Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Pen and Ink Design 'In Days of Boar'

Inspired by short, dark winter days and the promise of the returning warmth and light of the sun, this pen and ink drawing celebrates the Boar, native, and once common to our land.
  I used an ink and watercolour wash for the background of the central disc, and a mixture of watercolour and pen and ink work for the rest of the design.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Pyrography Art Keepsakes

Double sided design - reverse below

Double sided design - picture below shows the reverse
Winged Hare on Hazel
Barn Owl on Hazel
'Messenger' on Boxwood
Here are some of my recent Art Pieces, created over the last few months using a variety of types of wood. Most of these pieces are very small and highly detailed, intended as talismans and small decorative pieces. They feature some of my favourite themes -trees, birds and animals..and mant of them are decorated front and back or around the edges. Some include short verses I've written.
Lady of the Forest on Hazel slice

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Watercolour Painting 'Red Kites at Sunset'

Standing Stones..birds..and a little bit of Celtic knotwork - these are a few of my favourite things!
  This little picture is intended as a Greetings Card design..

Monday, 6 November 2017

Sacred Geometry Re-Visited

I've always been interested in Geometry and Sacred Geometry perhaps partly due to my fascination with detail, symmetry and pattern...I've been aware of spirals, fractals and symmetry in nature from a young age as my early drawings reveal these features. I also love the discipline and accuracy required to draw with compass and ruler- how very satisfying to create fine lines and curves!
  So I have dipped in and out of this tradition over the years and have created drawings which very obviously reflect the subject...whilst some other pictures are less obviously geometric to the casual eye.
  Here are a few of my latest designs..

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Pyrography Art Keepsake 'Oak King, Holly King'

I've used this small Hazel Slice to create an art piece dedicated to Cernunnus in his roles as the Oak King and Holly King..eternally locked in battle for dominance as the cycle of the year makes its eternal progression...
'Oak King - Holly King'

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Pen and Ink Design : 'Whispers of Albion'

This small pen and ink drawing celebrates a few of my favourite things!
    In the lower left foreground crimson briar roses and a Blackbird. In the landscape beyond, two gnarled trees beside a river, represented by blue dots, twisting into the distance..Top right, floating in a sea of mist, a hill topped with a Standing Stone...and crows circling in the sky above..
'Whispers of Albion'

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Introducing 'Jeremy' the Baby Blackbird

Around June each year, my bird-feeding activities are rewarded with some up close views of newly fledged Blackbirds, as they are brought to the bird table for the first time by their relieved parents!
  This year Mr and Mrs Black had been blessed with four babes, who spent their first few days out of the nest roaming around my garden, exploring beneath bushes and hanging around at the base of the bird-table (and taking the odd nap) waiting for titbits to be dislodged and fall to the ground.
  The smallest of the fledglings particularly caught my imagination and I spent a lot of time watching over and photographing him. Eventually I put pencil to paper and created this little portrait of Jeremy..
Jeremy sitting on the garden wall..

Jeremy takes a little nap beneath the bird-table

My drawing of Jeremy is based upon this photo..

Jeremy begs his dad to feed him!