Sunday, 16 May 2021

At the start of lockdown last year I decided that I wanted to keep a 'studio log book' (this sounds a little bit grand I know!)

It's been so helpful to keep a note of colour mixes and the little discoveries that can be made when you paint a picture.




Im really going to try and keep this up, do you keep some kind of record of your creative work?



 

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Lunar Eclipse...


There's nowt like a good old sort-out and re-shuffle to get the creative juices flowing again.

After sorting out my studio I feel much more inspired and energised.

One of the things I really enjoyed a couple of weeks ago was recording the development of this painting on my Instagram stories (it's saved as a Studio highlight if you'd like to watch the chaos!)

It always amazes me how much a painting changes after a few layers, (isn't it great that we can record these kinds of things nowadays!)







And here she is!
I hope that you enjoyed having a look at these, have a creative week chucks!
Big hugs to you X

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Fresh Starts And New Beginnings...


 Maybe it's because the sun is shining (which highlights the dust beautifully!!!!!!) but I have been Spring-cleaning and de-cluttering like a good'un this weekend.

I've also varnished and painted the edges of the paintings I've made over the past few months, and finished off lots of little studio jobs that have been hanging around for quite a while.

My tiny studio has also been tidied up (even the scary untouched corners where I feared the spiders might live....fortunately they didn't take up residence!)

I'm also very excited because soon I'll be ordering some storage cupboards and a tiny desk to work on (my back's been playing up because I have to sit at my plan chest to draw and there's no room for my knees).

It feels like a fresh start, and I have lots of ideas floating around my head for new paintings and stories - I've been scribbling fragments of words and images on post-its for ages now.

I hope that you have had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend too chucks.

All the best X

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Workshop Preparations...

 






I've really enjoyed preparing for my Mixed Media Workshop Weekender at the fabulous Hope & Elvis in May.

It's really helped me stay focused during Lockdown and the great thing about teaching is that it pushes you to try new techniques and media.

I've had such fun playing and experimenting, I hope that the lovely folks who are coming along will enjoy it too!


It's funny because I'm quite (annoyingly) tidy but when I'm in my little studio I'll chuck stuff around everywhere without a care in the world!

Wishing you all a creative and inspiring week chucks!

X

Saturday, 20 February 2021

Having A Go...



For a long time now I have tried to work on my product photography.
I never realised just how tricky it is to photograph artwork for putting in an online shop and anything with a reflective or shiny surface is an absolute nightmare!
During the lockdown I've tried to sharpen up my very basic Photoshop skills and had a go at 'mocking up' a photo so that I could show my art prints in a frame, so that it would help to suggest how the prints could look if they were framed up.

My daughter helped me take the photo of me holding the frame and then I had a go!



I know that I have such a lot left to learn but I did have fun!



Hope you all have a fab weekend chucks X

 

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Mama and Papa Bear Love!


 I had great fun making this little stop motion film.

I managed to add music to it on Instagram, but i'm afraid my skills couldn't manage it for here!

Hope you like anyway chucks!

X


Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Mrs B Doesn't Do Smoochy Songs!

 


Hello chucks!

I'm going to be sending my February newsletter out soon, if you fancy taking a peek please sign up using the button at the bottom of the home page of my website here.

Every month I'll keep you up to date with all my shenanigans and I'll pop in a playlist for that month too. (I absolutely LOVE compiling playlists, it reminds me of the many happy hours I used to spend in the '80's making mix tapes for my friends.)

I did have a bit of trouble making the playlist for February though, as I wanted it to have the theme of love for Valentine's Day, but I've never been a fan of the old smoochy song (too many memories of school discos I suppose)!

So I decided that this month's play list should be called 'Mrs B Doesn't Do Smoochy Songs' and they are all those fab, rather sad and a bit mardy love songs that avoid being soppy.

Well, all apart from one...but you'll have to have a look when it pops in your inbox!

Sending you all my best.

X