Tuesday, 29 November 2011

 My New Skin for Jess-Pod

I got a fabulous birthday present from my mum and step-dad Andrew... yep, an i-pod! It is officially amazing. I have wanted an MP3 player for a long, long time. I am slowly going through my CD collection and loading everything up onto i-tunes. Last night Henry understood why I had wanted an MP3 player for so long, becuase I think he thought I was getting to the end of loading up all my CD's after 3 boxes of them, but alas, another box from on top of my wardrobe came down for entry... It's a never ending task!

So here is my gelaskin... I have loaded it up here becuase you may recognise the pattern - Yep, it has been made using one of my paintings (number 2)... I am so pleased with it. Sadly, it isn't a great photograph, but it's really green and lush. I almost loaded the grapes, which looked very cool, but the Ginkgo is far more me. 

Anyone who has artwork, and a device, be it a kindle or a touch or a pod, I highly recommend 'making your own' - there is an option to do this.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Beautiful gift cards and prints from 
Flat Flower Cards

I really like these. I used to make a lot of pressed flower cards, but wish I came up with the idea of scanning them in first!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

I was burning the midnight oil last night

SBA Assignment 12 (Climbing Plants): 9.00/10

So I went to bed at 1am this morning... still not finished! I will be working on this little beast of a project tonight, so it will have to be sent by recorded delivery tomorrow morning. I have been working on getting the two bottom passion flowers - trying to get them to leap off the page (REALLY DIFFICULT!). With them being so pale, they naturally recede into the paper. I am really happy with the shadow on the left flower around the right below the stigmas. It seems to work well.

This bit above needs more work - the last touches

I can't even begin to describe to you how tired from working. Keeping a full time job on the go as well is now becoming very tricky indeed. It was not bad to begin with, but I am beginning to become concerned with regard to my portfolio pieces ... I have to do one a month on average.

It's been really lovely seeing more comments on my blog recently. It's always good to hear what people have to say - good or bad. Thank you!

I hope my next post will be about this beauty being put in the post!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

A nice little piece I saw in the Stylist Magazine today

I love the detail, the relief work and of course the fact that it is in pen and ink - my favourite!

Monday, 14 November 2011

A bit more work - almost complete!

Another day in my bedroom studio and a few more layter sof paint have been added. I have no idea why this painting is taking so long.. I am guessing it is beucase of all the different shapes and colours which are slowing me down. I am desperate to get my tonal variation right this time around, so am trying to get the layers really deep as well. Just got Thursday night left on this and then I'll post it on Friday morning... Missed yoga tonight, and am feeling pretty ill with a nasty bug, so I hope I get a good mark!

Friday, 11 November 2011

And another 12 hours, although you wouldn't think it... 

... you have to look carefully for the changes. It is like 'spot the difference'!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Phaseolus and Lonicera being painted in...

On Thursday, my last day in Spain, I managed to squeeze in a few more hours of painting and put down the first layers of paint for my runner bean and honeysuckle flowers. I have a lot of work to do though and only 2 days off to do them in, so I will be working in the evenings to get this completed in time. I am enjoying it though.

Back in London this weekend, and straight into work in the gallery. They have just finished putting all the Joseph Hooker paintings on the walls, so we are now only waiting for the lighting to be done and the vinyl text and labels. The exhibition opens on the 12th - can't wait. It's an interesting exhibtion because it is biographical, and we haven't had one like that yet. Lots of photographs and examples of Walter Hood Fitch's work.

Off to Hattie's tonight in Manor House, London. She is designing a set stage for her party next week and the theme is 'The Botanical Garden and the Mad Scientist'. I think I will be painting some more plants - but in a rather different way - I am thinking BIG here. She lives in a type of communal warehouse - very cool. It's a big open space with hand crafted furniture and circular doors made by her house mate, Aidy.

Will post some images when it's all done!

I hope these images look ok. I am currently getting to grips with a new camera which I have called Io, and in using photoshop...

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Not sure how many hours into this I am now...!

Another day in and I feel like I am making good progress. I am very pleased now that I have chosen to compose this differently, and stayed away from doing a portrait view with all the stems meeting at the bottom. With the climbing plants coming from the side I feel a little more 'free'. I have completed the unfurling bud on the far right which was pretty tricky! Being in Spain has really helped me relax and get into the zone! I am a little anxious about how I may be when back in London this weekend... It's time to start getting a bit more real and serious until March, when I complete the course, and I am concerned how well it is going to go with my full time job.

Eyes down look in...!