Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Work I did when I was a teenager

I recently was sent some photos of work I did when I was around 13/14yrs old in the UK in the 1980's which were bought by my best friends parents.
They were among the first things I ever sold and this really encouraged me to do more.
 I am glad this happened, as all the other work I did including the sketchbooks and first years of Art school were 'lost' mysteriously.. long story, so this is great to see the pieces again, I had totally forgotten what I had done and had no idea how good or bad the work was until I saw them again!


Self portrait?
 pastel on paper ca.1983/4?


The ash tree by the front gate
I played for hours under this tree when I was very small, when the boughs touched the ground, it was my 'house'
Oil pastel on paper ca.1983


 My favourite shoes
Oil pastel on paper ca.1983/4

Monday, 7 October 2013

ArtSmart Amsterdam

My new students explored travelling after using their imagination after looking at a postcard of Vermeer's 'Officer and Laughing Girl'
Once a picture was finished ( usually quite quickly) I surprised them by adding another sheet of paper to continue the story, and then another, sometimes the table got too small
Wonderful stories and even poems developed and I'm very proud of them!



Wednesday, 2 October 2013

SOLD!

This little beauty is finally going to a new home! 
I'll miss it on my wall, it is one of my favourite pieces,  but now there's space for a new one! 
 I'd better get the brushes out to air..


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Holiday sketchbook

I had a wonderful holiday in a wonderful remote valley in Turkey, and even managed to do a little sketching in my sketchbook, here is a sample, click on to view closer


 in a cafe in Antalya, I loved the umbrella ceiling installation
pen and watercolour

 Antalya harbour
pencil and watercolour



 
Relaxing on the tree seat at Shanti garden
watercolour and pencil

Chilling in Shanti garden
watercolour and pencil

Sunday, 12 May 2013

'Spring celebrating it's birthday' meets 'Big Mama'

Here's one I started earlier..


 Finally finished!

 'Spring celebrates it's birthday'
Acrylic on canvas 30cm x 30cm

With 'Big Mama' in the background..


Sunday, 21 April 2013

1000 Drawings Amsterdam 2013 - the Opening!

It was a fantastic night!
Thank you to all visitors and volunteers for making it such a success!
for more photos and videos, check out our website 
and / or facebook page !




Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Buttons!

  Paislies: green, lilac,red,blue
Ying-Yang: blue,lilac

 Trunkies: blue,green,lilac

 Stripies: green,blue,red,orange,lilac

 Snailies: lilac,blue,green,red

 Swirlies: red,orange,green,lilac

Eyes: blue,green,red,lilac

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

I must be doing something right.. I gave my 11 year old students sketchbooks at the beginning of the new course a few weeks ago and now they actually ask for homework! Got to love them! 








Monday, 25 March 2013

An awesome weekend at 24h Amsterdam Street Art fair at Casa400






Oh what a day, we had such fun at the Street Art Market this weekend!
So many cool & talented artists, photographers, DJ's and guests!
Check out some of the pictures and movies that were taken this weekend from our good friend Amstersam here:



Oh and I drew & made some button bages... more on the way soon.. watch this space!


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

busy,busy,busy

 I'm busy, busy, busy!
Here's just some teasers...

 Acrylic on canvas board 18 x 24cm



 Acrylic on canvas board 10 x 15cm



Thursday, 21 February 2013

work in progress

Nice photo of a street painting I started
on a very dark and progressively snowy day,
 taken a few days later by Maxim C.Rahn: https://www.facebook.com/maxim.rahn

love the upside down bike.. so Amsterdam! 

When the sun decides it's time to warm the air enough, I'll have another go at finishing..


Tuesday, 5 February 2013

busy,busy

I'm really busy right now, helping with:
http://www.1000drawingsamsterdam.nl/
and don't seem to get much else done, 
but I'll be back soon with more pictures of my own, promise!
for now, here's a little doodle/mandala I did for  the 'tijdelijke kunstwinkel' in Utrecht the other day, where I was out collecting drawings from the public