Saturday, 29 April 2017

Meditation on 'Corot'

This illustration combines a number of my favourite things! I'm very fond of trees and equally fond of literature. This verse from 'Corot' by DH Lawrence speaks so wonderfully of the magic of trees..I've long been wanting to incorporate it into some artwork..
'Meditation on 'Corot''
'Ah listen, for silence is not lonely! Imitate the magnificent trees that speak no word of their rapture, but only breathe largely the luminous breeze.' DH Lawrence.

Watercolour painting 'Yar'

I've always loved birds, and really enjoy watching Crows and Ravens, which seem so full of character..
   This little fella popped out of the end of my paintbrush recently and said 'Yar'!
'Yar' watercolour with pen and ink

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Watercolour Painting 'Headless Jack'

This painting is of a quirky old tree growing in Sherwood Forest, which is home to many other quirky ancient trees, many of them Oaks like this one.
  I named this tree 'Headless Jack' for obvious reasons!
'Headless Jack' watercolour painting
'Headless Jack' growing in Sherwood Forest

Thursday, 23 March 2017

'Old Major' Watercolour Painting

Inspired by my visits to Sherwood Forest I've finally produced a likeness of the Major Oak, something I've long been wanting to do!
'Old Major' watercolour painting 
  I've concentrated on one particular angle of the great trunk - where it appears to split into two huge branches which seemingly have 'faces'..one looking towards the left and the other looking downwards. When you walk around the tree these faces are clearly visible. One looks particularly grumpy, and I like to imagine it grumbling to itself about having to take the weight of the tree year upon year.!
The 'two faces' of the Major Oak

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Pyro Art Keepsake : 'The Secret Keeper'

This small slice of boxwood features my imaginary tree character, who is the 'Secret Keeper' for the Enchanted Forest, the Forest of dreams..Creatures of the forest come to the Secret Keeper to communicate their worries, fears and woes..which are stored in the sack at the base of Secret Keepers roots and remain there never to be told. Having unburdened themselves, the creatures leave with lighter hearts! The design is double sided, with the Secret Keeper one side, and the sack of secrets verso.
 These photos show some of the stages of work..



Monday, 27 February 2017

Pen and Ink Design

This small design, measuring around 10 centimetres harks back to my early days of drawing as a child when all I had was a bottle of black ink and a dip pen! I drew this design recently when I was away from home with few art materials.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Pyro-Art Piece 'In the Middle we Dance'

This eight centimetre Applewood slice was just right for my latest design, which takes inspiration from a wonderful. evocative verse by Rumi -

     'We came whirling out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust.
     The stars made a circle and in the middle we dance.'



Tuesday, 7 February 2017

'Lady of the Greenwood'

This small drawing of my 'Green Lady' was created using coloured pencils on smooth white paper. The image of a Green Lady has been with me for a number of years, and was the inspiration for the name of my etsy shop 'House of the Green Lady'. I first drew her back in 2012 and named her 'Spirit of Albion'. This latest design is essentially the same figure, renamed 'Lady of the Greenwood' and depicted as a small head and shoulder image.
'Lady of the Greenwood'