Balance of Parenthood

There are some days when you are just too tired to paint. Days when you are achey and not quite right, when every brush stroke is wrong, when every colour you mix is just slightly off. You know those days? On those days I retreat back to my research, to digital mock-ups and YouTube techniques….

It’s About Time for Sophie E Tallis

Last year at BristolCon, I had the good fortune and pleasure to meet author and illustrator Sophie E Tallis in the art room, where she was exhibiting her fantastic pencil portraits, silk paintings and incredibly detailed fantasy maps. She’s been a practising artist for over 20 years, has a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art…

The Neon Faerie

She’s finally here! 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…

It’s About Time for Kim Lakin-Smith

This month, it’s the turn of Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy and Young Adult author Kim Lakin-Smith. Kim is the author of the immersive steampunk novel Cyber Circus (shortlisted for the 2011 BSFA Best Novel award),  young adult novel Queen Rat, and has been featured in numerous anthologies and publications including Black Static and Interzone. Let’s…

It’s About Time for Aliette de Bodard

If you’ve been struggling to find time to be creative, and have also been following my website, you’ll know that I’ve written a series of blog posts full of advice from my creative friends. This week I’m thrilled to share with you a few insights from the incredibly prolific award winning author Aliette de Bodard….

The High Rise Faerie

It’s been a long time coming, but the first painting in my Urban Faeries series is finished! Please welcome…..(drum roll)…..   THE HIGH RISE FAERIE What do you think? I can now reveal that there will be a total of five urban faeries (not all female), set in the city of Bristol and that each…

It’s About Time for Joanne Hall

In another blog post about finding creative time, I’m thrilled to share with you the advice and tips from writer Joanne Hall.You may know her as the author of The Art Of Forgetting series, Spark and Carousel and the forthcoming book The Summer Goddess. Jo is not only a full time author, but also the…