Art and Illustrations To Inspire And Uplift

It’s been a tumultuous and busy past couple of weeks for most of the planet. I’m determined to keep sharing uplifting work, both new illustrations and ones from my back catalogue when they are relevant.

The situation has moved fast and already has provided reflections on gratitude, for what may have previously have been undervalued, and the situation its is a reset of perspective of who is, and what is important.

Sending heaps of kindness and wellness to all those who are unwell or suffering.

I’ve been busy adapting our home for lockdown, had to make heart wrenching strategic business decisions, as well as finding tech solutions to replace face to face demonstrations. I’ve managed so squeeze some time in for illustration, which is therapeutic and can hopefully brighten someone’s day. This art from my heart follows…

I’ve been finding the terms used such as self-isolating and social distancing as having very negative connotations, and wondered whether putting a more positive slant on staying at home might make this feel more enjoyable and therefore sustainable. Here’s an example of this work, I’ll be developing these ideas and responding the World Health Organisation (@who) Creative Brief to communicate the key messages.

Wear Your Wings – Copyright Kim

Home and family are everything. Despite the restrictions we must nurture our minds, bodies and relationships all from within our home. Thankfully technology can bridge between those we love but do not live with. Our families have come together for some great multi-generation live video calls which have been a great distraction and really made us laugh.

It’s snowing here. But it’s cosy, safe and warm in our home. Enjoy the home comforts. #stayhomesavelives

Here are a round up of the posts from my Instagram, to uplift and reassure.

This is for all those suffering with fear and anxiety. You are not alone. These feelings are understandable in this situation, so try to go easy on yourself. Comfort yourself with reassurance that you are safe and you are loved.

If there is someone that you feel would also like to see this please share. Spread the love. 💕 #stayhomestaysafe

There can be great joy in nature and this lovely season. Flashback to this watercolour painting from last year created as a book cover design.

The bright flowers are blooming to herald Spring, the birds are singing, daffodils shine bright. The sun radiates low into the rooms to warm away winter. Beautiful weather last week made the first days of lockdown easier as the garden is springing to life and the birds are full of energy and song.

Stunning spectrums that I spotted in our kitchen, cast by a refractive book cover being hit by the sun’s rays.

Have Courage, Hold On. We are stronger than this thing. #alonetogether

I sprayed this positive quote from Audrey Hepburn in our garden, as a reminder, and for a little spray painting therapy.

Relaxing retreating in reading at the end of the day.

Watercolour and digital. You might recognise this scene from my chalet picture. Worked with a work in progress scan digitally to create this piece with a work in progress scan digitally to create this piece. #stayhomesavelives

Enjoy the Great Indoors. Whether you choose to scale your stairs for a work out, adventure to far flung places on Netflix or enjoy some Eastern philosophy on your yoga mat, wishing you a lovely day. #stayhomestaysafe

Created this house in watercolours on wet then developed this further to create the composition at the top of this post…

And finally: Only Tweet the good. Trying to only share positive and factual content. The birds are so active around our home, their beautiful song so clear in the stillness.

Thanks for being here. Stay safe, stay home and if there’s somebody who you feel would like to see my work please share the blog with them.

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Thanks so much for being here. See my Facebook Page and Instagram for more frequent updates and work.

#staysafestayhome

Kim

#washyourhands

Technical Ski Illustrations

Last week, before the world shifted on its axis, I worked on further illustrations for my intended A-Z Glossary of Ski. The previous post A-C can be found here.

Apres-Ski in the A-C Post.

Thinking of everyone at this time. We are all existing in a new uncertain era. Whatever brings us joy can be our elixir for hope and positivity so if yours is skiing, or you want some escapism, then read on…

This work seems less relevant with so many ski areas closed, but as I’ve already completed it, here it is. I asked on my Facebook Page and the consensus was to continue to share this work. Follow this blog to see more.

D for Drag Lifts

Next up is D for Drag Lifts. There are the solo kind – button lifts and pomas, and the more challenging t-bar. The t-bar can be romantic but if boot buckles get stuck together or there is a significant height difference it can be a battle to stay on the lift all the way to the top.

One of my closest friends was tiny so the poma lifted her off the snow, and she would be literally sitting, holding on, rotating. We would see her and hope that when she got to the top she’d be facing forwards.

B is also for Bindings

This idea kept popping into my head so I backtracked to letter B, and in addition to the Piste-Basher artwork I created this technical illustration to demonstrate ski bindings.

These vital pieces of ski equipment save your legs, and knees, by releasing in the event of a fall or irregular force.

I used hand drawing and then digital techniques to make this piece on paper and iPad and Apple Pencil. Creating some fun pink and yellow screwdrivers in the process.

Piste Off – Jumping on to S for Signs

This was one of the ideas I had for ‘S’ for Signs for the A-Z of Ski, a play on off-piste, which sadly is internationally appropriate, and how many skiers are saying that they feel online.

I’d next intended to use the letter ‘E’ for Extreme Skiing and maybe eating and adventures when I work on this project. I’m open to suggestions. What’s your favourite extreme skiing memory? Share your memories in the comments, would be great to read them, alternatively email me.

I’ve had a good number of requests for prints of ski illustrations. I’ll be exploring selling these as downloads for print at home, with global logistics in mind. More on this soon.

Regular bright cheery doses of inspiration emerge on my favourite social media Instagram, also on Facebook and my art movies and animation on YouTube.

And finally: Smile

Smiling causes the brain to release endorphins, triggering positive feelings, this lowering stress levels and enhancing your mood.


Follow the arrow directions on the diagram to trigger better feelings.
Even pretend smiling has positive effects. Repeat whenever you feel blue.

If you need creative communications solutions, crisis management support, or visual content, get in contact.

Stay light, stay home, keep finding ways to feel joy.

Bye for now,

Kim

Here are links to my latests posts…

Ski A-Z X and O

Here are my latest illustrations for the book project I am working on The A-Z of Ski. New illustration to demonstrate those magic, powder days off-piste. If I had to place this it would be Plan Peisey part of the Paradiski area in France. Ski themed decorative letters featuring off-piste ski tracks, snowflakes, mountains and … Continue reading Ski A-Z X and O

Rollercoaster Ride To Remember


The roller coaster turned and accelerated as gravity pulled it violently down the near vertical track. The wind rushed at the riders. Screams of fear and excitement. It plummeted down on its tumultuous course. The track levelled out before climbing rapidly again the momentum from the first drop carrying it along at “speeds of up to eighty miles an hour“. They were at its mercy, powerless beings in the metal framework jerked about in the cars as they sped along the track.

They continued up, higher. The cold damp sea air blew in their faces, it seemed to be mixed with spray from the rough grey sea below. The roller coaster slowed slightly as it began over the top of the highest rise. They looked at each other. Gene laughed gleefully, her daughter returned the laugh but with a degree of foreboding.

“Are you all right Mum?”

Gene had her hand to the right side of her face. She bore an odd expression. She moved her hand.
“Your face has all gone down on one side!” Cally said, and tears welled in her eyes as Gene’s appearance provided an immediate diagnosis of what had happened.

The mother’s eyes flashed with fear. They seemed to scream for help, but she could not speak.

“I won’t cry if you don’t cry.” Cally said as she reached for her phone. “Hey Siri, please call an ambulance.”

This is an edited excerpt from a short story I wrote. I have created this conceptual illustration to accompany the narrative.

This piece follows my recent illustrated travel feature on heli-skiing in Russia. You can see the article at the link in the list below…

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Thanks for being here. Sorry that this is heavier than my usual content. The good news is that the human body is an amazing thing and in time it can rebuild the pathways and can restore much of what has been damaged. Believe, and if you’re in this situation, try to stay positive and be there for the person, they might just surprise you in their recovery.

The next post will be more positive, I promise.

Kim

A-Z Ski Glossary

I can now reveal my new project, the A-Z Ski Glossary illustration project. This will become an illustrated book, you can follow along as the work develops over the coming months. Here’s my creations for A-C.

A is for Apres-Ski and Alps

Intending to capture the atmosphere after a day on the slopes and feeling everything from euphoria of achievement, to relaxing relief, I painted this conceptual illustration in honey based watercolour paints.

The painting in progress

Because Apres-Ski is reputed to be a party straight from slopes, whilst still wearing ski boots, it’s all happening in a ski boot.

The artwork features a live music band entertaining skiers and snowboarders, some are dancing on tables, two are relaxing in deck chairs, there’s a little romance on the balcony whilst a discussion of the day’s route tales place over a piste map, and a light hearted snowball fight is underway.

There’s a bar and snacks for refreshment and an open fire to take the chill off as the sun sets and the party goes on into the evening.

This will be applied as editorial illustration and wall art for limited edition prints email me for an order form at inspirebykim@outlook.com

B is for Basher, Piste-Basher

Predominantly nocturnal machines they are responsible for grooming the pistes. I love to feel the corduroy they create.

They make the glide magical and the speed exhilarating. It’s a treat to see them in the daytime and enjoy their fresh track with short swings turns. Also referred to by the brand Pisten-Bully.

This piece was inspired by when I was lucky enough to drive a piste-basher. It was challenging and fun.

C is for Chalet

Chalet – a wooden house with overhanging eaves, common in alpine regions.

Copyright Kim 2020

After a satisfying day on the slopes in the fresh air and cold it’s lovely to snuggle up and get warm. In the mountains it feels easier to disconnect and go offline with a good book or watch a movie undisturbed. Get comfy and unwind. There are a number of things which begin with ‘C’ in this illustration.

Here’s a little chalet video..

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Thanks for being here. Stay safe on the slopes and enjoy!

Kim