Monday, 29 February 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. chaos, 2. little book of fabric scraps, 3. Untitled, 4. I hear those voices that will not be drowned, 5. Bohemian Chic., 6. voce, 7. sometimes, this happens., 8. Liverpool, 9. Untitled, 10. Untitled, 11. Ephemeral City No. 3 #wip #slowstitch #fiberart, 12. Untitled, 13. Untitled, 14. This 'thing' has become a respite when I need a break from my obsessive, tiny, eye-straining, brushworking ways. 😁 #gollybardstudio, 15. Untitled, 16. Study of Gogh"Peasant Digging", 17. Negative+, 18. Gedankenversunken, 19. yorkminster, 20. note book 1

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Hello from sunny England! yes, it is indeed a bright start to the week here - bit chilly but the sun lends a spring-like feel.... Thanks as always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. Follow links and discover more....

Thank you to everyone who visited my shop last week to see the newest gouache portrait series - and special thanks to you if you purchased an original work. It's always a pleasure to send work near and far.

This week - I'm not updating my shop this week, as I am going to concentrate on new series/works and have a few personal commitments. So I'll be updating next on March 9th - that's a Wednesday as usual - at the usual time of 2pm. The next update will be an eclectic selection and I'm looking forward to sharing more with you.

I hope to find time this week to write a post about artists that inspire me and how I like to research and find inspiration.... So more soon.

Have a good start to your week

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

new work - gouache portraits


Cape - gouache on Fabriano paper

Alongside other work, over the past several weeks, I've been working on a new series of gouache portraits. My starting point was perhaps over the Christmas and New Year period when I did several sketches in sketchbooks and contemplated the figure in gouache.... As mentioned previously, I return to gouache every so often because it is one of the most versatile and gentle of mediums, with so much to offer. It's what I call a (metaphorically speaking) elastic paint - meaning you can stretch it and you can keep it dense, you can take it from one extreme - as delicate as watercolour - to dark and matt coverage.

As I worked on this series I began to re-consider how I enjoy seeing figures on paper - and how the whole figure is interesting to me as a shape/form.... I've painted detailed and evocative faces in gouache, but this series is much more about the figure as design and story. A long time ago, as a teenager, I would design my own art deco-inspired fashion plate figures. I just liked the shape and colours of them. One summer, whilst staying at my grandparents' home, I covered a bedroom wall with figures. My Granny kept them on the wall until they fell off....

Over the years I've experimented with different papers. I still enjoy textured watercolour paper but more recently I've been using Fabriano artistico paper, which is quite beautiful stuff: smooth and creamy white, and takes paint or ink very well. I'm using Fabriano paper in both my painting and monoprint drawing. It's a good quality artist paper and as you may know using the best materials for you does make a difference.

Below you may see: Outsiders - gouache on Fabriano paper


These and others will be in my shop tomorrow - please note the slightly later time of 7pm UK time. Thank you. I hope you may enjoy seeing the complete selection.


ribbon - gouache on Fabriano paper

I have always enjoyed pink and red together - this is a delicate pink and not so easy to photograph but in person this portrait has a gentle yet eye-catching look....

Just as a side note: I made the papier-mache jug several years ago and it's still yellowing beautifully. The paper is from old Penguin paperback novels. I may just be making new papier-mache objects some time in the coming months.....

Monday, 22 February 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. The making of Kwan Yin eyes, 2. lost to the memory of a garden, 3. mano, 4. Untitled, 5. Stranger, 6. Drawing, 7. Untitled, 8. sketchbook, 9. Study in red, 10. A new Frame, 11. Untitled, 12. The Bird Prince, 13. leafcreature, 14. Untitled, 15. Frida to Diego, 16. Caledonian Rd, 17. # 51 (20-02-2016), 18. 8 February 2016, 19. 雨宿り get out of the rain 躲雨, 20. More from Tétouan

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Hello, last Monday in February already - and once again a mild start to the week here..... a bit drizzly but trying to cheer up (hip hoorah for predictable English weather). Thanks always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's mosaic. I hope you may find a little inspiration here.

I started my week by taking a look at all the gouache artworks I've been making recently. It's interesting to see them as a group and to see how my ideas have evolved.... I'll be offering a selection of new gouache portraits in my shop this Wednesday. Please note: I'll be updating at the later than usual time of 7pm (uk time).

I've received a few questions re: reserving artwork. It's my aim to be as fair as possible and to give anyone interested a chance to buy an artwork they might like - therefore I do not reserve artworks before an update. Thanks for your understanding.

If you visit my shop now you will see I have added a few paintings to the 'sale' section of my shop. Making room for all the artworks I have planned for the future!

Tomorrow I'll show here a further selection of gouache portraits and write a little more about it.

Thanks always for reading here and have a good start to your week.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

gouache portraits - a preview

As previously mentioned here I've been working on a series of new gouache portraits. I'm sharing just a small selection here today, to give you a preview. (You are welcome to follow me over at Instagram or Flickr to see more, and I will share more here early next week.)

 three figures

three figures - this is a larger work on textured watercolour paper


 dots - on Fabriano paper

red portrait

red portrait - on Fabriano paper

There will be a selection of new gouache works in my shop next Wednesday (24th Feb) at the later than usual time of 7pm (UK). Please note: I am happy to reserve artworks that are in the shop, for up to two weeks. I prefer not to reserve ahead, thanks for your understanding - I aim to give anyone interested a chance to purchase and am grateful indeed for your interest.

Have a good weekend.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

new work

portrait of a woman with feathered hat

A brief look at just a few new pieces of artwork - these and more will be in my shop tomorrow..... Above you may see 'portrait of a woman with a feathered hat' - this is a larger embroidery brooch. I want her hat....

stitch work in progress

This piece is 'waiting for the birds' - I took this work in progress photo earlier today and completed the work today. A miniature, intricate portrait with blue-green shades as a contrast to the black and white..... An artwork with a hopeful, spring is coming feel.....

And below you may see two monoprint drawings.... Exploring figure portraits, with inspiration coming from historical art, these have 'echoes of the past' with my own embroidery being an influence also.... There will be a selection of drawings in my shop and at a special price....

two monoprint drawings - portraits

Monday, 15 February 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. IMG_20160211_160649, 2. Illuminated Manuscript Workshop, 3. 3 Februari 2016, 4. Untitled, 5. Man on the wall #Artisthouse #toymaker #arttoy, 6. a fondness for the measure of moments, 7. 1844, 8. back at the butcher's, 9. ., 10. Untitled, 11. atlantis, 12. Untitled, 13. st. ives mixed media collage, 14. Untitled, 15. Untitled, 16. sat eve3, 17. Untitled, 18. 💔 #luzonbleedingheart, 19. 20x23.5, 20. Sicilian Torso, 21. Mrs. Emma May Denny McLain in her closet, 22. sketchbook, 23. img317, 24. Drypoint 2 and 1. Note to self don't use washi tape on lovely Somerset paper again 😕 #printmaking #drypoint, 25. Drypoint 2, detail #printmaking #drypoint #marylouiseevans #daffs

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Good morning, another Monday, a new mosaic of inspiring images - thanks always to all the featured artists and photographers. I'm writing this early in the morning for a change and it's only just light and frosty outside. We are having a few cold days. This has been an otherwise mild winter - but I am looking forward to spring so very much. It's that time when you just need it to arrive: the warmer sun and the longer days are almost here, I tell myself.

My stitching has kept me busy lately and I am enjoying the process very much - I am grateful for the interest and kind comments I receive regarding my embroidery works. The embroidery is special to me because I taught myself and have worked hard at it for a number of years. I feel I am stitching my own world and yet am discovering new things all the time. Thank you to Anne Kelly for featuring my work in an article here. Anne's commentary on her superb and lively work is worth a read.

This week I'll be continuing with ongoing ideas in stitch and on paper. I've been working on a small series of gouache works - some quite larger than I usually might work - and I'll most likely be adding them to my shop not this week but next. (I need to get appropriate packaging and so on). Gouache is a medium I enjoy working in very much but the process for me is very improvised and I can make a few that I like and then hit a wall. That is why I return to gouache just once in a while and then it feels fresh and lively, and I look forward to sharing recent work. You might have seen a few photos over at Instagram or Flickr. I'll share here too, next week.

Monoprint drawing continues to fascinate me - my only limitation is that I tend to use an awful lot of good quality paper in the process (to achieve the effect I want often takes several attempts). Paper can be recycled, of course, but does cost and my budget is always a tight one. Nevertheless, I have ideas and I want to share them with you - and I feel I have more to say.

Shop update will be as usual on Wednesday at 2pm (UK time) - expect to see a new selection of embroidery and more.

So a busy week ahead. I'll hope to find time to share new work with you tomorrow. Have a good start to your week.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

new work - embroidery

a scarlet garden

reverse side - a scarlet garden

Above you may see 'a scarlet garden' - a miniature portrait using red thread on hand dyed linen. I am particularly pleased with this smaller work and enjoy the 'simplicity' of just red/scarlet, with a strong graphic and folk art feel..... The piece is quite small at 8cm x 7cm and is designed to be framed. I did not put a backing on this small work as I rather like the reverse story. Hope you do too.

Yesterday I mentioned working on a larger piece. I've decided it was not working out after all. As I always only wish to offer my best work, I have put it to one side. The smaller embroidery works are my focus right now and I am happy with that.

Below you may see 'woman with doll figure' - this is an intricate, larger brooch. The green motif on her dress was inspired by snowdrop leaves..... I felt the figure was more doll than child, but as always I am happy for you to make your own interpretations.

These pieces - and several others - will be in my shop update tomorrow (2pm uk time).

woman with doll figure

Monday, 8 February 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. (Vor)Frühlingswerwachen!, 2. 236, 3. Untitled, 4. Untitled, 5. Greetings from Arnhem, 6. 2014 - andalouse d'après matisse - #art #charcoal #sketchbook #sketch #moleskine #landscape #forest #tree #spain #flamenco #blackandwhite #woman #bush #portrait #drawingoftheday #draw #drawing #illustration #paper #instagram, 7. curbs, 8. ·, 9. Untitled, 10. Studio misfits., 11. b l u e s., 12. York Art Gallery, 13. Camera Obscura, 14. a, 15. Untitled, 16. 74 (mentor), 17. So leggere fra le righe, 18. riffs, 19. Paper garden 2 by Tiel Seivl-Keevers #papercollage, 20. Paper bits

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Hello again, thanks to all the photographers and artists featured in this week's mosaic. As always I encourage you to follow links and discover more...... It's a very windy, rainy start to the week here! I was woken in the night with gales thumping on the window. We have had a very unsettled and not particularly cold winter - so far.

I hope where ever you are in the world that you having a good start to your week. This post is a little later than usual as I have spent the day working on a larger embroidery portrait. Once I get involved in such an intricate piece I often lose track and just have to 'stitch my way out' - one way or the other - and it's a time-consuming process. My focus for embroidery for the months ahead is smaller pieces, especially brooches, but I want to make larger pieces just once in a while. So, I am happy with how my stitching progressed today and I hope to show you the completed work some time tomorrow.....

Meanwhile, I'm making a new series of sketches on paper, especially gouache portraits - these won't be appearing this week, but in a few weeks time as I want to work on these as a group..... It helps sometimes to keep connected/related works together so that I can see them, photograph them together and offer them as a collection of sorts. I'll share about these new works on paper in the coming weeks.

So, I'll be updating my shop again this Wednesday. I'll have a new selection of embroidery works and perhaps a few new works on paper too. Thanks always. Hope to share a 'new works' post here tomorrow....

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

new work - folding books

spring light

spring light



giddy weather

giddy weather

A new series of folding books - here are the first three (they will be in my shop today). Working with acrylics on lovely Fabriano paper (200gsm), these simple, small-scale folding artworks are sisters to my sketchbooks. I work with a clear mind, no fixed idea on what may emerge..... Marks are made to create a sense of energy - a flow, so that the book, though divided by folds, is also complete as a composition. They are designed to be displayed either standing on a shelf, or framed flat. Though the sizes vary slightly, each book takes roughly the same amount of time to create. I'll be offering them at a modest price of £20 each.

Also in my shop today - there will be a further selection of embroidery brooches, a few new paintings and monoprint drawings. I hope you may enjoy taking a look - updating at about 2pm (UK time)

on a fine day

on a fine day - embroidery brooch

Monday, 1 February 2016

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. My dad, taking a photo in Wyoming, 2. G0761, 3. Stage Set, 4. ©js_JS3_87303, 5. My pot of gold, 6. Ephemeral City no. 2 #wip #stitch #slowstitch #handstitched #embroidery #embroideryart #fiberart #patchwork #urban #landscape #cityscape #inspiration #ambient #music #art #dreamstate @dreamstate_scott_m2, 7. quarry winter scarf, 8. 1840, 9. process/pairing, 10. stutter/lurch, 11. reach for the sky, 12. little book pages, 13. 94p63, 14. our son's anniversary card to us, 15. #phases #milkglass #googleeyes #resin #patternrecognition #michaeltoke #kunst #kunstkino #canadianart #minimalism #ratedmodernart #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #torontoart #intheSTUDIO #milkGLASSco #minimal, 16. Dinner date #painteveryday #365daysofpaint #dinner #restaurant #waiter #dining, 17. Printmaking, 18. nes, 19. Photo, 20. `

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Hello a happy February Monday to you - it's trying to be sunny here but the cloud is winning..... another mild start. Thanks always to the artists and photographers featured in this week's selection.

I've started the week with working on new drawings and embroidery. It's good to be thinking of spring colours and textures. Yesterday I wrote about my sketchbooks and my approach to working on the page - if you missed this you might like to look back. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to read.

So I am looking forward to sharing new work with you this week. I shall be updating my shop on Wednesday and can say there will be a lively selection of new embroidery, monoprint drawings and at least one or two new paintings. Updating each week certainly keeps me on my toes, but I am finding it a welcome process of focusing on what I really want to make and share.

Have a good start to your week.