Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Illustration Friday: Twins

Here's my entry for this week's Illustration Friday. The subject this week is 'Twins.' A couple of people in the past have said that all my girls look like the same person but let me tell you, I didn't find it easy to draw this piece looking like convincing twins! The twin in blue is slightly taller and I've made the personalities slightly different too. Even with identical twins as these are, you often find that one person is more confident or extrovert than the other don't you?
Have a great week!
Jess xx

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Reworking a Painting and My New Obsession

Hello there! It's been a while hasn't it? Sorry about that, I've been spending most of my social media time on Instagram and getting particularly hooked on Instagram Stories. Have you discovered them yet? It's my new obsession! My username on Instagram is @jessiespainting if you'd like to pop over and say hello, I'd love to see you!
So today I'd like to show you the latest page of my sketchbook.

I've recently been using a limited palette and this one has just 4 colours, I think it works quite well. If I make myself stick to a limited number then it stops me from going overboard with all the colours of the rainbow which is something you'll already know if you've visited here before. 
Of course there's nothing wrong with making a painting with lots of colour and I still do that too as you'll see in a moment.

You might remember this 7 x 10 inch painting I did last year on canvas board. I was having a sort out last week and when I looked at it I had an overwhelming urge to jazz it up a bit.

I actually jazzed it up a LOT.

So it's under the same listing in my Etsy shop as before with its new photos. If you'd like to have a closer look, then please CLICK HERE to take you to the page. Thankyou for looking!

I hope you're having a good week,

Jess xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Illustration Friday, 'Wax'.

This week's word for Illustration Friday is 'wax'. This was a toughy! I've never drawn wax before as such and because the candle is actually quite small in this painting I decided to draw another kind of 'wax' in the picture. Can you see what I did?😊
I'll be listing this one and perhaps last week's too in my Etsy shop very soon. Do come and see me on Instagram if you have an account. I'd love to see you there!
Have a great week! xx

Monday, 6 November 2017

Illustration Friday, 'Women'.

Ok so I'm back! I'd thought I'd like to have a go at Illustration Friday this week. The topic this week is 'women'. So here are some women! I've often been asked why all my girls in my usual artwork look the same, well I thought here's my chance to have a collection of all sorts, both young and older. It's probably one the one strangest illustrations I've ever done so I'm not sure yet whether to make this into prints for sale. What do you think?😊

Hope you have a great week!
Jess xx 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

I'm changing my Blog.

Thankyou you SO MUCH if you're reading this because it means you've popped over to see what I'm up to.xx
I'm very sorry that I've not been here blogging as much as I'd like to, it seems that a lot of people are abandoning their blogs and spending more time on Instagram these days. I'm afraid I too am one of those 'guilty' of this!
As a very visually oriented person I know the appeal of posting on Instagram. I believe it began as a photography site and for people like me who would rather look at pictures than text, it's the ideal place to catch up on what others are doing.
So after a lot of thinking, I've decided to use Instagram as my main blog, so if you'd like to see what I'm up to then do please come over there and say hello. I'd be so happy to see you there!
Social media is always changing and maybe I'll come back to Blogger again but for now I'm going to be at

Hope to see you there! 
Jess xx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

New Discoveries in Cornwall

We've had a lovely holiday in my favourite place, Cornwall.
While we were staying there this time, I wanted to visit the Eden Project, I've never been before. The biodomes were far bigger than I imagined. Their natural forms fit beautifully into the landscape.

This Peruvian wall painting intrigued me. It was inside the rain forest dome along with the words below.
Make of that what you will.

I liked the pattern inside this tree trunk, nature knows how to make the best shapes doesn't it?

I loved the beautiful yellow prairie plants. What lovely shapes they make against the dark interior of the hut.

Right across from the other side of the Eden Project landscape I could see a giant steel man sculpture. He represents 'Adam'. Apparently 'Eve' was there too but I didn't notice her. I'll have to go again and see all the things I missed the first time!

We stayed in St Ives which you'd never guess from looking at these photos would you? I've been there many times over the years because it's so perfect with so many different types of beaches and weather to choose from. Yes, choice of weather! It could be raining in the top car-park but on the harbour beach very hot sun, while Porthmeor beach could be as windy as you can imagine, all this at the same time.

From St Ives I've often noticed in the distance the lighthouse of Godrevy. The lighthouse is on a little island and in all these years I've never been to this part of the coast. I discovered it is stunning.
You can see St Ives across the bay from here. You'll need strong binoculars to see it properly though! It was an odd feeling seeing my familiar St Ives from such a different viewpoint.

Walking up along the coastpath, there were a few people looking over the side of the cliff. I thought they were just looking to see how high up they were or maybe watching sea birds but to my surprise there were actually hundreds of seals sunbathing on the beach below!
An amazing sight!
This ends in a sad tale though because using the binoculars we could see that one of the seals had recently given birth. The baby looked dead, so very sad. I'm sure this must happen all the time, it's the way of nature isn't it? There must also be lots of healthy ones that survive because I'm not sure if I've ever seen so many seals in one place, they must be doing ok on the whole.

The final evening we met up with Middle Daughter and her partner who live in Cornwall. Her favourite place is Perranporth and it also so happens to be my favourite place to watch the sun go down.

It really is one of the best beaches to watch the sun set in Cornwall. A lovely end to the holiday.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

A New Baby and a Society6 Update

I mentioned in my last blog post that I'll soon be bringing news of new beginnings. Well here he is! Little Ted is the newest member of the family, Middle Son's new baby son came into the world on Saturday, a bouncing 8lbs. Why do we say 'bouncing'? New babies don't bounce, or maybe they do?
I hope to be able to meet him in person as soon as they get home from hospital.😊

So, the last days of summer are upon us and my thoughts are turning to a reorganisation of my online shops.
I've been with Society6 for the past few years but now I feel it's time for a change. I love seeing my designs on different items and I've even bought my own items from them to give as gifts or to keep for myself but now that I've discovered Redbubble I personally prefer it and that's the reason I've decided to close my shop at Society6.
It is still open at the moment and will stay open until 18th September so if you'd like to buy an item from my Society6 shop, there's still a couple of weeks to get in there!
Thanks so much for looking and coming to visit me on my blog today. 
You can reach my Society6 shop by CLICKING HERE or by using the link at the the top of this blog. Don't forget, 18th September is the closing date.
Have a great week! xx

Thursday, 24 August 2017

A Busy August

I've had a very busy summer with family visiting 
and it's not over yet!

We've been on lots of outings,
Middle Daughter at Totnes Rare Breeds Farm

and drawing together,

After everyone left, we decided to have a few days away up north. 
First we stopped at The Peak District.

Here are some of the cottages in Eyam, Derbyshire. This village has a very sad tale of how they were wiped out by the black plague in 1665.

And the very pretty Bakewell, Derbyshire.

York was our final destination. I've been here once before and loved it, especially the Jorvik Viking Centre. It's recently reopened after a terrible flood and it's even better now than I remember it! I didn't take any photos while I was there. I was too busy soaking in every second of the experience but here's a short video from the web to give you a taste..
They look so real! The smells and sounds are incredible too.

Finally, we visited the York Railway Museum. I enjoyed looking at all the shapes and designs and was particularly impressed by the interiors of the royal carriages.

Queen Victoria's carriage ~ love the blue!

I enjoy looking at all the workings too. I think there's something very beautiful about machinery.

It's a big time of changes in my family this week. Here's the first one I'd like to share with you. Eldest Daughter and her family are leaving London so her lovely friends organised a special leaving message in their honour. (Top row of writing in pic. below)
Not just any old cinema, it's this one. (See below.)

So big changes are afoot.
I'll be back again soon to tell of  other new beginnings.
See you then.xx