Monday, 25 October 2010

Dream House!

In the after school club recently, I thought it would be a lovely idea for the children to design their dream house.  I decided to join in too and I sketched my dream house, along with my dream pets.  One of my dogs, Dougal, stands sentry (the other two dogs are watching day time TV on the sofa inside the castle).  The dragon is too big to come into the castle, although he tries every day... You can't imagine how many drawbridges he's broken!  He's quite happy sleeping next to the moat, curled up around the castle though.  Note, the moat also has a little duck, as I've always wanted a white duck too (I'm not fussy what colour the dragon is, but the duck must be white!).  I might turn it into a painting one day :)

Saturday, 23 October 2010

One Lovely Blog Award! What A Lovely Surprise!

A big thank you to Marion Eldridge who gave me this lovely blog award.  It was waiting for me on her blog New Art News and I am delighted to have received it.  Thank you Marion.  Marion is such a talented illustrator and I really enjoy reading her blog and seeing the latest gorgeous Illustration Friday painting or sketch.

I promised to pass this award on to other lovely blogs too and I'm finally doing it, after about two weeks, lol.  I follow lots and lots of blogs and I know I've missed so many out. Here are some blogs I enjoy reading, a mixture of writing, illustration and fairies :) I enjoy reading Marion's too, but of course I can't give the award back to her, lol.

Diana Levin Illustration
Medeia Sharif
Written By Sime
Shirley Ng Benitez Illustration
Julissa Mora
J D Writers Blog
Jenny Wilson Artwork
Karin Won't Stop Talking
A Mouse In The House

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Watercolour of Tucker, the Pomeranian

I recently painted a little portrait of Tucker, a beautiful Pomeranian, for a lovely couple, illustrator and cartoonist Jack Foster and Aleithia Deaver-Foster.  It started off as a sketch, but his coat is such a gorgeous colour that I thought I would add a little watercolour and coloured pencil too.  I really appreciated Aleithia's words of thanks and it was a pleasure to draw little Tucker. Thanks for looking :) Woof!

Saturday, 16 October 2010


Introducing my new fairy painting, 'Will-o-the-wisp', inspired by Doxey marshes in Stafford, which are just behind my house.  As I've told my nieces, if you look hard enough from the window in the attic bedroom over at the marshes, you can sometimes see little fairies carrying balls of light...

Friday, 1 October 2010

Wonderful Hay-on-Wye!

This post isn't about illustration, although it's sort of about books... I want to post some photos of my wonderful weekend my husband and I had to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  We just returned from beautiful Hay-on-Wye in Powys, on the Welsh Marches, a place I visit frequently and somewhere I wish I could live because of the wonderful countryside, friendly people, the Hay festival and, of course, the book shops, of which there are approximately thirty in the small market town.

My husband and I stayed in a gorgeous bed and breakfast, called Lower House, in Cussop Dingle, a beautiful rural area of Hay. The hosts, Peter and Nikki, were extremely friendly and welcoming, and the house and garden were stunning (the garden appears in the book Discovering Welsh Gardens by Stephen Anderton).  The 18th century house (with some parts dating back further) is built on 7 acres of land; a mixture of pretty gardens, stream and pond, woodland, orchard and small fields (home to some lovely black sheep).  We stayed in 'The Rose Room', which had a charming window seat to sit and view the garden and the most comfortable bed! I found it hard to get up in the morning, but the delicious, organic breakfast soon coaxed me.  Here are some photos:

Different views of 'Lower House'


Above right, the cairn built by Nikki and below right, the mirror in our room, made by Peter from an old wardrobe door.

Below, my husband, Colin, trying to decide what to have for breakfast... there was an excellent choice for vegetarians, which makes a nice change :)

Me, in the window seat of our bedroom, reading 'Discovering Welsh Gardens'.

It was sad to leave...