2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Christmas zine page

Idea I did for a collab zine and a tried and tested recipe for Christmas. Sadly the design didn’t go through, as last minute the zine was to be printed b&w and the colours didn’t work in contrast to its monochrome counterpart. Also when I produced this piece last month, my photoshop skills were a little rusty and compositionally it doesn’t quite work – but I like it anyway, my lost page.

Xmas earrings



Making earrings to sell at Christmas stall. First time making! Shapes made from super sculpey oven bake clay, painted with acrylic, some then spray painted for the varnish affect (but taking a long time to dry!) Made stars, holly and cat stud earrings – shamelessly advertising myself inside the little organza bag! Got a few more things to produce, ready for the stall in about four hours.

Paint merge


I made a thing! More painterly, splodgey randomness!

It was getting a bit off putting that I still hadn’t got those 5 canvases done, so with a little push from my tutor Kath; I decided to go with it and create a a simple piece from merging paint. Its a bit random; out there in connection with my current work, but the colours are right. The technique however could be useful and reminds me of an artist I came across whilst on tumblr, but it was used with a very controlled detailed piece. With this one I can potentially psd it and create the scene I want using it as a backing.

The subject matter of the painting itself is nothing specific, I began by merging the blue tones with the white using the pallete knife and rolling the paint into the darker colours. But at the original angle of the painting I see figures, shapes or animals surrounded by a darkened wood. Upside down you see more of the green on the forest and the groves the palette knife created,  make the roots visible. Whereas the blue in the darkness is suggestive of a night’s sky and there’s a man’s face. Or it’s just a pretty stained glass window interpretation. Either way the quickness of this piece reminded me of how much time I don’t need to spend in this project, and I should be using it as a means to stoke the fire of creativity.

Wave woman fin


I finally finished it, not entirely happy – but are any of us really? – May have rushed it towards the end and just applied painterly stuff carelessly, but I couldn’t stand looking at the unfinished painting when I have plenty more to be getting on with.
Orientated as a spontaneous, spur of the moment lets chuck some paint on (mostly painted with a palette knife) canvas and roll with it. It’s another little stepping stone on one of my side projects. And perhaps it’ll develop my painterly side by getting me out of my comfort zone – bizarre paintings! – or distract me from the real work ahead.