Friday, 25 October 2013

Snowy Silence.....

  I remember being very young when I first noticed that peaceful silence you get with a fall of heavy snow... I also remember that satisfying feeling of making the first footprints in your garden and the anticipation of going sledging after school (cause in those days in seemed school went ahead even if snow was up to our ears!)
  I was hoping to capture that exact feeling of silence in this next illustration. Hope you like it?
Snowy Silence Gouache on watercolour paper

  I've started to get back on track this week after having a bit of an 'out of sorts' week last week. I'm really happy with the sketches and winter scenarios I've got planned and am looking forward to working on the final bits of artwork.

  Oooh and a few pictures of my first Alpine Peggy doll. I hope to make several and plan on giving them various different braided hairstyles...

Alpine Peg has white merino wool hair styled in braided buns, red felt jumper with embellished pattern. She will have brown woollen trousers and painted acrylic boots.

  A little mood board of images that are helping to inspire my latest workings...

Left to Right: Betty Grable, 1950's alpine painting, Lilian Harvey dances with a snowman in 'I am Suzanne' 1933

Top Left: 1930's ski fashion plate, Loretta Young looking fab with her braids in 'The Farmer's daughter' 1947 Bottom Left: Cute painting from the 20's and Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert.

   Happy Weekend! x

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Alpine Peg....

Over Distant Mountains Acrylic on canvas

  I'm like a happy hermit at the moment working away on a winter collection of makings and illustrations.
  Here is my first painting and a little introduction to our winter heroine Alpine Peg. I very much hope that between now and mid December we will see lots more of our delightful Swiss Miss and her adventures in the Alps!

Friday, 18 October 2013

A Winter Collection...

  Some time ago I started thinking about a collection of Winter prints (In the same vein as the Summer 'Call of the Sea' project) I'm so excited as I've been working away on sketches and ideas and just can't wait to throw myself headlong into working fully on the collection (could do with some snow to fuel my ideas though!)

 I've been slightly under the weather this week so haven't got as much done as I'd have liked but I look forward to showing you my illustrations, inspirations and ideas in the coming weeks.

  During the Summer we shared a joyful ride of seaside follies with Glynis, Clark and Myrtle (a little trio that I miss like dear friends - I feel they will be back next Summer for sure) In these next few months I will be introducing you to several new characters ...You can expect a snowy haired heroine, a dashing, slick and polished hero, a knowing mountain hare and possibly a friendly Ibex (but I'm having great trouble sketching one) There will be hot chocolate, warm fires, snow (lots of it!) and possibly romance!

  My aim is to create a mixture of acrylic paintings, watercolour and gouache illustrations, pencil sketches, and dolls.

  I want this collection to be more of a winter project than a Christmas themed one, but I will still be designing new Christmas cards for the shop and making some festive tree fairy dolls.....Better get my skates on!!

 Just to let you know there is currently a handful of last years Christmas card sets in the shop, should you wish to purchase.

  Sneak peak at our Winter heroine.......

Alpine Peg

  Oh! and as I promised earlier in the week, I did a painting and a 'favourite things' type illustration to accompany my Janet creation from the last post.

Nights With The Circus......Gouache on handmade handmade khadi paper

  Hope all my readers have a lovely weekend x


Monday, 14 October 2013

New Work, Janet....

....It's so dark and wet in Bristol this morning I thought I'd cheery up the day by posting some working progress photos of my latest character - Janet. I'd planned to finish her today and do a post later in the week but its such a dreary day, why not share the sparkle!

I love this fabric so much! Its 1930's gold lamé which incorporates threads of metallic gold often used in evening gowns of the 20's and 30's

I've also added pearly vintage beads, and a fluffy pom pom.

Topping off her look with a little case.

  In a previous post I'd mentioned I'd been watching Janet Gaynor movies. Well I'd seen several of her talkies (A Star is Born 1937 my favourite) but none of her silent films so was absolutely engrossed and absorbed in these two classics: Street Angel 1928 and Lucky Star 1929. I totally recommend watching them if you have a few hours to spare, just delightful. In both these movies Janet shares the screen with Charles Farrell. Their on screen chemistry is so angelic and so sweet you can see why the world loved them - hence they made 12 movies together!

  'Street Angel' 1928 contributed to the inspiration behind my new Pip character....

Street Angel 1928

  Think Janet might be the last little character study before I turn my attentions to the 'C' word. I had planned on some Halloween inspired mini dolls but I'm really not sure I'm going to fit them in. I always have so many long 'to do' lists floating around the house its crazy!

  I'm also doing some paintings and illustrations to accompany my Janet doll so will showcase those later in the week. I have a feeling she may be a concertina playing tightrope walker?

  Since I've been putting this post together it appears that the sun has come out! I'm happy as it'll make my walk to the post office all that more pleasant. Have a good week x

Wednesday, 9 October 2013


  When I was about 16 I longed to have hair like Veronica Lake - I was lucky because my hair was blonde and it was long so I spent hours with my mums 1960's plastic rollers in my hair trying to achieve her sultry barnet! It struck me how my latest work is very like the 1940's petite siren of the silver screen so I have called her Veronica! Admittedly she doesn't have a peek a boo bang but hopefully I've captured that stylish 1940's casual look with high waist pants, cute hat, scarf and a polka dot blouse.
Veronica has wire in her legs so she can sit, cross her legs and do high kicks!
Veronica Lake
Veronica has a felt 40's style hat with vintage haberdashery, a 50's sheer scarf, blue and white polka dot blouse and felt pants with tiny blue buttons on the side. Her shoes are also felt and have little pom poms on the front
  I've seen most of Veronica Lake's movies but  'I Married a Witch' with Fredric March (who sadly hated working with her) is my favourite. I shall be pulling that one out of my dvd collection this month as its perfect for the run up to Halloween. 
Amazing poster for the 1942 movie 'I married a Witch'

Veronica sporting big stylish pants in 'The Blue Dahlia' 1946 with her most popular co star Alan Ladd.
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  I also just wanted to mention that if you have any questions you'd like to ask me by all means drop me an email, however I have updated my Frequently Asked Questions  page over on my website so you may find the answer there.
  I hope that everyone's having a good week and enjoying some Autumnal sunshine. x