October has been brilliantly busy for me, with Inktober through the month and finishing with Bristolcon at the end. It was a wonderful event, and as well as selling some paintings and postcards, my colourful stall even had a mention in a few people’s blogs! (Thank you Sophie and Thomas). To finally see all 5 of the Urban Faerie paintings hanging together in the very city that inspired them gave me a great sense of achievement which has left me creatively fired up to get started on my next series in the new year. Masses of love and thanks to everyone who helped make it possible by babysitting, driving, carrying canvases, chatting to me, buying art and supporting me.
I tried my best to take part in Inktober this year, but with varying degrees of productivity. I caught a cold, various members of my family got ill and life generally happened. I’m not going to say that I failed it though – even though there are some artists out there that insist if you don’t complete an ink drawing a day you’re not doing it right. I completed a total of 5 ink portraits: one of Aidan Turner as Poldark, one of David Bowie as Jareth and a triptych of David Bowie eyes. The original paintings of Bowie’s eyes I had beautifully framed and sold at Bristolcon – I don’t call that a failure! If you’d like to have a look at the paintings, or download a digital version of them for yourself, you can find them on my Etsy store You’ll also find some beautiful prints of the 5 Urban Faeries paintings on there too, and to celebrate their arrival, I’m offering free UK postage on them until next year.
So what’s next? Well I’m finally getting back to work on the comic book that I’m illustrating, which was written by Neil, and then after that, I will begin photographing my models in preparation for my next series. I’m very nervous excited about this series – I can’t say too much about it at this stage, but I think it might divide people like marmite! There will be a total of 7 paintings in the series and as with a lot of my art, they will explore our relationships with ourselves, environment and each other. It is my hope these paintings will invite the viewer to question the things we do, things we don’t do and what type of relationships they think they are seeing. Stay tuned!
The final faerie is complete!! Feast your eyes on the Litter Faerie, our final in the series of five.
A ray of hope in the morning sun, our young litter faerie perches on a wheelie bin and gazes towards the coming day. Although surrounded by the discarded items of everyday life, the youthful optimism shines through on her face.
Intended to be the first in the series – each painting following the progression of the day to night – she is the most forward looking of the five and hopefully an auspicious faerie to finish painting the series on.
To see the rest of the paintings and read all about the inspiration behind the concept of the series as well as the real life locations in Bristol, check out the Urban Faerie Gallery Page.
So, once I’ve properly photographed, varnished, ordered prints to purchase here and framed them, it will be onto the next project! I have a very exciting collaboration with my husband Neil coming up – a complete departure from anything I’ve done before, so watch this space…..
And now, if you’ll excuse me – I have a long-awaited box of chocolates to devour that he gave me and I have kept myself from opening until the last painting was completed!
Our Graffiti Faerie is caught in the act of producing her street art. Looking over her shoulder, as some street artists have to do if they don’t have a spotter, her gaze is defiant – daring us to challenge her art and actions. Strong midday sun shines on the colourful and chaotic canvas of graffiti and street art around her.
Of all of my Urban Faerie paintings, this one has been the most demanding. I actually started this one first out of the five, and it is the penultimate one to be completed. The more observant may spot some crossover graffiti and street art from the other paintings in the series. There is a suggestion of high rise faerie, graffiti from the neon and diesel faeries and a hint of the litter faerie, which is coming soon….stay tuned!
It’s taken a while but I hope you agree she’s been worth the wait. Sitting in a nightclub doorway, our neon faerie matches the viewer with a steady gaze. Guardian-like, yet in stockinged feet, in a dark alleyway that would usually be fearful for women alone, she is quietly confident – her inner strength is a comforting, shining light in the growing darkness around her. The location of the painting is inspired by Leonard Lane in Bristol. If you’d like to know more about the locations of the five Urban Faeries, check out their Gallery page. Feel free to ask me anything about the series in the comments below.
Detail – The Neon Faerie
In other news, I’ve been doing a few practice portrait studies of the two remaining faeries. Although these 5″ x 7″ head studies are much larger than the size the faeries will be portrayed in the finished paintings, they are still excellent practice. I definitely know these faces well now, and am hoping that will help to make the Graffiti and Litter Faerie paintings even better.
The Litter Faerie – study on 5″ x 7″ canvas board
I originally posted this portrait on Instagram, so if you’re not already following me there, please do. The Graffiti Faerie will be posted there soon too, along with other little work in progress shots now and again.
Regular readers may notice a new look to my website. I thought it was high time to have a redesign and hopefully you will find it easier to use and prettier to look at. I’ve updated my gallery section, including a new page for the Urban Faeries series that explains more about them and gives you a sneak preview of the forthcoming paintings – go check it out! The other good news is that when testing of the shop area is finished you will be able to buy prints and postcards from this new site – more on this soon.
As part of the redesign, I’m also able to post videos, so in case you missed it on my Facebook page, here’s a time-lapse video of The Diesel Faerie painting taking shape from start to finish.
Introducing The Diesel Faerie, the second of the five Urban Faeries.
Acrylic on Canvas 20″ x 30″
I have also put a time lapse of this painting on my facebook page to give you a little insight into my process – check it out HERE
The remaining three Urban Faeries are still in progress, but I’m working hard to complete them in time to exhibit at Bristolcon in three weeks. If you happen to be in Bristol at the convention on the 28th October, please do pop along and say hi. In the meantime, I’d love to know what you think of my latest painting!
Happy summer lovely people! (What do you mean it’s raining again?!)
July looks set to be a wonderfully arty time – I’m hoping to go to a couple of life drawing classes this month at Carnegie House. It’s ages since I went and I could really do with the practice.
Then on the 23rd July I will be taking part in the Art Challenge Wales competition. Based in Porthcawl, this is the second year the event has taken place, where artists of all media and skill levels are invited to create a piece of art from scratch in just one day! I’m really excited about the challenge and looking forward to some serious consecutive hours of painting too. I’ve not had much opportunity to take part in plein air painting before, so there will be lots of technical challenges (such as my acrylic paint drying out too quickly, what kit to pack) as well as the time restriction.
On Sunday 24th I will be visiting Upfest in Bristol and taking part in a graffiti workshop. Given that my latest series of paintings “The Urban Faeries” are all set in Bristol and contain a lot of street art within the paintings, it will be great to finally get my hands on a some spray cans and practise my newly designed tag!
So – will I see any of you at these events? If so, tap me on the shoulder and say hello!