Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The time has come...


to put this blog to bed for a little while. December is a notoriously hectic month for all and especially for me as I agreed to work full-time in my day job for the next few weeks. Although I've tried to squeeze in some posts, all creative thoughts and any energy have essentially been sucked away and it's become a struggle to carry it on. So, I thought I'd stop in today to say thank you for your visits, comments and emails throughout 2008 and I hope to see you in this space in the New Year!

Monday, December 01, 2008

under the weather...


My week of sharing bits and pieces from my new york trip quickly got cut short as I was bitten by a nasty cold/virus thing and I'm still not feeling all that hot after more than a week of it. Still, I managed to find this little gem above on a wander out this afternoon. I wonder how it will become a piece of my work...who knows!?

Something really good from my trip was being able to see the work of Henry Darger up close at the American Folk Art Museum. I think I'd need to invent some new words in order to describe just how stunning it all was.

Stay cold free!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Found notation...



If a plant can make you ill, cannot the same plant or another make you well?

If you eat the same plant, you are using a homeopathic medicine; if you eat a different plant, an allopathic medicine.

If you simply hang the plant around you neck, you are employing magic.

In so far as men have knowledge, they use that knowledge. Where knowledge fails, they attempt to supply it, and we term the attempt magic.

A sick man or a bereaved woman feels that something must be done to assuage the hurt; and if no effective remedy is available from knowledge, magic takes its place.
.............................................................................................................................................................

(Can anyone read shorthand, I'd love to know what it says at the end!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ode to New York...


It's a terrible thing to admit but despite spending nearly two weeks in New York I only managed to get my camera out once or twice and came home with around 35 photos! I never feel very comfortable wandering around with my camera. I've been really enjoying Sandra over at Smosch's photos of her trip to NY, she's managed to capture all of the sights and sounds that I forgot to snap!



And in honour of yesterday's found cinquain poem I wrote my own over tea this morning...

New York
you smell like piss
and candy roasted nuts
chips pants broil zucchini trash
New York

...well, it made me smile :)




Monday, November 24, 2008

A week of New York...


Good Monday to you!

I thought this week it would be nice to get back in the groove and share some bits and pieces from my New York trip and the image above is one of those such things.

I picked this poem up in a junk store and spent half of my trip wondering what on earth a 'cinguain poen' was but only just got around to looking it up this morning. A cinquain poem is a short, un-rhyming poem of five lines made up of 22 syllables distributed as 2, 4, 6, 8, 2.

Sounds like this girl's mother was bipolar!

Also, the Restless Things shop has been updated with a few framed originals and some sale items - more of those to follow when there is enough light for me to take pictures!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

home sweet home...


Finally arrived home yesterday after a 9 hour delay caused by the ever wonderful British weather - I thought we were having the arctic weather whilst I was away but it seems like the weather fairies have other plans! First the plane gets canceled, then the next one gets delayed by a couple of hours and then when we are finally about to take off...there is a fault with the damn plane!

And now there is snow everywhere...brrr!

Next week I will maybe have a few pics from my trip to nyc, some pics of some found goodness to add to the paper collection and a shop update to include some framed original pieces...

Enjoy your weekend whatever the weather!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Psst...

I'm having a little holiday! :)) Be back soon... x

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

It could be me, but...


An outtake for Paul Paper's Could Be Me Project. See my contribution and the rest of the project here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hello!


So tired today I can barely think but here's three of the four pieces I've finished in the past week or so. There's a 4th but she won't fit on the scanner and I haven't been able to get a good picture yet... There was a 5th piece but she got messed up probably beyond repair...


(left-right) Lost for Words, Come to Me, Take a Deep Breath...

Something beautiful I heard this weekend...
Mount Eerie :: Voice In Headphones (via Herohill blog)
Phil Elvrum + Julie Doiron = music heaven. The new album 'Lost Wisdom' is nothing short of stunning.

I'm going to get some air...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Yesterday...



Yesterday, I discovered what some of the buttons on my camera actually do...photos suddenly seem warm and deep and its been fun to play and look around.

Yesterday, Valeda was kind enough to share two of her favorite authors and I thought it was such a simple and lovely idea - why not read someone else's words instead of my ramblings today...

From 'Yesterday' by Agota Kristof (my all time favorite book)...

Yesterday, a familiar wind was blowing. A wind I had come across before.

Spring had come early. I was walking in the wind with a brisk, determined step, as every morning. Yet I wanted to go back to my bed and lie there until the moment when I felt the presence of that thing which is not voice, taste or smell, simply a very vague memory, something from the beyond the borders of memory.

Slowly, the door opened and in a moment of terror my dangling hands felt the soft, silky fur of the tiger.
'Music,' it said. 'Play something! On the violin or the piano. Preferably the piano. Play!'
'I don't know how,' I said. 'I've never played the piano in my whole life, I don't have a piano, I've never had one.'
'In your whole life? Nonsense! Go to the window and play!'
Outside my window there was a forest. I saw the birds gathering on the branches to listen to me playing. I saw the birds. Their little heads tilted and their staring eyes looking right through me.
My music grew louder and louder. It became unbearable.
A dead bird fell from a branch.
The music stopped.
I turned round.
The tiger sat in the middle of the room smiling.
'That's enough for today,' it said. 'You should practice more often.'
'Yes, I promise I will practice. But I'm expecting visitors, you see, if you don't mind. They, these people, might find it strange, you being here, in my house.'
'Of course,' it said with a yawn.
It went out with a supple stride and I double locked the door behind it.
'See you again, ' it called out as it left.




I'll leave you with a lovely sound...Sanso-xtro :: The Last Leaf (excerpt).

See you next week.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

There she is...


Finally I have room for my old leather armchair in the studio, this chair belonged to my stepmum's grandmother and is starting to show it's age a little, poor thing.

But it is sooo comfy and on days like these when it's done nothing but pour with rain you need a good armchair like this to curl up in with a big mug of earl grey and take a break, of course with some good tunes in the background...

Grizzly Bear :: Shift (acoustic version)

Monday, October 13, 2008

It's monday...


and I thought I might head out for a wander this morning but instead got excited about a sketch I'm working on...I'm loving sitting at my desk on sunny days...

I was lucky enough to get a copy of the new Gang Gang Dance "Saint Dymphna" album at the weekend and I think it may well be my album of the year and you may also get bored by my going on about it for while...

Gang Gang Dance :: Desert Storm (oh this doesn't work - you need to go to 'free music' in the menu bar and then it's the first track on the page)

...have an open mind about music and enjoy!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

time for a change...


So, something that has been bothering me for a while is the way my studio is arranged, and it has to be said that I find some way to rearrange it every six months ago, and it is long overdue. Writing the other day about my plan chest reminded me of how I've been finding this room so overwhelming the past few months, and of how the main issue in the room is in fact this giant plan chest that is in front of the bloody window!

So this morning whilst out on my run - in the glorious sunshine which obviously had some strange effect on my brain - I decided that, yes!, today would be the day of studio changes...

A few hours and some swearing and some tea breaks later...it is done. My desk is now in front of the window and the paper collection is reorganized! I think now it's time for some more tea or a little sleep or something...

If you've got the energy I advise having a look at the drawings of Aidan Koch...

Monday, October 06, 2008

Lost for words...


Slowly but surely I am finishing off a series of drawings I started working on a few weeks back that started life in the daily drawings I've started doing...here's the first one, with a working title of 'Lost For Words'...

And before I forget I really must thank two great blogs to have mentioned my work in the past few weeks, Sfgirlbybay and Dolan Geiman - thank you guys! I am really such a slow coach, as anyone who knows me in real life will tell you, when it comes to following things up eg. emails/texts/calls - apologies to all!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

The collection...



A reader (sorry I'm not sure of your name!) asked in the comments from the other day how I keep my work in good condition? The answer of course is that I keep it in the biggest plan chest I could lay my hands on!



When I first set up my studio here at home a couple of years ago I decided to fulfill my dream of owning a really lovely plan chest and after some crazy bidding on ebay I came away with with this almighty A0 40's/50's bad boy - it really does take up half of the room but was worth every penny.

One or two drawers are kept for finished pieces of work and the rest houses the paper collection! It's sorted into various categories such as 'small amounts of text, dedications and titles', 'blank on both sides' and 'children's drawings' - but it has to be said that it's long overdue for re-organizing!


Today I'm off out in the miserable weather to go and hunt for some new old pieces of paper (and maybe do some clothes shopping too!) perhaps I should think about having a good sort out before I bring anymore home!

Monday, September 29, 2008

sketch 28th september...


'a simple hand gesture about feeling lost'

Posting may be a little bit this on the ground this week as I am helping out at my day job but I'll post any little drawings as I do them. Have you got anything exciting planned for your week?

Thankfully the neighbors have calmed down now!

Herbert Pfostl has a very interesting flickr page.

Enjoy your week whatever you are up to!

Friday, September 26, 2008

someone make it stop...


Friends, it has been a funny ol' week this week and to round it off today my neighbors are doing aeons of DIY (mainly just banging on the wall) to a soundtrack that consists of Dire Straits and Britney. It doesn't matter where I am in the house I can hear it and it not having quiet to work in just drives me mental. And they are chavs (any brits out there I hope you are feeling my pain).

Maybe next week will be more normal. I hope so.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Thank you kindly...


As you know I love to share my favorite music here on this blog. It is a companion to me both as I work and potter around my home. Between myself and the swede (let it be known from hereafter my 'other half' will be referred to as the swede as being referred to as the 'other half' proved to be a little to traumatizing for him) we have a vast music collection (it has it's own room in the house) that spans an array of genres.

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Jason Molina, one of my favorite musicians, perform a solo gig here in Norwich. It's something I've waited to experience for a long time and it was an absolute joy to hear. His music is extremely dark and solo recordings often elegantly sparse in sound but his music is nothing short of genius in my book...

Jason Molina :: Get Out, Get Out, Get Out

Songs: Ohia :: Two Blue Lights

Magnolia Electric co. :: Farewell Transmission

I'll leave you to make up your own minds.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Shop update...


A few people have contacted me to ask if I will be selling the sketches I have been working on for the past week or so and I thought I'd make a quick post to say I have been adding them to the Restless Things shop throughout the morning. There are still a few to go but all should be added by the end of today. If I continue with these small, simple drawings (which are a pleasure to make) it is likely that they will be added to the shop on a weekly basis - so keep your eyes peeled!

Olivia in the window...

Good Monday to you!



Brigitte McQueen the lovely owner of Pulp was kind enough to send over a few pictures of the show. It's amazing to see these pieces actually framed (Brigitte offered to have the works framed for me) and up on a wall together. My little studio here at home has almost no wall or floor space so it was hard for me to comprehend how they might look as a body of works.

Somehow it came together despite the moments of wondering what on earth I was trying to achieve and I'm glad I made the necessary changes in my life to allow me to be able to work on shows like these. And I must say that even though I am a black frames kind of a girl these white frames look pretty damn good!? If you'd like to see these drawings in more detail you can cruise through my Drawings: 2008 set on flickr or on my website.

There were a few pieces that were too big for scanning and I struggled to take good photos of them. Does anyone have any hints or tips on photographing artwork they'd like to share? Or know of any good websites with some 'how to' type articles?

Enjoy your day whatever you're up to!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Jinx/obsession

Today, a cold, ugh. And such a lovely warm day it is too - I've even been out to do some gardening. Here's yesterday's drawing, it seems to be turning into a daily activity that I'm really enjoying but I'm not going to jinx it and call it my 'drawing a day' series or anything.

How can something so simple be so satisfying? I'm feeling slightly obsessed by straight lines and sat last night drawing these shapes over and over again, today I might paint some with these soft greys and some warm autumnal tones.

Here's an album my other half bought last week and I have become steadily obsessed by...

Denis Jones :: Humdrum Virtue

If you happen to listen to the album scroll through the player to track 3 aptly titled 'Third Song' - it's music for drawing lines to.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Taking it easy...

In the aftermath of making work for the Pulp show I've been finding it hard to be inspired and concentrate on a piece for a period of time. Instead I've been making some quick sketchy drawings inspired by whatever is around me at the time and really enjoying doing so...


View larger here.


Creative soundtrack...
Juana Molina :: Un Dia (This links to a myspace page so TURN YOUR SPEAKERS DOWN! or go here to download the track for free) This lady is amazing live - you wouldn't believe that one person could make so much noise - get to see her if you can.

Soulsavers :: Revival

Hope the sun is shining where you are...

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Broken. Lost & Beautiful @ Pulp, Omaha, USA, September 13th - October 12th.


I am pleased to announce that my first solo show, Broken, Lost and Beautiful will be opening at Pulp in Omaha, USA on Friday 12th September featuring a collection of my drawings from the past few months. The opening reception will be from 7-9pm and it would be amazing if you live in the area if you could be there to support my work as alas I cannot be there myself! A selection of these drawings have been uploaded to my website and can be viewed here.

I have my fingers crossed that I will be able to get a few photos from the show before it comes down to share with you all!

In addition, three new prints of drawings from the show have been added to the Restless Things shop here, here and here.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Ha! I think I exhausted myself after last weeks flurry of posts - hence no posts this week. I'm feeling a little strange after working for so long on the pieces for my show at Pulp (opens next week!) and then spending the past month making practically no work at all - I seem to have lost my routine which I had become so accustomed to! When I get out of my routine I get a little grumpy, hopefully next week I will be back to normal.

Anyhoo, just to show that I have at least been thinking about making some new work (and that's half of the job, right?) here's a great find from this week...


...this piece of paper has been laying in the street for a few weeks but I've never had an opportune moment to grab it - until the other day! One of my favorite things to do is iron scrunched up bits of old paper - it's extremely satisfying...

...nice, yes? I thought so.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

...housekeeper with the kandinsky tattoo...

Left: The Nymphs Elysium (finished drawing), Right: nymphs on parade in my sketchbook...

Not much else to say today but I'm really enjoying looking at the works of these two ladies...

Maya Bloch
Monica Canilao

And I though I would share one of my favorite songs EVER (it's over 9 minutes long, so go make a cuppa first)...

Hannah Marcus :: Hairdresser in Taos




Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Oh, The Hours...

...spent updating this website of mine! I really enjoy having the freedom to make adjustments as I please but sometimes I wish I had enough money to pay someone to do it for me and make it all jazzy and swish!

I have just finished updating my website with a selection of new works that have been sent off for my show at Pulp - more details on that later in the week...

Monday, August 25, 2008

Levitation/Meditation



A little evening sketch, I can't get the damn feet right, an interesting theme that has appeared in recent works is levitation...

Thinking about listening to music whilst I work - I really find it helps me get into a groove with whatever I'm working on, especially when I find a track that reflects the feeling I'm trying to conjure up. I love it when I find a song that does this and then I feel compelled to put that track on repeat - for a whole day if needed (seriously) - and get so lost in the sound and the feeling that it almost becomes a white noise in the background and then I know I'm in a special place where my favorite drawings are made.

There is a certain rapture to be found in repetition, I guess for me this is a kind of meditation.

Studio soundtrack: Chad VanGaalen "Willow Tree"

Friday, August 22, 2008

This is what it is...


Yesterday I decided that it was time to be a bit more grown up about drafting out drawings. Today I bought myself a nice thick sketch pad. So at least now when I want to find that sketch from last Tuesday I know where it will be instead of sifting through mountains of sheets of paper.

I always make sure I have some loud music on when I'm working, today Kings of Convenience: Riot on an Empty Street is my favorite, especially the tracks with Feist.

In the studio...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

So, I think that was no posts for 20 days...


Cy Twombly, Ferragosto V, 1961.

When I'm bad I'm really very bad at blogging. Three weeks with no posts is perhaps the longest break I've ever had from trying to fill this space and I've actually had things to say for a change!

So, I had my big birthday (thanks all for the birthday wishes), a nice dinner and surprise Evan Dando gig. I wished on a shooting star outside said gig and the next day the wish came true (superstitiously speaking, I don't think I can tell you what the wish was otherwise something bad might happen) so I highly recommend wishing on stars. My trip to London was great and the Twombly show at Tate Modern was stunning. There was more eating, drinking with added shopping - never a bad thing. I'm not one for carrying my camera around with me so I have no photos to show for it. All in all it was a good birthday - and I don't often say that about my birthday. Since then I have been eating, eating, being ill, eating, visiting family, eating and not much else really! But now it's time to get back on the work wagon...

Friday, August 01, 2008

landmarks and blathering...



Made a stack of new business cards to be sent out with orders...nice and simple.

I am very excited today as, despite having one of those landmark birthdays (y'know, one that ends in a zero) over this coming weekend I am getting ready for a trip to the big smoke on Monday to see the Cy Twombly exhibit at Tate Modern! Twombly is probably my all time favorite artist and no doubt I'll be back next week with lots of blathering about the show...

Have a fab weekend!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Oh, where does the time go to?


I don't know. It's so hot right now I can hardly bring myself to do anything. We Brits just aren't used to prolonged periods of heat! I'll be back properly when this heat dies down!

Until then I leave you with a new piece called 'Remembering and then forgetting' which will be available in the shop from the beginning of September.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Set it on fire!



I am busy preparing for my show in September, making sure each piece is finished, recorded and packaged before their journeys! I did manage to get out to see Efterklang play the Arts Centre on Monday night and they were absolutely stunning! It's not an easy listening, verse, chorus, verse, chorus type of music, but more of a multi-instrumentalist extravaganza of sound. Check them out above and below for yourselves.

Friday, July 04, 2008


Here's a piece I've been working on for the past couple of days. No title as yet but I'm sure it will come to me. The original sketch for this was a bit more elaborate with a carousel horse type character in also. But he was troublesome so I abandoned that version and plumbed for the bending child alone. Is this a boy or a girl? I'm not sure. Of late I keep trying to bring things (characters) together in my drawings to create a more surreal atmosphere but ultimately I think solitude works best for my figures.

Too big for the scanner but I'm trying to master my photography/photoshop skills - it's not enough to make a print from but I'm getting there. And of course you get to see the full extant of this lovely piece of old box!

Ever wondered what to do with your old tights (pantyhose) once they are full of holes? Send them in to the Ethiopian Tights Appeal over at Tightsplease.

Have a nice weekend. Toodle-pip!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

A good day!


Yesterday was a lovely day. The sun wasn't shining but we took a trip out to the town of Holt here in Norfolk. It's one of my favorite places to go for the day, lots of little old shops and galleries to look at and it has the best antique centre that has lots of affordable junk in too. Of course I found some lovely old paper to add to my collection. I found this amazing box, see above. Sadly no before and after pictures as I was too excited to dismantle this item to stop and find the camera!

Inside the box was a load of original packaging bags full of wood shavings and after removing the shavings and taking apart the bags and ironing them I was able to create a whole load of extra sheets to work on - bonus paper, how great is that! These are all pretty big at around A3 size and the texture is almost like leather.




I also picked up a couple of what looks like large waterworks maps from the 20's (a steal at £4 each) the backs of which are lovely, dis-coloured with age and covered in strips of old cellotape - excellent!

All in all a good day, lots of sitting outside having tea and cake too. Has anything really good happened to you so far this week? I suppose I'd better get cracking on some new drawings on these wonderful pieces of paper...

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Sssssh!

It's very quiet round here right now...I'm busy finishing off some bits and pieces for a show in September but also getting very excited about some new work! Here's a little peek at some progress from Friday...


I didn't scan in between every layer of paint as I intended but you get the idea. She just about fits on the scanner, when it's finished I will try to take a good photo so you can appreciate the negative space and the lovely piece of card taken from a 1920's cardboard box.

I have updated the Restless Things shop today with an edition of gocco prints titled 'Remember to Breathe'. You may remember them from about a month back but I've only just got around to scanning and listing them up!



I hope the sun is shining wherever you are...I am practically melting...

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Here's part one of a new piece I'm working on. More to follow...

I always have music on whilst I'm working away in the studio but today I have had so many great new tunes to listen to! I've had the new Fourtet ep blaring out, 'Sool' Ellen Alien's new album - minimal but hypnotic and I've finally decided that yes, I do like Fleet Foxes after all.

I'm going to make some more tea, turn up the volume and crack on...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

wolfie got a brand new home...


Isn't it always the case that you come across lots of exciting things you forgot you had when you have a good tidy up?! Well, it is if you are like me and you have mountains of stuff to loose things in. One thing I uncovered yesterday is the album 'The Locked Suitcase' by Sibyl Vane who asked if I would be interested in contributing my wolf drawing for the inside cover of their cd.

What's the best thing you ever came across when tidying up?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Work in progress today...


Here's a little peek at some work in progress for you today...I was going to paint her but now I'm thinking that I prefer the uncomplicated combination of sun-bleached paper with a simple pencil line. What do you think?

It was interesting to read Holly's post 'career advice for creatives' yesterday and to read all of the different comments. I've certainly been in this situation myself and it's good to read about how others have coped. It's really wonderful that we have these kind of life changing options open to us 'nowadays' - what on earth would I have done 150 years ago besides work in the workhouse for some gruel!?

Friday, June 13, 2008

bits and pieces...


Feeling much brighter today, might be something to do with the chocolate chip cookies I bought to help me sail through the storm :))

I've also been looking closely at some objects around my home to help me garner that illusive inspiration...more info here.