Friday, November 4, 2011

The Botanist's Castle

An illustration I am very fond of and had forgotten about! Did this one in 2004? 2005? For a book I wrote during my Master's program called 'The Botanist's Castle'. Pencil on watercolour paper. Done before I discovered Fabriano 4.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Home from the World Fantasy Conference

So, I've just surfaced from a marathon sleeping session (15hours?), unpacked at least half of my stuff, and had breakfast. I did, unfortunately sleep through Halloween, but William assures me I did not miss much.

So my first time to San Diego, my first time to California, and more importantly my first time to a World Fantasy Convention.

Firstly I must say, for a bunch of supposedly anti-social creative types, I was rather overwhelmed by the sheer amount of socialising that went on. There was even a room, stocked with a never-ending supply of food purely to encourage the socialising. I suppose that everyone works by themselves, and then once a year comes out to party with their fellow book lovers for a year?

I met all sorts of interesting people - writers, editors, artists, more writers and even some people who just like reading books. I learned that Dianna Wynne Jones had a travel jinx, that Neil Gaiman is working on American Gods II and a very entertaining book that ISN'T about milk, but what can happen on the way to buy it. I learned that Patrick Rothfuss is very hairy and sweet and that Connie Willis is hysterically funny.

The art show was an interesting mix, with some lovely people. I particularly enjoyed Ruth Sanderson's art, and Lee Moyer's. Ruth's oils were fantastic to see in real life. Oh and William O'Connor was great too.

I spoke to quite a few editors, and got some good feedback so I'll see if that comes to anything (I hope so!).

I read Eon on the way home by Alison Goodman, who is a new author to me. It was very good, I recommend it, especially if you are a fan of Tamora Pierce.

All in all I think it is going to take me a while to sort out the whole experience in my head. It was very inspiring but rather overwhelming as well. I have a list of inspired things to do which I shall work through... better get started!

Photos: The Yellow Skeleton Lady was in 'The Old Town' San Diego, where I breifly wandered the day before the convention started. No, it is not me after the convention. The other one shows Ruth Sanderson talking about her work at a panel.

Monday, October 24, 2011

World Fantasy Convention San Diego!!!

Can't believe I haven't written since June - but have good, busy excuses. Busyness with the perfumery in South Africa, preparing for the Cape Town launch, busy teaching (art and dancing) and then busy preparing pieces for the exhibition at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego. I'm leaving tomorrow, [yay] travelling all day and backwards in time to arrive Tuesday evening.

I hope I get to wiggle my toes in the Pacific Ocean....

Here 's a painting I'm taking, starring my sister as a Koi Mermaid.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Morgan's Ghost

The Royal Gazette did an article on my exhibition which you can see here.

Just got back from a week in Florida - witnessed some awe-inspiring thunderstorms! Was wonderful to get away, now I'm back and ready to work again.

And here's another painting from my exhibition 'Morgan's Ghost'. This cloud formation is one that I see frequently hanging over the length of the island. 'Morgan's Ghost' is an old Bermudian name for this cloud shape. According to Wayne Little as quoted on Bermuda Footprints:

"...The local supporters of George Washington and his Continental Congress found a way to "trade" the British powder, stored near Tobacco Bay in St. George's, for food and supplies which were badly needed locally due to a British embargo of trade with America.

On a hot August night in 1775, Captain Morgan (not to be confused with Henry Morgan the pirate of the previous century) and his associates, using Morgan's ships the "Charleston and Savannah Packet" and "Lady Catherine" safely transported 100-odd barrels of stolen British gunpowder to George Washington which helped the American patriotic army win the Revolution.

A local resident, upon hearing afterward of the powder theft, proclaimed that it would be a dark cloud that would hang over Bermuda.

So, on hot summer days, when that dark cloud hangs over St. George's, oldtime Bermudians say it is Captain Morgan's ghost returning to haunt the scene of the crime, perhaps even to apologize...."

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cloudscapes & Skylines, aka My First Ever Solo Exhibition

So my first ever sole exhibition is fast approaching, the opening will be on the 12th of June at the Dockyard Art Centre.

The theme, very obviously is 'Cloudscapes & Skylines' featuring my favourite will be great to see them all hung together. I haven't had a full exhibition since I left Stellenbosch in 2006, its so much better than having one or two together in a group exhibition. But also so much more nerve-wracking!

The paintings are all done, most of them are dry, they are cluttering up my living room (and hallways) and waiting to be wired. I've done the invites, now I just have to wait until I can take everything down and hang it the day before...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Rose en Bos Botanical Perfume

A poster advertisement based on the 'Imithi' fragrance label that I painted for South Africa's Rose en Bos Perfume house. Alphonse Mucha inspired of course. I am trying to channel the beautiful hand painted perfume posters of old.

Hopefully this one looks as good as the botanical perfume smells!

This is to appear in the June edition of Vintage Lifestyle Magazine.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Exhibitions 2011

Super exciting news - my art has been accepted to exhibit at the 2011 World Fantasy Convention in San Diego, USA!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOHOOOO!! Neil Gaiman and Ruth Sanderson and some of my other favourite all time people are guest authors and artists... I truly cannot wait.

On the fine art front my exhibition 'Cloudscapes and Skylines' starts on the 12th of June, so I'm hard at work painting for that. Here's one of the first finished pieces - a view looking inland from the Northshore of Bermuda.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Intergalactic Medicine Show

New Illustration for Intergalactic Medicine Show - pencil on fabriano 4 paper for Cat Rambo's rather beautiful little story 'A Frame of Mother- of- Pearl'. I enjoyed drawing the stormy seas...

Friday, January 28, 2011

First Sleeping Beauty Illustration

And here is the wicked fairy/ Carabosse from the Sleeping Beauty/Briar Rose (I haven't decided on the title yet! I prefer Briar Rose, but the Sleeping Beauty is so much more recognisable...). This is the first finished painting - another 7 to go!

I decided I wanted to do a version of a fairy tale where the princess has glasses. One day I forgot to take my glasses off one day (I only use them for driving and watching films) when I was late to teach a dance class. One of my beautiful little dancers (bespectacled and all of eight years old) was so delighted to discover that I wore glasses it set me thinking how few bespectacled role models little girls have.

The boys have Harry Potter (hurrah for JK Rowling), but who is there for little girls to look up to? I had a think and I couldn't think of any childhood figures*...
And really why shouldn't a princess have glasses and be beautiful too?

To cut a long story short I am now working on a steampunk version of sleeping beauty (lots of clocks counting the years!)... we'll have to see how the rest of it turns out...

*Okay Velma from Scooby Doo..but let's face it she is wearing glasses because she is 'brainy'... glasses and brains have such a long association, but what about pretty girls, adventurous girls etc etc....rant rant

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy New Year!

May this year be better in every way than the last....

To start things off - here's my offering for the Winter Show at Dockyard (badly stitched together, but you get the idea). Showing a blustery Bermuda day over Castle Harbour (is that what its called) as you drive across the causeway towards St David's Island and the airport...

Hoping that the colour is the start of...more colourful cloudscapes and good things to come...