Wednesday, 24 December 2014

MerryMerry


Wishing you all the very merriest of Christmases. May your turkey be plump, your pudding figgy and your crackers delightfully surprising.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Yay! Twins!


Twice the fun? Twice the nappies? At least you can't have twice the sleepless nights, I guess?

(Just realised I'd better clarify: this is not an announcement. That would be almost impossible and entirely improbable. Someone else's bundles of joy!)

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Autumn Wedding


A beautiful bridal commission to celebrate the lovely couple's first anniversary. Almost makes me want to go and put on my wedding dress and swish about the garden, letting my veil blow in the breeze. Except that the neighbours might think I'm developing a Miss Haversham complex. And we all know that things artistically blowing in the breeze mostly mean spending a lot of time disentangling them from trees/your own neck/passing wildlife.


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Sunday Sketchbook #12



Quick sketch of the Spanish villa we recently holidayed in. Although there should probably be another word for holidaying with a baby to reflect the fact that you'll probably come back more tired than when you went and with an epic laundry mountain to conquer... Still, sunshine and mountain views are not to be sneezed at.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Emma Bunny


Current favourite bunny, although she makes me wonder why anyone would make a child's toy in white. Unless they're anticipating the fun of watching her little bunny face peering out of the washing machine on her millionth visit.

My poor grandmother lived for many years with the guilt of having de-eared one of my uncle's favourite bears after washing him and pegging him on the line by said protuberances. Family lore told that the weight of the sodden bear pulled the stitches apart, with the result that the bear hit the lawn and the ears remained on the line flapping merrily in the breeze. Some twenty years later my mother admitted that she was in fact the architect of the bears destruction; my uncle had been so upset at being parted from his bear that she had jumped and grabbed it by the feet... with the obvious consequences.  

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Purple Portraits #2



Two more purple ladies, tattooed this time as well. If only we knew what they're all looking at...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Purple Portraits #1




Something a little bit different.

Time is rather of the essence these days so if I get a few minutes with a paintbrush in hand I'm more likely to end up with something quick and fluid and... nude, apparently.

And why purple? Because I like it, and it's the least used colour in my paintbox. And, I don't know, it seems appropriate for naked ladies staring soulfully into the middle distance.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

In the bluebell woods...


This looks pretty idyllic, as we cling onto the last days of summer. (Although I'm still wearing flipflops today, thank you September sun.) The bride's sister asked me to sketch their engagement shoot, wandering through the bluebell woods with their pup, as a wedding present. 


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Sunday Sketchbook #11


Rainy day view from my window. Yes, I should be out there cutting back those trees but I can't be because it's raining.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Ickle Pixel


A couple of characters for a lovely little business creating film portraits of children. A bit different to my usual style, but Kady had a very clear idea of how her Ickle Pixels would look and it was fun to take on a bit of a challenge and see how I could create something new.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Pup Portrait



The completed pup-portrait following the sketches from a previous Sunday Sketchbook. I'll always be a cat person at heart, but I'll concede this dog makes a very handsome chap.

Pet portraits are now available in my Etsy shop, if anyone has a beast they'd like me to immortalise.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday Sketchblog #10


A little sketch from our recent trip to Devon. Everyone else was surfing. I am most definitely not a surfer so remained atop the cliff, watching the baby (sleep).

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Vincestock



Our annual Vincestock (so named after the cat, Vincent (so named after Mr Price, he was similarly terrifying when originally rescued from Battersea)) party is coming up in August, so I managed to find time between feeds, nappies and the much detested 'tummy time' to create this illustration for the invite.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sunday Sketchbook #9


A page of pups for a commission I'm working on, apparently known as Hungarian Viszlas.

I've also added a listing for pet portraits to my Etsy shop, do ask if you're interested.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Yes sir...




... that's my baby. (Last one for the time being, I promise!)

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Sunday Sketchbook #8



I've realised why life-drawing models are generally requested to sit still... it's hard to draw things that are wriggling about.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

May



It's a fairly little known fact that my childhood closely resembled a Thomas Hardy novel (minus the tragedy, for the most part). There is no other way to explain the fact that a large amount of my early school years were spent learning how to Maypole dance. And it's certainly a skill that's stood me in good stead throughout the rest of my life...

May's downloadable wallpaper available here (personal use only please, as ever).


Monday, 28 April 2014

New Human



So, we made a baby. Which apparently means doing anything that doesn't include the baby is virtually impossible for quite some time, so please excuse any lack of posts for the next few months. Or until she goes to university.

She is obviously much prettier than this illustration. It's probably impossible to accurately depict the prettiness of your own baby through any traditional medium.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Sunday Sketchbook #7



This one's been sitting in my drafts for a while. Probably the last daffs of the season.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Ian and Claire


A couple portrait I've been sitting on for a while, waiting for their first wedding anniversary to arrive so Claire could present this to Ian as his 'paper' gift. Congrats to both of them on making it through the first year!

If you'd like to commission something similar, please have a look at my newly reopened Etsy shop or drop me an email.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

April's Fools



April. Not so many showers so far, just plenty of signs of spring and cheerful, nodding, foolish daffodils.

This month's wallpaper available for download via Flickr here. (For personal use only, please!)

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sunday Sketchbook #5



Vince again, looking a wee bit worried. Possibly because I'd just dropped my sketchbook on him. He has a hard life...

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Looking forward...



...to summer, blue skies and... chasing butterflies? A lovely little commission for a very bucolic-looking couple and with a specific request I feature their cat.


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sunday Sketchbook #4



Sticking with last week's theme of sophisticated frocks, today's sketch features the dresses that caught my eye from this year's Oscars.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Tallest Oak



An unusual commission from last week, and a nice inspiring sentiment. Although, watching the squirrels charging around our garden (and at times making off with entire fat balls they can only just reach their tiny squirrel arms round) I wonder how many of those little nuts don't get much choice about what ground they hold...

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pancake Day



Happy Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday! I hope all your pancakes are both flippable and catchable. I shall spend the evening trying to persuade my husband there are worlds of pancake delight beyond sugar and lemon... he's something of a traditionalist.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Sunday Sketchbook #3




Being very nearly at the end of this pregnancy and feeling increasingly manatee-like, I've been vicariously sketching elegant frocks this week, whilst looking forward to spring and dreaming about becoming reacquainted with my waist.

I'm not sure whether I prefer this sketch with the ink or just as a watercolour - any thoughts?

Saturday, 1 March 2014

March Winds


A new month, a new downloadable wallpaper calendar. March always seems a bit confused to me... trying so hard to be spring, but not managing it very often.

Download available via flickr here. (For personal use only, please!)

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Cally and Paul


A couple portrait for my sister's 30th birthday, featuring all four of their cats but missing out the bearded dragon (I thought he probably wouldn't venture outside so including him would have been Entirely Unrealistic...)

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Sunday Sketchbook #2



Haven't been anywhere exciting this week, so the only things in my sketchbook are the contents of my desk. This is my favourite Badger Balm - very good for dry hands and keeping fingers nails nice.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Beach Wedding



A lovely commission for a couple who had a very intimate beach wedding in Australia. Made me long for sunshine, long evenings and warm sand rather than wind, rain and damp sandbags!

(Wedding portraits make unique gifts and are available via my Etsy shop, just in case anyone's interested...)

Friday, 14 February 2014

Life, lately...



...has looked a lot like this, as Staines decided to remind us that being -on-Thames isn't all about sounding a bit more fancy... Thankfully none has come in the house (yet) but all our furniture is staying upstairs for the present!

Also, happy Valentine's Day to all who might be celebrating it! I hope your day is filled with exactly the amount of romance you'd prefer.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Sunday Sketchbook #1



A little series I'm resurrecting, a weekly post featuring the contents of my sketchbook. This week we have Vince, warming his belly in front of the fire.



Saturday, 1 February 2014

February Flowers



February's desktop calendar actually on time! It's available to download via Flickr here if anyone would like to update their wallpaper for a new month.

Although my February Girl has an enormous bunch of beautiful roses, I have a feeling she was very canny and went and bought them for herself on February 15th... far too sensible to hang around waiting for 'romantic' gestures* or to give in to over-priced commercialism!

*Although gestures can, of course, be very nice too.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Woodland Beasties: prints now available!



Prints of all my Woodland Beasties are now available via my Etsy shop. In celebration, I'm offering 10% off to anyone who buys more than one using the code BEASTIE before the end of January.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Woodland Beasties - Fox



I've saved my favourite Woodland Beast till last... the fox. As much as they might ravage the bins, and make that horrifying noise whilst making more foxes, and have a slight tendency to steal babies (although I think that's mostly bad publicity) I'm still very fond of them.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Woodland Beasties - Badger



The second Woodland Beast is the badger. Much less sinister than the deer, although they can apparently run up to 19mph which means being scared of them would probably be much more worthwhile as I suspect that's faster than I can move... 

Does anyone know if they can climb trees? 

(Not that I can, come to think of it.)

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Woodland Beasties - Deer



I've created a few wild friends for my hare illustration (he's available here), the first of which is this rather serene* looking deer. Fox and badger to follow over the next few days and prints of them all will be available via my Etsy shop next week.

*Serene or sinister? I've been slightly terrified of deer since reading a teen horror story many years ago... Probably one of the Point Horror** series that were tremendously exciting when I was about 14.

**A quick google suggests it was Where the Deer Are by Caroline B Cooney. Just in case anyone was intrigued and wanted to indulge.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Happy January!


I had the brilliant idea to start doing a monthly desktop calendar for myself in 2014, and to make it downloadable in case any of you out there also wanted to use it. But I should have remembered that doing anything to start on the first of January is pretty difficult... so here it is, only a third of the way through the month. Hopefully I might manage to be a bit more organised for February.

You can download it (hopefully) from Flickr here.

Oh, and the illustration of course celebrates all the optimistic juicing and smoothie-making resolutions we come up with at this time of year. I'm actually very fond of making smoothies and do manage it quite frequently (especially green monsters) but a whole pint (it's impossible to make a smaller amount, I've tried) of just a little bit above freezing smoothie never seems so appealing in the winter. Could someone out there invent a warm (but not disgusting) smoothie, please?