The Mighty Salmon

This week I am inspired by the Atlantic Salmon that swims up rivers in Scotland at this time of year (October – November) to spawn. How they navigate waterfalls involves a lot of failing and trying again and they must do this repeatedly before reaching their breeding grounds. No wonder they are so exhausted after […]

Mixing Old Media and New Media

I opened ‘Wonderland’, by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss, on June 5th to a description of swallowtail butterflies. The excerpt describes the contrast between Sweet Williams’ bright pinks and the butterflies’ striking yellow and black as an outrage against taste. This description really spoke to me and I knew I wanted to make a piece […]

Art Journaling – Gelli Printing

I love patterned papers – all those delightful, colourful designs. That is where I started with collage before including book pages/newsprint/music sheets/serviettes. And then I discovered something new to collage with in my art journaling – gelli printing. I have since made several art journal pages by collaging with gelli prints … Different Ways to […]

Stag Beetles in June

Stag beetles can be seen in the South of England between May and August. Typically they emerge in June from their underground homes where they lived for 6 years as larvae munching on rotting wood. The males stag like mouth parts are much bigger than the females and are used for fighting off rival males. […]

Raven & Periwinkle Art Journal Spread.

I was reading about Celtic lore for February, the month of the snowdrop. The petals of the snowdrop symbolised death to the Celts so this week I had a look at lore surrounding death. The Celts believed it was unlucky to disturb the periwinkles that they grew on graves and also that it was unlucky […]

3 Things You Should Know About the North Wales Open

I am super pleased to have had my ‘Egret Ready to Strike’ piece accepted into the North Wales Open art exhibition 2017. Places The exhibition traditionally has 146 – 150 places and takes up three gallery ‘spaces’. Jugdges have the difficult job of selecting from over 200 pieces that are submitted by a very productive […]

Venue for First Solo Exhibition

Well …., my first solo exhibition had no significant hitches! Phew! Actually it was a very nice day, chatting about the art with some lovely people even though no sales were had (apart from a cushion yaaaaay). The R.S.P.B. exhibition building in Conwy is a fantastic exhibition venue and a great place to spend the […]