Just got back from an inspiring and refreshing holiday- camping in Ontario and visiting my 96 year old grandmother in England. England was green green green with honeysuckle and roses around every corner. And I found a lovely little art supply shop in Oxford with these inks that I have never seen or used before and HOLY smokes are they ever gorgeous. I managed to squeeze a few into my suitcase and now that I am back home and settled into my studio I have been taking them out for a run. I took a TON of photos for inspiration and I’m loving making some new little paintings of all the beautiful flowers and critters I encountered on my travels. On our walks around Oxford we saw loads of Elderflower in bloom- this is what they look like before they pop into gorgeous tiny white flowers. There were also twisting vines along the paths- I love this one little green flower in particular with curly stem and balloon like buds. Today I’m going to visit the Toronto Botanical Garden- my first time there- cant wait. Bringing my paints and pencils and camera of course! Yay for summer!!!
I’m excited to present my new illustration portfolio! It premiered last week at Surtex NYC – a fabulous show, more on this later!- and now is available for all to see!! Many of my little paintings have been part of my instagram feed of daily postcards, some are brand new for the 2015 portfolio. I’ve fallen off the daily postcard wagon a bit, but I’ll be back on again before too long!! Hope you enjoy this collection of whimsy!!
I have this book about an artist whose work I admire and adore, Katsuji Wakisaka. It’s mostly in Japanese so I mostly look at the pictures– which are incredibly inspiring even without text. There’s one section of the book called “10,000 postcards to His Wife” that is pretty amazing- and recently got me wanting to do something similar. The photos of stacks of little painted postcards are so tantalizing– I’m not sure I’ll get to 10,000 but it sure feels amazing to be painting again. I’m using my absolute fave, India ink, the blackest black. I’m using inks for colour too- I love their shiny finish and the gorgeous saturated colour. Here are some from this week- I really love that turnip!