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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Nolstalgic Treat

I've been back in Cape Town for a few weeks now and I've been indulging in all my favorite South African foods. One of these nostalgic treats are called Zoo biscuits. I chose to paint the cookie with a springbok design on it because it's South Africa's national animal. At some point in the past the designs became unrecognizable but I'm glad to see that they have since improved and now include more animal designs. 

  

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Bitter Sweet July

The past 6 months have been a complicated whirlwind of farewells, preparations and teaching because come end of July I'll be saying goodbye to Japan and moving back to Cape Town, South Africa. I've enjoyed teaching English in Japan on the JET programme but after three years, it's time to move on to new goals and an exciting new chapter.

Between all the preparations and teaching this past week, I managed to get my hands on my watercolours again to paint a cup of tea which belongs to one of my favourite teachers. We both love art and I've enjoyed our friendship, sharing interesting teas and treats with each other. It makes a bitter sweet goodbye present.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Monthly Muse - December

Here is December's monthly muse painting and poem collaboration for the Wide Island View magazine. I painted a yellow bellied fly-catcher.
Painted with Holbein watercolour paints on Wirgman 320 cold press watercolour paper.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Merry Christmas 2016!

Hello and Merry Christmas!
Despite my lack of Christmas spirit this year I ended up painting some holly for one of my school's vice prinsiples. Perhaps once the school holidays start I'll be able to relax more.

I took this painting as a chance to try a different technique with the way I approach highlights. I went for an obvious speckled effect with the masking fluid. I think it was a successful experiment, I'll see if I can use it more in my own paintings.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Featured in Artists & Illustrators!

Hello and happy December! It's icy cold here in my Japanese apartment, being a productive human being right now is near impossible! But nevermind that, there is some awesome news which I'd like to share. In the January 2017 issue of the Artists & Illustrators UK magazine (which is out this month), I got a two spread feature about what it was like painting my 30 Days of watercolour project!
http://www.artistsandillustrators.co.uk/news/acrylic/1697/dont-miss-the-january-issue-of-artists-illustrators-

I never expected my work to be featured, it's a good feeling. If you live in the UK, make sure to pick it up.  After reading the article though, I realized that my self deprecating sense of humor comes off little on the harsh side.🎭 So I think my new years resolution is to be a little more kinder when talking about my art and myself in general.

UPDATE: December 20th 2016
My friend Amy, who works with me in Kure city has traveled back to the UK for the December holidays, while there she surprised me with this photo! She spotted my article and kindly got me a copy of the magazine! LUCKY!


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Laboratory Watercolour

This week, I managed to finish up a painting which I've been working intermittently on for the month of November. I plan on giving it to my extremely cool and arty hair studio, called Laboratory. They have a cool logo design which I painted realistically.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Monthly Muse - November

This illustration of Koi fish in the sky, is my monthly contribution to the Wide Island View webzine which is run by a team of JETs in Hiroshima Japan. Here's Akilah Bel's beautiful poem, Last Night I had a Dream.

Before painting the final illustration, I first did a few fish studies of goldfish and Koi in my new 200gsm cold press Moleskine watercolour sketchbook. Here are my studies which were much darker and dramatic compared to the light pastals I ended up painting.