A bit of a detour
My First Book!
Very exciting times here! A bit earlier than I'd expected, the first copies of my new book, "Passport to Painting" have started turning up!
A couple of years in the making since I was first approached by the lovely Ed from Search Press, my 'how to' guide on painting travel posters is now available at all good bookshops (I've always wanted to say that!), and has started being delivered to the lovely people who pre-ordered a copy.
According to Search Press, the book is
"A complete guide to producing your own travel-poster art, this book includes guidance on composing a strong design, selecting colours to make sure your artwork pops, and adding lettering for a picture-perfect finished poster. Learn to create key poster elements such as clouds, skies, water and architecture, and discover how to add your own stylized lettering.
This book shares her techniques and secrets for producing fun, charming artwork."
Click on the image to look inside (Takes you to Search Press's own website).
Many thanks to everyone involved, and full details can be found on Search Press's own website here.
Our new 2022 calendar is now available in my Folksy shop, featuring images from my travel posters of Britain's lovely cities, towns and villages. We hope you'll love the places we've chosen as much as we do - St Ives, Bath, Dundee, Padstow, Newcastle, The Isle of Wight, Whitby, Bristol, Dorking, The Lake District, Epsom, Edinburgh, Canterbury, Horsham, York and London!
There are different images each month, and space on each day to write those important events in. Printed at A4 landscape, on 170gsm paper, it's wire bound for easy hanging,
Calendars are delivered gift wrapped - just let us know if there's a short message you'd like included on the gift tag. Click here to see more pictures of it on Folksy!
Very pleased to be a part of a project 25 years in the making!
Last year, I was asked to illustrate the cover of "The History of Tobias' Paradise", a history of a small village in Brazil, and the farm at the heart of a large coffee plantation. The original writer passed away 25 years ago, but Tobias' great-great-grandson took on the task of completing the book, and it's now available on Google Play, Macawpress and (Brazilian!) Amazon. (Please note that it's in Portuguese.:) )
Bem feito, Geraldo!
My first calendar!
Excited to share that after many requests over the years, we finally have our first ever travel poster calendar now available, featuring 12 of my travel posters of Britain's lovely cities, towns and villages. With 133 posters in the range so far, it's been difficult to choose what to include, but we hope you'll love these places as much as we do - Dundee, Newcastle, The Cotswolds, Bristol, Oxford, Epsom Downs, Perranporth, Edinburgh, Whitstable, Skomer, Horsham and London!
It has a different travel poster for each month, and space on each day to write those important events in. Printed at A4 landscape, on 170gsm paper, it's wire bound for easy hanging.
Limited numbers now available in my online Folksy shop for £15 including P&P and gift wrapping.
New! House Portraits
I'm often asked to paint people's houses, but up until now, I've usually been too busy painting my way around Britain's lovely cities, towns and villages. But with the current situation, travel is a bit more difficult at the moment, so I've had time to paint some house portraits!
I can work from photos, or if you're reasonably close to Leatherhead, I can come round for a socially-distanced look. I can also do a bit of virtual gardening if you like!
The house portraits measure approximately 29.7x21cm, and come mounted in a contemporary black or 'shabby chic' white A3 frame, all for £190 (including P&P). If you're interested, please initially just get in touch by email or via the contact page, and we'll take it from there!
My 100th print!
Very Happy Artist!
The lovely people at the National Trust have asked me to supply the Polesden Lacey gift shop with some of my prints! Very happy to have them as a new stockist, and there may be more news to come soon as well...
UPDATE: The lovely people at Polesden Lacey asked me to produce an exclusive image of their rose garden, and are now selling it not only as a travel poster print, but on various merchandise such as tea towels, mugs, pocket mirrors, and more! All items, including the travel poster, are only available through the Polesden Lacey shop, but it's the perfect excuse to visit one of my favourite places!
They also very kindly asked me to provide artwork for their "Polesden Voices" exhibition which ran up till Christmas, and was due to restart this year, but sadly because of current events, the house itself is closed at the moment. Hopefully open again soon though.
A Letter from America...
Yes, that's Doppy, my Cowparade cow, in the rather fabulous looking photoshoot above! Her new owner very kindly got in touch this week - Doppy's been flown all the way to Florida! (It does sound like something from an episode of "Cabin Pressure"!) She looks like she's really enjoying her new movie star lifestyle... and leaving me a little jealous! (That pool does look nice...) But thank you so much to her new owner, and very happy that The Brigitte Trust charity will be benefitting from her sale.
Out and About
Cows, cakes, Capel - it's a Surrey Life!
On 20th August, I'll be at Capel Fair, so this week I've had a quick trip to research an image for my latest print. It's a beautiful little village to the south of Dorking, with a 13th Century church, alms houses, and pretty little gardens in full bloom with neat wooden fences as far as the eye can see.
On the way home, we stopped off at Tanhouse Farm by Newdigate, for lunch, including the best carrot cake ever!
Now the difficult bit - deciding what view to use for the print...
Surrey Life August issue
I was delighted to be asked for some of my towns and villages images to illustrate the August 'celebration' issue of Surrey Life magazine. I'd only expected a postage-sized stamp of each, and so was over the moon to open it and find three full-page images of my Epsom Downs, Guildford and Dorking prints. Thank you, Surrey Life! There's lots to read and lots of suggestions for places to go and things to do over the rest of the Summer. (See Cowparade below.) I do love Surrey!
Back at the end of March, I was asked if I'd be interested in painting a cow... and not just a painting of a cow. It turned out to be a full-size, fibreglass, Swiss cow (if you know your cows). It's all part of Cowparade, the world's largest public art event, now in Surrey, with Cowparade Surrey Hills . You may already have seen some fabulous, brightly-coloured cows decorating the Surrey Hills. There's even a mobile app to "collect" them with a prize for the most collected.
My cow, Doppy, is sponsored by AEW UK Ltd, owners of Dorking Office Park, and will help raise money for Dorking-based charity The Brigitte Trust, who provide support for people and families facing life-threatening illness.
Doppy made her first appearance, with red carpet, on Thursday, at the Prudential Ride London Expo at the Excel Centre in London. Some time next week, she'll be moooving to a Dorking location... Keep an eye on the Cowparade app for her mooovements...
STOP PRESS! (Sun 31st) After a coo-vert night-time operation, Doppy is now waiting for Chris Froome and friends at the top of Ranmore Common, near postcode RH5 6SR.
STOP STOP PRESS! (Mon 1st Aug) After her udderly amazing appearances on the BBC Ride London coverage yesterday, including a long, lingering aerial shot from the heli'cow'pter, Doppy has now moooved into position on Ranmore Road, by Dorking Office Park, (near The Triangle). She's very happy to say hello to everyone!
LATEST DOPPY NEWS - Very happy to hear Doppy sold at auction, and looking forward to seeing the proceeds going to The Brigitte Trust to help their fabulous work!
Vote for your favourite place
If you have a suggestion for where you'd like me to go (in the nicest possible way!), please just use the form to vote.
Some popular requests at the moment:
Swanage, Norwich, Liverpool, Banstead, Salcombe, Plymouth, Twickenham, Lyme Regis, Carshalton and Cardiff!
A lovely, eclectic mix as always!