Saturday, 9 February 2019

More Pen and Ink..

Pen and Ink Miniatures

I've been enjoying a return to the simplicity of designing in black and white, using pen and ink.
   As much as I love colour, it is also very pleasing to design with a very limited palette. The use of just black and white presents a number of challenges in composing the picture, but at the same time offers great potential with the use of contrast and pattern..
   Pen and ink also allows me to indulge my passion for detail!
These miniatures measure just 7 cm.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019


 Having always loved insects there was a time when I used to draw and paint them often, especially Butterflies. It's been a while...but recently I began some insect illustration just for my own pleasure.
 These are three of my favourite Moths - Six -spot Burnet, Deaths Head Hawkmoth and Tiger Moth.
Six spot Burnet, Deaths head Hawkmoth and Tiger Moth
I drew these using coloured pencils.

Sunday, 3 February 2019


Once again I turn to watercolours, pen and ink and gouache - my favourite mediums to achieve the mix of detail and colour I require.

'Etherica' Pen and Ink Design

Here is another mixed media painting - similar to my previous 'Spirit Rising' it involves watercolours, pen and ink and gouache, and features many of the themes I habitually return to!


Saturday, 19 January 2019

Pen and Ink with Gouache Design 'Spirit Rising'

'Spirit Rising' is a small design on watercolour paper, incorporating many of the themes which particularly inspire my creativity. Hare in the foreground represents and expresses receptivity to all that lies beyond plain sight.. and the design expresses my belief that all things are inter-connected and that life is inspirational and sacred...

Pyrography on Holly 'The Peace of the Earth'

Holly is a lovely wood to work with, and this was a particularly smooth and slim slice, ideal for my double-sided design..

Pyrography on Yew

A lovely smooth and beautifully shaped slice of English Yew, with a rich golden colouring was the inspiration for my Fox and Hare design 'Rivers of Light. This design speaks of joyful abandonment and inspiration, rather than captor and prey.
    My verse 'Rivers of Light' on the reverse was written whilst living in a remote cottage in Scotland, where I used to regularly see the hares in the meadows..