Monday, 21 April 2014

Easter holidays, peg dolls and popcorn.



It has been the school holidays and we've had wonderful weather!
Visits to glorious beaches, cliff walks, a bike ride in a forest, friends (and their beautiful hand built wooden home on wheels, pictured above) making peg dolls, a little painting and a trip to London for my art fix.
The serpentine gallery, ICA, David Bailey and Boro.

My Popcorn on the fire making friend Susie (pictured above) is living closer to the land in a caravan, hut, outdoor kitchen and compost loo in her lovely garden. Visit her Blog here.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Grand Budapest and Kings Cross Hotels





I loved the visual feast of Wes Anderson's latest treat. His colour pallets are always retro delicious.
I love his use of Symmetry too, as shown here from Moonrise Kingdom. Inspirational stuff.
On my latest trip to London I stayed in a Hotel with a fantastic view over looking Kings Cross.
The area has changed so much since I left London 10 years ago. We has a drink in the Grand St Pancreas Hotel bar. (It used to be the booking hall) No more raves in crumbling warehouses!
One of my good friends, Susie works at the Skip garden.
New Artist find, Lucy Jones

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Slowly




Slowly progressing with my latest book and creatively playing in the studio.
Enjoying cycling to the studio, past the tree above.
Had a few trips to London. Fuerzabruta was fantastic!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Hamsters and Giraffes...



I would like to announce the Grand Opening of my new WEBSITE. Ta-Da!
I have been trying to get out of a frustrating maze of Illness. (We keep getting Ill, one after the other.)
But all that time stuck in has at least been productive.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Back in the studio





We've had a flu relay, one after the other. All better now.
We are also now cut off from the rest of the country by train. The track that is the only route out of the west country has fallen into the sea!

I have decided to work in my studio without a computer! Yes!
For most of my working life I managed without one, so I'm going to see how it goes.
Had a great day working on the characters for my new book.
The blackboard above, is on my cupboard door.
Loving Lenneke Wispelwey's ceramics.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Rain, Rain, Rain and Rainbows


We have had a lot of rain here in Devon, but rain makes Rainbows. Yay!
Thanks to my friend Amy at Art school girl I have had this image accepted for a book to be published by Chronicle books.

And my lovely American publishers said, 'Yes' to my new book idea...phew!

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

A HAPPY & POSITIVE 2014 to you all.








Well, the trip to my friend's family home LA COLLINA in Northern Italy was just what was needed.
This amazing Villa/Estate is perched on a wood covered hill overlooking the town of Tredozia. It's packed with History, (from Ghosts to invading Nazi's) Antiques and Art. It has been in the Family for over 400 years. My room was next to the Ballroom (something I never thought I'd say!) and I am defiantly having this as a venue for my 2nd Wedding!
The Hair Art picture from 1875 (above) was in my room.
We had lovely day trips to Faenza (Amazing Ceramics Museum) and Medieval Brisighella.(Photo above)

Back home I feel excited, positive and very happy for the year ahead!
I hope it will be a wonderful year for you all too. xx

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Creative Past, Present and Future






Here's a selection of Festive things I have made over the last few years.
And this years Crafty Christmas Eve project was to re-felt my shed roof after last nights storms. Ta-Dah! Feeling very proud. (Sorry Not pictured!)

My Daughter is so over excited. And I'm cooking my first Turkey tomorrow. (I'm a Vegetarian.)
Hope you all have a lovely day with Peace and Love in your Hearts.
I'm heading to Italy for my New Years Eve celebrations!

And then looking forward to setting up the new studio on my return...

Friday, 20 December 2013

HAPPY CHRISTMAS my dear Blogger friends

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I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday and wish you much happiness and Peace in 2014.
I am excited to see what adventures lie ahead next year.
A few more spreads from the 12 Days of Christmas.