Afternoon delight

Some afternoon delight with pencil and watercolour. Guess who this is supposed to be. I’ll give you a clue – she met her end under a royal horse…

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The Lady
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The beginnings
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The tools
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The detail

Trying something new

Hello all!

Hope you had a good and relaxing Festive season. Here, we were enjoying some home-time, some nice company and LOTS of great food.

In between snacking sessions and naps, I had some fun with learning a bit more about “Tilt Shift” photography (selective focus for simulating a miniature scene).

It’s great to experiment from time to time, going outside my comfort zone. Working on older images allows me to also appreciate photos from a while back and remember all the wonderful places we have been to in the last few year.

I’m not entirely convinced of my attempts, but here they are anyways.
(All photos by me – China, London, bis, bis, Japan, London)

 

Sailing away!

A boat drawing in pencil, a cut-out and some spray paint. I’m loving the combination of techniques I’ve enjoyed using in the past all coming together for this one.

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The dancer

Feeling great now that we’ve settled-in a bit more in our new home.

Digital creative print from a photo taken at cousin’s wedding. 2015.

Pixlr1 signed

Stitches and veggies

This was a great pre-bedtime activity. Nothing relaxes you more than needle and thread through material. Very soothing.

Strange title for a blog post, I admit.

We’re back in the UK and letting the dust settle after two whirlwind and wonderful years of travel. Being in one place for a prolonged period feels good and makes me want to do “homely” stuff. I’ve been cooking a storm, baking and looking into gardening (first have to find a suitable plot of land!). The closest I can get to it at the moment is through ordering organic veggie and fruit boxes from local farmers. Whenever we’re living in London, we usually sign up for those yummy weekly deliveries. I would say that on average, we pay about 10-15% more for the food, but it’s delivered to your door, it’s organic and you get to meet the farmers via the newsletters and profiles on the company’s website. Plus, we’re not big meat eaters, so the bills are actually quite reasonable. For me, the closer we get to the earth, the better. We use “Able & Cole”.

The veggies come in these boxes which the company reuses. Minimal packaging.
The veggies come in these boxes which the company reuses. Minimal packaging.

Bonuses include very minimal packaging, the convenience of online selections and the recipes that the company includes weekly. The box is a surprise each week and gets me to discover new veggies which I wouldn’t normally choose. Bottom line is that these schemes are good for your health and for the environment, as well as being a great support for local farmers. Check if your community has one!

Hopefully though, we’ll be able to grow our own little veggie patch sometime in the near future.

As you can see, you can also order all your other bits like eggs, almond milk, butter, fish, cheese and the list goes on! All organic and local (some exotic fruit is not from the UK though).
As you can see, you can also order all your other bits like eggs, almond milk, butter, fish, cheese and the list goes on! All organic and local (some exotic fruit is not from the UK though).

Art wise, I feel very inspired lately by fabric art. I’ve tried batik in Indonesia and absolutely loved it. But there are countless other forms of fabric art to explore, including stitching. Incorporating fabric to paint/drawings can make for some interesting effects which I am now dabbling in. Here are a couple of examples of the latest.

This one is still "in progress" and it sewn onto linen canvas. A bit more tricky to pierce the canvas.
This one is still “in progress” and it sewn onto linen canvas. A bit more tricky to pierce the canvas.
This was a great pre-bedtime activity. Nothing relaxes you more than needle and thread through material. Very soothing.
This was a great pre-bedtime activity. Nothing relaxes you more than needle and thread through material. Very soothing.
"The man with the stitched-up face". First attempt at "sewing art".
“The man with the stitched-up face”. First attempt at “sewing art”.

So that’s it for the “stitches and veggies”. Visit “www.iamni.com” to see the latest and to purchase any art you liked.

Thanks for reading!