I've been dying to paint Baxter ever since I first walked into The Cake Room in the Hastings American Ground. He's the resident pooch in this gorgeous cafe, and can be found wandering around greeting customers or quietly napping on a sofa. I always feel so inspired whenever I pop in for a coffee, as it's filled with leafy house plants, pea green tiling and delicious cakes. It seemed the obvious choice for this paintings patterned background! (A delicious vegan chocolate orang
Today, as it's almost 1 month until the big day, I wanted to share the wedding invitations myself and my fiancé Ollie designed! I thought I would talk a little bit about our process and share some of the inspiration behind the drawing. We've collaborated on several portraits before and even offer this as a product on my shop but haven't actually done anything for ourselves before, so it seemed like an obvious choice when we started thinking about designing our own invitations
One of my new years resolutions for 2019 was to draw more. I've spent the last 5 years concentrating almost exclusively on developing my painting style, so much so that drawing very much became an after thought. I studied Fine Art Drawing at university and it's something that has always come quite naturally to me. It's never a chore, I could spend hours and hours drawing and feel as though no time has gone by at all - so I felt sad that I had neglected it over the last few ye
I can't believe it's almost the end of 2018! I thought this would be a good time to reflect on how the year has gone and to look back at the things I have achieved this year. I am a big fan of Andy J Pizza and his podcast 'The Creative Pep Talk' and in one episode (I forget which one!) he suggested creating a Pinterest board full of the art you've made that feels really authentic. Work that makes you excited to help steer you in the right direction and influence future pieces
I am going to attempt to talk through my creative process when it comes to creating commissions. Each painting is different though, so I can't say there is a specific formula I stick to. I am not saying the way I do things is right, but over the years this is what I've found works for me! All of my paintings are created by hand using Winsor and Newton Gouache paint. For those that don't know, Gouache (pronounced gwash) is most similar to watercolour but is not as transparent.
It's almost the end of the month which means Inktober is almost over and although I may have missed a day (or two) I have somehow managed to keep up with it! For those of you that don't know, Inktober is a month long drawing challenge where you have to create an artwork using ink for every day of October. So, by the end of the month you should have 31 original drawings. Or in my case, more like 29 because I can't draw with a hangover! I was pretty dubious at first - I haven't