So when you think of being on a beach, you’re probably picturing laying in the sun, sipping cocktails, wearing a bikini/swimsuit/tank-ini or whatever small garment is your item of choice for pretending to cover your modesty.
But this is England, and when I created this we were still deep in the longest winter I have ever experienced, so I’m afraid all I could conjure up was a girl on a beach, fully clothed and most probably shivering.
Hopefully summer will break through one of these days and the sun will shine through my paintings. But for now… I’m getting out of the country asap to get some vitamin D!
Even superheroes have to do the food shopping, and in the current economic climate they need to make sure they’re getting the best value. Just like us, they only shop in Waitrose and M&S for ‘bits’ and do their main shop (in this case) in Tesco. This all makes it quite clear how terribly middle class I am, and how I am turning into my mother. The main difference is when a superhero does the shopping, they do it at high speed. But just to make it clear, the superhero in this painting has most definitely paid, and is not robbing the place.
In the interests of impartiality, I should also point out that other supermarkets are available.
I must admit, this eternal winter that has settled down upon us has somewhat frozen my creativity. But nonetheless I have forced myself to begin working on pieces for the next exhibition based on all thing Circus. I thought a little sketch would be a good place to get things going.
After a little lunchtime trip to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Marilyn Monroe exhibition, I was inspired to sketch a bit of 1950s Hollywood glamour. Despite the connotations of misogyny and oppression I do like a bit of 1950s glamour – in a post modern, ironic, feminist kind of way…happy international women’s day!
Merging Inks is an event that challenges illustrators and artists to produce live collaborations in front of an audience. I’ll be there selling prints of my artwork along with postcards and greeting cards I’ve designed.
The event is sponsored by O2 and Ravensbourne and is happening from 7.30 pm on 01/02/13 at the Ravensbourne, next to the O2 arena. With music, art and poetry, what better way to spend a Friday evening?
Deep in the jungle that is the East of London Town, lies trendy trendy Shoreditch. The native tribe is noted for its asymmetric haircuts, skinny jeans and love of Vietnamese street food. Visitors should be careful not to disturb their natural habitat, for they are a sensitive people, prone to rumination and blogging. they can be wary of newcomers, but if you adopt their garb and cultural practices, you should be able to blend in and observe their ways without disturbance.
One of the cultural practices of this tribe is to show artwork at the outdoor exhibition space at the Boxpark mall; a kind of market place where the tribe meet to exchange shiny things for trinkets and garments. My Winter Girl illustration was one of those chosen for the Christmas exhibition which was on from 6 December 2012 to 4 January 2013. Having been thus honoured by the tribe, it was only right that I joined them at the launch of the exhibition with a traditional drink, a rum cocktail. How quaint are the ways of the tribe!
Well, December certainly was a busy month. Apart from the usual Xmas shenanigans of catching up with friends and family, eating lots of lovely food, and of course, giving and receiving all those lovely presents, there was also lots of art!
On December 4th the Femme Fatale exhibition was held, showcasing work by several female artists including yours truly. It was curated by the wonderful Jess Greenaway, a fabulous tattoo artist amongst other things.
I took three paintings to the exhibition; “I have a headache“, “Dita” and “Rita“. Much fun was had by all, and one or two (or three) cocktails were consumed I must admit. To top off a fun night, my Dita painting sold. You can of course, still buy prints here.
After that I had but one day to recover before heading on to the next arty type event, update on that one to follow….
This was my third and final painting for the Femme Fatale exhibition on December 4th. A bit of a departure in style for me, it’s quite light and pretty. What can I say, I guess I’m less angsty than I used to be. It turned out quite different from the original sketch, the orange background giving the completed piece a more vibrant and less ethereal feel. I went for orange for the background to complement the inner folds of the skirt, but when it was completed it needed something to tone it down and so I added the wallpaper pattern. So there you go!
The painting was sold at the exhibition, so I am just due to varnish it and then it is going to a very good home for xmas. You can of course, still buy prints!
When you’re on your way home or just out and about in trendy trendy Shoreditch (look at you, in your skinny jeans and your over-sized specs) you may well pass the Boxpark gallery. In which case you probably won’t be able to miss a 60″ x 40″ version of my Xmas design displayed at the outdoor exhibition space.
My design was selected as part on an IdeasTap brief calling for designs on the theme of Christmas to feature in this exhibition. Over 90 artists submitted designs, 20 were shortlisted, and 9 selected. I’m pretty chuffed that mine is one of them, particularly as a few my lovely friends have told me they think it’s the most miserable Xmas design they’ve ever seen (thanks guys!).
The launch event is on Thursday 6th of December, and as one of its sponsors is Havana Rum there will be the odd complimentary cocktail floating about – feel free to come along and enjoy!
The exhibition will be on for a while so even if you don’t live or work in Shoreditch, and don’t wear skinny jeans and over-sized specs, its worth checking out (I personally will be travelling all the way from West London!).