Friday, 23 November 2012

Ouseburn Open Studios 2012

Tonight is the opening of Ouseburn Open Studios 2012 and I'm excited! Cultural venues in the north east open their doors to give the public the opportunity to look behind the scenes and meet the artists, designers and makers over a glass of wine.

Here is a sneaky peeky of preparations for the 20x20 show which accompanies the Mushroom Works open studios. There are stracks of original artworks for sale measuring 20cm square and on sale for ony £20 - they make brilliant and original christmas presents.

I've done some black and white line drawings of animals and added some colour, here's a snap of some laid out ready to be catalogued and hung at the Mushroom Works and a few closeups (apologies for the watermarks):

Come down for preview night tonight  6pm - 8pm at the Mushroom Works, St Lawrence Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1AR or come down on Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

I'm late!

I am excited about my lovely new screenprint by Josie Brookes!

It's her take on the rabbit from Alice In Wonderland. I've had my eye on it since Josie and I both had work in an illustration show called Quite The Character a couple of years ago. I love her style, have a look at her site:


Doodlecaff #4

Name: The Butterfly Cabinet
Location: Heaton
USP: Lovely quirkiness
Ate: Eggs florentine
Drank: Water (au gazeuse)
Doodled: Grumpy kestrel


Class Glass Class

I've always fancied working with glass since my parents took me to Caithness Glass on one of our many tours of Scotland. I particularly loved watching the globules of molten glass being snipped, shaped, poked and dropped into beautiful paperweights. I tried glass painting once but it wasn't satisfying, too similar to just painting. I like tools, crafts where you get your hands dirty.

So when Bryan Curtis of Northern Star Stained Glass Studio ran a stained glass workshop, I was excited to give it a try. Bryan has over 20 years experience as a skilled craftman and his studio showcases some beautiful examples of decorative glass by him and his pupils. Bryan showed us how to make a suncatcher from several pieces of coloured and textured glass - how to make a simple design, cut the glass, cut and solder the leading and cement the glass in place.

It was lots of fun! If you'd like to try yourself, there are two more workshops coming up and you can find details via the Mushroom Works website:

Here's a couple of photos and a link to Bryan's site:



Friday, 26 October 2012

Many minis

Enjoying the variety of doing lots of mini projects at the moment, thought I'd show you a couple.

First up, a personalised wedding card for a couple who met at a yoga class. The other references are because the groom has a bike shop and they married at a local hotel:

Secondly a personalised birth plate. I haven't done one for a long time, and usually do a bright Noah's Ark with animals, but the client requested all girly pink and purples, with a stork delivering baby Daisy:


Other mini-projects currently in progress are a tattoo design, a pet portrait, an old-skool tattoo style painting for someone who bought one of my tattoo painting a couple of years ago and some paper cut-outs.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Doodlecaff #3

Name: The Badger
Location: Ponteland
USP: Does a cracking christmas dinner
Ate: Sticky ginger pudding with custard
Drank: Milky English Breakfast
Doodled: Moustachioed gentleman Fox


Thursday, 11 October 2012

Salty Super Sculptures

I went to the brilliant 27th annual Family Sculpture Day in Gateshead's Saltwell Park recently, themed 'The Wonders of the World'.

Hundreds of people showed up with their hammers and nails and turned a mountain of wood scraps into their own wonders. We spotted the Eiffel Tower, Tutankhamun, the Angel of the North, the Tyne Bridge, and a couple of Olympic champions. There was also ceramics painting from Muddy Fingers Pottery. I got a bit carried away painting ceramic hearts, rockets and dinosaurs. Great fun.


Sanctuary Artspace

I've just finished a really fun commission for Sanctuary Artspace at the lovely 13th Century St Edmunds Chapel in Gateshead.

Community Arts Chaplain Rev. Jim Craig is passionate about bringing a varied programme of exhibitions and workshops, have a wee look at their Facebook:

Jim commissioned an A3 black and white line drawing incorporating the building, the beautiful processional cross, the Sanctuary Arts logo and something representing art. Wanna see?

click to enlarge

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Mr and Mrs

Just a quickie - a set of 'Mr' and 'Mrs' cups I painted in squidgy, thick black, wiggly letters as a wedding gift for my lovely friend Gemma and new husband Peter. Your wedding was beautiful, big congratulations! x


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Doodlecaff #2

Name: The Wild Strawberry Coffee Shop
Location: Keswick
USP: Is beautiful
Ate: Buttered toasted teacake
Drank: Milky English Breakfast
Doodled: Hipster owl

Had a lovely rest from walking round rainy hills in my wellies at this very pretty coffee shop. It smells fantastic inside.

You can't get moved for Kendal Mint Cake all over the Lakes and the packaging is brilliant, old fashioned and funnily enough, really contemporary at the same time. I overdosed on it as a child so can't entertain the idea of eating any but bought some anyway purely because I love the hot pink and black design.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Ouseburn Open Studios 2012

Not long to go before OOS is here! I love this event. Over 200 Artists and creative venues in Newcastle upon Tyne throw open their doors to the public and you can go down, see them in their studios, chat about their work and buy some, if you like. There's often a chance to do things you wouldn't normally too with workshops and demonstrations, I've printed with Lee Turner of Hole Editions and eaten neon cake with glass artist Sarah Blood at Lime Street Studios, screenprinted on fabric at Northern Print and had a most excellent vintage style photo taken at Mushroom Works amongst others.

Glass artist Sarah Blood on the left giving a demonstration with her fantastic neon flying ducks in the background.

I'll be based at Mushroom Works as usual this year, and I'll have some paintings and drawings for sale in our famous 20x20 show - original artworks in a wide variety of styles measuring 20 cms square, for only £20. Yes, original art by professional artists, for only 20 quid, total bargain. They also make great christmas presents. Check out the links for more info.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Doodlecaff #1

I am a massive fan of cafes. And coffee. And tea. And cake etc. etc. And also doodling.

Sometimes I like to venture out from my studio and emerge blinking, into the daylight to take my sketchbook for a walk to one of the many lovely cafes in the North-East. Or sometimes the park. Or the pub.

Anyway, I've decided to tell you about them in a vaguely Top Trumps style.

Name: Coffeeholics
Location: Heaton
USP: Has an outdoor loo. Yes really.
Ate: Chicken/pesto/sundried tomato panini, side salad
Drank: Milky English Breakfast
Doodled: Vintage teacup


Monday, 10 September 2012

Octopus Ink Revistited

Cast your mind back to roughly this time last year - remember the octopus tattoo I designed? Well the client sent me a photo of the now-finished tattoo. The photo is a closeup of the inner arm in front of my original drawing. Have a look-see.


Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Happy 2012!

Apologies for the long time since the last post blog-readers, but December has been stupidly busy. Like, rilly, rilly, barely-time-to-sleep, stupidly busy. But in the short lull between New Year and St. Valentine’s Day I’d like to say – thank you so much for your support in 2011, I have big plans for 2012 I’m very much looking forward to telling you about. Watch this space!

Hope your 2012 is filled with amazing moments.