Frida Kahlo

Today I illustrated one of my heroes: Frida Kahlo.

No particular reason. I just felt like it. She was such a remarkable woman and artist.

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I may produce greeting cards or limited prints of this piece. Don’t know yet… I’ll test it with a frame first and see if I like it. :0)

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New Blog Banner

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The lovely Tracy Collins from travel blog “Tracy’s Travels in Time” contacted me about a new banner for her blog. She wanted warm colours (she LOVES orange and so do I!) and a good mixture of different landmarks, which is one of my favourite things to draw.

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We also decided to turn all the different landmarks that I illustrated into individual icons. That way, she can always add fun little illustrations to her posts, to go alongside her photographs.

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Tracy has been EVERYWHERE! I always consider myself to be quite well travelled, until I talk to someone like Tracy who has really seen the world. It’s inspiring to say the least.

Follow Tracy’s adventures on her blog and also her facebook page.

And if you’re thinking about getting a new banner for your blog, I would be more than happy to assist. Check out my Etsy Shop for more details.

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Crafty Weekend

Last weekend was Crafty Fox Weekend in London! It was my first time trading at an arts & crafts market and I LOVED every second of it.

Here are a couple of pictures of my work on display:

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Crafty Fox is a fantastic market. The quality of the work you see there is good and the variety of styles is very carefully picked and put together. You can tell by looking at what’s on display, that the organizers and curators are very specific, know what they are looking for and have incredibly high standards.

I was honoured to be selected to take part in their Uncovered Scheme for artists who are new to market trading. I had a mentor (the amazing Rod, from Rodology) who helped answer all my question and gave me several valuable tips, from the best way to display my products to the amount of change I should have on the day, etc. He was great. Thanks, Rod! :0)

I also got to meet talented artists and people who like me, were new to trading as well. Oh, and most importantly: I talked to lots and lots of lovely customers! People were very interested in my work and asked me lots of questions, which was wonderful and flattering! A few of my friends and family also dropped by, which was extra sweet.

Overall, a very successful day! Time just flew by. Thank you, Crafty Fox, for such a wonderful weekend.

Lots of love,

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Gingerbread town

I have been walking around Stockholm this summer. The city was warm, sweet and delicious. Here’s the evidence as seen through my eyes (and phone).

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I have been to Sweden quite a few times over the years (I have relatives and many friends over there), but it never gets old. The cute buildings, the pastel palette, the beautiful Swedes with their cool and impeccable sense of style, gorgeous design everywhere, the seafood, the fresh air coming from the islands… I could go on forever. Stockholm is a very interesting and very exciting city. Looking back, I actually think that one of the reasons why I loved Hamburg so much was because it reminded me of Stockholm. Either way, totally worth a visit. I recommend it!

Lots of love,

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The Piano Room

In preparation for a lovely Arts & Crafts event taking place in London in October (more about that later!), I’ve been going through some of my old illustration pieces.
This one was originally black and white, drawn on very textured recycled paper. Just for fun, I decided to colour it whilst trying to maintain some of the original texture.

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I was quite happy with the result, I must admit. I don’t usually revisit old illustrations or rework them, but this time, I was glad I did it! I didn’t think the colours would work so it was a nice surprise.

I created this illustration years ago, while I was reading The Great Gatsby. I was inspired by Daisy Buchanan, one of the main characters, though looking back now, I think the style of this illustration is more Jane Austen than Fitzgerald. Check out the original drawing here.

I’ll make a couple of tests to see if this piece works as an Art Print. If it does, I will produce a limited number for my Etsy shop and advertise here so, watch this space! :0)

Lots of love,

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