09 November, 2019

Christmas Craft Market Next Sunday


I've been very busy lately gearing up for Christmas and have a few markets which I will be selling artwork as well as handmade Christmas cards, and Christmas ornaments.
Next Sunday, I will have a stall at The Commonweal School Christmas Market. So if you are in the Swindon area and want an early start at Christmas shopping come take a look. You are bound to find something you like at affordable prices :-). 
  Sunday 17th November 11am-3pmw
The Commonweal School
The Mall, SN1 4JE
07821 428679

Also, If you mention this blog, you will receive a free gift :-).
Hope to see you there.
Bye for now.

01 November, 2019

Getting Ready For Christmas...

As I work at a school, I don't always get enough time to go into the studio during term time. But being I am on my Half Term holidays, I was able spend more time making art and getting ready for some Christmas Markets I have coming up.
Here are some photos which I shared on Instagram and Facebook-
Along with selling artwork, I will have Christmas decorations and handmade cards. I had a request last year for religious cards, so thought I would try to make some. These are made using rubbers stamps which I carved and used embossing powder to add the glitter.

I made some angels cards using paper doilies, printed papers, washi tape and embossing glitter.
 These angels are on Kraft paper.
I also made cards with baubles on them, using a gelli print technique which I use in my mono prints.
Here are some Christmas tree designs. The trees and snowflakes are 3 dimentional.
I also tried making some ornaments using air drying clay, I will add colour to them but have to wait for them to dry.

So...very busy and my studio and dining room table is a mess but have been enjoying myself.
I will post the dates for the markets shortly.
Bye for now.

01 October, 2019

Quick Recap of the Swindon Open Studios 2019

Just a quick recap of this year's Swindon Open Studios- 

The Swindon Open Studios 2019 came to a close last weekend.  I'm really glad I did it this year, last year I took a break and just went around and visited other artists. Meeting other artists and seeing what and how they create motivated me to take part again. This year the turn out was a bit quiet, but some of that had to do with the Swindon Marathon taking place on one of the Sundays and wet weather which kept some people away. 
Having said that, I had really nice feedback from people who came to see me and some even said I inspired them, which was great to hear. I had a few sales and gave some demonstrations on creating mono prints using a gelli plate.
Here are some photos of my set up and of a piece I was working on while at the library.

 These are the prints from the art challenge I was doing in September.
This was a piece I was working on at the library.
Now I need to take a break and recover. But not too long of a break-I need to get ready for Christmas :-).
Bye for now.

17 September, 2019

Invitation to Swindon Open Studios 2019

This weekend is the start of the Swindon Open Studios.
If you are in the Swindon area, please stop by.
I will be displaying paintings, prints, cards and work in progress.
I've also been busy this month with an art challenge initiated by Birgit Koopsen-Bernstein.
I will be displaying these examples as well.
Hope to see you then.
Bye for now.

05 September, 2019

A Visit to Swindon Museum and Art Gallery


I went to visit the Swindon Museum and Art Gallery over the summer to see the art exhibition Connections: An Exhibition by group 7 . The museum's curator gave a talk about the work and about each artist and their inspiration for this exhibition. It was very interesting and I'm glad I went. I took some sneaky photos. If you can make it, its worth a visit. Unfortunately it closes this weekend. More details can be found on the museum's website
Bye for now.

My Summer...


Over the summer I spent a few days in Cornwall, near Land's End with my husband and son. 
Here are some photos-
 It was bit overcast and cold that day, but I still enjoyed being by the water.
Too cold to go in though :-).

Here are some photos of the garden surrounding the house we stayed in. I loved all the textures and colours. They are great visual references.
This is where I sat to paint.
And here I am enjoying a cup of coffee.
 Here are mixed media paintings I did in my sketchbook.

Bye for now.

01 September, 2019

Preparations for Swindon Open Studios

Over the summer I’ve been getting ready for the Swindon Open Studios. They will take place on the last two weekends in September. If you click on the link, you can learn more about it, the artists participating, as well as where you can visit them. Here is a sampling of some of the work in progress.
These are mono prints on paper.
Mixed media on canvas
Bye for now.