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Children’s book illustration workshop at RAMM

Yesterday, yes, I was inspired! Thanks to Exeter Illustrators, Tom McLaughlin, Paul Cherrill and Clare Elsom for their wonderful insight, good humour, and guidance through the world of children’s book illustration at a workshop at the RAMM. They gave me valuable creative and technical advice, whilst we sketched throughout the day. I came away feeling…

Educational resources for Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK

Painted in Devon, spotted in Kinross, Scotland!  At an event run by Fife ARG.

Educational resources for Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK

            Long time no paint! Family life with two toddlers and day job have not left much time for much time for painting, or anything else. However I am pleased to say, with a lot of help from grandparents and hubby, I managed to squeeze in time to do some…

Wall mural: Haytor Bluebells & Wild Garlic – the end!

After 14mths break, I decided I must finish this mural, sooner rather than never! And finally, after another 5 hours, I have finished the unfinished animals, ie the buzzard, dipper, stoat and red admiral. Yes, i would love to do more, ie a swallow, swifts, amongst others, but I found it very tricky getting the…

Wall mural: Haytor Bluebells & Wild Garlic – almost the end!

I’m afraid there will be no more mural postings for a while 🙁 at least a month or two… This week I added honeysuckle flowers, a dormouse and a half finished red admiral – approximately 3.5 hours in total.  By which point two things happened, which has meant a temporary stop to mural works. a)…

Wall mural: Haytor Bluebells & Wild Garlic – ble bat, bluti, goldf & roe buck

After the owl and brown long eared bat, I felt it was time to get some colourful creatures into the mural.  In this case, the blue tit and goldfinch.  Will work on some butterflies soon as someone rightly pointed out that the mural seems to be vertebrate animals (ie larger charismatic types) only, so far. …

Wall mural: Haytor Bluebells & Wild Garlic – owl

  Spent a few hours over weekend on drawing the intricate details of the feathers of a buzzard in flight but then realised it’s probably best to try and get as much of the left hand-side of the mural finished first so the room can be used soon, ish. Hence just started this an hour…

Wall mural: Haytor Bluebells & Wild Garlic – fox!

Mr Fox took two hours, not sure why it was so much quicker than the frog.  I think the leaping frog was a more complicated affair due to the unusual and complex shape.  I wanted the frog to look as anatomically correct as possible!  With the fox there’s the risk of drawing him inaccurately as…

Wall mural: Haytor Bluebells & Wild Garlic – amphibians!

Less time spent painting as returned to day job this week. Spot the difference?!                                           After four hours, frog finished after faffing around with shiny bits!  I hope the frog looks joyous, although I’m not…

Wall mural: Haytor Bluebells & Wild Garlic

Started on the 1st May 2014, at the time of writing, I have spent 44 hours over 17 days on this. I am using artists acrylic paints on a wall that measures roughly 2.8m wide x 2.35m high. Murals always take longer than I expect. This is my own fault for adding more and more…