Winter River Painting on Canvas

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This is my new snow landscape. I’m still working from a set of photographs that I took in upstate New York. This particular one was taken from the window of a train. It’s a weird experience trying to get that photo as you speed by a beautiful landscape, and a lot of it comes down to luck. It’s easier to place together several partly blurry photos, and make them into a coherent painting.

No snow yet in Ireland, I’m hoping it stays that way until the holidays!

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Ice Princess Illustration

Ice Princess Watercolor

Ice Princess Watercolor

Ice Princess Original Watercolour
This is a fairytale ink drawing. As a child, I loved reading about snow queens and Narnia. The idea of lands where winter reigns all year round was magical. Of course, it’s a bit different as an adult after your first year trying to cope with getting to work in a snow storm!
Still, I wanted to capture some of that magic with this illustration. I started off with dip pen and ink, then added the painting element with watercolours, and then finished with white pen and ink.

I’m using fabriano pittura paper. I don’t know if you can see the ridges too well in the picture, but I really love the way they take ink. I discovered it in college and I still love working with it now from time to time.

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Feather Quill and Ink water-colour painting

Feather Quill Painting

Feather Quill Painting

I’ve decided to do a series of really little paintings in the lead up to Christmas. I’ve begun with more feathers and quills- which are so enjoyable and therapeutic to draw. This quill (here on etsy) was one of my first attempts. Quills are a favourite subject of mine as they have connotations with both art and writing, two areas I have a lot of interest in. I think now I’ve gotten sucked into Downton Abbey as well, there could be more old fashioned themes coming to the fore for me.

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I had also made a small feather drawing, which sold on etsy in ten minutes flat! A total first for me, I’m sure the quickest up to now was a week or more. Still, as I’m proud of it, I thought I’d show those feathers too.

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Handmade Christmas Owl Ornament

Handprinted owl Christmas Ornament

Handprinted owl Christmas Ornament

I have to put my hands up and admit I am already making Christmas designs. This little owl ornament is a really fun process. Recently I’ve renewed my interest in linocut printing whilst working on my Survivor Tree Print commission. It really wasn’t a long journey for me to get thinking about printing on fabric.
Owls are my favourite birds (along with robins, too, which are more common where I live). This story about self belief by Jeffrey Eugenides which describes how an owl appeared in his life in a time of creative difficulty and became a good omen has always stayed with me.
Anyway, for this owl, I hand cut an owl from lino, printed onto a ridged brown fabric which feels like a heavy cotton blend, then stitched by machine a fleece backing to her. I finished with a felt scarf, little christmas bell and baker’s twine hanger.
I start watching Christmas movies a little earlier than most at the best of times, and making this has probably brought me yet another step closer!

Available here on etsy

Emily

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