Wednesday 21 September 2011

The perfect gift!

Even if I do say so myself. This Illustration was commissioned as a wedding gift for a very close friend of hers, which I have to say is a very excellent idea. (Warning to everyone I know, don't be too shocked if you all get drawings of your house for Christmas!)

Lets have a look at it then shall we....

This was a little bit different as I was asked to also include the newlyweds beautiful dalmation in the Illustration. I was a bit nervous, but I think she turned out quite well :)

I'm starting to notice little similar details in some of the brickwork on some of the houses, which makes me think that even though these Victorian Terraces were all built quite close together in time, there are little quirks which could date them even more precisely...

My little sister moved away to University at the weekend, and I've planned on drawing our parent's house for her to have with her in her room. She not-so-discreetly hinted a few weeks ago that she would like this, so I'm hoping she will have forgotten by the time it's ready so I can surprise her with it!

Since I have less brain cells now (this is a fact...I read it in 'What to Expect' and also have proven it to be true on various occassions! ha!) I have got into lists in a big way. I have them for my day design job but have so far never let them find their way into my art life/home life. But I had to give in, admit defeat and have to say that I am far less scatty as a result which, of course, is very lovely and makes me feel much more gathered! So I have a few things in the works at the moment in addition to the above which are a big map drawing (eeeh!), new Christms Card designs and also I am now the proud owner of a porcelain pen which I am fit to burst about. My concept is to layer illustration with pattern as I do with my screenprints, just on all kind of beautiful new and vintage crockery. BUT I haven't tried it yet. If you never hear me mention it again, then you'll know it went wrong!

And very finally I have some good news, which is that an AMAZING shop in Norwich has started stocking my screenprints - very exciting! And I shall hopefully have some photos to share soon. For now...anyone in Norwich can toddle down to 'Art's Desire' on St Benedict's Street to have a look at those and some of the other lovelies they have in store. It really is one of those shops where new customers gasp as they go in...very lovely indeed.

This means for now I've taken my screenprints down from Etsy, but will fill my online shop up with more goodies soon hopefully.

Wishing you all a very happy week, and wrap up's turning cold! Brrr!

Kirsty x

Monday 12 September 2011

A confession and a drawing...

Well I think it's high time I 'fessed up to the reason why I've been a little bit absent of late and only managing one blog post a month. Ohhh you'll like's a good 'un!...

For those of you who just missed my tweet on the tweetiful twitterverse this week, I have been busy growing a baby in my tummy! And then trying desperately to do my best at keeping it a secret from almost everyone until the first trimester was up. I'm a terrible liar...probably the worst you will ever meet. Which is why I don't EVER bother doing it. Tense times! But I'm four months now, and would have shared this news with you regardless to my needing to or not, because it's nice to tell you things :)

So my secret is out. I've been very lucky with morning sickness , but wee baby has zapped me of all my energy, particularly when the evenings roll around. And that's after a hard day...sitting at my desk! So, I'm feeling a bit perkier now, still tired but not sick which makes me happy! I'm still very much working on commissions and have a handful to upload which I will do over the coming weeks. Yes I WILL! (I'm shouting that to myself, not you...don't be afraid!).

So anyways, here is my most recent...

This has been my favourite house to draw so far, without a doubt. Do you like it? I hope you do.

Also, as I said I would, I have housed some of my screenprint embroideries in new gleaming white deep set frames. I've been having a minor internal drama about if I should keep the temple print for my very own walls, because I reeeeally like it. So it's been almost making it onto Etsy for a few weeks now, and I am running out of excuses not to list it! Have you ever really wanted to keep a piece of work you made? And what did you do in the end...keep it or sell it?

I'm off outside now...and hoping I don't get slapped in the face by a wayward leaf again! (Blustery Winds!).

Happy Monday!

Kirsty x
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