Monthly Art Challenge – December

Final moon of the year, and the challenge – The Oak Moon

A watercolour piece, with ink, that ended up in my Full Moon calendars and as a print on my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/919678167/a3-full-moon-2021-calendar

I have really enjoyed this challenge. I have found it wonderful to try out new media, ideas and layouts, and really pleased with how it all ended up. I have even managed to sell a few prints and calendars which has been great! Below I have posted all 13 moons from throughout the year:

 

I also did a piece for each of the solstices and equinoxes:

I have a few plans this year, and to be honest, I don’t feel like I need the creative prompt that the lettering challenges and this moon challenge provided, so no challenge set for 2021! Finally, I’ll leave you with my Winter Solstice piece:

Happy New Year!

What a year. Lots of changes and challenges, obviously!

I started the year in a new post at Paignton Zoo, due to end December 2020. I had some projects set up ready to go with a few different organisations and companies, and ongoing work for Ron Campion Furnishers, then, in the space of a week, I lost several projects (some cancelled, some postponed and some downsized), had no work with Ron Campions as they had to close, and was on furlough. It was an uncertain time, as I am sure it was for many, and I tried to use my lockdown time as productively as I could!

For a few months I had very little to no work, a few updates to websites, but not much else. In between some downtime with my family, and some home DIY and catching up with jobs we had been putting off due to being busy, I signed up for a few courses, and worked through some tutorials. I’ll post more about these as I’m still working my way through these, but using Udemy, Domestika, The Postman’s Knock and Skillshare, I learnt some new Calligraphy skills, improved my drawing and painting and learnt more about social media and branding.

By August, things were looking up, I was back working a little for Ron Campions, some of my regular projects had been started up again, and I had picked up a new client – Vanessa James books – designing covers. I started to put a lot of time into my Etsy store, working on some pieces for sale, and got really into the whole process.

In October, things changed, again. I was due to go back to Paignton Zoo, but we ended up self isolating due to Covid in our household, and then entered another lockdown. Work slowed down again, (and a few things were postponed or cancelled…) so I made an effort to get some work together to sell on my Etsy store, and managed to make over 20 sales in November and December. The bestseller was most definitely my wall planner – I have sold around 15 of these now!

So now we enter 2021… I am at the Zoo still, my contract has been extended to May. I have a few upcoming regular pieces of work for Devon Carers and Ron Campion, and things have picked up a little. I will be doing some regular work with Dart Sails and Covers starting on Monday, and I have a few plans and ideas up my sleeve…

I really enjoyed the work I managed to do for the Etsy store, so I am working on more and hope to expand on this next year. I still have a few online courses to complete, and ideas for more learning for next year. I have many ideas for projects, and a sketchbook full of bits and pieces, so watch this space…!

January and February are often quiet, and with Covid, I am expecting it to be even quieter, so I’ll be concentrating on improving and expanding the Etsy site, and spending some time with Willow, before hopefully a busier, healthier and happier year.

I hope all is well, and wish you all a Happy 2021.

Christmas Work…

It’s that time of year again, although this year is much, much more different to normal…

I have had a few ‘festive’ jobs on, Christmas Cards, windows, tags etc. so I thought I’d share a few here. First up, some Christmassy windows… our own window at home, with a festive design and message, and then the windows at the Queens Arms, Brixham:

Next up… Christmas cards! A set of 3 for my online store, a design for Brixham Massage Room, and my own personal card design:

Some Christmas Calligraphy… some hand drawn tags for the crew of the local Lifeboat station:

And finally… my Winter Solstice piece:

Pretty apt for this year, I feel. I hope Christmas has been good to you all.

TLC Logo

A friend of mine asked me to help with a logo for his fiance’s birthday. She has started up a nail and massage business, and wanted a logo for her Facebook page, and some business cards, and wanted something elegant, but with silver glitter incorporated.

I came up with a few ideas:

And after a few edits and tweaks, here’s the final logo…

You can find Nikki’s page on Facebook – TLC by Nikki.

Christmas windows…

I decorated our living room window a few weeks ago… we were still in lockdown, and I was trying to create some Christmas joy and keep Willow occupied. It went from an afternoon of messing around into a job that took 3 days on and off!

Based on the design I’ve used for my personal Christmas cards, I painted our family on the window (my mum thought it was a nativity scene at first glance…!) and then some Christmas messages either side surrounded by fairy lights.

After this, our local (and my sometimes place of work when we’re allowed to open…) asked if I’d help with their window. Chris had a giant Father Christmas ready for the main window, and lights, so we went for a little message in each window surrounded by snowflakes and stars. And then lots of spray snow (I love the stuff! So festive!)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Monthly Art Challenge – November

This month’s full moon – Beaver Moon!

I had great fun with this one experimenting with watercolour, ink, brushes, toothbrushes, pointed pen, metallic watercolour and alcohol… Its also part of a set that I’ve done (but more about that in a minute…)

Last one coming soon…! And of course the Winter Solstice image (one of my favourite times of year!)

So, more on the set. I have enjoyed doing these, researching names, and looking intones techniques and references. A little while ago I thought it would be nice to paint all 12 again in one style to make a set of prints, or even a calendar. If 2020 has given me anything, it’s some time to get some things done…

So, I went through all the different names of all the different moons and picked the ones I liked the idea of best, that would fit in the set, and came up with:

January – Wolf Moon
February – Snow Moon
March – Crow Moon
April – Fish Moon
May – Hare Moon
June – Rose Moon
July – Buck Moon
August – Grain Moon
September – Corn Moon
October – Hunter Moon
November – Beaver Moon
December – Oak Moon

I then painted all 12, and after scanning, and a little cleaning up, I made an A4 calendar, an A3 calendar and a set of prints – all available on my Etsy site. I am very pleased with the results, I have loved painting night skies and some of the colours and textures that have come out of it, and the metallic paint works so well with this.

They are all available here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/919678167/a3-full-moon-2021-calendar

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/919685413/a4-full-moon-2021-calendar

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/919947425/full-moon-print

 

 

 

Ron Campion Winter Sale

It’s that time of year again… I’ve been working on the Winter Brochure for Ron Campion’s this month, and it’s finally printed and published next week! I like this job, many lovely images of the products to go through, and once the brochure is done, banners, adverts and social media posts. Here’s a look at the brochure, and the advert for the sale. You can see the whole project on my portfolio.

Carers Rights Day

Carers Rights Day is coming up on 26th November. Devon Carers asked me to design some social media post images and an e-flyer to advertise the online events they have planned for the day. As usual Covid-19 has altered the way the day will run, so there are many Zoom events in place.

I designed some adverts for social media, and an e-flyer with a timetable of all the events being run for the event. You can see it all on my portfolio page.

New Devon Carers Magazine

This quarter’s magazine for Devon Carers is complete! A slight change to the layout and content due to COVID-19 putting a halt to meetings and events, and meaning many more online zoom calls, meetings and courses, but all done and dusted.

This edition had the usual editorial design, but we had some great infographics in there as well, and lots of information for carers about services, help they can receive and the upcoming Carers Rights Day on 26th November.

I love how colourful this magazine ends up being. It’s a serious subject, often with lots of text and information, so to be able to have the freedom to create something that breaks the information down into easily accessible articles is rewarding and an interesting job to do! You can find more images and the links to download these magazines on my portfolio.