An Enduring Love of Monochrome
I have always loved the simplicity of monochrome. How many different tones you can express in combinations of black and white. I love the way you can get deep, dark and foreboding grey/blacks; warm, rich, gentle shadows or the lightest of marks and touches with a flick of a pencil, a splodge of ink or a smear of charcoal.
These charming little drawings are of spring flowers. Executed simply because I love these kinds of flowers. I think they look stunning hung together in a cluster and I hope someday someone falls in love with them too. They represent hope for me. I worked on them at a time when I was a full-time designer, full of dreams that others would love the work I do, and I would be able to make my art my life.
And, Spring flowers do that – they give you the promise that summer is on its way and warmer times are coming.
These studies are no longer available for sale online – please contact me using the form below if would like to commission a similar piece.
One of the beautiful things about selling my art has been the lovely testimonials I've received from customers and the support from followers on Instagram (not to mention those around me).
My work is always about a passion for creating beauty. I yearn to create pieces of art that bring you to a standstill and take your breath away. Where you want to get lost in them and look at them for hours.
So far this Summer I’m keeping it simple and exhibiting just in a few places. I will be at the lovely Summer Brocanté at Parham House and Gardens, St Barbes Gallery and Museum and I will be opening my home and studio to everyone as part of the Hampshire Open Studios season.
You may have read it many times before, but I believe poetry always touches us at precisely the moment we need it – and, let's face it, you can never have too many sweet words and thoughts in your day.
This Winter, I have been practising a lot of yoga. I have simultaneously been creating some charcoal and graphite pieces that explore the inner and outer grace that we’d all like to aspire to.
I am not sure if yoga is an art, but I think it might be.
On the mat, yoga is an expression of the pose. So, if yoga is an expression, then surely it can be art?
Simplifying is both an art and a gift. It is like time is being given back to you so you can breathe fresh air again.
Over the last few weeks and months, I have been practising the art of "Simplifying" my home, my work process and clearing space in my mind and heart.
Every artist has their own way of painting and I thought you might be interested to see me working behind the scenes on my latest piece.
I've just got back from my first ever exhibition at The Country Brocanté. What a joy, learning curve and a delight.