Monday, 14 October 2013

Two new Greetings Card designs

Here are two new Greetings Card designs to add to my gradually growing collection inspired by nature..
The previous designs of a Fox and Badger have been printed up as cards and have come out rather well, so I'll be getting these latest designs
printed soon in the same format. 'Winter Hare' and 'Owl Blessings' are wintery..and will perhaps be suitable as Yuletide or Christmas cards - cards and prints are available to purchase through my facebook page 'Enchanted Art'.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

'Summers Albion'

This little A5 coloured pencil drawing is of a Tree Goddess, together with her feathered and furry friends...

Saturday, 22 June 2013

'Birch Badger' and 'Birch Fox' Greetings card designs

Here are two new designs which I'm hoping to have made up as

greetings cards. I'm also hoping to do some more along similar lines to make up a nice little collection....whether I'll manage that is a little uncertain - I tend to struggle with repeating formulas, but we'll see...

Monday, 10 June 2013

'Pastures of Remembrance'

Here's a small landscape with a surreal, slightly dream-like quality....created using coloured crayons.

Monday, 8 April 2013

'Amber Redfox'

Here is my latest drawing, created using coloured pencils with some tiny finishing touches in gold ink..

Friday, 1 March 2013

'Fox Spirit Rising

This is a small Yew rectangle, pyrographed on three sides. One face has a sitting fox, the other has a running fox...

Monday, 28 January 2013

'Are you Ready?'

Here's my latest little foxy drawing...created using coloured pencils with a painted gold edge...

Thursday, 24 January 2013



detail of 'Moonwind'

Pyrography v traditional drawing - The battle is on!

It's nearly a year since I bought my beloved 'Peter Childs' Pyrography machine..and what a year it has been! As soon as I started burning I was pretty much hooked..loving the feel of the wood, the burning smell, and the simplicity of this art form. I set up my facebook page - 'Hug-the-tree Pyrography' in March, selling a handful of Birch keyrings and a few small pendants with very simple designs on them. My goodness..I never would have believed that 10 months on the page would have over 800 followers! I have learnt so much over that period of time..gradually sourcing different woods..discovering how differently each type responds to burning..talking to other people who work with wood, creating more and more complex and detailed designs, and meeting so many lovers of trees, lovers of wood, lovers of art and craft through my facebook pages.
   A number of people have commissioned jewellery and 'Art Pieces', and I have discovered what a wonderful experience this is..when someone comes to you with an idea, sometimes only a sketchy idea of what they might want..or sometimes a long exacting list of what must be included - then the alchemy begins to take place..their idea, their creation being brought to life through my hands! How extraordinary!
    But..there's a but..
How to ensure that I have enough time left over for my first love..
My 'Enchanted Art' page is not as popular, nowhere near, as 'Hug-the-Tree'. For a long time it languished with around 180 likes. Gradually this has increased to quite a respectable 400 and something...mainly because I have been advertising it on 'Hug-the-Tree Pyrography! Nowadays I often find myself comparing the experience of 'drawing' on wood, and drawing on paper, and I'm well aware that these two different mediums have a strong effect on the art I produce. There's no doubt that the application of colour is an added complication..and introduces difficulties of shading which I can avoid almost completely in my pyrography by adopting a stylized design. Recently I have found more and more 'crossover' between my pyrography artwork, and my traditional artwork, and for me, one seems to enhance the other. But as the orders come in for more pyrography..which I am most grateful for as I depend on them for a living, I can't help feeling a little sorry for my Enchanted Art page sometimes as it sits in the shadow of its much more successful big brother!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

'Bears Vow'

Here is a design I came up with just before Christmas, commisioned by one of my 'Hug-the- Tree' customers..It is pyrographed onto a piece of Sycamore wood.

Friday, 11 January 2013

'Dances with Flowers'

Well I'm on a roll with my foxy themed here's another, again measuring 6 x 11cm..

'Dances with Leaves'

This is a very small drawing, created with coloured pencils. It measured just 6cm x 11cm...

'Hares Christmas Night'

Here's a very small coloured pencil drawing I made over Christmas...appropriately it was completed on Christmas eve...