New Painting

                                                                                                               Stars in her eyes, The Little Infanta, oil on canvas


This week I’ve been painting, I have several unfinished canvases that I would like to complete over the next couple of weeks. There are so many paintings I would like to do, I feel like I’ve stored up ideas for years!



In the Theatre of your mind, oil on canvas


Another Painting

Another painting today, I have 12 years to catch up on! so another couple of characters from my drawings. There is a story here, I’m just not quite sure what it is yet. I think this painting is finished or very close. This evening I worked on some felt brooches that I hope to complete tomorrow when I will post some images. This is an 8″ x 8″ square canvas.

I’m exhausted and off to bed now. but before I go I must confess to a moment of madness this morning, I have run out of dishwasher tablets and even though I was pretty sure it was a bad idea, I went ahead and did it anyway, I put washing up liquid in the dishwasher and then took the kids to school. I came home to a real cartoon Tom & Jerry moment, with great clouds of suds billowing out across my kitchen floor, no damage was done but kids don’t try this one at home, it’s a definite no-no, I had some vague notion of a great money-saving idea but it was not to be, I think I need more sleep so Good night.

Kitty attacked by Grayson

Yes my dog tried to eat Kitty, but she survived and I think is improved by her rather lovely felt patch. The last piece of work Grayson got hold of was a clay cat brooch, she unfortunately did not survive. can he really be so discerning in his choice of victim?

This painting is oil on linen and slightly larger than the preceding three canvases. She is a version of an earlier drawing that I have printed here in my Etsy shop.

Loving the oil paints

I packaged up a couple of orders this morning and popped to the post office, I also had a Bristol customer collect her Rachel rabbit clay brooch. So a good start to the day, then back to my little canvases for some more painting. Still just playing around and re acquainting myself with the medium. It’s been fun to just translate some of my drawn characters into paint, I don’t try to copy a drawing but use it as a starting point and see where it goes.

I would like to do a couple more paintings and whilst they dry get on with some new brooches, both the clay and the felt/ shrink plastic. I also have a lot of finished items to list in my shops, so keep checking here for updates. I’m undecided about what exactly should go into the new Big Cartel shop and may take a little longer to complete this one, but Etsy should have new stock soon.

I worked on the little grey bear, the flying boy and a bit more work on the girl in red, I haven’t measured the canvases but think they are 4 or 5″ square. I don’t think I’ll really get to grips with my painting ‘style’ until I move on to slightly larger canvases, I tend to have strange narratives going on in my work, so the small canvases can only hint at this, I have a couple of ideas brewing for larger works.

Starting small

I can not believe it has been so long, I’m estimating 12-13 years since I last used oil paints, yep that was when I became a mum. So today I took the plunge and opened my small box of oils and yes got out a very small canvas. There were definitely nerves involved but also space, I’m still working at home so until I’m back in the studio I’ll have to keep it small.

But as soon as I got my first heady whiff of turpentine and oil I couldn’t stop, I just love oil paints so so much, I want to paint a hundred paintings, a thousand…..and I will. I’ve held back for so long, feeling guilty about pursuing art seriously or even as a hobby, I introduced sewing as a sort of secret way to create, a medium that suggested more practical applications, I tried knitting hats, making clothes, textile bags and children’s toys but in the end just started creating the characters floating around in my head, they are what? I don’t know, not exactly ‘Art’ or ‘Craft’ not toys or home decor, but since picking up my paint brushes today I just don’t care, they are what they are, a part of my work that I love doing and I am determined to find a way to earn my living doing this.

wow, got that off my chest, you are probably expecting some amazing piece of work after all that, well this is starting small, it’s been a long time remember. I’m not sure that it’s finished yet, a painting of a girl based on some of my drawings. I want to do another one but I need to eat and the kids will be back from brownies and their dads soon.