The Dim Light – Newly released Print!

ImageHello and a happy new week to you! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are excited about the week to come.

I like Mondays – they are always full of such possibility and a chance to believe and hope (if only for a moment) that I am going to get alot of my to-do-list done. Yesterday we spent a lovely Mothers day with Mark’s folks – a leisurely Sunday dinner, chat and plenty of card games. Today has so far been a day of tackling more applications with looming deadlines. I miss my Monday Flickr Mosaics but with a busy 2 months coming up I must prioritise, but I do hope to fit one in soon.

So my most recent painting is finished and I am really happy with her. I need to get a proper photo so that I can do a final blog post so in the meantime the image above is a brand new print in my etsy shop! The dim light is one of only 3 paintings I finished last year and I do like her. She is soulful and full of expression and character. Anyway she is now available in my etsy hope in a medium and large size.

I love that blue – it is my favourite colour.

Now I have to go sculpt – I have spent so much time on these paintings the last couple of weeks that I am really behind on creating new characters for upcoming shows….

Till tomorrow!

x x x


Happiness is……..

There are many small joys along the way in creating artwork…various points where it is impossible not to smile at being able to do this for a living. The pinnacle of course is seeing a happy customer walking away delighted with a piece of artwork that they have purchased and the knowledge that they ‘get’ what you are doing – that they see something in your work that resonates with them. One little step before that though is seeing your work beautifully framed and on a wall – your own – even if it is only for a short while.

I am gradually getting work framed in preparation for an Art Market that I am attending in June, although each piece is available in my shop till then. I am lucky enough  be able to take my work to a wonderful frame company and it is always fun to get all the samples and try them out next to my work to see what works best. I think we hit the nail on the head with these original pencil drawings – the warm silver of the frame and the ivory mount just brings out the tones of the pencil and the buttery paper just beautifully.

These pencil drawings are still available unframed but now all come with an ivory mount and I have also decided to add the option of this frame to each listing in my etsy shop (UK customers only I am afraid). I will be adding the option to the listings in my shop today. This decision was also made based on an online conversation I had with a customer about how sad it was that many high street frame shops were closing and that it was often difficult to get quality frames anywhere else. I also want to check out the possibility of adding an optional frame to my print listings but need to check out how much that would cost to mail so hope to do that soon.

This will be the first time that I have really prepared professionally framed artwork for an event such as this (finances and transportability have made me think twice in the past) but as I move forward in developing my work, I am also keen to develop the presentation of it too. When I see these framed up, I know it is the right way to go.

Happiness is also new tools to play with! My husband bought these for me – how considerate of him! Let’s just gloss over the ulterior motive that was born from the fustration of his wife constantly nicking his screwdriver set for various ‘work related tasks’ and then misplacing it in her studio. Now I have my very own set to bury under a pile of ‘work’!

Anyway it is glorious weather out there today and I am hoping it lasts the weekend as I plan to do a bit of gardening and a bit of car-booting!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend. x

A Moment in Time…..

I am delighted with this new painting. Even though my characters don’t necessarily look like me, they have my thoughts, emotions and dreams. I don’t have much of my own artwork around the place but I think I may be framing a print of her for our stairway.

I sometimes struggle with knowing when a piece is finished – when it needs no more and no less – and in this case I got to the point where I knew she was almost finished and then I left her for a couple of days – the painted tree on her dress and then another wash of ink were all she needed.

The original painting is now listed in my etsy shop with a print to come soon.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend! x

WIP Wednesday…..


A picture heavy post as opposed to the link and word heavy post of yesterday you will be pleased to hear! I am working on 2 paintings at once at the moment and I cannot even describe how good it feels to be painting again. I really feel that the daily sketches that I have been working on have helped so much in developing new ideas and compositions and just getting my hand and my imagination moving and working together. I would higly recommend it as a daily practice. I am excited about this new work and interested to see how it will develop.

Incidentally the colours in the two paintings above remind me so much of the underpaintings in ‘Paint along with Nancy’ – does anyone else remember that TV programme? I was only 2 to 6 years old when it was on TV but remember watching it so vividly and being absolutely entranced and thinking that was what I wanted to do when I grew up!! I could definitely credit Nancy with inspiring me to want to be an artist!

Last of all, after selling the above original in my shop last week I am delighted to now have it as a print after getting it professionally scanned today (although I was sad to find that my usual repro shop is no more so had to hunt to find another place that had a large enough scanner to do it  – such a sad sigh of the times). Anyway I have just printed off the very first copies and I am absolutely delighted with the results – it really does make for a gorgeous print! So now available in 2 sizes – Large and Medium. This is my first new print release for what seems like an age and it is good to have a new selection of work on offer – and hopefully there will be plenty more to come!


Mosaic Monday 14 March 2011

Mosaic Monday 14 March 2011, originally uploaded by gilfling.

1. Winter Room, 2. yellow background, 3. Untitled, 4. She Felt it Peel Away, 5. she longed for visions of love, 6. acrylic on canvas by Caio Fern 2011, 7. Estudio de Cabeza. Study Head, 8. It’s Not Safe Below, 9. Mysterious Attraction of the Unseen, 10. strike a pose., 11. work in progress for the bookhou group show, 12. working on…

Please click through to individual artist’s pages to see more.

Good morning! Spring is surely here and I spent some of the weekend planting the first seeds of the season – peas, courgettes, tomatoes, peppers along with my favourite flower – sweet peas. It feels good to be out in our tiny postage stamp sized garden again, pottering away and tidying all the dead that remained from last year to make way for new and cutting back plants and preparing pots for soon to come seedlings.

Jeeves and Wooster (our house bunnies) are venturing out much more to enjoy the spring air and I love watching them racing about and leaping in the air – such fun!

I had a lovely end to last week with a few pieces of good news – selling a doll in this exhibition, a few etsy sales including this painting (print to come soon) and confirmation that I have been accepted to exhibit at this wonderful contemporary arts and crafts fair. With all that is going on in the world today, I am so grateful for all that I have and all that I am able to do.

And on that note it is up to the studio for me.

Mosaic Monday 21 Feb 2011

Mosaic Monday 21 Feb 2011, originally uploaded by gilfling.

1. RAW #7, 2. Passionate people, 3. beret58, 4. intentions, 5. New Miniature Book., 6. Mushroom, 7. rough painting for illustration , 8. 3, 9. 17th february: nothing whatsoever, 10. crayon mono print1, 11. P., 12. now that the show is over, 13. Things Have Gotten Even More Complicated, 14. tusj og wire, 15. My Fate, 16. Begonia Flowers

How time flies when marked by a new Mosaic on a Monday! Thanks to the artists for sharing their work as ever.

Today I shall be continuing to work on my pieces for the upcoming exhibition Out of This World – things are coming together. I want to create a few more drawings this week – possibly in a different media to the last set. I plan on having a few framed pieces for the exhibition so need to have a wee think.

Wishing you a wonderful week! x

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday, originally uploaded by gilfling.

Continuing to sculpt, sculpt, sculpt away at these new characters. A learning curve but an enjoyable one. I am hoping to start painting the first one today. They are so labour intensive!

Incidentally I don’t know why so many of my characters – drawn, painted and sculpted have these strange, twisted hands but I like the contrast of the odd with the whimsical. The slightly unnerving with the endearing.

I have also been working on more original drawings for my shop update on Friday!

Have a great day. x

fragments of nature – wildflowers #1

Hello there! Well it is a wee bit cooler here in the UK, which suits me just fine as a scottish lass who does not cope with the kind of heat we were ‘blessed’ with at the weekend.

I have a day at my part time reminiscence job today but just thought I would show off the new additions to my ‘fragments of nature’ collection – these hand painted brooches of which there are currently two – one circle and one oval. I am really happy with these and feel that I have finally found my way with making accessories that tie in with the rest of my creations. This is a painted design that I have used on my character sculptures too……..see here and here….

I was having a fun conversation with a friend at a craft fair at the weekend and just had one of those revelatory (is that a word!!??) moments where we were bouncing ideas off each other and there were a few ‘light-bulb’ moments where I could really see a clear path for where my work can go and how I can develop my creations further. So exciting and I can’t wait to sketch and make these dreams reality!

Anyway I have a few new brooches listed in my shop which I am pleased to say is looking less and less barren as time goes on – the brooch above will be listed tonight at some point. I have a lovely evening ahead of me with a bunch of lovely girls visiting a flea market and then a session of bunting making for an iminent wedding (not mine – that comes later this year!)

Take care! x

Shop re-opened!

hand embroidered brooch #5, originally uploaded by gilfling.

Hello there! Well the weather is lovely here and I have had a busy week so far with my part time job as reminiscence worker. Now comes the rest of the week to make and create!

I had a wonderful time at the Southwell Minster Spring Craft Fair last saturday and my new ‘Fragments’ brooches were wonderfully received with a few sales and lots of lovely comments.

I have listed the remaining 3 in my etsy shop till the weekend and am currently making more as I will have a stall at Ladybay Arts Trail this coming saturday and sunday so I am hoping for good weather!

It has been a while since I have had some new items in my etsy shop but I am hoping to be adding new items from time to time. Incidentally – does anyone else find it a challenge to balance selling in real life and in galleries with selling on-line? I find it such a struggle to make enough to keep all 3 going but want to challenge myself to do better in the future!

Okay off to more handstitching and a chance to catch up with a some relaxing tv.