Lately I’ve been looking at my recent artwork and have felt frustrated by the lack of consistency between pieces. I think part of this is due to me being so busy with commission work; which is utterly amazing; that when I do sit down to work on my own stuff I tend to flit between ideas and mediums. I decided that to counteract these feelings it would be best to start a fun little personal project!
I sat down and started making a list of what I wanted to focus on. I knew I wanted to go back to my monochromatic art and since I’ve been enjoying creating a lot of digital art with an inky style, that this would be my main focus. From here I started listing adjectives I would want to describe the finished work; whimsical, slightly creepy, witchy; which helped me narrow down onto a subject matter! I also made a small list of what I wanted to improve on, which was botanicals, animals, bones, and minerals! Once I had set all these parameters in place an idea came to mind which sounded like it would be so much fun to work on. My own Creature Compendium of original nature spirits!
I was so excited to start working that I created a list of twelve prompts to keep me focused and so far I’ve ticked off the first two, Peonies and a Luna Moth. From my peony prompt I was able to create my first creature, a peony Eyeshy, a nature spirit that inhabits a variety of flowers and peeks out of their centre with a single eye. My Luna Moth prompt inspired the creation of my second creature, a Luna Mothalope, a variety of antlered moth spirit.
So far I’m really happy with the first two illustrations of this new project and I’m excited to create more creatures! I hope you find them interesting to look at!
If you have been following me on Twitter lately then you may have seen that I have been revamping my Etsy shop! I’m now offering all my prints in A5 or A4 sizes and they have new prices of £5.00 or £7.50 respectively! I’m really happy with how this update has gone so I thought I would share my excitement with you all by hosting a giveaway on Twitter!
If you follow me and retweet this tweet you will be entered into a prizedraw where a winner will be randomly selected via TweetDraw! You can win three prints of your choice from my shop, they can be any design and size I currently offer. This is open worldwide and will run until the 1st June 2017 21:00 BST where the winner will be announced and contacted for their details! Here is where you can read the terms and conditions: http://twitdoc.com/896A.
I have a lot of different designs available in my shop so be sure to check them all out to see what you can win! Here are a few examples of the artwork available!
I hope you’re as excited as I am! If there is a particular design you really LOVE and you just can’t wait, then enter the coupon code “MYFAIRPIXELBLOG” at checkout to receive 15% OFF your order!!
Guys, I have a confession to make.. I’m obsessed with pink at the moment. This may not seem all that important but for someone like me who has a strongly defined witchy aesthetic overflowing with dark tones, this is a bit unexpected! I have always had a strange relationship with the colour pink, I’ve had stages of loving it, rejecting it, and reclaiming it. This time it feels like it has ebbed back into my mind, perhaps because I’m all loved up with my husband in our first little home and Valentine’s day is just around the corner? Regardless as to why it has made a return for me, it is firmly here and I am relishing in every delicious and delightful tone!
Be it baby pink, magenta or peach, I am besotted with them all! So of course that means they are firmly the focus of my recent paintings. I’ve been experimenting with devotional paintings for particular deities as part of my spiritual practice, I’ll cover this topic in another post, but I’ve been devoting and dedicating my latest paintings to the Greek goddess of love, beauty & passion, Aphrodite. Trying to capture her essence in my abstract and expressionist paintings have brought me nothing but joy! I burn some honey & rose incense, listen to some songs by Marina and The Diamonds or some cute love songs, then just paint away! When I think of Aphrodite I reach straight for my various pinks, then I always finish it off with some iridescent white and gold. I think it really captures the feelings of being gentle, loving and beautiful, I also try to keep the movements flowing as if they were about to burst right off the paper.
Here’s a progress shot of my latest painting, I was about half-way done here but thought it was truly a serendipitous moment when I noticed that my painting, with no prior-planning, had started to take on the appearance of an abstract vulva or rose! Unconsciously my strokes had combined in such a way that was effortlessly symbolic for Aphrodite! Once the painting was crowned with it’s gold and iridescent accents the piece took on such a peaceful feeling and I was just so pleased with it! Here’s a close up on how the gold and pinks mingle on the paper. Keep an eye out for a full view of the finished piece on my instagram!
The paints I used were Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylic in Medium Magents, Light Portrait Pink, and Iridescent White. I also used Daler Rowney System 3 Heavy Body Acrylic in Titanium White, and Reeves Acrylic in Gold.
What colours are you currently obsessed with? Do you think there is a reason why you like them so much? I’d love to hear about it!