Last month, I was looking through a pile of old paintings I did years ago and saw old butterfly painting, which wasn’t very good. I vaguely remember painting it and got frustrated because I hated it.
I then decided to start painting butterflies again. I looked up the most common butterflies in Britain and listed them. I slowly went through the list painting 8 butterflies in total. They were received well over at my Instagram and I went ahead with my plan to turn them into a print.
I got them printed on notebooks, A4 prints, and A3 prints. I absolutely love the end result. I initially thought about adding handlettered titles like my Culinary Herbs print but I decided against it and let the artwork speak for itself.
See more of my butterfly series here. Which one is your favourite?
My fourth year of being full time artist has been a learning curve but fun. This time last year I was preparing for my Made In Camberwell stall and then I booked myself 6 market events from October to December – I was so busy! In a good way, of course.
Some point in the summer, I decided to give myself a little break from commissions, and focus on my shop for few weeks, which was probably a bad move as once I announced that I was taking on portrait commissions again, I have been struggling to get any ever since. But it is not all bad…
It looks like that my 1 – 2 years worth of dabbling in handlettering has paid off. I had three handlettering focussed commissions so far, which I loved doing! Two of them weren’t just handlettering but design work of wedding collection and birthday invitation. I also got commissioned to paint a holiday house and blueberry plants, which was not my usual kind of commissions but I enjoyed painting them so much. I love that I can paint anything!
I also started a sketchbook, challenged myself to draw in public and had an amazing opportunity to photograph a christening.
Most importantly, I made a life- changing decision in late December – that I would aim to draw or paint every single day in 2016. I was following Crystal Moody’s year of creative habits and she launched a course that I couldn’t not join. Joining the course has been nothing but fantastic for my art practice and personal growth as an artist. Follow my daily art here!
On personal note, my boyfriend (who is also self-employed) and I made a difficult decision to move away from London in bid to save up money for our future so we moved to Nottingham last February. So my studio has moved as well and walls needing a paint job, settling in has been tough, especially with missing my old London life on the top. Looking at the bright side, it is quite exciting around here – I now have beautiful massive kitchen (I didn’t know that my love for cooking could grow!) and two gardens, with several of wild flowers I didn’t see much before. Birds! Every time I do the dishes, through the kitchen window I would spot at least three different types of bird and I love it. It is a big change, from London maisonette with no garden to cottage-esque house with gardens in both side!
Thank you for your continued support, guys!
This was what I was working on last month. It was so fun to paint as well as challenging since I rarely paint houses. But I’d LOVE to paint more commissions like this so if you happen to know anyone that are looking for their houses to be painted, let me know! Thank you.
This commission was painted with watercolour and a bit of acrylic. As usual, I was nervous to post it to my client and to my delight, she loved it so much.
I painted this little guy with watercolour and acrylic for highlights. I had a few printed in time for The London Artisan and they were surprisingly popular! It looks particularly lovely in A5 size and they sold well in my last two stalls – Shape Gallery Christmas Fair and Made In Camberwell Christmas market. I just had more printed ready for my last market of the year this Saturday with Pexmas. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing that my art is being appreciated by many people who doesn’t know me personally!
I am so pleased to say that my Christmas cards for this year is finally ready to buy! For the last 4 weeks, I was having problems with two different printing companies that I lost excitement in my new Christmas designs and felt deflated. However after a few tears, I kept going, looked for another printing company, waited patiently for delivery and finally, I was happy with the result (third time lucky!). The print quality is excellent and paper is gorgeous! Hooray!
I painted these festive designs with gouache. I was experimenting with it for a bit before I started and thought it’d be fun to try out different medium for this year’s Christmas paintings. Being not totally comfortable with this particular medium, it took me a while to learn how to use it and finish painting them, which I really enjoyed. The handlettering was done with a brush pen.
They are available to buy as a pack of 4, 3 packs (12 cards) or 5 packs (20 cards) over at my shop.
I try to shop small every Christmas so feel free to leave your links if you are also doing Christmas cards. And if you could give feedback on my new cards, that would be lovely too!