Over the last year, I have been fairly obsessively going for a long walk on a Sunday. I usually go by myself, with just an audiobook for company. Occasionally I allow a carefully selected friend or relative to come with me, but I’m very happy to just be in nature by myself. I also have… Continue reading Edington Hill
The Fuller Rose beetle (Naupactus godmanni), otherwise known as the Fuller Rose weevil, is a non-flying beetle. It has a rounded snout and dines on ornamental plants such as roses. This was drawn using a symmetrical drawing guide on the Procreate app for iPad Pro. As with the Miller Moth, this is more of a… Continue reading Fuller Rose Beetle
Lately I’ve been feeling more and more that I want to celebrate impressive and strong women through my artwork. I don’t want to focus on famous people who already are recognised to some extent. I want to concentrate on the ones in my life who inspire, impress and encourage me to strive to be better.… Continue reading Tarragon
The Miller Moth (Acronicta leporina) can be found in British woodland as well as other parts of Europe. This was drawn using a symmetrical drawing guide on the Procreate app for iPad Pro. More of a graphical representation than a true to life drawing. It’s ghostly white appearance is striking against the black background.
I usually draw from a photograph, but this time, I was drawing from memory. A walk I had just been on in the woods below Norton Bavant in Wiltshire. It was a slightly chilly November day and many of the leaves had fallen from the trees, making the woodland floor soft. The walk had taken… Continue reading Autumn Woodland Walk
Digital drawing of a Hoverfly. This was drawn using Procreate on the iPad and using a reflective drawing technique
I feel safe and comfortable in a forest. I love the smells and the way the light shines through the trees. There are creatures to be found in the undergrowth if you stop to look. I regularly will give a tree a hug. just like the ivy is here. I want it to know that… Continue reading Tree hugger
Digital drawing of a Damselfly. This was drawn using Procreate on the iPad and using a reflective drawing technique. When I see damselflies, they always remind me of little spaceships flying through the air.
Self portrait using Procreate on the iPad Pro. I drew this one during the Coronavirus outbreak of 2020, when we were all under lockdown rules. It was intended for an online exhibition featuring self portraits drawn during in solitude. For some reason I got cold feet about entering it and just felt it wasn’t good… Continue reading Self in solitude
Self portrait using Procreate on the iPad Pro. I love experimenting with different mediums which you’d never be able to layer in real life. This one was a mixture of pastel, graphic pen and oil paint. The mimicked textures and feel are really not bad when using an Apple pencil.
The Day of the Triffids (first published in 1951) is my favourite science fiction novel. The first chapter is so eerie and gory, that confusion and chaos cause by everyone trying to simultaneously work out what has happened. If it weren’t for this novel, other books and films would not have been as they are.… Continue reading The Day of the Triffids
This tentacled mischief is far more troublesome than his horned beast amigo. He is faster and more likely to cause harm. Part plant and part alien inspired, he is a result of watching far too many science fiction films. You’re likely to hear a hissing and whipping sound as he climbs your stairs in search… Continue reading Visitors of the Night: Tentacled Mischief
The night-time always attracts such wonderous beasts. There are many creatures in mythology and dark fairy tale who carry the Satan or pan-like horns. In sketching this beast I had in mind not only Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ but also the fabulous Eduardo from animation ‘Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends’. I love… Continue reading Visitors of the Night: Horned Beast
This one is a partner piece to ‘Web for All’, it reveals a flip-side to the opportunities the World Wide Web provides. Where there is space for good, there is also room for something else. I am always fascinated by the contrast between dark and light and an acknowledgement that this may not be the same… Continue reading Dark Web
I have always been fascinated by exploring the concept of light versus dark and the blurred edges between. This painting was created with its opposing partner ‘Dark Web’.