Get Home In Time For Tea

Finally, number four of the four illustrations I created for the Words to Live By exhibition ‘Get Home In Time For Tea’. The sentiment here being that after your day of adventuring, it’s important to wend your way back to your cosy Hobbit hole or campfire to enjoy a hot brew…and that it will taste all the more delicious after the fresh air and fun you’ve enjoyed on your escapades to the mountains, sea and forest.

It’s a concept I’d like to play around a bit more with in future illustrations. I really love the connection between nature and the outdoors and how it feels when you settle down to a cup of tea after being outside. Or indeed having a tea whilst out in nature. The comfort from the warmth of the cup and how it restores and revives you. Biscuits or cake to be included in this ritual whenever possible of course.

In the next post I’ll share the final, framed piece and a few snaps from the show itself before we move on to talk about some other things. In the meantime, get that kettle on! 🙂

Swim In The Sea…

Here’s the second of four illustrations that I created for our Drawn Chorus exhibition ‘Words to Live By’. Swimming in the sea is something that I will definitely be doing a lot of this Spring and Summer now that I’m living back by the coast. Though I will be waiting until the average water temperature gets just that bit warmer… I’m a fair weather swimmer, that’s just how it is! I’ve a huge amount of respect for the brave souls I see venturing in at this time of year though. It’s such a lovely thing to see so many happy people bobbing up and down in the water, even in icy January.

I used watercolours, conte crayons and 8B pencil for this piece. I imagined that the bather is the same figure from the previous ‘Visit the Mountains’ illustration, hence the same red hat and boots that are stashed on the nearby rocks while they relax in the water.

‘Words To Live By’ Exhibition

I’m very excited to to announce that I’ll be taking in part in the new Drawn Chorus Collective show ‘Words To Live By’! The show will feature the gorgeous work of a host of talented collective members plus our awesome guest artists. From illuminated wordplay to typographical personal mantras and gilded sign writing, the show will celebrate the combining of text and image across a wide range of mediums.

If you’re in London town between the 15th and 21st of November, do come along to the Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road and say hello. There’s going to be a popup shop too, if you’re looking for a few Xmas treats. I’ll have some Owlstation Store goodies there at special show prices (come bag yourself a bargain!).

Aside from my excitement of actually being part of a real, physical, IRL show again…I’m just so looking forward to seeing some art for the first time in forever! The Private View will take place on Thursday 18th 6pm – 9pm, I’ll hope to see you there.

Beautiful ‘Change’ poster artwork by Dionne Kitching and designed by Mike O’Brien.