30 June 2016

a new body of work

I have been working on new portrait styles and giving myself a little more freedom in my sketchbook. I think discovering new styles is so important as an artist for getting your work to the point you're happy with it. I have spent a lot of my time working on paid illustrations and commission based work and I have become rather stagnant in what I have been creating. 

So my new portraits have been created in Gouache and a simple black brush pen. I want to create a body of portraits that as a mix of all things I love, colour, people and tattoos So this little lady will be the start of my new collection. I find myself feeling a lot more excited when I am working on something new, the endless possibilities.


29 June 2016

Live illustration at style sunday and we built this city event information

My favorite part of my job is getting to do live illustration at events and the one I did with We built this city for the  Queens birthday back at the start of June was just fab. I was working alongside the lovely Emma Block and we had the longest queue I had seen at an event yet! It was such a lovely day minus the rain. We had the above photos snapped of the event by the lovely people at the seven dials style Saturday.

It was a dream as a child to base my living around drawing, I would never of imagined have the confidence to draw people off the street, strangers, people that followed my work. It's such an amazing privilege to be acknowledged and asked.

If you missed this event you can come to the We built this City shop on the 16th July and I will be Illustrating portraits from 2 - 5 pm each portrait is £20 and it would just be fab to be able to draw some of you lovely lot! You can find more information over on the We built this city events page.


28 June 2016

I am only human.

It would appear that I have dropped off the face of social media, but sometimes you just can't stretch your time to cover everything. I have had an overwhelming month or so I decided to protect my well being and focus on getting myself through the thousands of portrait commission brought through my shop...my emails filled up to the point I couldn't receive anymore it has been a time where I have question myself as an artist and business woman, but I have come to the conclusion I am one woman sometimes items get lost in the post, emails get lost and I can't let that affect my mental well being everything is a learning curve.

It's not all been stress I promise. I have had some quality time with some wonderfully creative people. I have had the  wonderful opportunity to do a few live events which has been a joy and I will be sharing them on here pretty soon, so don't fear everything has been documented.

So I am just here being like oh hey I'm still alive I have just had to get a lot of work out and shuffle my time between still feeling completely gutted over my mothers death and dealing with my work load, I am human and I love what I do so yeah bear with me, we can't all be fab all of the time. 

2 June 2016

finding interior inspiriation

I have always been a nesting kind of girl, filling my space with my personal collection of objects, memories and things that I find inspiring.I have dreamed of owning my own house and filling it with plants and beautiful prints for aslong as I can remember. I often find myself wandering through pinterest and enjoy the colours and layering of other peoples spaces.

My favourite places to find inspiration are endless but I thought I would share a list of my favourite websites, blogs and shops.

The jungalow is just a dream blog  I love the InspoGallery making your search easier. If you are a lover of patterns, colour and everything and anything to do with foliage and floral creations then this is for you. 

Bri from Design Love Fest often shares interior inspiration and I just love her eye for colour and design. 

I adore Nicole valentine Don's blog the transcontinental affair, masssive fan of all the imagery that she shares. You can also follow her on pinteret.

I am the biggest fan of Anthropologie Decor so I enjoy flicking through the images that they share, their Instagram is also great for searching for imagery and idea. I think if you get the chance to pop into Anthropologie do it, its a wonderful place to find inspiration.

I think it is so important that we fill our space with a little bit of our own personality. Even the smallest of spaces can be turned into the cutest of places.  Currently my work space has been filled with greenery and brightly coloured prints, from my shop, Rosie Wonders, Rifle paper co, wrap and cut outs from newspapers and magazines. I am currently saving for a little chair to sit in front of my large ikea book shelf so I can use it for my reading area. 
I have a few top tips for adding your own flair to your space. 

- collect things that make you smile be it photos, flowers or candles 
- Don't worry about order or making things look neat
- Bright colours always cheer a space up
- Plants, succulents, cactus and flowers always cheer a space up.
- Buy fun posters, prints and paintings from your favorite artists. 
- Look for blog tutorials on making your own things to put in your space, all will be unique to you. 
- You dont have to spend loads of money on your space, shop at charity shops, Tiger, Ikea, Markets, free selling website life freecycle. 

I hope these tips and inspirational websites have helped you think a little more about being creative in your space. 


1 June 2016

detoxing Skincare with Champneys Pt 2

So during my weekly detox with Champneys I also go the chance to try their detoxing skin care range. Now I have to admit I neglect my skin pretty much every bath time. I'm always rather cautious of using new products. So to begin with I don't have a shower at mine shocking i know. I have never been to a spa before so being able to have such lovely items to use everyday is lovely. I really love the smell of the Detox skin firming shower scrub. 

My skin is often very dry and in need of moisture, also I have a few new ankle tattoos so they could do with a little care. I started with the shower scrub which is beautiful orange it leaves your skin feeling subtle and deeply cleansed. I made a point of exfoliating the most neglected areas like my feet, elbows and knees. I felt pretty wonderful after this experience.  After my relaxing bubble bath I found that after using the scrub my skin soaked in the moisture and needed to use skin firming body butter. 

After a few days of using the body butter I felt that my skin and become so much soft and feeling a lot more firm. It's nice taking the time to look after the skin we are in, often this is neglected so its nice to be indulgent.

I chose to use the mud mask for firming my thighs later in the week as I'm rather a messy person and figured I would get the mud all over the bathroom. I enjoyed smothering my legs in the mud, I left it for a good twenty minutes to absorb all the goodness and mineral. I'm not to sure if it made my thighs firmer but it was an enjoyable experience and they felt moisturised. 

After my detoxing week was up I felt that I had cleansed my body inside and out, it was nice to take some time on me. 

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