mediums. And it is not an easy medium - you need a real lot of patience to blend the colours and with mistakes, depending on how bad, there's no going back. Using it all day does really make my hand ache too.

While I am happy with my chilli peppers, I am unsure about the cupcake even though I quite like what I did with shadings of the topping.

And I drew green pepper today! Red and yellow to finish drawing tomorrow.

What do you think?