Monday, 30 November 2015

Brita Granström and Mick Manning,

It was a joy to see and meet Hannah Coulson and her work but it was also wonderful to meet Brita Granström and Mick Manning learn about their collaborative creative process and books.

Britta and Mick successfully pool their talents and build books together. They have been involved in creating many non-fiction books, including a very personal one to Mick about his father's involvement in the second world war called Tail-end Charlie.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Hannah Coulson II

These are some images from Hannah Coulson's wonderful book about the circus, This is a non-fiction book charting the history and evolution of the circus and traveling shows.

Hannah Coulson I

Yesterday I attended another wonderful Picture Hooks workshop this time with Hannah Coulson, who has been mentored by Mick Manning and  Brita Granström. This workshop was wonderfully informative and it was fantastic to see all of these artists work and working processes.
Above are some sketches from the rich visual feast that is the sketchbook of Hannah Coulson an amazing illustrator whose drawings and source research drawings are phenomenal.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Maureen Nathan



London based artist Maureen Nathan has made these beguiling animated portraits using Motion Portrait.
Motion portrait, is an app that is bringing artists work literally to life and it is very strange to see these portraits blinking into life and actively looking back at you.
Motion Portrait is incredibly easy to use, great fun and superb to use with kids on their drawings.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Dunja Jogan

The dark days of winter make me choose dark illustrations. This picture by Italian illustrator Dunja Jogan though dark in Palette, is full of love and light.

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Marina Godoy

Marina Godoy is a Brazilian artist who works primarily in textiles and collage. I loved these two images of birds. However Marina's portfolio is very varied and quite dark and abrasive in its texture and content but there are lots of treasures to discover.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Tom Wilson II

Tom Wilson's work is documentation and meticulous observation from nature and from gathered natural findings. His house holds the makings of a fantastic museum of bird pellets, hides, bones, skulls, nests and other untold and unspeakable treasures, that hopefully will one day be available to everyone through a museum or series of books.

Cupping Circles

A tiny adventure made magical by catching up with a good friend and the gift of his wisdom and knowledge. Above: are some images from a sand stone cliff in Ayr of Cupping circles, prehistoric marks on the rock, Below: some beautiful lichen. 
Tom Wilson is incredibly knowledgeable about everything but especially natural history and geology so it is fantastic to spend time with this wonderful man and get a glimpse of his world. 

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Tom Wilson

Today I am traveling to the west coast to catch up with an old art school colleague Tom Wilson. Tom's work was always rooted in his love of the wilderness and flora and fauna. Here are some examples of his studies of nests and  the wing and feather quarry of a sparrow hawk.
I am looking forward to experiencing his local knowledge and guide skills and experiencing the wilds of Ayrshire on a wild late November day.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Norbert Schwontkowski

Norbert Schwontkowski's (1949-2013) work is bleak with its grey palette and yet full of humour and those magical observations of daily life. His work reminds me of a monochrome answer to Mary Newcomb's colourful sightings of the characters of Norfolk.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Barbara Perrine Chu

Barbara Perrine Chu is a dynamo of creativity, for years her blog has exposed me to new and classic painters, potters and sculptors with wonderful details of their lives and works.
Barbara's own works are bright, narratives on life. This piece called; 'Stair way to Heaven' with its loving couple floating is very Chegalian but it also has a graphic dynamism and powerful colour of Brian Wildmith or Kveta Pacovska.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Mariana Rio II

Here are some works from Portuguese illustrator Mariana Rio's current exhibition at Ó! Galeria. on display until the 19th December. The 'imaginary places' illustrated here are delightful, they make me wonder at what the world would be like if there was collaboration between illustrators like Mariana and architects to create schools and spaces for children.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Coqué Azcona I

Coqué Azcona is a Spanish illustrator for whom words are her line, her art being a visual poetry. These insect like drawings remind me of mosquitoes or midges that maybe have been sucking at peoples thoughts rather than their blood.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Tiny egg

I love it when the chickens lay odd eggs. I only have one layer at the moment and considering it is dark cold and very wet I was very proud of her yesterday when she produced this tiny egg, a lovely surprise on a dreek morning.