Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sketchbook Project

So my sketchbook arrived from the Art Coop - to be apart of The Sketchbook Project, that will go on tour before ending up at the Brooklyn Art Library.

As you can see I plan to cover it in stars (in my spare time!), a theme from my youth that I haven't aired in a few years. Stars make me feel peaceful as I contemplate my place in the infinity of the universe...although it is highly likely I just come off as an obsessive compulsive nutter...Have I mentioned that I miss university..?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wee paintings

Little eensy cloudscapes...sketches of the summer.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Spring in the Western Cape

The mountains around my home in South Africa are just so beautiful - every time I go and come back they completely take my breath away, and I dream about them at night...

My sister and I managed some walks, in the Helderberg Nature Reserve and in Jonkershoek which was great. The proteas are looking magnificent, they seem to be thriving after their fiery rebirth a year or so ago!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Perfume Labels

Vintage, Mucha inspired labels... channeling the anti-art school vibe and having a wonderful time being girly and flowery. I do love flowers. And perfume! And perfume made from flowers. ~ For Rose en Bos botanical perfumes...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cloud Paintings for summer

The summer has truly arrived here in Bermuda... the clouds are magnificent - huge plumes of cumulo nimbus rising off the sea and thunder in the air. Lovely, and just how I like it! Can't spend as much time as I would like painting the sky. Hope to do some plein air painting in the next week or so (with colour...maybe). The top two are teeny tiny, the smallest cloud paintings I've ever done.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Jock of the Bushveld

This illustration is for a picture book of South African author Sir Percy Fitzpatricks' Jock of the Bushveld. It's inspired by a combination of Alphonso Mucha and Ndebele designs... a mix of African and European influences (much like yours truly). I have a long long way to go! But I've stared at this one enough, so I'm putting it to bed.

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Elusive colour...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spring Exhibition

Now all my highland dancing exams are over (both for the children and for me!!) I can get back to painting...its just wonderful to spend the whole day with a brush and canvas. Of course I have to make the canvas first so my kitchen is covered in sawn wood, wood shavings and drying pieces of wood being clamped. Good times! The weather is beginning to heat up a bit too, I'm looking forward to the summer and the swimming season.

Here is a new painting for the Members' Spring Show at the Art Centre in Dockyard, Bermuda. This painting is called 'Longtail's Over the Great Sound' - very seasonal! This is a rather large painting, I hope I can get it to fit in my car...

Friday, February 12, 2010

New illustrations

The last two days have been revoltingly windy... I'm not sure if its called a hurricane if its in the winter (probably not) but its been great working weather, wrapped in a blanket with a cup of tea... especially when the power stays on.

Here's two more for educational publishers... I'm certainly learning a lot about my wacom tablet ... I could imagine this as a children's comic strip...not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Next week...building canvas and painting storm clouds!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Our house From the Street

A wee new watercolour and pencil... I am beginning to enjoy this as a medium...hoping to finish one more (they want to be a set of three, they say) for the first exhibition opening of the year, which I think is...2nd February. I will have to take them to the framers which is a first and I'm not sure how long that will take.

Our house is the bright yellow one on the right. We are on a hill overlooking Harrington Sound, and the north shore of the island (and the open Atlantic) is to the right, just out of sight...

Thursday, January 14, 2010