Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Preview Review

The preview night of the Ouseburn Open Studios at Mushroom Works went fandabeedozee.

People turned out in their hundreds to look around the studios and meet the artists inside and hundreds of 20x20s flew off the walls in just two hours. I think I saw around half of mine in the queue to the till. Exciting!



It's very flattering watching customers take my work off the wall and lovely to meet people and answer their questions. I tried to earwig on a couple's discussion on which 20x20s to buy where my Emperor Dragonfly was one of the contenders, but my Batfink super-sonic sonar radar was on the blink. They did buy it in the end though, and my Queen Bee.

A very good night.

If you'd like to come along, the Mushroom Works will be open 10am-6pm Saturday and Sunday too, get yourself down! http://www.ouseburnopenstudios.org/venues/mushroom-works


 

Ouseburn Open Studios 2013- The Preview

It's tonight!

This weekend, participating venues in this year's Ouseburn Open Studios will throw open their doors and allow all you lucky people in to come see artists, designers and makers in their studios. Ask questions, see demonstrations, commission work, have a nosy and drink wine whilst you do.

The Mushroom Works is hosting its usual exclusive 20x20 sale of work - little pieces of artwork created especially for the occasion, measuring around 20cm square and selling for just £20. I know it seems too good to be true, but it's for real! 20x20s make brilliant christmas presents too.

I have work for sale in the 20x20s - black and white illustrations, coloured Scandinavian-style patterns and my favourite character - Hipster Owl - is making his third annual appearance.



Come down and see us! Click on the link for more info:
http://www.ouseburnopenstudios.org/venues/mushroom-works

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Ouseburn Open Studios 2013

Busy, busy!

The annual Ouseburn Open Studios event is almost here! From the 22nd November,  you can come to participating cultural venues in the region to see artists in our natural habitat,  see where we work, commission artwork, ask questions and have a chat over a drink and cake.

I've spent the last few weeks immersed in producing work for the exclusive 20x20 sale of work, only at the Mushroom Works. Buy specially-created work measuring about 20cm square for only £20! I know it seems to good to be true, which is why it's so popular!  20x20s make brilliantly and original gifts, particularly with Christmas approaching.

Here's a peek at some of mine..


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Ice Ice Baby


Name: Today's Doodlecaff is at home!
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
USP: You're allowed in in your pyjamas.
Ate: A pistachio meringue from Grant's artisan bakery in Hexham
Drank: Mad Hatter tea brought back from a weekend in Yorkshire
Doodled: A watercolour sketch of a plastic baby in an ice cube. I went to a baby shower recently and we played a fun game featuring plastic babies in ice cubes. I made the painting into a thank you card for the Mum-to-be. Well, we found it funny..



 

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Creative Coffee

I love coffee, and I love a bit of Flat Caps Coffee http://www.flatcapscoffee.com/

Flat Caps is found in the basement of Elula gift shop on Ridley Place, Newcastle  upon Tyne, and is well-known locally as one of the best coffee shops in the Toon. The chap who runs it, Joe, is passionate about his coffee and knows his stuff - I like getting him to choose my coffee for me, because you always get to try something different and discover delicious things. The carrot and houmous sandwiches and homemade cakes are winners too.

I spotted a competition on the Flat Caps website a few weeks ago, inviting us all to get creative about our love for coffee, whether that be via a short story, poem, joke etc. Well I got creative with my fineliners, drawing myself with a big cup, in a fog of delicious coffee smells on a bed of coffee beans. Sometimes I love smelling coffee even more than I love drinking it.

I am very pleased to be one of the winners, you can see my drawing below:


 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Scandi Eye Candy

Hot off the press!


This is the first framed print of one of my Scandanavian influenced bird and flower designs, which will be for sale at the annual Open Studios event in Newcastle upon Tyne. These will be for sale in the famous 20x20 sale at Mushroom Works www.mushroomworks.com/whatson/2012/10/open-studios


Click to enlarge


I love Scandinavian design - the simple, clean minimilastic look really appeals to me, but then so does the colour and pattern of dalahasts, enamelwear and traditional embroidery. This print has its roots in painted enamel cups and plates, which usually feature items from nature, lots of flora and flora.


If you're in the North East, pencil the last week of November into your diary and come see us. Further plans to be announced!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

It's a prince!

Oh boy! The bosom of the UK swelled with patriotic pride tonight, as Wills and Kate welcomed their bouncing baby boy into the world.
 
Whilst I'm not so excited for them that I'd queue for 6 hours hours outside Buck House to have my photo taken next to the easel displaying the announcement, the arrival of a baby is a rather lovely occasion and I like to make a fuss.



Here's a few pieces I've made for some new babies recently (with some details blurred for privacy). Should anyone be thinking of sending the royal baby a gift - or any other baby - do get in touch!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Doodlecaff #7

Given my last post, it's only fitting that The *Teashed is my Doodlecaff today!

Name: The *Teashed pop-up in Fenwick food hall
Location: Newcastle city centre
USP: Is an actual shed. Features my work on the walls. Amazing attention to detail and thoughtful design. Excellent staff and cool atmosphere. Serves fabulous food and delicious tea you can buy afterwards to take home with you.
Ate: Toasted teacake with butter
Drank: Milky All Day Breakfast tea
Doodled: The beginnings of a suited up fox


 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Ta-ra *Teashed!

This weekend saw the end of the 3 month long pop-up cafe, The *Teashed in Fenwick food hall in Newcastle upon Tyne.

I'm a big fan of The *Teashed, a local company who sell beautiful tea and teaware http://www.the-teashed.co.uk/ and I've been in to see them in Fenwick lots of times, for cakes, sandwiches, tea (hot and iced) themed afternoon teas and tea-based cocktails served in teapots and china cups.




Some of my framed black and white animal illustrations were displayed on the side of the shed for people to see whilst enjoying their food and drink. I was in there on Saturday and was flattered to hear the customer at the next table being very complimentarty about my hipster owl in the neon pink frame!

Monday, 8 July 2013

Coming soon...

Sorry for the recent radio silence everyone, I've been wrapped up in branding and websites  -genuinely exciting, so I'll allow myself a smiley here :-)

Can't wait to show you all, watch this space!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Happy spring!

Well officially it's been spring for a while but it hasn't felt like it until recently, when the nights have started getting lighter and the flowers in the garden started showing their faces. So it's time to share a bit of this sketch for an illustration I did recently for a gardening company:









 

Puppy Love 2

A nearly-finished puppy!

 

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Doodlecaff #6


Name: The Forth
Location: Newcastle city centre
USP: Cool atmosphere & decor (including work by local artists), location and most excellent staff. Oh and a colourful history as a former venue for Victorian boxing matches.
Ate: Fish finger sandwich and skinny fries
Drank: Water
Doodled: A sausage dog

 

Puppy Love

Predictable title maybe, but how cute is this pup?


This is a little bit of how he looks when you commission me to draw him in pencil:
(work in progress)




 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Doodlecaff #5

Name: Pink Lane Coffee
Location: Newcastle city centre
USP: Amazing design touches and attention to detail
Ate: Chocolate dipped oaty biscuit
Drank: Really nice coffee then a pot of tea in a vintage cup
Doodled: Half a vintage tea set (to be continued..)


See in the middle there? Teeny, titchy, tiny bottles of milk!

 

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Many Minis 2

A few recent mini commissions.. you know I love a bit of variety!


From left to right: a detail from a big wall mural featuring computer game characters for a boys bedroom, a watercolour sketch of a much-loved and much-missed pet spaniel and a brightly-coloured bird in a fancy frame for a Twitcher.