Bumblebees

Bumblebees are glorious little insects.  Their drowsy buzzing coupled with their plump, fluffy bodies languidly drifting from flower to flower always evokes warm spring days for me.  Having managed to capture this little chap on camera yesterday, I was saddened to read that the number of bumblebees in the UK is falling quite rapidly.

bumblebee

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust website states that two bumblebee species have become extinct in the UK since 1940.  Numbers of the remaining species are in decline and therefore, it is vitally important that we do what we can to make our outdoor spaces ‘bee friendly’.  Lots of plants and seeds are now labelled as bee friendly, so it’s easy to source different things to put in your garden/window box/patio tubs that will attract bees.  There’s a whole section on the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website that details the best ways to garden for bumblebees.  Just from observing them in my own and other gardens in the area, I know they are particularly attracted to lavender and the buddleia.

Interestingly, the website also has an online shop section where you can purchase pin badges.  I’ve bought a white tailed bumble bee badge to add to my collection because I think that’s the species of the one in my photo (it’s the closest looking one anyway!).

 

 

 

 

Cake, bunnies and geek chicks…

Weather-wise, wasn’t Good Friday a beautiful day? Sunshine yellow certainly seemed to be theme for me – from the delicious Easter nest cake I ate in Costa ,through to my homemade springtime displays for the house. I’m especially pleased with … Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’ by Kate Mosse

  I feel I did this novel a disservice when I started reading it.  Having finished my previous book, I dived straight into Kate Mosse’s latest without really pausing for breath.  This resulted in my first impressions of The Taxidermist’s … Continue reading

Yoga progress and the full moon…

does the full moon affect your yoga practice?

Having seriously increased my ‘mat hours’ recently, I have found that both my flexibility and strength have improved. I’m currently loving Triangle Pose and Happy Baby Pose, which according to the Internet, are both poses that help alleviate stress. However, my … Continue reading

Another arty update

I haven’t posted in simply ages!  By way of an apology, here’s just a few of my latest arty bits and bobs:

 

Vintage Guinea art and illustration

Art and illustration by Vintage Guinea

I’ve started doing some more illustration-based pieces, including lettering.  These pieces, along with lots of others, are available over on my Redbubble page.  Please do head over there and have a look.

A lot of what I draw ends up on my own walls, so although it might not look like it, there is a sort of commonality running through my work.  Obviously, animals are my primary source of inspiration but occasionally I do draw people – as you can see here.

I decided to upload my work onto Redbubble as it’s a site that enables artist, illustrators, photographers etc. to showcase their work and sell it on a range of different products.  Products are printed and created on demand, which means that as an artist I can offer a wide range of products and deigns that I simply wouldn’t be able to if I was having them printed myself.  The site also lets you follow other artists, so I get weekly updates on new pieces from other artists I admire.

The most popular piece on my Redbubble site is Hazel Squirrel.  There are clearly an awful lot of people out there who love red squirrels – I’m pretty sure the cute little face and big bushy tail help!  It’s hard for me to choose my favourite piece; it would probably be a draw between Lucian Hare and Lord Byron.  Both are pieces I drew because I wanted them on my own walls.  Despite being very different subjects, the style is similar, as is the colour palette.  A couple of people have asked me if I was going through my ‘blue period’ when I painted them.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s only recently that I’ve started doing more illustration and lettering work.  I think this has stemmed from how much I love clean lines and working with pen and ink.  I also love the way lettering looks on a white background – all crisp and defined.  I’m still slap bang in the middle of writing my MA dissertation, but after that is finished I would love to write and illustrate a children’s book featuring Beatrice Hare and friends.  I’m sure that if I’m determined enough, this will be attainable and not remain the pipe dream it has been for a number of years.  I might also design a colouring book too – so watch this space!

I’ve got a few pet portrait commissions to complete for Christmas so I shall endeavour to take some work in progress (WIP) pictures.  I love seeing WIP photos on sites like Instagram, as I’m always intrigued by how other artists approach their work. Hopefully, if I remember to take photographs I’ll get my act in gear and start getting a few blog posts uploaded too.

On a slightly different note, I have also started crocheting but I guess that’s a topic for a post in itself.  You can have a look at my attempts creations on my Instagram account or over on my Facebook page (link below).

 

 

 

 

A bit of history…

Last bank holiday Monday we visited the site of the Battle of Naseby.  I know I’m a tad late posting this but as the 370th anniversary of the battle is next weekend I figured it was (almost) topical!

Naseby is a village in Northamptonshire and in June 1645, it was the site of the most decisive battle of the Civil War.  Charles I and his Royalist troops were defeated by Oliver Cromwell and the Parliamentarians.

According to a flyer I found, The Sealed Knot and The Naseby Battlefield Project will be re-enacting the battle on 13th and 14th June, admission to which is free.  I might pop over and take a look.

Please excuse the quality of the photographs.  I didn’t take my camera with me so I had to rely on my iPhone.

The battlefield site was very quiet, despite a road running along side.  I don’t know if it was just my imagination, but it certainly felt like there was an atmosphere there…

naesby collage

Art for Sale

My walls are completely crammed with my art work, so I’ve decided to sell a few pieces.

Prices include postage to the UK – if you are interested in a piece and live outside the UK I am happy to find out how much it would cost and adjust the price accordingly.  Payment through PayPal & no returns please.

Blue Cats £17: Original mixed media on box canvas. Measures 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm (depth 2 cm)

blue cats for sale

Silver Stag £14: Original mixed media on box canvas. Measures 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm (depth 2 cm).

silver stag for sale

Copper Stag £14: Original mixed media on box canvas. Measures 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm (depth 2 cm)

copper stag for sale

Moongazing Hare £15: Print taken from my original acrylic on canvas.  Wooden shabby-chic style frame.  Measures 24.5 cm x 24.5 cm

hare for sale

If you have any questions, please pop them in the comment box below.

To see more of my art and additional images of the pieces above, click here.