Thursday, 25 April 2019

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Laure Allain

Wonderful watercolor illustration of a particularly grumpy pink tiger by Belgium based illustrator, Laure Allain who loves to paint unhappy tigers.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Younghee Shin

A golden illustration from Korean illustrator Younghee Shin who now lives and works in Japan. This is the first of a series of very bright big cat illustrations that I am featuring this week.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Jessie M King

Jessie Marion King (1875 – 1949)  was born in Bearsden, Glasgow was the daughter of daughter of Mary Ann Anderson and Reverend James W. King. Her mother and father tried to squash Jessie's creativity as a youngster but she managed to indulge her passion while in school and then hide the results in the hedges.
Despite her parents disaproval, Jessie attended Glasgow School of Art in 1892 and became one of the Glasgow girls. In 1899 she worked as a lecturer in Book Decoration and Design at Glasgow School of Art.  Jessie worked mainly as an illustrator but also designed of jewelry, ceramics, and textiles. In 1908 she married designer and artist E.A. Taylor and in 1911 they moved to Paris where they opened an art school, however with the outbreak of World War I, the couple returned to Scotland.

                         Above: Jessie M King, Below an example of her jewelry design

Jessie M King illustrated and wrote many books herself and also illustrated over 30 books by other authors. Her illustrations have a lovely art nouveau/ arts and crafts style and are full of references to nature.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

The Curlew

It is not quite finished but nearly, 'Missing Curlews'. I was brought to tears this winter by the lack of curlews, where before there were flocks now there was one solitary individual. Curlews are critically endangered due to loss of habitat and changes in farming practices; where fields are no longer allowed to be left fallow on rotation. Today is #worldcurlewdaylet hope some sanity starts to emerge in these crazy times.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Planting monsters

Sorry, I am late this morning, I have been paddling in the soil with my pajamas on planting (monsters) potatoes. It promises to be a beautiful day and I am happy to be home as the weekend is busy with children's workshops all over Scotland. Have a good weekend and enjoy the joys of nature where ever you are.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Isabel Hojas III

Delightful drawings by Isabel Hojas, I love her sketches so much, she captures perfectly the joy, confusion and physicality of play.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Madison Safer I

I found Madison Safer, and I really like her obvious love of nature, recipes, observational illustrations, and folkloric, magical illustrations too.
Today I share her Dandelion Jelly as I haven't ever made it and I think it sounds interesting.
So with spring bounding on into summer as it does (too fast) how about making your self some sunshine jelly.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Diego Fernandez

Argentinian painter, Diego Fernandez paints women in a style that is very art deco, their hair becomes a decorative focus, with a lyrical, expressive line.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Jo Inhyuk

Jo Inhyuk paints disarmingly poignant, personal, incisive, translucent portraits of young women that are disarming in their honest and sometimes startling portrayal. Jo is also an incredibly talented graphic designer.