Sunday, 28 February 2010

nice people

I have found two lovely little reviews of my work online, I don't know who you are, but big thanks to Jenny Hudson who has written kind words on Qype, and Rebecca D who has done the same on Yelp. Thank you both very much for taking the time!

I have been away cat sitting in Edinburgh this week followed by a visit from friends over the weekend. All lovely but I'm now itching to get back in the studio.

So the post isn't bereft of visual interest, here is a new little painting, a Long Tailed Tit. Soon to be available as a greetings card, along with a couple of other birdy delights, and I will also have birdy paperweights.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

watch the birdie

New little painting inspired by wallpaper exhibition The Walls Are Talking currently showing at the Whitworth Art Gallery.

Monday, 1 February 2010

it's a sign

We've finally got our names up on the front of the studio, and it's about time too considering we moved in from next door back in May. It feels good knowing there is no longer a yawning expanse of nothingness up there...we have names! The background is vintage small-print wallpaper all the way from Johnny Tapete in Germany (although you can't see the pattern on this photograph) with the letters hand crafted by our own fair hands. You don't want to know how long it took us to choose a font.

This week I am tying up the loose ends of last week's commission, preparing more work to go to The Bowery in Leeds after good Christmas sales there, starting a new commission, and any other odds and sods which come my way. The work for Blossom florists (Chorlton) is now installed so if you are around that way go take a peek.

It's my last day at the Whitworth Gallery this Thursday, although I will be straight back on Friday to check out the launch of 'The Walls are Talking' wallpaper exhibition. After installing table (£12) and chair (£2) from Wesley Community Furniture Exchange, and a bit of cheap shelving, my box room is now a packing and storage room ready to go. Next phase will be to decide which products will be going online, how to package them, photographing them, getting some stocks in, working out postage pricing, and getting them online. There is also an enormous blank canvas waiting for me in the spare room, so, enough to do.

I took part in the RSPB one hour garden bird survey yesterday while my 33 weeks pregnant good friend Ellie took a Sunday snooze on the sofa. Should have done it in the morning really, as I only saw a blackbird, a wood pigeon, and two sparrows. Oh well, did my bit I suppose.

Time to get back to work. Or have a brew.

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