Archive for the ‘art’ Category

Recently released by Chocolate Baroque (the renowned manufacturer of high quality and durable rubber stamps, based in England) is a new range with a Native American theme. Each stampset has sentiments either as quotes or poems by Native American poets, or by Lesley from CB, herself.

All the stamp sets are available and can be ordered from Chocolate Baroque. Links to each set are included in the description below. While you are there, have a browse for all the other crafting supplies available.

The original art work is drawn by me (Kim Moody).

The first stampset is called ‘Catching Dreams’. It consists a traditional dream catcher, ceremonial pipe, and tomahawk.

The second is ‘Do right always’. This time there is a tipee scene and totem pole together with feathers and cactus fillers.

Third is ‘Hold on’. Here we have an animal hide, may be bear or buffalo, stretched on a frame. It is ideal for placing pictures or sentiments, or could be cut out to reveal a picture behind.
A couple of cacti are included.

My house caricatures are usually draw on A4 drawing cartridge paper, and the reference is from photos supplied by the commissioning buyer.
This time I worked from two driftwood houses that my wife bought from Collette Stacey of Cosy Cottage Designs. (Instagram @cosy_cottage_designs)

They are such cute cottages that they deserve to be in a proper setting, so that’s what I did. This time I worked on A5 paper so that they are in keeping with the reference pieces.

What do you think? Does size matter?

… the grass is riz,
I wonder where the birdies is?

These are the opening lines to the anonymous nonesense poem I put on the back of ‘Spring Time’.

The artwork is in response to a challenge, and swap, organised on Facebook. The idea being to spread some happiness in these uncertain times. The only criterion was ‘something nice before Easter’. And this was my offering, now safely in the hands of my swap partner.

It was painted in Decoart Americana acrylic paints on Daler art board, the detail outlining is done with Edding 1880 Drawliner pens in various sizes.
If you would like a pattern pack, let me know.

I hope you like it and that it has brought a little brightness in to your life.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a shop called Studio Minerva. In that shop wonderful things happened …

For Studio Minerva was a place where dull grey clay was turned in to wonderful, colourful ornaments and trinkets. It was a studio where people were taught to decorate ceramics – the teachers were Julie and Kim.

Since that time I have only done a little teaching here and there, sometimes at the BADFA convention. But tomorrow, I do it again – big time!

I have designed a day as a ‘pen and ink’ class, and tomorrow it gets its first proper airing.

A trusted friend and one of her students will be subjected to a session of me and pens.

Who knows what the end result will be, but plenty of time, planning, and thought has gone in to it, so I’m confident all will be well, with only a few minor tweeks needed.

… and they all lived happily ever after. We like a good fairy tale.

Sometime ago I drew ‘The Old Cottage’ at Burnards House, in Devon. One of the techniques I’ve wanted to experiment with is adding colour. I’ve tried before and not been pleased with the result.

This time I used Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours in tubes. The ink has dried completely (well I drew it over two months ago!) and is Daler Rowney FW Acrylic, Black 028.

So what do you think? Colour, or no colour?

I’m not sure which I prefer. I enjoy the drawing and the detail. May be each picture will tell me what is best for them.

Well, it rhymes, doesn’t it? And, yes, I’m nearly a fortnight late, but this was my offering for this year’s Halloween – Little Shop of Horrors.

I used my Shop stamp from my most recent set, (available from Chocolate Baroque) and added stamps that were laying around the house.
Colour is Koh-i-Nor watercolours. I thought the shop windows were an ideal place to ‘spooky’ things up a bit, so upstairs we have ghost, bat, and spider, while downstairs ‘Audrey II’ is trying to get her human blood ration from Seymour, the shop owner!

I hope at least some of you remember the 1986 film!

Out of the comfort zone. Sometimes you have to try something a little different. Many of those I follow on Instagram are tattooists, or design tattoos, or like dark, gothic stuff – which often involves skulls. So, I thought I’d have a go, just for fun.IMG_0901

This skull is pretty unexciting, a bit anatomical really – but as a first attempt I was pleased with the result.

This fella is all stippling, dots, or pointillism – depending on how you like to describe the process. I used a Derwent Graphik art pen, 0.1 point on 100gsm copy paper.

Looking at his teeth, it could almost be a self-portrait! What do you think?

 

We don’t have any pets. Don’t want one really. We’ve got our son, he keeps us amused. We do get visits from Casper, the cat next door. He’s a ginger tom, and must be the friendliest cat around, but unfortunately his owners aren’t so keen now they have a new dog. So, when he’s in need of a little love and attention he comes to us. Aaah!

I’ve never drawn an animal portrait before so I thought I’d make use of him while he was sleeping in the studio …

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IMG_0750This is a project I’ve wanted to try for ages. Some time ago I found an old, traditional French bread bin – huche de pain – and thought that the front panel is crying out for a little trompe l’oeil.

 

The huche is finished in DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in ‘Serenity’, discretely distressed (as opposed to thoroughly traumatised, as is the want of some upcycle-ers), and treated with clear wax.

The picture is in DecoArt Americana acrylic paints, with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics for shadow.

Details shown below:

 

 

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Ever since we gave up ‘real’ work and turned to our efforts to artistic output, we’ve been sharing a studio.

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Julie uses the wonderful natural light for her photography. She produces ‘flat-lay’ and still-life pictures. She also finds the peace great for her study of Colour Therapy.

I use the space for pen and brush work, or writing. Occasionally we have to change places, or join forces if an extra pair of hands is needed – usually to hold a reflector, or support a backdrop. It is good to have, on hand, a second opinion that you trust. Especially when deadlines are closing in.

Sometimes it gets a bit crowded, so that’s the time to go to the kitchen and make a cuppa.

So here is a snapshot of our multi-functional space – gotta be better than working for a living!