Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Botanical Percy.......


This little character started in 2015 when I was creating a happy little trio of seafarers. She began as a seaside adventurer, writing novellas, drinking hard liquor and carrying on a wild affair with a fiercely handsome fisherman called Xavier - much to the annoyance of a jealous mermaid named Pearl.

Persephone has an edge - which is what I love about her - but she's also very feminine and sensitive. She's very bohemian and I would imagine her house is full of beautiful Persian rugs, trinkets from around the world and of course lots of leafy plants.

Since that crazy whirlwind of a romance two years ago, pipe puffing Persephone (or Percy for short) ran away from her hearts desire (Xavier) and created a haven for herself in her botanical garden and tropical greenhouse where she now writes and paints about butterflies and cactus.

Lots of people and characters have inspired Percy along the way including model and muse Renee Perle  Polish opera singer and garden enthusiast Ganna Walska Surrealist artist Nusch Eluard, and even Eva Green's portrayal as Miss Peregrine in the 2016 movie by Tim Burton.

During the course of the Summer I have created 4 Percy dolls along with a series of illustrations. I will be listing the prints in my shop on August 16th as well as a little series of postcards which will come a little later. There is still one Percy left in the shop and the last one will come mid August. I hope you've fallen for Percy as much as I have, I shall feel very sad to leave her behind but very much hope she'll spring up again next Summer.

The Shell Garden.......Gouache and Watercolour 

Botanical Lounging.....Gouache and Watercolour 

How does your garden grow?

Textile Percy made with new and vintage fabrics....

Waiting.....Gouache and watercolour..

Ink and Gouache on Pastel paper...

Gouache and watercolour

postcard illustrations....Gouache and watercolour.

Beautiful Percy heads to town.....

Mini Tags.......Ink and Crayon on brown card...

Greenhouse and Coffee....Gouache and watercolour....

Pip x

Friday, 12 May 2017

Bringing Up Baby.....

Katherine Hepburn and Baby. This is my absolute favourite costume in the movie. Gold lame gown with floating veil.

  April and May has been consumed with leopard print!

  I have absolutely adored spending the last month and a half immersing myself in one of my very  favourite screwball comedies. No matter how many times I watch this charming classic I always laugh.

  Made in 1938 "Bringing up Baby" is the epitome of the classic 30's screwball comedy.

A rather shy and goofy palaeontologist (played to perfection by Cary Grant) finds himself in a number of predicaments involving a scatterbrained heiress (Katherine Hepburn) and a leopard named Baby!

This little collection of prints and textile pieces has been created whilst re watching the movie on repeat. It has therefore all been made with a heavy dose of giggling. Hope you like each piece.

The illustrated art prints can be purchased in my Etsy shop as individual prints or as a set of three.

Textile wall hanging pieces

  Each of the prints has an added famous caption from the movie.....

8"x 8" illustrated art print. Originally painted in gouache.

8"x 8" illustrated art print. Originally painted in gouache.

8"x 8" illustrated art print. Originally painted in gouache.

Pip x

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Illustrated Map of Iceland....

  I'm so delighted that people are really enjoying my new print An Illustrated Map of Iceland now listed in my Etsy Shop I was so inspired by my recent long weekend in Reykjavik that I couldn't wait to paint this fun and colourful little map pin pointing a few of the pleasures of this glorious country. We managed to pack a fair bit in during our 3 day trip as we'd researched our trips and restaurants we wanted to eat in before we even got on the plane!

  Ever since I was a teenager I've wanted to visit Iceland and now that I've dipped my toe into experiencing it's capital of cool I long to go back, hire a car and drive around the whole country on a 2-3 week trip. I longed to go but now I just long to go back!

Illustrated Map of Iceland ....Originally painted in gouache on heavy watercolour paper. Printed on Epson Matte.

 *** Please note the map is an artistic impression of the country but not to be taken literally***

Pip x