Thursday, January 26, 2012



here's a bright couple of studio shots from this very morning. i'm starting to feel like the space is really coming together and now our builders have finally left i might be able to get down to some actual drawing in the next few days!

the drawings on the mantle include two more recent pieces (on the right) which i haven't yet been able to photograph and post about in detail. they look good together, even if i do say so myself. ;)

i'm counting down the days to feb 7th - this is the day the chimney sweep cometh and i will finally be able to have an open fire in the studio - yay! my goodness it does get cold in here. my hands are freezing as i type...

if you enetered the giveaway last week don't think i have forgotten about it! i'm intending on posting the winner next week - keep your fingers crossed...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

house of yesteryear


loving this - a neighbor popped round last weekend to drop in an old photograph of our house from around the early 1900's. the buildings shown in the picture are three separate houses and our bit is kind of in the middle. originally it used to be the village shop and i imagine this strange, almost floating lady would have worked here. i have some more of these somewhere, passed on to us from the previous owners, as we are the first people to have owned it in over 150 years they were able to pass on a lot of history to us and it's so lovely to see how it all used to look...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

who knows


9th january: begin again
gouache on a salvaged book cover

available in the Restless Things shop

notes: what goes around comes around, everything is cyclical, here we are at the beginning of a new year, what will the new year bring, where will i be in one month, who will i be in three years. who knows.

don't forget my giveaway is open until friday! it's looking like a one horse race at the moment...

also standard size prints are still buy one get one free in the shop til friday, go on, treat yourself :)

Monday, January 16, 2012

moments






a saturday walk, we discovered the ruins of an old church, it was magical, then we got lost and hungry and eventually made it home for a steaming hot bowl of soup.

Friday, January 13, 2012

celebratory


my goodness, it would appear to be friday already, how did that happen?! most of my week has been spent living in utter chaos, with boxes, rubbish, builders and brick dust all over the place as we've slowly discovered that this house is going to cost us a little more than we had bargained for...

last week i mentioned a giveaway. it's been a while since i've done one and as january is the shop's anniversary month (5 years people - how did THAT happen!?) i thought what better way to celebrate the new year, 5 whole years of Restless Things and working towards independence than to say thank you to all of those who follow my work here and anyone who has bought work from me during this time with little gift.

i have for your consideration one copy of  tomas transtromer's selected poems with cover art by yours truly to be won by one lucky commenter. all you need to do is leave a comment on this post with a link to something you've found inspiring of late and a winner will be chosen at random next friday, 20th January. good luck!

also, as a celebratory flourish i'm doing a 'buy one get one free' offer on all standard size prints in the shop. if you can't see the print you're looking for drop me a line through the shop or my email (info @! oliviajeffries.com) to set up a custom listing.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

for the weekend


if these guys are coming to a town near you be sure to check them out - just amazing!

get a free download of this track from their forthcoming album here, crank it up and enjoy.

Friday, January 06, 2012

moments




these images loosely sum up my week so far - i have barely left the house as the builders have been here and i have not slept in my bed since saturday. there is dust and chaos everywhere. on the up side i did have plenty of time to work on this mammoth drawing - see how the ones on the sill pale in comparison!

next week - a giveaway - oooh!

see you then, have a good one :)

Sunday, January 01, 2012

2012!


happy new year to all! i spent most of the evening asleep in front of the telly with a glass of wine. i woke up in time to see in the new year and go upstairs and watch all the fireworks off on the horizon.

so, anyone got any interesting new year's resolutions? the blogosphere is abound with them! i didn't make any this time last year as we had too much on our plates. the year before that my plan was to keep the mantra 'keep it simple' in my mind, and i can safely say that i did and i pared things (from junk in cupboards to the list of blogs i keep up with) down and felt good for it.

this year i think my goal is to get focused. the past year has been a mixture of hectic/tiresome/miserable interspersed with some great moments of course - it wasn't all bad! i feel that somewhere along the line i lost my daily routine and my ability to get work done, essentially i'm all over the place and time just keeps on running away from me.

but first we have the pleasure of the builders arriving in the morning. i'm envisioning chaos for at least another couple of weeks...