Monday, April 7, 2014

Feeling sheepish

I've been looking at Henry Moore drawings, always loved his sheep. So...trying to get in touch with my inner Yorkshire self, I set about with pen and ink to draw some of the locals. Despite being Derbyshire sheep I think we made good progress.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Taking the cows to market

Two craft stall opportunities in one week! The University of Sheffield had a week of the Art of Work and invited creative types to have a stall one evening. I shared my stall with two other library staff (what a creative lot we are) and had a great evening. It was lovely to see other University staff and their creative efforts, ranging from photography, jewellery and baking.

This weekend the local Guides were having a coffee morning and invited us to sell crafts to raise funds for daughter's Guide trip in summer 2015. A completely different demographic but equally fun to do. 

 The 'Totes Amaze Bags' sold really well at the Guide coffee morning.

Monday, March 3, 2014

A little bird told me

I've been playing around with a bird sketch to add to the block 'library' for totes amaze bags...thinking of totally tweet bags...made a drypoint print as's the proofs. Loving the green foliage, gives some depth to the bird.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Chip off the old block

This weekend has mostly been about printing tote bags. My daughter and I need to make and sell craft items to raise money for a guide trip she's doing in 2015... tote bags seemed a good idea. I want to call them 'Totes Amaze Bags' but apparently I'm not allowed.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Robot love and dogs

I've listed these paintings on Folksy...

Purple dog - acrylic on canvas 

We have a lovely old greyhound who is officially 'blue'. He's often the inspiration for drawings. I thought he would appreciate being represented as a purple hound!
Robot painting
Robot love - acrylic on canvas 

I was making some decorations for a friends little boy and drew this robot for him, I thought it would make a lovely illustrative painting for a robot enthusiast
Yellow dog - acrylic on canvas

This is inspired by a drawing of our little dog Molly. She is often sniffing for exciting smells - when she's not dashing around that is! She is pale cream in colour and the yellow exaggerates her natural colouring and tendency to stand out against the background.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Who let the dogs in?

I need to make a painting of a Jack Russell terrier for a friend… I do a kooky drawing, love this, I make a start on the's a little ruff (excuse the pun) but has promise. I appear to be stuck in a dog drawing phase - could be worse!

Monday, November 25, 2013


When I was a student I made a pencil drawing inspired by a wood engraving by Agnes Miller Parker "Down the River" and used it as a Christmas Card for my Father. Recently, whilst clearing out his possessions, I found the card, kept with all of my letters and the photographs I'd sent over the years. I remembered what a lovely image it was. Using my drawing I've created the print "Skater" trying to capture the simplicity of my pencil line, using linocut to refer back to the original process of wood engraving.