Here is a drawing from my sketch book.
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.
Here is another achievement I designed for one of the fighting groups in a Re-enactment Society I used to belong to.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a large acrylic landscape that I painted when I did my Foundation art diploma in the mid 1980's.
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".
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.
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.