The Warm & Toasty Club

Back in May, I last drew at the Warm & Toasty club, at Colchester Arts Centre. The artists drawn here are Anna Pancaldi, Alex Highton and The Essex Chordsmen. It’s a great afternoon’s entertainment with brilliant new music being performed live. The organiser is Johnno Casson and it really is worth a visit – the next date is AugustContinue reading “The Warm & Toasty Club”

Donuts and Plastic Chairs

I’ve not been doing so well with updating this blog recently. I suppose there’s been the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, a wedding to illustrate (see previous post on being a ‘jobbing’ artist) and the small matter of a floundering dissertation. Then Grotsby (another previous post) and the new ideas that I have for two books (one for olderContinue reading “Donuts and Plastic Chairs”

Victorian House

  Same house, two versions. Which do you like best? I was commissioned to draw a house for a couple who are moving and leaving this one, presumably their first house together. It happens to be a really nice house to draw but that isn’t why I drew it twice. I began drawing it andContinue reading “Victorian House”

Event Illustration & Being ‘A Jobbing Artist’

The term ‘Jobbing Artist’ is one I first heard mentioned in a lecture by Martin Salisbury during last Semester. He referred to Barbara Jones as having been a ‘jobbing illustrator/artist’ – and really we all are… except, as I’m not yet published, and I got made redundant from my FE Lecturing post last year – IContinue reading “Event Illustration & Being ‘A Jobbing Artist’”

Delicatessen Undertakers

Here I am again, trying to ‘make friends with architecture’. I read somewhere that I should treat buildings in the same way I would a plant or person, you know, see it as something organic. So here is my attempt. Admittedly it was drawn from a photograph I’d taken, to make it easier to simplify; although perhapsContinue reading “Delicatessen Undertakers”

Leaf-Stick Man

Well, in an attempt to keep updating my blog regularly, or at least a bit more frequently, I’d like to share my latest sketchbook doodle – drawn predominantly ‘from life’, very quickly, with coloured pencils. I really love the result. Perhaps it is because my son made the wee model, and the character he hasContinue reading “Leaf-Stick Man”

That Butcher’s Shop Again

Progress with architecture – still that Butcher’s shop! But am I making progress? I think I am. The final Butcher’s shop in this series has been created with more clarity as to what I wanted to achieve. And I think it is subtler, with less emphasis on line to sort out tonal issues. Not thatContinue reading “That Butcher’s Shop Again”

3ft People Festival 2014

The following few images are those drawn ‘live’ and on the scene… (This one took all day and I don’t even like it!). It would’ve been nice to be there longer, the whole day, but my own commitments as a school mum meant that I was required to drop off the children first, and attendContinue reading “3ft People Festival 2014”

The Tension Between Communicating and Hiding

“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide” DW Winnicot   OK, so what has this to do with the Winnicot quote? And is it relevant? This post is about two things really, and I am not certain if they are linked. Firstly – the 3ftContinue reading “The Tension Between Communicating and Hiding”

Portraits

I’m thinking about branching out into portraits because I like drawing people so much. This is my aunt watching telly. I’d like to learn to paint properly, not that I can’t, just that it’d be good to have a really intensive bit of training in the proper use of oil, with an official portrait painterContinue reading “Portraits”