Tuesday, 30 August 2011

LEON, Craft Britain & Farmers Market

What a glorious day!
I got a pay raise which I never expected, and then I spent the day at the tea shop with David and Chenxi,
so all in all very relaxing!
I also did all my food shopping for the week from the farmers market, the baker and the grocers. 

My cookbooks came, and I had a couple of brainwaves for projects.

I also drew Pooka a million times.

I've been featured on an amazing blog about art, craft and design in Britain.
Take a look! 

Please spread the word about the blog/website, as it benefits all the little people like me by getting more exposure! And it reveals some pretty gems that would possibly never be found!

So thank you to Lizzy Simpson,
keep up the good work girl!

I've had a million ideas tonight,
so keep your eyes peeled for 100%FALMOUTH, Wholehearted and other delicious goodies!

much love

Monday, 29 August 2011

Heligan, Cookbook & Tea Festival

So for the past week I've been in Plymouth and then my mum and auntie came to visit here in Falmouth. It's been a really lovely time, and great to have caught up with them and spent some quality time with them, even though I was really tired and a bit grumpy (but thats pretty much usual anyway).

We went to Heligan, and it was amazing, they've managed to do so much in 20 years, it really is fantastic, as usual, I loved the jungle section and the vegetable garden. Its really inspiring, and I would love to be employed as a gardener, I think it would be really rewarding. 

I took my big camera to try and get used to it again after having not really used it for 2 years.
It was great to try out different things, but I also think the auto-focus is a bit buggered. Hmm.

So here are a select few photographs from the day, some I'm quite proud of.

My cookbooks should arrive tomorrow, hooray!

I framed my print of tabasco sauce, now all i need to do is hang it somehow.

The tea festival was pretty nice, though they really could have advertised it more, and signposted it.
I didn't get charged for entry like it said I would on the poster.
So despite some poor organisation, it was ok.
I learned how to charleston, and I didn't damage my retro seamed stockings, so all is well in the world.
Got to chill out with David, Kathy and Max at the tea stall, so was a great afternoon when the sun came out!

Hope you've all had a great bank holiday!
I'll be putting up recent sketchbook pages next!

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Visiting Plymouth, MAC & Beautiful Cookbooks

I've just returned from a quick foray into the land of Plymouth to see a couple of lovely friends, my amazing mother and my beloved dog.
Its been nice to have a change of scenery,  but also eye opening. 
I always feel slightly sad when I come back to Plymouth, I think its because I really have found the sense of community down here much nicer. I feel sad for the people in Plymouth that don't get to experience it, and often don't realise that camaraderie like we get in Fal even exists!

Still, I had a great time, and got to go to a BIG bookstore, and MAC makeup (my guilty pleasure).

I treated myself to a new lipstick and some blusher... which I've never put near my face before, but it was really nice when the lady put it on! So, lets hope I can recreate that.

Now you know me and books... its just about all I ever buy apart from tea and vintage clothes.
So what was I eye-ing up this time? 
Traditional recipes from different cultures.
I want to cook with good ingredients and create good authentic food.
 I'm thinking of starting to get a veg box from a local farm, I'm hoping one of my housemates will split the cost with me and share it. 

Oh, and I found this interesting book, which Miss Danny Alexander might be interested in...
Had some good stuff, had some naff stuff... but overall...good?

So, here are the delicious cookbooks I found!

The Iraqi cookbook looks really interesting, delicious looking foods I could never even have dreamed of!

Falling cloudberries looks promising but I skimmed over it.
Creole cooking excites me (apart from all the deep frying) but mainly tasty fish dishes.

 Thai Food... authentic recipes and tales... could it get any better? Well yes, possibly if there were a few more recipes to the amount of story that happens in the songs of Sapa.

La Cucina weighed in as a hefty and interesting looking competitor for my money... however, it reads like an encyclopedia, and has NO images. Big no no for me. Not even a little spot illustration of some pasta. Nada. 

The Book of Tapas on the other hand looks simply fantastic, and has pictures for every dish! What a contrast! I think I will definitely buy this book at some point, as I'm looking for small dishes to create, but perhaps to have a few of them at any one time. Delish!

Now, the motherload. 
They all look fantastic, but which one to choose? Seemingly all good recipes, but I finally decided to get Casa Moro because it seemed to contain the most authentic recipes, that haven't been changed. And thats the key to what im looking for. 

Next up is Leon, fabulous, well designed books. I bought the ingredients and recipes book... firstly because its all about the ingredients, seasonality and other things that we should ALL KNOW, but have forgotten due to buying all our food from the supermarkets from all over the world.
Secondly, because my friend Danny has the other one, and together we shall unite and create amazing foods. Hopefully a veg patch too at some point!

 Mexican food looked promising for the making of salsas... 
Didn't get a chance to look inside tuscany, but I was merely impressed by the nice cover.

I really want Food From Many Greek Kitchens, it promises authentic recipes, and tradition and cultural information to boot. Definite thumbs up. Same for Indonesian Food by Sri Owen.

365 Reasons to sit down and eat... exactly what it says on the cover. A veritable cookery calendar, except your wall might just come down under the weight of the book.
Still, I would also love this book.

But one at a time eh?
For the meanwhile I've ordered Casa Moro and Leon -Ingredients and Recipes.
I feel the need to assimilate them into my brain before I attempt any other things.

Next on the list is Food from many greek kitchens and possibly Iraqi food or the Tapas book.


Sketchbook work from Plymouth to come soon!


Thursday, 18 August 2011

Agog, Soup du Jour & Fantastic Clothes

Well well,
I seem to have finally managed to get this illustration in some kind of order. I still need to do a few adjustments/changes, but for the most part, its finished. I need to get on with some of the other illustrations and go back to it when I have a bit more time/motivation/hindsight.

So, as usual, many versions of it.
As usual, favoring the desaturated one, top right. But also the black and white... but also top Left... AGH!
So yes, tweaking to come.

After all this limited colour palette, desaturated nonsense, I'm starting to feel desaturated too. Like I'm boring, and all the life is draining out of me.

So, I decided to have some fun, and a bit of a colour injection, and I painted a Cuban car (I bloody love them so much... I want a rusty turquoise one... (blue and orange!)

Here tis.
The colour is better in real life, but you get the idea.
I did this while sitting on my little porch, with its nice little wooden surround, all dolled up in my new clothes, drinking orange juice, listening to music, soaking up the glorious sunshine that was shining right on my face, and painting my little heart out. Now THAT is what I want to do as a job. 
Trying to get a photo of the new clothes, pretty hard when I can't take a full length photo. Still, I might lay it all out on the bed and photograph them all. Proud of my finds!

I accidentally went on a small clothes shopping trip... it all started with a good bargain at Two Little Birds, the vintage clothes shop in Falmouth (far better than Mondo Trasho!!!)
And I picked up an amazing Joan Holloway-esque dress and small jacket for £27! 
So that got me warmed up... walked along the high street only to find 2 beautiful blouses (one mustard yellow, and one a rustyish red), a big stripy jumper,  2 belts and a gorgeous pair of shoes. 
That was definitely my birthday present to myself.
I'm also holding a Mad Men themed party for my 23rd birthday, so watch out for some fabulous photos of decadance... We're all heading to the local cocktail bar to be very glamorous. My birthday is the 16th September, but hardly anyone will be back in Falmouth by then, so I'm postponing it til Fri 30th Sept. 
Fingers crossed everyone can come and get dolled up!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Alligator, Tea & Progress

I finally got over that fear of starting a painting,
and have managed to paint the underwater part of the first illustration for the book.
No doubt I'll be adding to that part, but I'm pretty happy with how its looking. 

Here's the linework

And here's the painted part so far!

I tell you what, I actually like painting things half in and half out of water... so far. 
I haven't got the tones right for above the water just yet.

I'm hoping that if all goes well, this could well be a portfolio piece. 
We'll see eh?

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Progress at Last, Procrastinatin' & Piercing

The three P's!
I've been in a bit of an artistic funk this week, I don't know why. 
I think I'm going stir crazy with no one in the house.

Still, I get to go on back home to Plymouth for 3 days next weekend, so thats alright.

Im working on illustrating an alligator talking to a tree, reaching for the sky with her branches. And if that wasn't hard enough, I'm attempting to show half of it above water and half underwater.
So here folks, are the thumbnails.

I'm rather fond of the tonal composition. I quite like trying to figure out the lights and darks before I paint, because colour tends to be a completely different ballgame. Often, I can't for the life of me get the tonals to transcribe into full colour without losing something of the original charm.
With the colour thumbnail, you can see I'm struggling. Bearing in mind they are smaller than my palm, and I'm trying to get them done quickly. I'm happy with the overall colour scheme of the underwater section, its just figuring out how the above water section will be noticeably different, yet still tied in with the colours of the underwater. Anyhow, I've confused myself, let alone anyone else.
I'm going to stop rambling,

and tell you 
that I got my nose pierced.
I never knew the inside of my nose could bruise, but by god it has. 
Strange that the outside hasn't too.

And I got my fringe trimmed for free today :)
Watched 3 episodes of mad men, and I have it in my mind to watch one more before the night is out.
I think that thats the last one of series one! 
I'm quite slow at watching series' and so I thought I'd do some serious tv watching, as I don't usually watch tv at all. 

So yes. More artwork to come soon (fingers crossed) hope that I can get out of my rut.