It’s that time of the year!

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It’s the festive season when little things around you remind you of all things Christmas. Here are some hand painted robins! Robins are one of my favourite festive birds because their red breast is always noticed amongst the trees and holly bushes. I love waking up in the mornings and hearing the birds, especially when it’s winter and snowing outside but I am cosy in bed with a hot chocolate. I am definitely a summer beach girl but winter certainly has it’s perks. Have a lovely Christmas everybody.

P.s. If you want to see more robins…

I have also created some robins for baby fashion. Instead of red and brown, they are pink! I created these designs for a lovely brand called ‘Kite’ in the south of the UK. They focus on being sustainable and environmentally friendly. My entire collection with Kite for Autumn Winter 2022 is available to view now at kite-clothing.com.

Wall mural progress

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Here are some pictures of the 18ft wall mural that I finished last week! So happy with how it turned out.

The height was definitely something to get used to, I had to use scaffolding and make sure I was keeping an eye on where I was putting my feet throughout the process!

It was a big challenge but also very exciting and rewarding. I hope I get to do this again one day.

What a lovely idea – bringing the outside in. Interior design is a lot of fun.

Once the room is furnished and decorated, I will be putting some more pictures up, so watch this space!

18ft Wall Mural

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I’m currently painting a wall mural! I’ve never been asked to paint one this big so it’s been an exciting challenge so far. I am absolutely loving it though! There are 2 walls that I’m painting, the tallest being 18ft! I’ve had to work on a scaffolding with 2 platforms. See how I’m progressing in the pics, and watch this space as I’ll be posting the finished piece soon!

Submerged

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Underwater studies. These paintings are based on photographs I took of myself underwater in the sea on the Isle of Wight. They are some of my oldest paintings but still my favourites. I think because they bring back memories of growing up on the Island and swimming in the sea all the time. It influenced a lot of my art throughout school and further studies. These paintings were a trio but sadly I’ve misplaced the third one. These were actually painted using oil paints which I’ve only used a handful of times.

Swimming in paint

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A recent commission was perfect for me because I do a lot of sea swimming myself and I really got into the zone with this one. 1 metre by 1 metre. It’s acrylic – my favourite medium at the moment, it depicts my friend and I swimming at our favourite beach where you can see Old Harry’s Rocks. We often go before work (the best time to go as the beach is empty!). I’ve painted the famous rocks in too – as you can see in the top right corner. I hope you all like it!

It’s a seal!

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I painted this fella for a good friend recently. Acrylic on canvas 20cm x 20cm.

We both adore seals and regularly visit a lovely seal sanctuary in Cornwall called the Cornish Seal Sanctuary. I would highly recommend visiting! I’ve put one of their Instagram posts below.

Biggest commission yet!

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I finished my biggest commission so far! It’s 1.5m x 1m. I have to admit, I did find it tough finding an easel that would fit this sized canvas. I had to borrow one from my local University as my personal one wasn’t big enough. This painting went through quite a few stages. I changed the centre boat more than once and there are several layers to the landscape. I was working from a photograph, as the client wanted this painting in memory of someone who passed away. You can see the journey of this painting below through photos that I took along the way.

The photo I worked from

Big commission!

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I have been commissioned to create something rather big! My biggest painting yet. It’s a 1.5 metres x 1 metre acrylic painting. I’ve been working on it for the last few weeks and I’m very excited to show you all. I do love a challenge, and this certainly hits the spot. Finding an easel was the tricky part, ha ha. I am lucky as my local University lent me one. I’m going to have to consider buying one myself as these large paintings are definitely becoming a more enticing hobby. Once It’s finished I’ll be posting it up on here so watch this space! Here’s some sneak peeks…

Jellyfish

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The Jellyfish. I love this painting, it brings back a memory of when I used to swim in the sea in Cornwall and I saw one directly beneath me. It was quite a stormy day and I saw one of the lifeguards swim quite far out, so being a confident swimmer myself, I swam out a similar distance. However the tide was coming in so it was actually a lot deeper by the time I got out there. I was looking down as you would doing a front crawl stroke and noticed this giant pink and purple Jellyfish underneath me. It was very beautiful but I remember as soon as I saw it I did get a big adrenaline rush from feeling frightened. I was scared that if I took another stroke I might brush its tentacles! It probably wasn’t that close to me in reality, however, it still got my heart rate up. As you can imagine, I did swim very quickly back to shore.

The style of this painting reflects the movement and freedom of a Jellyfish. They are magnificent creatures, and it inspires me to paint more of them in a variety of colours.

I sold this painting to the lady who does a lot of sea swimming herself. She is very happy with it and has placed it in her lovely sea themed home.