Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Fifteenth Century Elf

 Greetings

Here is a drawing from my sketch book.

Until next time


Adieu


Saturday, 8 May 2021

New Painting

 Greetings

I have just completed a new acrylic painting.


I am calling this "Judge Jane".

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Glass

 Greetings

One of the things I am always trying to do is to find ways to successfully render many different surfaces and textures.

glass is one of the more difficult ones.

Here is a pencil study I made.

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 1 May 2021

Archers

 Greetings

Here is quite a fun bit of heraldry.

This is the arms designed ( before my time as King of Arms) for the archers of a re-enactment group.

It is meant to depict one arrow splitting another.

It took me a bit of thought before I came up with the blazon.



I blazon this as : 

Per fess vert and or an arrow proper palewise point in chief  splitting another of the same palewise the two halves embowed and counter embowed

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 28 April 2021

dark hair

 Greetings

Here is a drawing from my sketch book of a cute guy with long black hair.


Until next time

Adieu

 

Saturday, 24 April 2021

New Painting

 Greetings

I have just completed another small painting.

I spent some time getting the airbrush effects to come out as I wanted, particularly with the shadow profiles.


I am calling this one "Felix Anima".

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Birch trees

 Greetings

Here is a drawing of some silver birch trees I found in one of my sketch books.

Studies like this often find their way into larger paintings of the Landscape of Dreams.


Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 17 April 2021

Second Hand Pooch

 Greetings

Here is a Doctor Who cartoon I did as an illustration to someone else's filk song.



Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Glider Lord

Greetings


Here is a drawing of my Elfsex  character, Lord Saal, from my sketchbooks.



Until next time

Adieu



Sunday, 11 April 2021

At least an ounce

 Greetings

Here is another achievement I designed for one of the fighting groups in a Re-enactment Society I used to belong to.

This is blazoned : sable an ounce head erased proper engorged of a collar barry or and gules

I also gave them their motto: " More Than An Ounce Of Courage"

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Neil

 Greetings

Here is a portrait of a guy I used to know from Science Fiction conventions.



He was known as Neil The Goth.

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 3 April 2021

The Elf's Back

 Greetings

Here is an ink drawing of my Elfsex character, Raven



Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

new picture

 Greetings


Here is a new small acrylic painting I have just finished



I am calling this one "Nuthatch".

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 27 March 2021

Revolutionary

 Greetings

Here is a cute Frenchie from the Paris mob.


Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 24 March 2021

New painting

Hi

I have recently completed a new acrylic painting.

This was inspired by a found image of a young boy with an eagle, paintings by Holbein and paintings of Edward VI .

It is based on the hierarchy of falconry, starting with a kestrel for a knave and ending with an eagle for an emperor.


I even used the portrait of Richard III for the Collar of State and the hand holding the ring.

I am quite pleased with how the various textures have come out.

I call this picture "The Emperor"

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 20 March 2021

Regency Beau

 Greetings

Here is a drawing of a Regency Beau from my sketch book



Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Dragon Head

 Greetings

I haven't posted about heraldry for a bit, so here is an achievement I designed.


this is blazoned:

or a dragon's head erased gules engorged of a collar barry sable and argent

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 13 March 2021

Imagine that

 Greetings

When I started my Art Foundation Course at Wimbledon College of Art (way back in 1985), I had a conversation with my tutor where he disagreed with me.

He was firmly of the belief that it was not possible to draw something purely from the imagination.

He maintained you had to have source material.

I said that this was not necessarily true and that , if I was familiar with the subject, I could draw it purely from my imagination.

"Ok, " he said, "draw me a nun on a bicycle."

"Fine," I said," I know what a nun looks like and I know what a bicycle looks like. When do you want it?"

"Oh, by the end of the day," he said and wandered off, confident that this would not happen

An hour or so later I left this picture in his pigeon hole.


He later returned it to my work space- annotated with

"Ok. I get ze message."

until next time

Adieu




Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Ladies Knight

Greetings

I have recently completed a new acrylic painting.

As usual, I have used found imagery and given it my own particular spin.

In this case, two lady lansknechts.




I am calling this one 'None Shall Pass.'

Until next time

Adieu



Sunday, 7 March 2021

Tape Cover

 Greetings

With the help of one of my techie friends, I made a filk album some years ago (under my fanish name).

This included original words and music and filks of other people's songs/music- ranging from Chris 'Minstrel' Malm to  Franz Schubert.

[At that time I had a singing teacher who used to work with the English National Opera and she showed remarkable patience. I would be leaning some Mozart, or Gilbert & Sullivan and would keep coming back the next week with a new set of words...]

Once I had decided to do a tape, I had to think about the concept and the tape cover.

I recently found one of the mock-ups I drew.



I quite like the thought behind this , as it plays with the idea of both portraiture and still life.

However, in the end I chose a different title and used an existing painting, as it happened to illustrate one of the songs on the album.


Until next time

Adieu





Wednesday, 3 March 2021

More Dragons

 Greetings

I posted earlier about the painting I sold at the first Glasgow Worldcon called "Dragons At Noonday".

This showed two Chinese Dragons sporting in the sky of an English pastoral landscape.

One of my friends had also liked the picture, but had missed out on buying it.

It had also given her an idea.

She commissioned me to do this picture.



It's called "Dragons At Brunch".

Unfortunately, this dates from a time before I had access to digital photography and this is the best image I can get from scanning the photograph  I took.

She  liked the picture and was happy to buy it.

Until next time

Adieu
 


Sunday, 28 February 2021

Calvins

 Greetings

Here is an extra post to brighten a dull Sunday.

I was going through one of my portfolios the other day and found this drawing of a young man showing his Calvins.


Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Shades

 Greetings

This is an acrylic painting of a young man wearing shades and a leather jacket.

I think the leather came out particularly well.


Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 20 February 2021

Merton Park

 Greetings

This another landscape I painted locally.

When I was at Art College In the mid 1980's there was a small park consisting of two disused platforms( for a branch line that no longer existed) at Merton Park Station.

This view was painted standing between the platforms and looking towards the line that was still in use.



The park has since been redeveloped for housing and the active line is now park of the Tram Link to Croydon.

The footbridge was dismantled and was reassembled at Corfe Castle in Dorset as part of their Heritage Line

Until next time

Adieu



Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Dragons

 Greetings

This is a small acrylic painting that I sold at the first World Science Fiction Convention I attended ( Glasgow  in 1995).

I still like the juxtaposition of the oriental dragons with the English pastoral landscape.


It is called "Dragons at noonday".

Until next time

Adieu


Sunday, 14 February 2021

Self portrait

 Greetings

I recently came across my first self portrait.

I did this when I was on my Art Foundation Course in the mid 1980's. I had to set up three mirrors to allow me to draw myself in profile.


until next time

Adieu



Wednesday, 10 February 2021

New painting

 Greetings

I have recently completed a new acrylic painting.

This is a self-portrait based on a photograph ( by Paul Holroyd) of me in Georgian dress.

Incidentally, the coat, britches and waistcoat are my own work.



I am calling this picture "Politesse".

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 6 February 2021

leatherboy

 Hi

Here is an extra post for this week.

I found this coloured pencil drawing in one of my sketch books. It was inspired by a picture by Tom of Finland .


Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 3 February 2021

portrait commission

 Greetings

 Some few years ago our friends John and Barbara were having a significant wedding anniversary and her sister , Kate, commissioned me to do a painting.

She asked me to try to include all their mutual interests. These included Science Fiction and Fantasy books, series and films; putting on firework displays, computers and Filk Music ( for those not in the know, Filk is -mostly- folk-type music based on SF & F).

Kate also told the tale that Barbara's father had once told John that he expected a suitable number of goats and camels to be provided as bride-price. After the wedding John presented him with a substantial pile of plastic toy goats and camels.

Barbara had also once told me of a dream she had had about living in a teapot -rather like the dormouse in Alice in Wonderland.

I sneakily snapped a photo of them at a Science Fiction Convention to use for the picture..

This is the painting.



You can tell that this was painted in the 1990's by the Babylon 5 spacecraft, the bulky computer monitors and tower and daily milk bottle and paper on the teapot doorstep

I  used my usual circular forms and the transmutation of one thing to another. The fireworks change into the space battle, which changes into the books , which change into the music.

They really liked the picture. Kate liked it so much she insisted on paying me more than I had asked for it.

Until next time

Adieu



Sunday, 31 January 2021

Dragonrider

 Greetings


I was looking through one of my portfolios the other day and came across this acrylic painting.

It was inspired by the Anne McCaffrey books about the Dragonriders of Pern.


Until next time

Adieu

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Bonds of Earth

 Greetings

I have now completed my latest oil painting.


it is called "Bonds of Earth".

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 23 January 2021

roofscape

 Greetings

Here is a large acrylic landscape that I painted when I did my Foundation art diploma in the mid 1980's.


This is the view from the old Wimbledon Art School Annex at Palmerston Road, looking towards the theatre and the old Town Hall.

The theatre originally  had a little temple structure on top of its dome with an angel and illuminated globe, but these were taken down during WW2, as German pilots were using them as a landmark.

They had not been replaced until the 1990's , well after  I did the picture.

The picture also shows the Borough flag flying over the Town Hall, as it was still being used by the Council. The Council subsequently moved to an office block in Morden and the old Town Hall was converted to become part of Centre Court Shopping Centre.

It was quite a clear day when I did this picture and, if you look very carefully, you might be able to make out the spire of St Mary's Church up on Wimbledon Hill.

I called the painting "Roofscape."

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 20 January 2021

night swim

 Greetings

Here is a new piece of computer art, showing a cute young blond in a red speedo.



I am quite pleased with how this has come out, particularly the water.

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 16 January 2021

Tempter

 Greetings

Here is an extra post for this week.

This is an ink painting I did ( and sold) many years ago.


It's called "Tempter".

Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 13 January 2021

medieval lad

 Greetings

Here is a new drawing of a young man in fifteenth century doublet and hose...and, of course, nice  boots.

Until next time

Adieu


Saturday, 9 January 2021

Dalliance

 Greetings

Here is an extra post for this week.

This is quite an old acrylic painting. As usual, I made use of found images.

The couple in the background includes the first portrait  I ever did of the man who (much later) became my husband...

I call this painting "Dalliance".



Until next time

Adieu


Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Youth with staff

 Greetings

Happy Twelfth Night.

Tonight I shall be having a final festive meal to mark the end of Christmas.

I have be steadily removing decorations over the last few days and shall put away the last bits (a final doll-scale tree and the wreath from the front door) tonight.

Here is a new drawing of a young man with a quarterstaff.


Until next time

Adieu


Sunday, 3 January 2021

Cat's Paw

 Greetings

This is an oil painting I did ( and sold) many years ago.

Unfortunately, this is the best image I have of it, as, in those days I had no scanner, only an indifferent camera and even fewer photographic skills than I have now.

I may, at some point, paint another version.


With best wishes for the New Year

Until next time

Adieu