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NEW ART & COMMISSIONS
FEBRUARY: Experimenting with new art, visiting cafe’s & florists, commissions and lots and lots of flowers…
You may have noticed a few changes happening here on my website and my Instagram. I’ve been adding a few personal touches to my blog and theme of the shop, like incorporating more hand drawn text and doodles.
Another thing I’ve started working on is experimenting with not just digital but other mixed media, like these flowers!
They’re actually edible flowers from Maddocks Farm Organics, they sent so many lovely colours! I’m thinking of using them again to use at our wedding next year.
I photographed a few arrangements. of the flowers on different coloured backgrounds and I love how the photos have turned out. I made this “you are loved” image for Feb 14th as a digital experiment.
That then inspired these larger prints. One thing I’ve wanted to start doing is to have hand embellished limited edition prints in my shop and these peachy coloured floral prints with white hand drawn detailing, will be going up with the new product release coming soon!
Exploring new shops
Lately I’ve wanted to check out more independent stores and cafes near where I live along with venturing into Birmingham more, as I live so close but rarely ever go!
If you’re in Birmingham anytime soon definitely check out Wayland’s Yard , I first went there fore a Flock & Form social event in December and made sure to go back to try their coffee and breakfast - I can confirm it was pretty amazing!
Another place I’ve been meaning to visit is Isherwood & Co, a lovely little florist and plant store just outside of Birmingham city centre. I can admit they are the cause of my new obsession with dried flowers. I picked up a couple of bunches that I LOVE and so ready to go back and add more to my growing collection!
Throughout February and March, I’ve been completing lots of lovely commissions and receiving the kindest feedback from customers! For a little while I won’t be taking on commissions as I’m working on making new art, I’ll reopen a few spaces again soon which I’ll announce on my instagram in due time!
Here’s a couple of my favourite commissions that I painted, I love how these little rabbits turned out! Their names are “Snowy and Porridge”.
early stages of new art
Lastly I’ve been working in my sketchbook more, painting little doodles, flowers and insects. I’ve been trying to make my art brighter and more fun by using oranges and yellows.
These are all initial ideas and designs for new prints and products. One of the things I'm looking into making is gift wrap, I had a few requests for gift wrap and it’s something I’d love to stock in my shop. So I’ve been creating lots of little paintings and drawings that could potentially make the final cut for my gift wrap designs!
A new favourite spot I’ve been stopping by to sit and draw somewhere that isn’t my house, has been Procaffeinate. They serve up BIG cups of coffee which I appreciate a lot and have such a cosy vibe in their cafe.