Paper Romance


Valentine design with a line by Petrarch. Happy Valentine’s Day!

© Dark and Bright Art 2016


Every leaf

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”  Albert Camus

Sketchbook pages, using watercolour.

© Dark and Bright Art 2015

Team Fox

foxyGood news for foxes, and for animal lovers like me – the UK government has just postponed the vote to weaken the Hunting Act. Animal welfare organisations believe this amendment would have made it harder than ever to prosecute people for deliberate acts of cruelty. Until I heard that the amendment had been shelved, I’d been channeling my anger into this drawing. I think Steve Bell’s job is safe!

I realised as I was drawing this picture that I hadn’t drawn a fox since an anti-foxhunting leaflet for a school project in the mid 90s. It’s depressing that our government wants to undo so many years of progress.

It’s unlikely this issue is going to go away. If you feel as I do, League Against Cruel Sports has more information and does excellent work. You can also sign this petition.

Pastel, pencil, collage on paper.

I Love You More Than Salt

I Love You More Than Salt

Illustration based on a story from the Virago Book of Witches. A princess tells her father that she “loves him more than salt”, and, insulted, he banishes her from his kingdom. She is taken in by a good witch who lives deep in a forest with a huge black cat, and who makes the king realise his mistake. Coloured ink, wax crayon, acrylic paint and coloured pencil on paper.

© Dark and Bright Art 2013

EveryDay Matters

I’ve recently discovered these ‘EveryDay Matters’ drawing challenges at artist and author Danny Gregory’s blog. I don’t draw for the sake of drawing very often – usually it’s just preparation for something else – and I’m enjoying it. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

1 – Draw a shoe

Biro and gold acrylic paint on journal page. The writing in the background is where I tried listing the drawing challenges by hand before I realised how many there were! The shoes are professional latin dance shoes I bought in a charity shop. I don’t dance, but the movie ‘Strictly Ballroom’ makes me wish I did.

3 – Purses, wallets or bags

Biro on journal page. I started getting into the challenge at this point.

4 – Draw your mug or cup

Biros and coloured pencil on sketchbook page. The nearest mug happened to be the Yorkie ‘It’s Not For Girls’ mug in which I stand my make-up brushes along with miscellaneous pens.

6 – Draw a childhood toy

Biro and coloured pencil on pre-stained sketchbook page. My favourite drawing so far.

8 – Draw your watch or other piece of jewellery

Biro and coloured pencil on pre-stained sketchbook page. I like drawing with biro – can you tell?!