A year ago I was contacted by Emma Bennet (editor of the Art Book series) to submit artwork for consideration for this book. Finally, after many months of waiting and receiving emails about progress, it is now here!
The book is full of gorgeous Edinburgh sites, as seen from the artists that live within the city. I have two pieces, as seen above.
The Edinburgh Art Book can be purchased at Blackwells and Waterstones.
My favourite time of the day is any time of any day when Lottie and I draw together.
She’s always trying to pilfer my art materials. Those green lines…posca pens. Any artist in the know will be crying at this. I love it how her leopard looks like it’s running with all of those legs.
This evening I popped along to St Mary’s. She looked mysterious in the fog and rain as I walked up the wide street, slowly getting soaked in my non-waterproof coat.
The gathering was small and lovely – I didn’t chat to anyone as I didn’t recognise anyone. Also, some days I’m just not that out-going and chatty. I grabbed my glass of wine and looked closely at the pieces on display.
‘Hame’ by Bryan Angus is my absolute favourite. In this display you can see Nicola Boon’s delicate chair and my burst of colour in ‘Fireworks.’
The auction will conclude in two weeks and bidding has already started. For more information on the art auction, charity and to see and bid on art, please hop along to Home Is Where The Art Is.
My website is bursting with flavour. Seriously, I’m becoming addicted to using my images on things. There’s something terrifically fun about it.
I especially like how happy the mug looks rolling around with donuts. I’d be deeeeelighted to have a box of these sprinkled donuts all to myself.
I have two appointments lined up for commission work and have booked a meeting at a possible workshop space. All the new things…this year so far has been full of the new.
So here it is. On a fake wall. Whoever created this Fake Wall To Show Your Art app is a genius. It helps to show the scale and what the artwork would look like in situ. The app I used is iViewArt.
This one pulled together much quicker than the previous one as I had solved most dilemmas with that artwork. 100cm x 50cm is much bigger than my usual 10cm x 16cm endeavours. Working on this scale has been a fun challenge. After posting photos of this on instagram, I was immediately contacted by two individuals for one similar and one quite different commissions. I’m so pleased with the outcome.
This will be hanging in a chic little Georgian flat in Edinburgh city centre.
Its a bit addictive seeing how drawings can turn into stuff to wear, use and display.
First I started out by painting palm trees and lush plants. This artwork was inspired by our recent holiday in Malaga, Spain.
I had the work scanned, turned it into a repeating image then splashed it all over stuff.
These can be seen on Redbubble.
Today I collected this travel mug from the post office. This is a Society6 travel mug with my illustration printed onto it. I thought I had better start testing out the quality of these things if I am going to continue to promote them.
Like the mug? Find it here.
Recently I’ve awakened to the print-on-demand revolution. I’m somewhat of a latecomer as this has been around for years.
Over the past 8 years I have relied heavily on shops to sell my work. I have developed good relationships with the owners and I’m happy to consider special requests for images and designs. I’ve wanted to test out my artwork on products however that can be tricky as you often end up with a massive upfront cost and some products that don’t shift as well as you’d hoped.
With POD, there isn’t that massive financial risk. You upload your image onto lots of cool stuff then hold your breath and see what happens.
This isn’t entirely passive as there are many hours of work that go into setting this up. You have to consider the time to create the artwork then add the image to the POD websites. You also have to self promote which I’m unashamedly doing here.
I think in order to be a financially sound artist, you have to consider lots of different income streams. It isn’t enough to have your work in one gallery. Or even 5 galleries. I often find myself asking the very necessary question “How can I make my art pay for my rent/bills/ travel etc?” The options are limitless if you open your mind to them.