Storytelling Pendants

I’ve become a little bit obsessed with making jewellery! It started with my birdhouse pendants, and now I’ve gotten a little more artistic with these mini drawings. I got some really sweet little oval birch pieces, which inspired me to look back at my oval paintings, which proved popular in my shop last year. To start with, I’ve tried a quill design, a small house and hills, and of course an owl.

Little House Pendant

Little House Pendant

I decided to design a little card insert to go with the boxes for these, so I went with a simple black and white tree illustration. I feel like it helps place the pendant in the world of my drawing, which is of course where they are coming from.

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I went with silver plated chains and findings for these pendants, as for me it compliments the birch wood and the rich black ink. I finished them with a rich glaze which has an almost glassy appearance. I think it makes them that bit more modern and contemporary, in contrast with my illustration style which is a little retro. The house in particular owes something to a 1950s style book cover.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a nice new year.

Etsy links here to the Owl Pendant, Little House Pendant and Quill Pendant

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Winter Paintings… Ski Lifts and Old Fashioned Wooden Trains on Snowy Hills

Ski Lifts in the Snow Painting, Emily Boylan, 2014

Ski Lifts in the Snow Painting, Emily Boylan, 2014

The colder weather is finally biting here in Dublin! In between some home improvements I have been continuing to paint when I have the chance. I have set up a new desk area by my window, so I’m all set to look out at the snowy balcony should the occasion come. We already have a robin who likes to visit, and appreciates some nuts to help him brave the winter.

After a more realistic winter painting last time, I’m back into a little bit of fantasy with this Ski Lifts in the Snow painting. I have ridden in cable cars up into the Swiss Alps, (an amazing experience) so it is not 100% fictional. However, I had a hot chicken dinner and a tasty Swiss beer at the top and then rode the cable car back down, so no skiing for me I’m afraid!

I do love the romance of the idea of a skiing holiday. Christmas movies in general are an absolute favourite for me. I loved ‘The Christmas Shepherd’ with Teri Polo, which I just watched recently (Christmas cheer plus a gorgeous German Shepherd Dog for good measure). Anyway, I hope everyone else out there is getting into the spirit of the season too!

Emily

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Original Painting on Etsy

Apple Drops Watercolour

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I was planning on sticking to black and white for a while, but then I found some lovely fabriano card with a 400 gsm weight, and I had to try this idea which was floating in my head for a while- apple drops were always a favourite sweet of mine as a child, and the colours make easy inspiration for painting.

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Mini Canvas Gallery- PART ONE

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This is the link to the mini canvas section on my etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/EmilyBoylanArt?section_id=12790510

I have to confess I love the little easels that I found for these. I tried collage using a book page on the miniature owl, I have also done this on a larger scale before, it produces a nice effect.

Hedgehog Forraging in Autumn Leaves Watercolour

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https://www.etsy.com/listing/119007354/original-watercolor-and-ink-drawin

Another link to my watercolour on Etsy. I’ve been trying to upload some over the holidays.

Selling at markets last year, I sold a hedgehog picture to somebody wanting to remember a spiritual experience with a hedgehog!