Is it too Early for Thoughts of Valentines Day?

I’m sure that I’m actually a lot later than the majority of card designers but nevertheless, I think that now is a good time for me to be thinking about possible Valentine’s designs. I’ll be working on a new idea this coming week but for now, have been looking at using some older designs but in a new way:

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Over the next week or so, I’ll be looking at some other ideas and will hopefully find a few designs that could work well as cards.

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Work in Progress …

I had a wonderful time at the Fishponds Festive Fair on Saturday. Not only did I sell lots of cards but I was also lucky enough to receive a lot of positive feedback about my art. I had returning customers who have sent cards that they have previously bought and wish to buy the same again plus some of the newer styles. There were also plenty of ‘new’ customers who were extremely fulsome in their praise of my pictures, I have to admit that I was quite overwhelmed!

By far the most popular of my newer designs were these:

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Whilst at the fair, I made a little progress with the design below. It’s taking me a long time to complete, I started it over a week ago, however, I am really enjoying working with the patterns and the colours that I really don’t want to rush it:

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Hopefully I’ll spend some more time on this at the weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing the final result.

The Tree of Life …

I had a lot of fun planning and creating this picture. I used the four seasons as inspiration and then looked at some ideas that are in my ‘zen doodle’ book. I’m really happy with the result and may well use the winter tree as an idea for a Christmas card:

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I’m looking forward to developing a few Christmas card ideas. I also plan to work on some more stained glass/Art Deco style images over the next few weeks.

Autumnal …

Now that my lovely husband and my equally lovely oldest son (he made me write the last bit) have equipped our shed/studio with light and heat I have been able to draw and doodle in to the evenings this week. Creating pictures with people as the subject has never been something that I’ve been very confident with however, when I saw this idea I really wanted to have a go myself. Autumn being very much upon us I decided to try some fairly autumnal colours and this is the result:

A Gift for a New Little Person …

My first attempt at doing a ‘zen doodle’ with letters was a few posts ago when I ‘did’ LOVE. I’ve been wanting to attempt individual letters for a while and then, just over a week ago, a friend gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, William. He provided me with the perfect opportunity – I am relying on the fact that she has far too much to do at the moment with a toddler and a new baby and so she therefore won’t see this post in the next few days !!
I’ve based the W on a sunrise doodle that I’ve used many times over the past 2 years, most of them have included a paper balloon though, I don’t think this needs one but I may cut one out to see how it looks:

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LOVE – a – Doodle …

This may be my last new painting until preparations for Fishfest Arts and Crafts Market are complete. I’ve used a very well known method of displaying the word ‘love’ but have tried to give it my own spin:

Trying to get the letter ‘o’ to be as sharp as the other letters was really tricky and whilst I have sharpened it a little, I don’t think there is much more that I can do to it.

Using Maths in Art …

Borrowing my husband’s compass and reacquainting myself with the art of using a protractor has meant that I’ve been able to create a circular image. I tried really hard to limit the colour palette here but it was hard!

Over the next two weeks I’ll be preparing for this year’s Fishfest Arts and Crafts Market. I did really well last year – this year I’ve been able to source some more reasonably priced cards as well as some A5 prints of some of my paintings. I’ll be putting the cards together over the next few days and will post about them once I’ve got some to show off.