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Latest Artwork // Clownfish

Clownfish

I took a day off working on my commissions and painted this. I love how vivid the colours are, thanks to the new Japanese watercolour – Gansai Tambi by Kuretake. This clownfish is potentially going to be in one of my collections I am creating at the moment.

Made In Camberwell Arts Market Summer 2015

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I am excited to announce that I will be at Made In Camberwell Arts market again on Saturday 20th June as a stallholder! I will be selling my current art products as well as new collections and original paintings. Despite being nervous and shy at the most of time, I had an amazing time behind the stall last year at the Christmas market and it has given me the confidence to continue to sell outside my online shop. Unfortunately I am not having much luck with other markets but I always said that I will keep going and I will!

If you happen to be in London that day, I will be delightful to meet you, everybody else involved will be too. I am an extremely shy person so if you are shy too, no worries we can be shy together! Aneurin and my family will be around to interpret for me.

If you are a creative like me, why not apply too. The closing date is 28th May so you have 2 weeks left to apply! There is also a new exhibition happening called The Camberwell Open showcasing artwork of artists based in, or associated with Camberwell. I want to enter but with couple of commissions I am working on currently, I am not sure if I can find time to paint something for the exhibition but the deadline isn’t until 31st May so I’ll see what happens nearer the time.

Have a read of what Camberwell Arts’ this year festival is all about here. The image above is what my Christmas market stall last year looked like!

5 Ways To Get Inspired

Ways to get inspired

Ever run out of inspiration and struggle to get inspired again? Read on.

// EXPLORE PINTEREST

It also can be any other visual social media platform such as Tumblr or Instagram but personally Pinterest is the best place to look for inspiration – it provides so many great pictures and getting to its source is dead simple (clicking on the picture or “visit site” button). If you are looking for something specific, you can search hashtags.

// BLOGGING AND CONNECTING

It is amazing how much inspiration I get since I started blogging. Through comments or blogs I follow, I keep finding inspiring people and stories. But don’t forget to connect too. I am pretty sure bloggers would love to receive a lovely email or sweet tweet!

// GO OUT

A breath of fresh air can really do you good. Go for a walk in the park and take photographs. Visit a museum you have been meaning to see. Go to your nearby town and window shop. Make sure you go out not because you need to buy food or supplies but because you just want to and you know you need that little break.

// DO SOMETHING NEW

On the other day I went to go-karting and even though I was rubbish at it, I weirdly got inspired! It wasn’t my usual stuff and it is always exciting doing something new every now and then. Do something you don’t usually do every day and you will get inspired. I do need to heed my own advice as I need to do this more!

// READ ADVICE BOOKS

I know some people loathe advice books but I love them, only good ones. Reading them always give me the boost I needed. If you are interested in what I read, I’d be happy to compile a list next time!

How do you get inspired? Tweet me!

National Stationery Week

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This week is National Stationery Week! It is a celebration of “the written word and all things stationery – the wonderful products which make it all possible, and give so much pleasure to so many people.”

Being both stationery lover and supporter of small businesses, I am sharing where you can buy stationery from small businesses. If I have forgotten to include you or you know anyone that sells stationery, feel free to leave links in the comments below – I love discovering new businesses to support!

> Made By Mrs M
> Shedquarters
> Plewsy
> Cardboard Cities
> Fox & Star
> Chloe Hall Illustration
> Georgia Bosson

To celebrate, I naughtily bought couple of notebooks from Andsmile, started using one of my brand new notebooks and sent a greeting card to my friend. How are you celebrating guys?

Latest Commission // George

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This was a commission I was working on last January. This was special to my client, Emily because the chap in the painting was her late grandad and it was gifted to her parents at the end.

In the photograph I was painting from, George was standing on a jetty at his favourite place. Emily asked me to paint the picture lighter and bluer than the photograph provided and I’d like to think I have achieved that well.

When her parents received it, I got a message from Emily saying –

“They absolutely love it. My mum cried and is still looking at it. They both said thank you very much. It’s a very special beautiful painting.”

I spent a month and half with this painting, drying time including and it had become quite special to me too. I am very honoured to be asked to paint such a special and sensitive portrait.

Zandra Rhodes’ Home + Studio

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When I stumbled across this wonderful interior shots by The Selby, I had to share! This home and studio belongs to the fashion designer, Zandra Rhodes. I love that her home and studio is so fun, colourful and playful. While I usually enjoy simple and neutral spaces, I wouldn’t mind having a home like Zandra’s! I would love to be invited in and browse for hours.

Check out more photos of her home and studio here.

Notebooks

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If you didn’t know already, I am a big fan of stationery. I collect notebooks. I have two and half drawers full of notebooks. I think I was influenced by my mum, all my life I have seen her loving notebooks and she’d have each notebook for recipes, dream house and so on. I remember that she had a box full of empty notebooks with the sign saying “Keep out” with funny drawing of skull and bone!

Pictured above are my newest notebooks:

> Set of three Babes & Hunks A6 notebooks by Chloe Hall Illustration
> A5 hand stitched notebook (Speckled Mustard) by Shedquarters
> Medium notebook (Cornflower) by Leuchtturm 1917
> Set of two 21cm x 13cm Volant Journal by Moleskine

This pen is a Livework brand (Snowgray).

I am not sure if I can bring myself to write in them, they are so pretty! Weirdly (or not?), I always feel my notebook is ruined when I write in it. But I do get over that feeling eventually. I have that notebook to scribble down recipes I found or invented, at the start I was annoyed with myself for ruining it and then I got over it – it is useful and I can’t live without it when I cook.