March 12, 2014
Sometimes I will come across an image somewhere that I really want to paint. WishWishWish usually has an abundance of these images. Carrie is just too cool and always looks amazing. There was a recent post, though, where she was in a gorgeous 50′s get up and sat on some steps and I knew I wanted to paint it. So, here is Carrie, not an identical replica, but great to paint…
March 6, 2014
While browsing Behance for some arty goodness I came across these lovely illustrations by Ukrainian, living in Israel, Sveta Dorosheva. She is a professional illustrator working in narrative illustration and book art. These little delights are from a set of dancing class ads she produced. She has a website and both a Society6 and Etsy shop, so take a look…
March 5, 2014
This is one I’ve been working on recently. It has a few issues, but I enjoyed doing it all he same. I think I shall try more fairy-tale castles though, try and get them right. And forests!!! Some London fun on it’s way soon!
January 19, 2014
Here’s my latest piece – ‘Let’s Get Lost’. I’m longing for those summer days when adventures like this will be possible. This piece was inspired by a fashion look-book image. I just loved the bright colours, and the challenge of the details. It was fun. I’m slowly finding my way. There is a print available on Etsy.
December 7, 2013
I have been testing and experimenting with my painting styles for a few months now. I always want to make my work pretty to look and and interesting; I’m not too concerned with making boundary breaking art, just something that people want to look at and makes them happy.
I have always loved the detail in art. As a child there was a particular book that I always wanted to get out from the library when I could; it was a picture book that had such detailed pictures that my sister and I would play ‘Find the…’ with it in the evenings. That book, and the gorgeous story books by Shirley Barber and Jill Barklem are the works that inspire me. I have found, however, one other to add to the list. Carl Larsson.
Carl was born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1853. He was from a poor family, but his artistic talent made a way for him and he was accepted on a scholarship to an art school in his teenage years.
He spent years as an illustrator for magazines and newspapers before moving to an artist’s colony just outside Paris where he met his wife-to-be Karin. This is when things began to change for Carl. He stopped using Oil paints and transferred to watercolour. Carl and Karin were also given a house, beautifully called ‘Lilla Hyttnäs’. It was here, with Karin and his eight children for inspiration, that he created his most memorable works. These snap shots of family life have a warmth that is palpable and very inspirational. Carl was also a bit of an interior designer, which I think comes out in is detailed paintings.
I could post more and more pictures (mostly from Wikipaintings!) , but for your internet’s sake I shall cease. I think Carl could be one of my new favorites. His art is something like I have been pursuing, I’ve a long way to go yet, but pieces a little like this are my aim, thank you Carl!
October 20, 2013
Rene Gruau. It is likely you will have seen his work at some point. His pictures are legendary in the fashion world ; he worked for the likes of Balenciaga, Balmian, Lanvin, Elsa Schiaparelli and the great Christian Dior.
I believed him to be French, but he was in fact Italian born. He was the son of a Count no less, but instead of following in his Father’s footsteps he pursued the arts. He mother was French; and when his parents separated, Rene ( or Renato, as he was born!) moved to France and at 14 he was selling his drawings to French magazines to support him and his mother!
Rene lived and worked across the world for fashion houses and magazines. In turn, his art is said to have heavily influenced the clothes of many designers, particularly Christian Dior’s ‘New Look’. Little is know of his private life and he died at the grand age of 95 in Italy in 2004.