A World Turtle {Art}

This coming Monday (May 23rd) is World Turtle Day.

I love turtles they are magical creatures and won’t be around much longer if we don’t look after them.

World Turtle Day was created so that people could celebrate turtles (and tortoises) and their sadly disappearing habitats. I melded it with my love for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series and this is what my brain came up with.

“Through the fathomless deeps of space swims the star turtle Great A’Tuin…”

Floating ever onwards through space, the occupants of its castle gaze happily at the universe and other distant stars.

Drawn with a 0.1 and 0.3 fine line black ink pen, I’m really quite pleased with it and may even colour it in!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks post, it was a lot of fun to come up with. Do you have any suggestions on colours for the turtle or think things can be improved?

Advice from a Caterpillar {Art}

This weeks post is about about one of my all time favourite book characters – the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland!

And while the original Sir John Tenniel illustrations are in black and white in the book the Caterpillar is described as being blue (and precisely 3 inches tall) so I thought that this weeks posts should all have blue tones. Theres a couple of cute drawings, some hand lettering art of “How Doth the Little Crocodile” and a brilliant Terry Pratchett quote!

So, enjoy some blue toned caterpillar/mushroom related art…

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Swans in black and white

Hello my friends, I hope you had a safe and joyful new year! Lots has been happening here – I’ve changed my url to artymissk.com (it feels so cool to be .com) and I thought that I’d kick off my first real post of the year with some photo editing.

I really love black and white images – they feel timeless so I thought I’d have a go at editing the swan photos that I took last year.

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The White Rabbit {Art}

The White Rabbit was illustrated by Sir John Tenniel for ‘Alice’s adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll in 1866. I absolutely love his illustrations, so this is my attempt at Sir John’s White rabbit of Hearts. I’m quite pleased with it! Drawn with Winsor & Newton Indian ink.

“Near the King was the White Rabbit with a trumpet in one hand, and a scroll of parchment in the other.

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A world of my own {Art}

Alice in wonderland has long been one of my favourite things in the world so continuing my experimenting with water colours to try and bring more green and nature inside in the winter and combining my love of all things green with my love of calligraphy and quotes, they don’t take long to do, but look really effective against a white wall – my funny little brain likes to pretend its alchemy!

Yellow flowers in the sun {Poetry}

Firstly Happy national poetry day 2021! Secondly just a short post this week

As its the 7th of October thought I’d post this haiku!

I really love to write Haiku’s its so quick and easy. For those who may not know Haiku (or Hokku) is a Japanese form of verse most often composed (in English versions) of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Thanks for reading,

have a great week.

Number seven {One frame}

Do you have a lucky number?

I don’t know why, but this always makes me smile. It’s a random paving slab (about 6×6 inches) in the middle of a field, but it’s a seven – which is of course not only lucky but also a magic number…or the field is #7…but then you have to wonder where they’ve hidden the other six!

The Hobbit

On this day in 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published. The first line of chapter 1 is ‘In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit.’ this particular book has always ben a favourite of mine and I read it more or less once a year. The copy I have was illustrated by Michael Hague and I found it in a little coffee/bookshop near LochNess in Scotland.

Placed onto the page is a coaster I made of a cartoonised door to BagEnd.

Also seeing as tomorrow is September 22nd – which is Bilbo Baggins’ Birthday I dug out my very well read copy of The Hobbit, think I might read it again…safe to say this is the book that ignited my love of dragons! Michael Hauge’s illustrations are beautiful and lead me to the works of John Howe and Alan Lee.

Thanks for visiting, have a safe adventure.

Spring Is Coming

Wow…I officially haven’t posted anything for like a whole year…actually it might even be longer than that!

New year’s resolution – start posting again!

Everything’s changed its a little bit scary…still lets keep our hopes bright for the future.

The Dormouse

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Celebrating the 150th birthday of Alice, these quirky wall hangings make a great gift for the curious minded.

These Wall Mounted Animal Heads are handmade, using various felts and british standard padding. As the name suggests these Feltsidermy are created using mainly felt. Each head is filled with wadding and is backed onto a foam disc giving each head a nice backing board and will hang neatly onto the wall with a small loop on the back.

The Dormouse is complete with hand made artistic gold finish wire glasses.

All materials used are vegan friendly and kind to the environment, the felt itself is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Shop HERE

Making Impressions.

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Over the last week I’ve been playing with constructed textiles and thought I’d try laying brass buttons in a dish of latex (so much fun!) It took about 3 days to dry out and when I removed the buttons the latex had imprinted the pattern and taken the colouring from them. Now I can cut them up and use them as buttons.

Beyond infinity

‘Beyond infinity’ was a 2011, multi-sensory exhibition by the french artist Serge Salat, using mirrors, light, music, and art within architecture to change visitors’ perceptions of space. This was a large exhibition measuring 12.45 by 10.8 meters at a height of 3.8 meters, the main structure a steel infrastructure with a series of honeycomb aluminium panels covered in mirrors. Internally the space utilises spatial techniques traditional of Suzhou gardens as a means to send the visitor on a ‘mystical journey’. Painted wooden grids and steps add additional structure.

Within the installation, there is music playing, the lighting changes as visitors move throughout the various spaces whose dimensions are almost never ending as a result of the reflections cast by the mirrors helped by the lighting which changes from ultraviolet blue to white, offering a complete cycle that recreates day and night.