Since moving to America, I have had little time to paint much new work. I have been setting up business here in beautiful Iowa, on the Mississippi river, getting my art and jewellery into local galleries, selling my products on various websites, and also doing a large number of tattoo designs.
I have also sourced some lovely new pieces for my jewellery making, including these cute and delicate dragonfly charms which I have made into earrings. I am fascinated by dragonflies, as are many other people. In all the places I have lived and sold my work, dragonflies remain consistently one the best sellers, whether it be necklaces, pins, earrings, t-shirts, prints, paintings earrings. Midwest America is no exception, where I have had a great response from customers who have bought my work at the wonderful local galleries.
Here are all the dragonfly drawings, paintings and jewellery I have produced over the years, most are available online from Etsy, and my Website :
I have realised that I have a fascination with throwing cats and fish together.
It started with one of the first etchings I ever did, in London where I learned the craft 14 years ago; for some reason I was compelled to portray a little black cat swimming merrily along with some goldfish:
I hand coloured it with gouache, loved the result, and put out an edition for sale, which you can find at my Online Shop.
The image of a cat’s fantasy underwater realm stayed with me, and a number of years later I painted a whimsical watercolour and pastel of the same topic, only with added water nymphs and spirits:
A gorgeous Print is for sale here.
Yesterday, I found myself in one of Johannesburg’s quirky bead shops, where I picked up a wonderful stash of gorgeous Czech glass beads and findings with which to play and create, and the result, unsurprisingly was this:
I had such fun making these, and have decided to start a few themed jewellery pieces along these whimsical lines. This pair and other lovely creations can also be bought in my Shop!
….with more to come soon….
Last Saturday I continued my workshop adventures and did a Beginner’s workshop in Silver Sawing and Piercing with the amazing Novus Design Studio here in Johannesburg.
It was 5 hours long and we working with a Strelitzia design that we sawed out of a silver plate and eventually linked onto a Teak wood disk. There was much hand sawing, filing and polishing but the results were very satisfying and professional.
This technique of silver work is wonderful for intricate design and lettering, filigree motifs and cut out patterns.