Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Bootcamp Five


The round up of five months of creative, bootcamp assignments. What do think?


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Monday, 24 July 2017

Global Goodies

 

'Holly, can you do that later? I need some help with the deliveries!' said Botticelli.

 

 

Holly wasn't listening, she wanted to fly too—if only...

 

 

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Currant Fare

I wan't planning on gardening today, but you know how it goes? Pick up a leaf and throw a twig in a bucket and before you know it, you have a pair of secateurs in hand, a mission and everything gets pruned!

The blackcurrants certainly did need picking, but it doesn't end at that. The plant then has to be cut back right back, leaving the new branches for the next season. In the moment, I thought why not—take the time? Repetitive, mantra-like, as I plucked the tiny, purple, vitamin C bombs from the branches, I found myself thinking about how, I inevitably was destroying the habitat of some bug or other. I could feel the reproach, from an enormous grey spider, swinging from the remmnants of her web and of the bright green grasshoppers, pinging all over the place. A plastic-looking earwig looked quite pissed off, or maybe it's just their demeanor. All had to relocate, with one consolation, I left the berries that fell for any passing takers. Immediately, a big fat slug, smelling the berries, advanced (with amazing speed for slug) out of the poppies, to claim and gorge itself on a berry bigger than its head.

My prize, the berries you see in the photo above, weighing in at a grand 340g. As I sit on the garden bench relaxing, I wonder what will be next on the harvest agenda, before the leaves start to fall: tomatoes, grapes, blackberries...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Summer Giveaway

 

 

UPDATE: prize draw closed - a winner has been drawn !


SUMMER GIVEAWAY!


My Gertrude Jekyll quote notebooks arrived today from my Society6 shop. I think they've turned out beautifully. So, in honour of that and because it's Summer, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway.

Want to win ONE? - Hop over to my Instagram and find the giveaway post and follow what it says to be added to the draw.

You have until - Friday 21 July - I will draw ONE lucky winner (at random) and send ONE notebook off to that lucky person anywhere in the world!



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Friday, 14 July 2017

Floral Unity

 

A floral Mandala created using botanical finds from my garden: Wild Strawberries, Poppy seed pods, Hydrangea, Lemon Verbena and the grass is Red Baron (love the name— reminds me of the cartoon, Snoopy). I don't know what the yellow flower is.

The name Mandala comes from the Sanscrit meaning 'circle'. Easy to make and a mediative action. The balance of elements within the circle are a symbol of harmony and unity. Mandalas are used by many cultures the world over, for pre-medatative, intention setting. It is also seen as a tool for the psychic journey and represents cosmic as well as psychic order.

What do you think of my creation?

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Eternal Flame


Revealing the Inner Artist through Creativity, Knowledge & Personal Development

In the last few months, I've been writing a Creative E-Course for adults, whatever their artistic experience or creative level. It's for anyone who would like to get in touch with their artistic muse, or carve out a little time for themselves.

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Ellis Island


Incorporating some of the reasons why the immigrants, who came through Ellis Island (1892-1934) relocated to the USA. Plus the fact that they carried the contents of their lives in little more than a carry on bag, or if they were really lucky, a trunk.



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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Dreaming Spires



I've been wanting to create an illustrative map of my hometown, Oxford, for quite a while now. After a little research I came across plenty of interesting things to draw. With a total of 38 colleges on offer (13 appear on my selected slice of Oxford's city centre), Oxford is filled with an varied richness of: restaurants, shops and enough pubs for a jolly good pub crawl.




That was a few months ago and then other projects took precedence and I lost my momentum. Fast forward to two weeks ago and what should come across my path, but a map making course given by Nate Padavick (They Draw and Travel) on Sketchbook Skool. Perfect, it was a no brainer. A week long course, with the potential of a completed map (for me, of Oxford) at the end of it. So, I dove in (add to a the other three courses I'm was already doing—I'll never learn!)


The course was inspiring and the instruction from concept to finished map, clear and easy to follow. I've uploaded my map to TDAT's website, with a feeling of achievement. If you'd like to see the whole map, it's on my WEBSITE.

Let me know what you think!



You may also be interested to hear, as an artist, and in the light of environmental challenges, I'm currently writing a creative E-Course. Due to appear later in the year or early 2018.
In it, the problem is addressed through hands on creativity, along with sources, resources and an informed environmental awareness.

It's an E-Course for adults wishing to take time for themselves creatively as well as meet others of a like mind. Regardless of artistic experience or creative level—so that includes you!

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Ocean's Bane


Is it me, or has the ocean of plastic we use in our daily lives increased exponentially over the last few years?

A regular shop at the supermarket and the scenario when I get home is always the same. Remove the plastic wrapping or container and throw it away. What could I do with it anyway? Even stranger and I am ashamed to say, some of the aforementioned items, before being put into the refrigerator, are then transferred into a box from the plastic box drawer—yes, we all have one!

Above are some examples of plastic wrapping from food stuffs I bought recently. It's hard to find anything in a supermarket without a plastic covering these days. Even a cucumber has a plastic wrapping—can someone tell me what that's all about?

Eventually, the empty packets, yes you guessed it, get thrown away in black plastic bags and buried in dumps for all eternity. Or their contents find their way out into the oceans, to float around like macabre algae, until they end up inside and killing marine life and birds.
Did you know most plastics will take anywhere from 450 to 1000 years to biodegrade? There are even some that won't biodegrade ever
—so, what are we thinking?


Mild attempts to reduce the plastic bag flow are made by some supermarkets, with a money back incentive, to encourage you to reuse the bag on your next visit. Methinks this is merely lip service and a ploy to make you revisit their shop.

As remarkable as I think human achievements are and continue to be, when it comes to destroying the planet we seem to be experts in it and turn a blind eye to its ever increasing plight.

So, from now on, I've decided to change my shopping habits. I'm going to use the little shops and markets more often and go in search of food that isn't wrapped in plastic—Who's with me?



You may also be interested to hear, as an artist, and in the light of environmental challenges, I'm currently writing a creative E-Course. Due to appear later in the year or early 2018. In it, the problem is addressed through hands on creativity, along with sources, resources and an informed environmental awareness.

It's an E-Course for adults wishing to take time for themselves creatively as well as meet others of a like mind. Regardless of artistic experience or creative level—so that includes you!

If you'd like to be kept up to date on my E-Course as it progresses, or have always wanted to take part in a creative class, with an environmental flavour, please, sign up for my newsletter to be kept up to date on my progress: HERE

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Jardin d'amour


Roses journal cover and quote by Gertrude Jekyll: garden designer, artist and writer.


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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Organic Comfort

Harvest Bee

 

Exciting to see three of my flowers & plants series on cushions on Wraptious.

These three designs available for purchase until 10 June: here.

Rainbow Corn


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Sunday, 7 May 2017

People we meet


Tabitha: Artist, tea lover and gnome mother.


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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Art of Courage


Life takes Courage by Alison Day



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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Lemon Tree


Taking part in #the100dayproject - for the series so far take a look my on Instagram. I'm using #100pubsigns_alisonday




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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Lady Vivienne


Lady Vivienne: Socialite, size 0, snob.



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Monday, 20 March 2017

Honey Babe


Honey: Leggy #showgirl, feather headdresses, saving for a rainy day.


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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Reginald Buttercup

Reginald Buttercup: Actor, pompous, Marshmallow the pug's dad.


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Monday, 20 February 2017

People we Meet

Arial: Water nymph, loves to water ski and eat fish finger sandwiches.


Mr Hedge: Retired horticulturist, confirmed bachelor and avid chess player.


Waaaa! Baby: Just arrived, noisy, needs changing.


Mrs Crumpet: Spinster, sour puss, bee keeper


Isn't it interesting the diversity of the people we meet during our lives and their impact. Some we feel we've met before and others may just have arrived. There are those who enter and exit as though through a revolving door, whilst others, like scenery, populate the backdrop of our lives. Eventually, purpose fulfilled all move on to another place.


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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Print Workshop

 

Still some places on the pilot workshop - 15 March - details above.

 

 

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Thursday, 9 February 2017

Diggety Dog

 
 

Diggety the Dog - 7 Wicker Basket, The Snug, DO9 8ONE Walkon

 

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Inner Artist Revealed

 

 

Planning your creative agenda for March? If you live in the Province of Groningen (or are prepared to travel to it) - join my pilot printing workshop. Registration closes 20th February.

 

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Friday, 27 January 2017

Tuning in

 

 

The last few days have been filled with challenges, both personal and work related. On the whole I'm fairly upbeat and tend to muddle through, but today, along with questioning what I really want in life—I hit a metaphorical wall.

 

The photos were taken in town at the local market and based on a card drawn from a series to: Indulge your senses. My card's purpose changed from taste to view, I suspect to lighten my mood, I needed visual food, as opposed to actual food to satisfiy my mental appetite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Monday, 23 January 2017

Taking Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken on today's walk to the post office—a smile on my face and a spring in my step. With my mobile camera in one hand and four large envelopes in the other, filled with recent illustrations—destination, a few selected publishers.

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Sunday, 8 January 2017

Diggety Dog

 

No one's looking, so I think I'll re-arrange the ornamental tree, thought Diggety.

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