These drawings are 2-3 years old now, i did them when I was living in Costa Rica for a year inspired by the interesting meals we were having out there. You can see the aubergine, watermelon, corriander, hachiote and chickpeas and limes which I scanned into photoshop, removed the background, created a tile and replicated that across a sheet. if I can get my act together and find somewhere affordable to print them I hope to have some homemade wrapping paper this Christmas.
I love hand-making cards for friends.
Sadly I don't do it much these days because of training etc but one day hope to have a little studio where I can do this all day.
When you open up the blinds on the front of the card, the truth about marriage is revealed in the form of a quote from renowned philosopher and best selling author Alain De Botton.
It's from his book called The Course of Love and it reads:
This was the card that went with their Peace Lily and Painting of the Peace Lily.
For anyone who has loved, is in love or hopes to be in love > Watch: Alain's talk On Love.... Please watch it.
Last week I painted a Peace Lily.
I framed the painting and we bought an actual Peace Lily and gifted the pair for our friends wedding gift.
I'm really happy with the way it came out and shall be improving my skills next month in a Botanical Watercolour class. #watchthisspace #botanicals #watercolour
Explore. Dream. Discover.
Inspired by my lust for travel and discovery, a hand made card - painted with water colours dabbed with kitchen roll and stuck to brown recycled card.
Each card is an original hand-painted card. No prints or copies made.
I'm going to get some more photos of these cards soon showing them 'on set'.
They are going to be sold with a square brown envelope and a clear plastic protective wrap and then quickly sent out in the post to you.
I'm thinking of about 3.50 including P&P for UK orders. Sound reasonable enough?
Another fun evening illustrating a few New Year Resolutions!
This is a big one for me. I can be a bit of a worrier. But as one of my favourite Tattly Tattoo's says: 'Warrior not Worrier' is the attitude to have.
It's no use to any one having all your issues bottled up inside of us. We'd become a giant mess. Obviously we also don't want to be moaning and complaining all of the time either. But I find if we share a worry with those closest to us, or write it out to be forgotten in a box or diary, or dramatically thrown on a fire then the worries quite often disappear all together.
Although I did the doodles and the words are my own interpretation... this idea came from Bobette Buster 's book Do Story: How to Tell Your Story so The World Listens, (which you can buy from the Do book co here. )
I love the simplicity of it all and am looking forward to putting my storytelling into practice. I've got lots of great stories, and hopefully using these top ten tips will help them come alive.
Maybe one day I'll meet you in a pub and you can give me some feedback on my story telling technique!
Another little doodle!
I love this little drawing I did.
I think it's a good mantra for going into the new year. Have a curious mind. Have no judgment. Ask questions. Do not presume. One may does not know all the answers to everything all of the time. Be open to new ideas. Let go of what you think you know and a whole new world of learning will make itself apparent to you.
Happy New Year 2016!
My friend Sally is getting married next weekend. Sally was looking for a picture of The Church to go on her Order of Service so I offered to have a go and it was surprisingly challenging actually!
Getting the perspective and lines right was really difficult. Also, I regret it now that I didn't persist with getting the stone work to look right. This was my third edition and I got impatient. I forgot to color the bell in the tower in too, doh!! But then again the road/pavement and the sky were nice and straight forward.
Had fun making these post cards from friends in the United States of America today. They are in the post box now. Hoping they won't take too long to arrive.
Arroz con Pollo
(Rice with Chicken - obvs).
This is a hearty, traditional Costa Rican meal that I learnt to make from a friend when we were living on the Nicoya Peninsula. The little town we lived in was called Nosara. We rented a house, bought a motor bike and went surfing before and after work.
One of my favourite things to order in the local restaurants was Arroz Con Pollo.
What you'll need:
- a few chicken breasts/thighs/drumsticks or whatever chicken you can get your hands on
- bell peppers x 2
- carrots x 2 ish
- a big bunch of cilantro/coriander
- peas x 2 cups
- Salsa Lizano 1/3 bottle probably
- rice - enough for 2-4 people
- garlic - a whole bulb is good
- salt, pepper
- Hachiote to add colour
Seven Steps to Heaven:
- Boil the chicken in a pot of salted garlic water 'til it's 3/4 cooked.
- Pull the chicken out of the pot and leave to cool slightly. Save the water, you'll need it later.
- Fry the veggies in a frying pan
- Use the chicken-y water to boil your rice
- Shred the chicken into thin strips
- Once veg is cooked, rice is cooked and chicken is in a shredded heap mix it all together. Add your seasonings and Salsa Lizano.
- Sprinkle with some fresh cilantro and enjoy with an ice-cold beer.
I was at work yesterday (Receptionist at The Scarlet Hotel). One of my night time jobs is editing the slides on the plasma screen that is on display in reception, so it shows the forecast for the coming day.
We use the standard weather icons you might expect to see. It was only on searching Google Images for a 'cloudy night' which was missing from our image archive, that I had the brainwave of creating The Scarlet's own icons for the weather.
It's my day off today and Ross bought me a scanner to scan my art work onto my website... so I decided to test it out with the weather icons I painted this morning. I think the 'Tinfoil Night Sky' is particularly special.