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Meadowlark

Last month I had the absolute pleasure of creating this piece for a well loved yoga instructor. Well, after having discussed the person in question with the people commissioning this project, it was clear she was so much more than a teacher. The words friend, adventurer, educator, leader came to mind.

The piece was supposed to be a gouache painting on an A4 piece of paper. To me that didn’t seem bold enough. So I did this instead.

The work above was made using a cardboard envelope. I carefully cut out all the windows. On another piece of paper I painted the interiors, bright and messy, how I imagine people to live. Those windows are only an inch tall.

I feel so completely honoured that I was asked to create this piece.

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Women Being Magazine feature

Today Women Being Magazine launched. What a positive, informative, interesting, intelligent publication. When I was asked to be interviewed I felt completely honoured and also had a side of ‘are you sure?’ Oh yes. That Imposter Syndrome lurks just under the skin.

Please do follow that link above to see the magazine in its entirety. The team have worked very hard to bring you this fantastic new thing.

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Where women drink wine, eat cheese and chat

Last night we had dinner in the Cheese Lounge at Mellis’s. Twice we have done this and both times it seemed like a decadent thing to do. Mmmm. Comte. I could have big slabs of this every day (and be as big as a bus).

Recently, I’ve acquired too many tombow pens and have started playing around with new ideas. I’m still taking commissions for architectural artworks and I’m still enamoured with brutalist buildings however lately I’ve felt the need to veer away from these things that stand still through time and capture those moments that slip by, hardly noticed.

A life is made of a million of these small breaths. How many of them go unnoticed? I’m sure most of this has to do with the awe and mild anxiety of watching my daughter slip effortlessly from baby to toddler to little girl to ‘medium girl’ (her words).

Lottie and Emilie go to school.

Waiting for ballet to end.

I should be working but I’m not.

September 14 – this is where we chose your middle name.

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DECIEM commission and events

At the end of August, I received an email from DECIEM asking if I would like to work with them on their Edinburgh store launch event. You bet I would!

This request rolled in when my schedule was just starting to move from holiday mode to super crazy busy mode. I just couldn’t turn it down.

This is now the week after and I can breathe again. What a huge learning curve. I was to create an artwork to be made into prints for Press/Influencer/VIP Customer goodie bags. There was some back and forth sketch action however after take 3, it was all approved and ready to be made into prints. They wanted to capture the city and the quirky fun of the company, thus the castle and animals. The dog, Dexter, actually belongs to one of the London employees.

I was entertainment for the three events, drawing and painting an original piece similar to the print. After meeting the DECIEM crew from Edinburgh and London, I can confirm that they are lovely people. The branding on their products is pretty slick. I also like the lack of parabens and nasties in their products.

So that’s a wrap then. Better get on with next commission.

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A fine day – commission complete

100cm x 70cm

Screen print, textiles in tweeds, linen, patterned fabrics, and cotton

This piece was commissioned by a private client. We talked about the placement of the artwork within the home, theme, colours and other important details. I provided her with sketches of layouts and confirmations of colour.

I have two more commissions lined up after this plus my ongoing personal projects that will hopefully see the light of day. I need to schedule in my own projects as well as I do the projects for others. But then again, I get paid for their commissions so you know, that always wins over my pieces For Fun and Just Because.

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The Story Changes in the Retelling

Last week I took a class at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. I had never been and had wanted to go and so I did.

The course was about showing layers of meaning in an art work. To calm it a collage class would feel too reductive. It felt more involved than that as we were not using found pieces (although I know collage is much more than just that).

We spent the first day looking at slides of artwork, discussing them, then concentrating on a few objects for drawing purposes. We practised using various drawing materials (oil bar, zest and graphite my new favourites) then painting swatches of colour.

I had an idea of where I wanted to take my piece within the first few hours of class. It came from nowhere and was so completely different from my usual themes.

The project was underpinned by a couple of quotes I had read in David Eagleman’s books, The Brain and Sum.

“Our past is not a faithful record. Instead, it’s a reconstruction, and sometimes it can border on mythology.”

“…a life where episodes are split into tiny swallowable pieces, where moments do not endure.”

I collected sketches of Lottie, drew a typewriter in various ways then drew out the beach scene in my mind. It was quite different from the photo I had taken on the day.

We can take countless pictures and fill out notebooks with drawings to capture that moment. But once it’s gone, it’s gone. It changes when we think about it, talk about it, look back at our recordings.

I’ll miss my little class. I felt a nice connection with our group and our sporadic chats during 11am tea and biscuit break time and 1pm lunches. I think we all learned admire about ourselves during the process.

Colin Black taught this class. To see his work pop his mane into Google and have a look around.