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Horse in Tulips

I decided to paint this Horse in Tulips after @mchorpash asked last week what was the hardest thing to draw, to which I said ‘Horses’.

Seeing this majestic horse on our walk this past weekend made it the perfect opportunity.

A weekend also filled with bountiful tulips for our wedding anniversary encouraged this composition painted in Acryla Gouache and metallic watercolour.

I enjoyed painting this work whilst video chatting with my good friend @dg_realise who was painting beautiful birds.


I’m pleased with the painting. Hoping I can identify the owner to show them the painting.

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Ways To Feel Better

I wrote this blog post at the beginning of lockdown but for some reason didn’t share it. So I’m sharing it now…

Here are some ways to feel better. Here’s a bright inspiring wordsearch. Just a couple of minutes but the words will uplift you. Best done in a morning, to set a positive tone for the day.

You might like to create a word search of your favourite things. Maybe send it a friend who also loves the activity.

If you or the children fancy an art challenge why not paint, collage or print your bunting for home, and will also brighten up social media. If you have bunting already then maybe let it fly. Individual bunting flags around 16cm wide can be decorated and then sewn onto ribbon or placed on a length of sellotape.

Many people are making rainbows and displaying them in their windows for children to spot.

Here’s one for our window. For this technique I wet the paper where I wanted a colour to go, ie in an arc for the red. Then added gouache paint, which then flowed to the edge of the wet area. I then wet the next section and overlapped the red as I applied the yellow paint, therefore creating the orange when they layered. And so on. It’s an easy way to create a rainbow using just red, yellow, blue and an indigo, for contrast. Gouache colours are vibrant. This technique, paint on wet, needs a good thick paper or card so it remains nice and smooth and not buckled.

If video is what moves you then check out my art movies and animations on YouTube.

Leave the mixer in the cupboard and bake with just the strength and motion of your stirring, folding the ingredients. Let your mind wander as you mix and let yourself become engrossed in following the steps of a recipe. Edible treats are at the end so baking is a lovely thing to do. If you have time that you would normally have you might enjoy decorating them with pretty details.

My lovely niece enjoyed carefully decorating these buns so beautifully after breaking her foot. She enjoyed taking time in a way she wouldn’t normally and we all enjoyed these delightful bakes.

Planting and growing a garden can be so delightful and fulfilling.

For pretty much daily inspiration and content designed to make you feel better follow my Instagram and it Facebook Page,

Enjoy, be happy. Stuff will happen but we can escape into our own imagination, or each other’s imagination.

Have a better day, repeat and relax.

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Ice-Cream and Fab Lolly Sign Designs

I’ve created some garden sign designs of ice-cream and ice lolly nostalgic summertime themes.

Ice-Cream painted sign. The wonderful, iconic 99 ice-cream, here in a tasty wafer cone, with chocolate at the end. 😋 Poster design to enhance the garden shed.
Adding some fun summer icons.

The second design, with the same colour palette, again in acrylic paints was themed on the Fab ice lolly.

Nice weather meant it was possible to get outside and paint.

Have a Fab day! Fab ice lolly themed poster art. Enjoyed painting this piece. Please scroll sideways to see the work.
Research was fun, and tasty 😋. The fab lolly is a product which is still going strong after more than 50 years!

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Hot Days Eating Cool Ice-Cream

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H in the Ski A-Z Book

Here’s the latest instalment in the Ski A-Z Glossary book I am presently working on…

H is for Hot Chocolate, a delicious comfort for snow lovers if all ages on a cold day, Warming up with a cup of hot chocolate in a mountain hut, with a log fire crackling, is a treat that revives the spirit for the skiing ahead.

H is also for Hot Tub. Warming the muscles at the end of the day in a hot tub is a soothing way to relax. These can often be found in a hotel spa, but a warm bath with salts can be as effective, although less sociable.

I’ve combined the two to create this fun Hot Choc Hot Tub illustration.

H is for Helmet – an essential piece of ski kit especially for skiing fast and when venturing off the marked pistes. Ski helmets are warm and cosy, sometimes too warm, so those with air vents which can be open or closed are a helpful solution.

H is also for Heli-Skiing, when a helicopter drops you off on a remote peak and you ski on slopes that would otherwise be inaccessible. I previously shared an account of heli-skiing in Russia. This travel memoir will appear in the ‘H’ pages in the Ski A-Z book. Here is the link if you’ve not seen it.

Heli-Skiing Travel Memoir

Editorial Illustration

Next up will be ‘I’ – so watch this space and Follow, if you’re not already doing so to see the new book content as it is created.

Thanks for being here. These are links to the previous ski artworks and content…

Apres-Ski Illustration

Technical Ski Illustrations

A-Z of Ski – E for Exhilaration

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Ski A-Z – F for Flying, Freedom and Flow…

The latest instalment of my Ski A-Z for the letter ‘F’

There is flow and freedom in skiing which can feel like you’re flying. I love it when gliding along on skis on the mountain tops can feel like flying. Often birds can be seen flying in the valleys below.

I wanted to capture this feeling in this artwork. A sunny day is a must to conjure this magic feeling.

I feel this sensation of flight most in Les 3 Vallees above St Martin de Belleville and Meribel, when heading in the direction of Val Thorens.

The feeling of flying got me thinking about how Olympian Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards must be the British person who has most experienced a feeling of flying on skis. Unusually Eddie, originally a downhill racer, first ski jumped as an adult. In a feat of courage and resolve he created a new British ski jumping record of 73.5 metres, the equivalent of jumping over 6 double decker buses.

I contacted Eddie (his given name is Michael), now inspiring people as a motivational speaker. I asked him about how skiing can feel like flying.

Eddie Edwards, said, “To fly……. is to be free!!”

I wanted to create an illustration which captured the freedom of flight mentioned in Eddie’s quote, along with the joy he demonstrated to the crowds after his Olympic ski jumps.

I don’t usually have a person in mind when painting faces for the Ski A-Z characters, I’m more trying to demonstrate joy and emotion in the expressions of the skiers.

A big thank you to Eddie for the quote, and the inspiration for the illustration.

Finally here’s a very short animation of the Fly, Freedom, Flow painting with a delicate ethereal stitched wing, to bridge between reality and imagination.

So, next up is the letter ‘G’ watch this space and follow to be sure to see the new work as it’s created.

Many people missed out on skiing this winter or had their seasons cut short. I hope that my artworks can give a positive vibe, to spark feel good memories.

If you’ve not seen the previous ski illustrations I’ve been working on you can see them at these links.

Technical Ski Illustrations

Ski A-Z ‘E’ for Extreme, Enjoy and Exhilaration

My favourite – Apres-Ski Illustration

Heli-Skiing in Russia – Illustrated Travel Memoir

Ski Illustrations

A-Z Ski Glossary

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Ski A-Z ‘E’ for Extreme, Enjoy and Exhilaration…

I wasn’t sure as to whether there is relevance to continuing on with my ski A-Z project in the present global climate. But time is spent in lockdown should be time made better by finding the joy, and I get a lot of joy from making this work, and so I found that it felt best to continue. There’s a lot of people who enjoy skiing and mountain sports and so maybe share in the work can share some joy too.

If you’ve not seen my artworks for the letters from A to D then check out the links at the bottom of this blog post to catch up there.

Next up is the letter ‘E’ there are a lot of words that came to mind for E and I have incorporated this into a large artwork which illustrates some of my favourite ski feelings.

These are:

Enjoyment of the soaring peaks and stunning views of the mountain environment.

Exhilaration of skiing strong and fast, putting myself against the challenge of the mountain slopes. I always enjoyed giant slalom, over slalom courses, when we were ski racing.

Experiences – Skiing is a great switch off as it’s so engrossing physically and mentally that it’s hard to think of anything else meaning it’s a magic kind of mountain meditation.

One of the ways I love to experience and soak up the mountain atmosphere is to get off the piste and find somewhere to just sit, and be in an entirely natural environment, ideally with a semmel sandwich and a refreshing drink. To sit awhile and take it all in. For the non skiers, if you can get your skis into the snow you can use your ski poles between them to make a seat. Alternatively you can sit on the snow, ideally on a rucksack or plastic bag to avoid getting a soggy ski pants.

Extreme skiing needs you to have your wits about you and is so satisfying when you look back up a slope that you’ve achieved. Often having experienced a range of emotions on the way from doubt and fear to joy and euphoria.

My most extreme ski experience was Heli-skiing in the Caucasus mountains of Russia and Georgia. I illustrated an account of this trip which you can read and see at this link.

Here are the links to the Ski A-Z work already created…

Apres-Ski Illustration

A-Z of Ski Glossary

Technical Ski Illustrations

Watch this space for the ski paintings for the letter F…

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Kim

West Side Story Poster Design

My submission for the West Side Story poster design brief for #makeartthatsells. Theatre production poster for West Side Story on Broadway, NYC.

Work in progress Letters cut from striking papers I’d painted.

I added dancer shapes cut from paper and, a compass point, then wrote text in Procreate app to complete the design.

Experimenting with bold textured lettering creating using Dr P..H, Martin Liquid Watercolours

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Kim

Illustration and Animation Solutions

Illustration is a great alternative for marketing campaigns, where filming isn’t presently possible due to social distancing. Get in touch to discuss your marketing/ campaign requirements.

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When resuming business operations striking visuals will be key to getting cut through to reach your customers and intended audience.

I bring PR skills and experience into illustration and design to create on message visual content.

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Peace Bear Design

This is the design I developed for a 6ft tall bear sculpture for the Bears of Sheffield city art trail, a fundraising initiative for The Children’s Hospital Charity for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Sheffield is a vibrant and wonderfully diverse city with many languages spoken. The Peace Bear represents all these languages in a message of peace and unity.

Peace is written on the bear in the languages of Sheffield’s people in community workshops, using their script, so that everyone can find their ‘Peace’ on the bear.

Peace has so many meanings of understanding, acceptance and cooperation, which underpin life in Sheffield.

Trialling paint hues. After enjoying Japanese watercolours and gouache lately I reminded myself of the characteristics of acrylic paint.

I enjoyed the process and look forward to seeing all the brightly coloured bears around Sheffield, raising money for this important and worthwhile charity.

These were my favourite designs from the Herd of Sheffield in 2016 which raised over £610,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital with 58 large and 72 small elephants.

The Elephants were all united at Meadowhall at the end of the campaign.

Unfortunately my design was not commissioned this year but thought I’d share my design to send love and peace to all at this challenging time.

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Easter Craft Ideas

Happy Easter to you and all your loved ones.

I hope you’re well, and are managing to find comfort and joy at home.

Easter is lovely time to make colourful seasonal creations featuring bunnies, chicks and chocolate. Here are some of my favourite creative Easter craft ideas to inspire.

This is my virtual greeting card design for Easter 2020. The Easter bunnies are enjoying their chocolate egg dwelling which is blooming with tulips. The family have made a fun helter-skelter slide, and will be delivering brightly wrapped house shaped chocolate treats over the Easter weekend.

I’ve created a colouring sheet of this artwork, you can download this at the end of this post.

Painting eggs is a classic idea, but gives beautiful effect. Hard boil the eggs and then paint with acrylic paints, the ones pictured are metallic. The eggs make a lovely table decoration for your household Easter celebration. You could try painting with food colouring if you want to still eat the eggs afterwards.

This was the Easter greeting I created for Easter 2018 – tulips, chocolate, a chick and a bunny.

If you have a space hopper you could bounce around a set course or route and time the races. Great comical fun.

This was a nice family activity from a few Easters ago, to make egg shapes to hide around home or the garden, fried eggs for fun and they are more difficult to find as they camouflage on pale surfaces. You can re-use polystyrene and cardboard from packaging.

This fun Easter decoration was at head height in the cloakroom and transformed everyone to the Easter Bunny as they washed their hands.

This cute little guy was digitally imposed into this egg design as my Easter greeting for 2019. Cute as any bunny to me.

I created this illustration for the local tennis club last year. What would an Easter greeting based on your favourite sport look like? You might like to draw this.

You can download and print this colouring page at the link below. I’d recommend coloured pencils or fine felt tip pens, as there are a number of small areas and details. For best results you might wish to try using just three or four Easter colours.

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Easter Egg Pattern Design