A threatening sky


Inspired by the dramatic sky’s we’ve been having in the uk this month, I’m  enjoying painting skyscapes at the moment. It’s all about the sky! 

I’m layering washes to create sky’s with real movement. Yesterday’s inspiration came by my walk over the fields, luckily the rain held off long enough for me to get back home.

April showers.

  
I’ve been painting a lot of landscapes just lately which is very unlike me. I’m seeing a very strong shift in style that seems to of come upon me, and I’m embracing it with open arms and water laden brushes. 

It’s quite something for an artist when ones style changes on its own, without searching it out, and I think this is maybe because I wasn’t trying to change the way I paint, or change my subject (usually roses), I simply woke up the other morning with the desire to paint the seasons, in a free yet contrasting way.

I hope to produce enough work good enough to exhibit by the end of this year.

Let’s hope those seasons keep on inspiring!

Still life, Spring tea

  
I just love these little grape hyacinths, they cover my garden in late winter/early spring, and I love digging them up and putting them in vintage teacups and pots.

I’ve got a stall on a handmade and vintage market this Mother’s Day so will be potting up these little treasures to sell, I know I’d be chuffed to receive this gift.

Image shot in my garden room, cool daylight, ISO 400, shutter 90, F4 on my old Fuji DSLR with 100mm vintage Nikon lens.

Floral inspiration and a chamomile tea.

  
I love really good quality blank paper which I like to naturally stain and dry before working on. I feel it gives my drawings/paintings more depth.

Whenever I start any piece I have to accompany my work with a suitable cup of tea, as I’m drawing inspiration from wild flowers at the moment it seems only right to have chamomile tea, naturally sweet and calming.

I hope all of you are having a good day!

Emma

Swallows screen print.

   
 
Whilst we’re easing into a winters spring, I can’t help but look forwards to the delights that the warmth brings!

I love screen printing in the warm weather as I like to wander around with bare feet and wash my screens outside in the sunshine. I remember capturing the beauty of these sweeping swallows last year, and rushing home to transform them into a simple yet striking print onto natural linen.

I love not having any set rules or particular style, and just printing what has inspired me however I see fit to interpret it, that may be a sleek black screen or a pastel bright block!

My work at the minute is full of pastel brights, but I just thought this deserved a share.

Hope you are all having a good week!

Emma.

Calming February hues.

   
   
My china blue roses linen is the perfect soft delicate background for a February flat lay.

I love to take a minute, with a cup of chamomile tea, my wild flowers book for new inspiration, a fresh bloom and a scrap of one of my fabrics. It helps me creatively- to calm my mind, see where I’ve been and make plans for where I’m going.

It’s also a pleasing composition of textures for flat lay photography. The fragile paper thin bloom, the texture of the linen, the cover of the book and the cup of tea all work in harmony to create a calming February hue with a pleasing form.

My designs reflect the seasons and my mood of that moment, I remember painting this one  one whimsical evening when the light was hazy and the roses had wilted slightly on their branches. At the moment my designs are very bold and full of the joys of Spring, my colour palette at the moment is pastel bright, and my prints are bolder as I’m really loving designing blocks! However this digitally printed linen is still one of my favourites, and is always a beautiful inspiration on its own!

Emma

Textile design, my inspiration.

I’m often inspired by nature and what I see around me at the time. Flowers and birds seem to be the main ones, I’m always looking and marvelling at the blooms that come up and the swallows that sweep the sky. I like to study the texture, form and colour and where possible bring it home, but that’s where my camera comes in handy! It’s great these days to be able to instantly capture beauty, either on my phone or with my DSLR. Bellow are two of my favourites that inspired me to design the linen shown. 
  
My China Blue Roses linen is a slightly oriental chintz, extremely delicate and subtle with a pretty blue hue. It’s an original watercolour of mine which I have digitaly printed. The reason for my watercolour designs being printed digitaly is because they are tonal. It is great what they can do today, and this probably has to be my favourite fabric, I’ve designed  eight for digital print, although I love them, I much prefer to handprint either by silk screens or blocks as I love how instant and unique the process is.

I still draw from the same inspirations whatever method I chose to print in, but I’d have decided in my head first which tool I will be creating with. The initial process starts by studying the object and taking photos, then I draw it and sometimes paint it before tweaking it to be made into screen or block.

This year I’m looking at producing some more structured stuff in blocks and screens, I’m taking inspiration from tall plants and will be visiting lots of gardens, I’m looking forward to it!

Emma

Textile design, block printing.

There are few things more calming then sitting down with a fresh piece of Lino ready to make your mark.   

 
I love designing and making my own blocks for fabric printing, being in charge of the whole process from drawing, cutting, selecting fabric and the instant gratification that comes with something handmade. I think out of all the printing methods, this one is my favourite!

Every single print being utterly unique and slightly different, perfect imperfections.

Emma.