painting in circles...

Sometimes, it's nice to just turn off the computer for a few days, get the brushes out, and lose myself in a painting. Uninterrupted time is precious, and the absolute pleasure that comes with it reminds me to make room for this more often. 

I've been watching some really moving dance performances of Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring' recently, and I found it creeping into this piece as I considered cycles, rebirth, ritual...

My piece can be viewed at the Nook Holiday Show december 6-7, as 50 illustrators gather under one roof to share their recent work.

fall inspires...

 

A few crisp days in a row, and there's no mistaking that fall is in the air...

I've been working on a few cosy new patterns that capture the spirit of the season... this design, entitled 'cabin', simultaneously captures something quite notalgic, and modern, in it's simplicity.

Dishware, duvet cover, hmm....

curl up with the latest issue of Taproot...

 

 

The theme for this latest issue of Taproot Magazine is "wood". As we all cosy up with the cooler weather, what could be more evocative of the season than images of split logs, chimney brushes & flickering flames? I decided to combine this imagery into a repeat pattern, inspired by wood stacked against the back fence. You can see my work in the current & final quarterly issue for 2012. Congratulations Taproot as you wrap up a successful first year in print!

 

 

The art even inspired a new tea towel design, my collection just keeps on growing... :)

a little DIY...


A little DIY project with fabric created from one of my images thru Spoonflower. This sweet chair was languishing in the attic, so I threw on a coat of paint, sanded to give it a bit of character, stapled new fabric over the old cushion, and voila... a happy chair for the studio!



accidental pattern

 

 

After a few days of paper cutting, my desk is covered in scraps of paper. I often save the 'positive' shapes that I have cut, and stick them to my computer. Little graphic silhouettes of colour dance around the edge of my screen. Quite by accident, as they are randomly placed, they will often inspire other projects.  

This little bird has been in view for a few weeks, but as soon as the sprout went up beside it, I could see a lovely pattern happening. This could be a really sweet wallpaper in a nursery...