Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crosstown Traffic

I used to live in London where there is a lot of traffic. But of course most of our cabs are black so this scene is about those Big Yellow Taxis you get in New York. Don't you just love all the hustle and bustle in New York? All the swagger and attitude of the taxi drivers - I just love it!! So I painted this little watercolor. Let's call it 'Crosstown Traffic' Take it away Jimi .......

You jump in front of my car when you,
You know all the time that
Ninety miles an hour, girl, is the speed I drive
You tell me it's alright, you don't mind a little pain
You say you just want me to take you for a ride

You're just like crosstown traffic
So hard to get through to you
Crosstown traffic
I don't need to run over you
Crosstown traffic
All you do is slow me down
And I'm tryin' to get on the other side of town 

Crosstown Traffic by Jimi Hendrix on Grooveshark

I've also gotten away from the concrete jungle this week and back to nature. I did some fun Pop Art portraits I think you'll enjoy:

1. Mr Pug

2. A squirrel in my garden I call 'Cheerful Nut'

Linking up to Paint Party Friday so come join in the fun!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Leopard Love

Roaring Leopard, Watercolor

Leopard, Watercolor on Gesso

Hi Everyone!

Hope you had a fun and creative week. I had a pretty great week in that I sold my colorful giraffe painting so that was good. It snowed on Tuesday but I do NOT want to talk about it! I want spring and I want to see all the little shoots coming up in my garden.

I am still fascinated by wild cats. First I did a colorful loose watercolor of a Roaring Leopard who is full of vim and vigor and color. Then I painted another roaring leopard on paper I first coated with gesso. It certainly makes for a very intriguing effect - very textural and more muted.

I am enjoying experimenting with watercolor. I have learnt to love the way it just does its own thing - ebbing and flowing and pooling and dribbling. And sometimes I just have to rein in the temptation to remove sections of paint I have just laid down that don't seem right and instead just let it drip and dry the way it wants to because you can't tell what it is going to look like until it dries. What an infuriating yet fascinating process!

What about you? Do you like working with watercolor or does it bother you that sometimes it has a mind of its own?

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Mummy and Baby Giraffe

This tweet made me laugh! I am so with you @littlebindc! We had snow again here in Baltimore at the beginning of the week but at least they are predicting 70 degrees for tomorrow! There is snow forecast for Tuesday though and then March can shove off leaving us with a heavenly, balmy April. Hey a girl can dream can't she?

This week I did a watercolor of a Mummy and Baby Giraffe which turned out pretty nicely. Hope you've all had a wonderfully creative week.

Mummy and Baby Giraffe, Watercolor, 12 x 18'

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Fever in the Air

Last weekend my friend and I were gambolling around my garden. Don't you just love my mock tudor tree house? Spring had sprung and we were extremely excited about it and hoped the snow was gone forever.

I was feeling inspired so I did this watercolor of a Cat Family. I'm really pleased with how it came out. It is for sale so email me if you are interested.

Cat Family, Watercolor, 22 x 30

Then last night we zoomed back down to sub zero tempertures and the wind howled all night. This morning my recycling was strewn all over the road and I had to pull all my trash out of a hedge full of brambles. I am sick of this windy, freezing weather, aren't you?

The cartoons I am doing for the Adventures of Mr Darcy continue. In this week's installment, Mr Darcy lends his wit and humour to the Mummy Blogger blog again with this sketch around the wonders of Brazilian waxing.

Hope it makes you laugh! I am so glad I am not a man I would cut myself every day shaving!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Modern Day Mr Darcy?

Pride & Prejudice | Because this cover sums up so much. #colinfirth #mrdarcy
Fans of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice have always known that Mr. Darcy is a fine man. Now scientists have proof.  In scientific lingo:
The pheromone that attracts female mice to the odour of a particular male has been identified. Named ‘darcin’ by researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology(after Darcy, the attractive hero in Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice”), this unusual protein in a male’s urine attracts females and is responsible for learned preference for specific males. – Science Daily
Mr Darcy - mylusciouslife.com - Mr Darcy - Elliott wet shirt1.jpg
But seriously, even though we can only imagine what he might have smelt like ... Mr Darcy has been a perennial fave with the ladies both because he said many romantic things as well as being able to work a wet shirt while emerging from a lake.

But hang on one ticketyboo moment, while Mr Darcy may encapsulate romance to so many, unfortunately....he isn't real.


So it was wonderful for me, who is somewhat cynical about love, romance and all that jazz, to hear that a blogging buddy called Charlotte Harborne, who after getting divorced met a lovely well mannered gent who she calls Mr Darcy. She told me all about the witty little exchanges she and he have and before I knew it I had cast my cynicism aside and penned the pictures to her adventures. This is one soap opera I will enjoy following ......watch this space and read all about it on her blog.

Would love to know what you think about my first cartoon for this series. And what about you ...do you ever wonder what your fella is talking about down the pub?

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Friday, February 14, 2014

5th Annual Bark! Exhibition at John Natsoulas Gallery

As a dog artist myself I am absolutely thrilled that dog art is becoming more and more popular. The 5th annual "Bark!" exhibition at John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis, California, is a tribute to human's best friend and seminal NorCal dog artist, UC Davis professor, and founder of the Funk movement
Roy De Forest (1930 - 2007).  This fabulous show includes larger than life depictions of two and three-dimensional dogs in every medium, making the show the most diverse exhibition of dog imagery in the country. Pieces created out of glass, clay, wood, oil paint, ceramic, assemblage, multi-medium, wax, metal, bronze, and integrated art forms are all included within the show.
Best of all, doggies are always welcome at the gallery.  

John Natsaoulas Gallery
521 First St.
Davis, CA 95618

"Bark! A Tribute to Human's Best Friend" runs until March 1, 2014.

Check out the John Natsoulas Gallery website for more information.

Here are some of my top picks of doggie art:

Kanna Aoki: “50/50 Red”

Lori Holland "Sirloin Tip"
Erika Sandana "Newborns"
Larry Clark "Best Friends"

Do any of you live in California and have you been to see this exhibition? I've got to get some of my dog art in here next year.

This week we had 15 inches of snow in Baltimore. I am so sick of it!! Today I found this snow heart on my doorstep. So sweet. But my husband also said the snow preventing him from driving to get me chocolates for Valentine's Day! Well maybe I can get some chocs on sale tomorrow!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sugar and Ice and All Things Nice

Heart and Kiss Whitman's Ad

Just about the time when all the shops are full of Valentines and my head is full of visions of sugarplum fairies....and large heart shaped boxes of chocolates and romance and champagne, we were hit by a massive ice storm which very prettily coated the trees and bicycles and everything.

So while the power was out (yes we have a generator thank God!) I was stuck inside thinking about Love and Rain and I had hundreds of those little colored bits of paper you get inside a hole puncher lying about. So I created this collage called Love In the Rain and quite like the swirly nature of it all. Makes me think of the fleeting nature of love .... and ice storms.

Do you have anything special planned for Valentine's Day?

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