Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Week in Cornwall ♥


Hello bloggers! I'm sorry I haven't been out visiting your blogs for a while. I have a very good excuse you know :) because I've been away for a while in beautiful Cornwall discovering new parts that I haven't been to before! This top picture I took at the lovely Prussia Cove.


Here's where we stayed, Porthleven. It can get very windy here and the storms hit it very hard last winter. The weather was calm and warm most of the time while we were there, so I was able to walk along the coast path to take this picture of the town.


My memory of the Lizard Peninsula is of dragging horizontal children through the wind to look at the view! It was actually Lizard Point that I'd been to before and this experience had delayed going anywhere near there again, so when I saw Mullion Cove for the first time last week I was amazed at how stunning it was!
Mullion Cove was spectacular and I thought how it must be the best place around here, until that is, I visited Kynance Cove!


Oh my goodness what a paradise it was. The cafe there had the tastiest food too!


I took my sketchbook with me and made a few quick sketches while we were out and about.
Below are people near Smeaton's Pier in St Ives watching the seals who have no fear of humans, I expect they know where the fish will come from later in the day! 


Another very picturesque place we visited was Helford.


 The cottages there are so pretty. Piano music drifted in the air as we walked around the village, how very perfect!



 Cape Cornwall is somewhere I've been to many times in the past and the summer heather is so lovely and soft underfoot.



 There was a basking shark in that water! Don't bother making the photo larger to try and see it, I didn't manage to capture it on camera because it moved so quickly and every time I clicked, it would disappear under the water!




We wanted to avoid the dreaded A30 holiday traffic going home so we spent some time in Polperro on the way home.


 It's been many years since I've been there and I'm happy to say it was as lovely as I remember it. :)


Thankyou for visiting me here today. My Etsy shop will reopen again on Monday with some new paintings for sale. I'd love it if you came back here to see them!

I hope you've had (and are still having!) a lovely summer. 
x x


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Brighton, North Wales and Devon


Hello Bloggers! I've been absent from here for a while haven't I? The reason for this is because I've had a few trips away, some amazing (Brighton, my new favourite place!) and North Wales and of course my usual trips to Devon. And as you might have guessed, I haven't had much time for painting, a page of my art journal is all I can show you at the moment. See the pic above. :)

Brighton Pavillion

One of the wall displays in the hotel. 

These deckchairs were so cute, only about 6 inches high. What an unusual idea for wall decoration don't you think?
I wish I'd taken more pictures when I was in Brighton but time was limited. I do however have some to show you that I took inside the Toy and Model Museum. 


 I love those old tin buckets. I don't these these have seen much sand-action, almost too lovely to ruin with play!


 The Punch and Judy puppets are scary aren't they?!


I don't think you'd be able to get a devil doll or an executioner doll these days?!


  I love to see the old dolls from long ago, they seem much more real than today's don't they?
Maybe they are! :)





These are theatre models. I liked looking at the detail on their costumes. I used to make a lot of dolls' clothes when I was a child. When I was ten I even set up my own business selling them at school, complete with illustrated catalogue...until the teacher found out!

Again, our visit to North Wales was brief and it rained heavily (thanks to Hurricane Bertha!) but I managed to capture this stunning scene on my phone when the rained died down for a moment.


Aren't those colours amazing? It goes to show how naturally beautiful the scenery was without needing any help from fancy equipment. I would have taken more pictures if the clouds hadn't hidden everything in the next moment!

So on to Devon....

This is a place I haven't visited for years. It's called Overbecks near Salcombe.




 Love those shadows!





 Yes there were dolls inside the house too!




I can imagine these in a stop-frame animation. :)

Before I go, let me show you my new business cards that arrived from Moo.

I'm really pleased how they turned out, nice bright and vibrant colours. Just how I like it!


I hope you're having a good summer! x x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Exciting News x 2


Hi there, lots have been happening in the world of Jessie Lilac this week. It's funny how there's a lull and then things happen all at once isn't it?
First of all I want to tell you about a gallery near Bristol called Tinca Gallery that contacted me about my paintings. I went to visit them and it was the sort of gallery I love, the rooms were interesting shapes and very light and spacious, the work displayed was gorgeous and I was very thrilled when the lovely owners asked to have my paintings there!
It's been a few months since I've been in an exhibition so some of the paintings that they liked were still on Etsy. I've taken them off there now and I've decided that my Etsy shop will be for my smaller works and my watercolours from now on. :)


My other piece of exciting news is that I've been featured on the blog of Judy Darley, a local writer. She's written a lovely article about my work and I'm so happy that I was asked. Please click here to read it! :)

Thankyou for coming here today and for allowing me to share my happy news with you. I hope you're having a lovely summer. xx


Friday, 4 July 2014

The Dream Catcher and a Giveaway Winner.

 
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I love paintings about dreams but like a lot of people I tend to forget them not long after waking. But don't you find that often the feelings and atmosphere stay but the actual events remain...

...just out of reach?

The painting I've just finished is called 'Dream Catcher.'


I quickly sketched out my idea but I didn't spend much time on the sketches because what usually happens is that the sketches are better than the finished piece!


While I was trying to draw the lines on the dreamcatcher I thought I could really have done with my old set of Spirograph! Do you remember those? :)   Hmm..maybe it's good that I didn't because I quite like the free lines of drawing rather than an accurate technical line in my drawings!
So here's the finished piece:


Like the previous watercolours I've been painting, it measures 11 x 8 inches (30 x 21cm) and is now listed in my Etsy shop. :)
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This time last Friday I held a giveaway of my Foxy Painting and now I'm here to reveal the winner. It's Elizabeth Sheehy! Congratulations Elizabeth and thankyou to everyone who entered.


Your comments here and on Facebook warmed my heart. Thankyou so much. x x

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And before I go, I want to wish all my American friends a VERY HAPPY 4th July!

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Illustration Friday, Beard.


I haven't done the Illustration Friday challenge for a while and when I saw this week's subject 'Beard' I thought it's too far out my comfort zone to tackle! As you probably know, my painting subjects tend to be female and so it won't surprise you to know that this is the first beard I've ever painted. I came back to it today and with only one day left to submit, I thought why not?!

He looks quite thoughtful doesn't he? Maybe he knows his beard has got out of hand and needs trim? :)

Friday, 27 June 2014

Poppies, Sun and a Pony and a Giveaway Fox.


Thankyou so much for your kind comments in my last post! I've had quite a busy few days and not much time to keep up with posting so this one will hop from one subject to another as I show you what I've been doing. :)
You might have noticed the top picture of the gorgeous poppies? Well a lovely friend of mine Peri Taylor had already discovered this beautiful field and as it wasn't very far from where we live, a trip there was needed as soon as possible before the blooms had gone!

Let me share their dazzlement with you.





There's always one! ;)

So different to all the others but equally as beautiful.


Aren't they lovely? I've never seen so many up close like this before, it was a rare treat.

art journal page


The summer Solstice is a time when we go for an evening walk somewhere special (but not too far away) with my brother. This year we went to place called Coaley Peak. The weather was perfect and after both of us getting lost en route (!) (even though we were coming from different locations!) we finally arrived in time to watch the sun go down on the longest day.




Before I go, I want to show you the painting I've recently finished called 'Dip-dye Pony'.


If I was younger I'd like my hair to be like this. :) The beauty of being an artist is that I can still create the effect without actually doing it to my own hair!   #perksofbeinganartist ;)

This painting is watercolour and measures 11 x 8 inches (30 x 21cm) and is now available in my Etsy shop!

So onto the GIVE AWAY!



I've recently finished painting this watercolour painting and I thought it would be a nice idea to hold a giveaway with this as your prize! :)

There are 2 ways you can enter:
1. Put a link to this post on your sidebar of your blog or in a blogpost, leave a comment below telling me that you have. :)
or/and... 
2. Click HERE to enter on Facebook.

(You can of course do both for an extra chance of winning.) I'll be having the draw this coming Friday 4th July.

Thankyou for coming here to read my blog and for your wonderful supportive messages, I appreciate every one. xx