‘Moon Hare and the Violets’ is my illustration of a lady brown hare poking her elegant head out from behind beautiful violets and love hearts.
Fossil records suggest that Brown hares were introduced into Great Britain as early as 2000 BC, being brought along to our shores from Continental Europe by ancient tribes.
They are abundant in many parts of Great Britain, especially Norfolk and it is said that Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni who ruled all of Norfolk and parts of Suffolk, used to release hares from under her gown just before battle, either as a means of divination or as a means of making her opponents weaker – since some believed that killing a hare made people lose their strength!
Hares are a wonderful symbol of fertility and the Moon, strength and speed, but no matter their history and symbolism, I think they are absolutely beautiful and I am always fascinated when I happen to spot one leaping by!
There comes a time in all relationships, when a couple’s commitment to each other becomes tested, often due to outside influences which put a strain on loving relationships.
My ‘Let’s Make It Together’ love heart drawing is especially for lovers who, despite facing difficulties, continue to believe in each other as individuals and continue to fight for each other, positively uniting against anything that dares get in love’s way!
There’s currently a showcase competition for members of Doodlers Anonymous in partnership with Blik, makers of self adhesive wall art and home décor accessories.
It promises to be really eclectic because the theme is completely open – so it is entirely up to you what to submit – drawings, paintings, collage – just as long as it can be beautifully printed onto a clock, then it’s all systems go if you fancied submitting your own artwork.
Submissions are open until Friday 21st August – so why not give it a go?
I’ve been working lots in my sketchbook recently after having been in abit of a creative ‘funk’ (which I’m told is perfectly normal for us creative types!). I bought myself a nice fresh sketchbook to help with motivation, turned off the wifi and took my mind and my pencils for a walk.
Not being influenced by newsfeeds full of other people’s work, it wasn’t long before I felt like I was getting back into my stride and back to my way of seeing the world.
I had completely neglected to give myself enough time to work in my sketchbooks, previously seeing it as unimportant in comparison to churning out lots of work quickly for clients and/or to keep my work constantly updated on social media.
Having remembered how much it helps to have a regular away-from-the-computer sketchbook/logbook routine, I am now fitting it as part of my weekly work schedule as it is obviously essential – I have also slapped myself on the wrist of my non-drawing hand for forgetting this! >>^
My husband has been a great help, giving me (sometimes very) random suggestions to come up with illustrations for.
Also, I have found another great source if you are in an inspiration rut, Illustration Friday – it’s a great place to sign up to for weekly one-word suggestions which can help to unlock your imagination and get your creative juices flowing!…
…Which segues me quite nicely onto the whole point of this post…yes it was to talk about my idea for this week’s Illustration Friday suggestion: ‘Pointy’.
Initially, having ditched straight lines back in school for more organic shapes, I thought, ‘But I don’t DO pointy!’
and left it at that, choosing to move onto another piece in my sketchbook.
As I started drawing the other piece (a cute loved-up theme), I realised that of course ‘Pointy’ didn’t have to mean the lines or shapes had to be pointy, I could use the different meanings associated with that word to come up with something else!
‘Happy New Home’ is a hand-drawn card I made for Megan and John to celebrate their moving into a lovely new home!
We all know that moving house can be both exciting and stressful, so I really wanted to show them how much we all care, wishing them well as they fly to their new nest and new future together!
I used my favourite chalk pens and fineliners to draw this cute smiley picture and used yellow for the bubble writing and a deep purple for the folky flowers! Naturally I wanted to include many, many, many pink hearts in this drawing! <3
The original is now on it’s merry way to join them but I have made the print version available for my loyal readers here >>>
I even have a range of prints available >>> HERE <<< if you would prefer to send something a little different to instantly brighten up the walls of a new home!