New art work, January 2012 In search of Awen

January 26, 2012

Happy new year to you all, I can't believe how fast 2011 went and we are now firmly in 2012.

Over the Christmas and New year period I got busy sketching and idea that came to me after I got a copy of Imagine Fx magazine which included an article on how to create art nouveau style art work. 

I have always been inspired by the art nouveau style, especially that of Alphonse Mucha and I decided to try my hand at recreating the style but in my own way.                                                                          The out line:                                                                                 

Line work is very important in this style of work and Mucha was famous for having his figures outlined by lines of varying thickness and shade.  

Finished artwork: 


Ornamental frames are also a staple of this type of artwork which is something I had not done before.

Close ups:

The symbols in the ivy wreath is that of the Druid symbol for Awen. Awen is Welsh for "Inspiration" and is something I am always striving for.

The acorns and oak leaves are also very important in Druid lore and is part of the Ogham tree wisdom. The Oak was viewed as a doorway to the Otherworld.


 The stone circles was a after thought in the creation of this painting. At first I was going to paint a scene of running deer but the more I worked on this the more it didn't seem right. So I decided to scrap that idea completely and I started sketching out a ring of standing stones as to me they are been very inspirational (see my Mythic stones artwork) and a source of Awen for me. 


It was good to have a change of style and to do a personal piece of artwork that speaks to me and is very much a theme of what I want 2012 to be: In Search of Awen.

I hope you like my new artwork!

To Learn more about Druidry and Awen then check of The Order of Bards Ovates and Druids website:





New art and painting problems

October 11, 2011

New art and painting problems

Well lately I have been having a very difficult time with my digital painting.
I had this image that I wanted to capture in my mind of three standing stones in the full moon light, surrounded by creatures such as an owl and hares.
First initial sketch of the standing stones picture
Having scanned in the sketch I transferred it to my iPad to see if I could complete the picture only using that, however I could not get the picture big enough to be able to make big high ...

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New art work: Kingfisher and new Etsy store

February 16, 2011
After my last Steampunk painting I decided to do another wildlife picture, this time of a Kingfisher. I like to do my wildlife paintings to bring me back down to earth and marvel at the beauty of nature.
The British Kingfisher is one on my favourite birds and I always hope to see one when I go down to the river bank. They are like living jewels in such rich iridescent colours that I hope I captured in my painting. 

In other news I have opened a Etsy and Folksy shop to sell my new greeting cards...
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New art work: Steam Dragon Wars

January 25, 2011
I have just completed my latest works titled Steam Dragon Wars. This painting proved a challenge to paint and is one of my most detailed yet! 
I wanted to paint another dragon as I have not done so in such a long time but I also wanted to do another Steampunk inspired piece so I mixed the two together and created a steam-powered mechanical dragon!
This piece started to develop in to a story line all of it's own. Why did such mechanical beasts exist? For what purpose? A War? Against another air ...
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Happy new year: 2011 plans

January 7, 2011
I can't believe it is now 2011. 2010 was a good year for me and my artwork. I went to some amazing events and met some lovely people in the last 12 months. This year I am looking to take my artwork in a new direction. I will still be producing Fantasy and wildlife based works rest assured, however after the sucess of my painting "Faerie catcher" I have decided to concentrate on more Steampunk themed pieces.

For those who are unsure what Steampunk is then imagine a world during Queen Victoria's...
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Seasons Greetings

December 22, 2010
Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas and a joyous new year. I have lots planned in 2011 including a new website so please keep checking back often for updates.

Thank you for all your support.



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New products

November 30, 2010
I have been adding new gifts in my Zazzle Store including Christmas Tree Ornaments and coasters.

Vist my zazzle store for more designs.*
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New art work and Yule card avalible

November 18, 2010
It is that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the days are growing shorter and it is much colder. This is the time of year I like to create a image that I will be using as my Christmas/ Yule card and this year I have painted a Arctic hare with a stunning moonlit starry sky.

Avalible as a print or greeting card. Also found on my Zazzle store.
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New art work

August 9, 2010
Presenting my latest art works.

Elen of the Ways

And a Steampunk inspired piece, The faerie Catcher:

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Goddess festival + news!

July 12, 2010
I will be exhibiting at the Goddess festival on the 24th and 25th July  in the beautiful Cathedral city of Canterbury.

 I will (hopefully) be unveiling my newest painting at this event as well as having lots of Toadstool Houses for sale. Please stop by and say hello!

Also The Magical Faerie calender for 2011 will be featuring one of my paintings as well as wonderful art works by many of today's inspiring faerie artists.
Available to buy from http://www.fairycalend...
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