Friday, June 26, 2009

Valerie Roybal...

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The summer months are a busy time for me. There are so many birthdays on my calendar and I feel like I've spent so much time browsing for presents. Not that I'm complaining of course! It means I get to look at all of the lovely things I'd like to buy for myself. I'm not sure many of my friends or family members share my taste so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite artisans over the coming weeks...

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I am definitely in love with the work of Valerie Roybal and her shop my darling dinosaur on etsy. Actually, her work inspired this post and the desire to share some of my favorite peeps as I was busy ogling all of her beautiful wares...collages made from tiny detailed snippets of paper (top) - yes please!...mosaics made from salvaged pottery(above) - genius!...not to mention the simple wonder of her reconfigured paint by numbers. I want them all.

Thanks to all who have dropped by and left a comment of late! Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

public appearance...

Just a little advanced warning to say I'll be at the next Clutter City market at Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday July 11th. I'm mainly going to be taking original drawings and sketches but there will be a small box of prints and other bits and bobs coming along too.

See you there!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

i can't think of a title for this post...

up in the air, somewhere...
pencil, watercolor pencil and gouache on hardback book cover.

I was sooo busy yesterday I totally forgot to post anything. I spent my day rather unexcitingly framing, framing and then framing. Thankfully it was rather an overcast day so I didn't mind too much but today is glorious so it's a day for pottering around the garden, lunch alfresco and then, well, I might finish off my framing and crack on with some work to my website. It can't all be fun and games in the sun, can it?

Loving music by Soft Circle (via dr kennedy jones)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

butterfly and scribble...

sketch 17th june: what's the use?
pencil and gouache on book page with found butterfly transfer, dedication and scribble...

Another piece of invaluable treasure. I nipped in to a charity shop at the end of my road that I rarely ever visit and I was so glad that I did. They had a few old books on the shelf and my heart and mind sang a unified 'Yeeesssss!' when I opened one and found the above. I whizzed on home and added the hands pronto.

What made your day today?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


sketch 10th april: no matter how hard I try...
pencil and gouache on book page

(another lurker)

Monday, June 15, 2009

views from high up...

no hesitation...
pencil and gouache on book page

Found this piece hiding away over the weekend!

I cannot wait to go to the high line next time I'm in New York. There are some beautiful pictures of the views to be had here.

Friday, June 12, 2009

aleksandra waliszewska

I'm always interested to see what aleksandra waliszewska will create next. It's all so terrifying yet lures you in for a closer look...view her work on flickr or follow her blog.

Have a fab weekend, hopefully without rain!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

let's play tag...

A few weeks ago I was tagged by Sofia, finally here are my answers...

What is your current obsession?
I discovered a new snack called 'riceworks' - it's like a corn chip but made from brown rice.
They are so crunchy (and I love crunchy food) I want to eat them all day long but they are really hard to find!

What are you wearing today?
A black a-line skirt and leggings, black vest top and a comfy jersey top with mother of pearl
buttons. I haven't combed my hair today or put any make-up on. It's a 'home' day.

What's for dinner?
I have absolutely no idea. Whatever is in the fridge when I get there. It's what I call a
'fridge scrapings slurry' - chop up whatever is there bung it in a pan with herbs, spices, tomatoes or whatever. It sounds vile but pretty much works every time.

What would you eat for your last meal?
fish and chips of course accompanied by a fine bottle of Shiraz.

What's the last thing you bought?
food shopping - fruit, salad, yogurt and some brownie mix (for a friends birthday).

What are you listening to right now?

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
A pad in Brooklyn wouldn't go amiss.

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Anywhere where there is a big flea market going on. Although I'm not sure an hour would be enough time for me.

What's your favorite quote (for now)?
You can't always be friendly. It's impossible, there isn't the time.
Tove Jansson from Tales from Moominvalley

What is your favorite piece of clothing in your own wardrobe?
At the moment it's this dress (see above) I bought years ago from Clignancourt market in Paris. I came across this crazy lady in the rain with a massive pile of multi-colored vintage dresses on the ground. Sadly some mentalist had stuck buttons all over the dresses with glue (WHY!?) But I managed to find this one with only a button at each point of the collar and managed to get them off eventually. You can't beat a good vintage dress for 1 euro!

What is your dream job?
I'd like to be able to create my artwork full-time but also move my studio out of home so that I
could have it open to the public for a couple of days a week.

If you had £100 now, what would you spend it on?
I would pop down to this place called the Treasure Chest, it's like a antiques/junk emporium and nab myself a nice chaise longue or something.

Do you admire any one's style?
I admire people who pay no mind to what other people are into and just do what they want.

Describe your personal style?
A mixture of simple/shabby/vintage/comfortable.

What are your favourite movies?
the million dollar hotel, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, the big sleep, lost in translation.

What inspires you?
Bright sunny days always help me get lots of work done.

Your favorite book ?
Yesterday by Agota Kristoff

Do you collect something ?
Lots of bits of paper with doodles and scribbles and stains on them.

The rules :
1. Respond and rework; answer the questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your invention, add one more question of your own.
2. Tag eight other people.

Well, I slightly bent the rules here in that I actually took a whole load of questions out of the mix because the list was a little unwieldly. So many people have already had this list of questions so I'll throw it open - if you'd like to join in then post your answers on your blog and link back to this post. I'd love to read your answers...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

gloomy outlook...

surely I don't exist if you can't see me?
pencil and gouache on book page

Who's got the sunshine? I certainly don't!

Prophet (you need the link on the top right of their menu - I love this!)

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

oh my lord, I am so bored...

sketch 22nd may: drawn...
pencil, watercolor pencil and gouache on book page

It's time again for another months mix of tunes. I don't seem to have listened to too much - mainly as I have been obsessing over the new Grizzly Bear album, but have dug up some old faves along the way. This months mix features tunes by Glasser, Grizzly Bear, Efterklang, Feist & Ben Gibbard, Arthur Russell, Daniel Johnston, The Dead Science, Little Dragon and Magnolia Electric Co. - enjoy!

Monday, June 08, 2009


sketch 18th may: trying to disappear...
pencil, watercolor pencil and gouache on book page

So, no posts for over a week - it's just terrible I know. And I've been doing so well with the bloggy of late! I've just been having one of those times where you just have no idea what you're doing and everything turns to shit as soon as look at it. Maybe that happens all of the time and I work through it but last week was just 'ugh'.

I'm back at it this week and seem to have gotten all out of synch with sharing drawings and the such. The aim for this week is to catch up in this space and get cracking on some new pieces too.

My work for the Enormous Tiny Art Show is available to view/buy here and you can view/buy work by all of the artists here.