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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More watercolour


Terribly sorry to bother you with this watercolour business again!  I'm really loving it though, I just ordered a much larger set of paints and I can't wait to receive them!!  In the mean time I've listed this little beauty and one other on Etsy so feel free to go and have a look!

A Walk















Sunday, March 27, 2011

More watercolour

Red headed quiff man makes the transition to watercolour!
My other half asked me to paint him so here he is!



Revised red headed lady


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Late night watercolouring









Here's some watercolour painting I did last night.  I've been trying to get a handle on watercolour for a while but I'd been struggling to get some results that I was happy with.  

I thought that maybe the problem was that I had been using some quite cheap paint, so I decided to invest in some better quality product.  I also realised that I'd been a little too impatient and gave up to quickly when I wasn't happy with the result.  The final piece was that I realised I'd been using too much "colour" and not enough "water"!  Suddenly it all fell in to place and I'm quite happy with the results I've been getting. 

I got these cute little watercolour "trading cards", I've always preferred to work on a small scale so they are perfect!



Friday, March 25, 2011

Afternoon Papercuts







I'm easily amused.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Ritzy

Today is the 100th birthday of our local cinema, The Ritzy in Brixton.  It's a great cinema that shows a good mix of arty/mainstream films.  It's a great building too so I decided to draw it!  Interestingly at some point all the ornate original features were removed and it was turned in to an almost art deco like shape.  It was then restored in the 90s and now it's nearly impossible to tell that the features aren't original!

1911

1984 - Photo by Dasahenka
2011 - Photo by Ewan-M


Sitting in the Sunshine/Work in Progress


Yes yes everyone is talking about the weather. It's what being British is all about.  Ok I'm not technically British but I do live here, and while I LOVE winter, snow and all that, it has been a tedious month or so with no sunshine, AT ALL.  So like every other pastie person around I'm loving all this sunshine!  At one end of our flat we have floor to ceiling windows with a table right in front, so I've been sitting here as much as possible while working to recharge my vitamine D.

I've been working on a few little projects here and there.  I've designed some recipe cards based on my kitchen illustration.  I love them and I think they look great but does anyone use recipe cards?  Do you?  Would you?  I'd love to produce them but it could be a bit costly if no one uses them!  Tell me what you think.






Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ramen!


I wanted to share one of my favourite recipes with you, inspired by the very talented Dawn Tan I decided to paint it!

I'm not the best cook in the world, but I really love making this because it's so easy and so delicious!  It's a great way to use up excess veggies you might have.  I often also include courgettes and Pak Choy.  The Instant Miso is an absolute must if you can't find it, you can use a dash of soy sauce in it's place.

Please let me know if you try it out!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Sweet Way To Help



My friend Shoko who lives in Tokyo is Selling these cute little brooches with 100% of the profits going to the Japanese Red Cross.  It's another great way to donate a small amount to help Japan rebuild.

I met Shoko when my band was on our first tour of Japan in 2006.  She was our translator and I can tell you that if you are a vegetarian in Japan, you need a translator!  Shoko is an amazing, creative girl, with equally amazing pink hair!  She recently opened an Etsy store to sell her very cool felt "Secret Agent" characters.  Check out her store and pick up a cute felt brooch or character and feel good that 100% of the profit goes to help rebuild a wonderful country.


Super Moon!

So there was a "Super Moon" last night.  Did you see it?  I didn't, but I imagine it looked something like this.


Monday, March 21, 2011

A Sunny Weekend









Friday, March 18, 2011

watches


Just a random doodle.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Nice Way To Help

Hello, me again.  There is a lot going on in the online artistic community with regards to fundraising, it's getting a bit bamboozling.  But here is a great way to make a small donation.

Australian artist Ebony Bizys is based in Toyko.  Among many other things she has created a really great zine all about gift wrapping.  If you pop over to her blog Hello Sandwich you can now buy it for $5USD with ALL of the proceeds going to the Red Cross.  Not only is it obviously a great cause but it's a great product too.  I bought it a while ago (and again today to donate) and it's packed with lots of cute ideas to decorate gifts.  There are some simple yet fun little projects to try if your creative spark is feeling a little dim.






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