A Victorian House and an Etsy shop!

A few days ago I started painting a little Victorian house.

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These houses are everywhere in England. They look so cute, with their red bricks, chimneys and tamed gardens… Bigger versions of doll houses, really. I never get tired of looking at them.

A few days after I completed this painting, I finally opened my first Etsy shop! I have been talking about it for a while and it’s finally happened! I can’t believe it has taken me such a long time to do this. I have loved Etsy for YEARS… It’s all done now and I am incredibly excited. To celebrate, I decided to list this piece for sale at a special price. It’s a one-off, watercolour original, signed by the artist (me!).

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I think it looks cute on a white frame, wouldn’t you agree? It’s the kind of “happy illustration” that I love producing. If you like it, you can purchase it here.

I have a couple of other things in the shop too, take a look! It’s still early days so bear with me. I am stocking up on A LOT of goodies!

Lots of love,

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Painting Event

♥ Hello lovelies,

I have been away on holiday these past few days. A friend of mine was here from Brazil and we went to London and Paris together. I am exhausted but very happy, as you can imagine. – London and Paris are definitely my two favorite cities in the world!

I am sorting through my pictures and will post them here very soon. Watch this space. :)

So, what’s new on the illustration front?

Quite a few things actually. Let’s start with a painting event I took part.

Before I went on holiday, I was invited to paint the menu of one of the coolest restaurants in Lisbon. It’s a fantastic bistro called Tosca, and the owner is a good friend of mine (we used to work together in the same advertising agency a few years ago).

Every Friday he invites an artist or designer to paint his special Friday menu and I was one of the chosen ones. Yay! Check out the pictures:

And finally… the finished piece!

This is a great initiative and I had a brilliant time!

Physically, the menu was huge and I sort of made a mess of the lettering (I blame the mojitos I was drinking whilst writing, though, they are definitely the ones to blame!), but overall I was very proud of the finished piece. I managed to make it work with my own drawing style and I later heard that there were loads of locals and tourists snapping pictures of it throughout the day, which made me very happy.

The restaurant is really amazing and I recommend it. The menu is classic Portuguese and the wine selection is pretty special. Check out the website here: www.tabernatosca.com, and don’t forget to try the mojitos if you ever go there during happy hour. They are delicious!

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