Nature Themes in My Artwork

Lately I've noticed a few themes consistently running through my artwork and I decided to write about one today.  That theme is Nature.

This theme in my work probably stems from my desire to be closer to nature even though I'm not very green fingered at all.  It may also be influence from my Mum who loves gardening and especially loves trying to beautify my front yard with lovely flowers and plants.  She does a great job with this and I love arriving home and seeing evidence of her presence in the bright flowers that she plants for me.

I have a few indoor plants too, ones that don't need a lot of looking after like succulents, also supplied by my Mum and it really helps to make me feel a little less surrounded by technology all the time and much more in touch with nature.

Here are some of my old and more recent artwork which has a natural theme:

"Nature Spirit" Original Watercolour Painting, 2.5" x 3.5" ACEO © Stacey-Ann Cole 2012

'Walking In Spring' Original Watercolour Painting, approx. 8" x 6", © Stacey-Ann Cole 2013

'Appreciating Nature' Original Watercolour Painting, ACEO, Approx. 2.5: x 3.5", © Stacey-Ann Cole 2014

'Cherry Blossoms' Original Watercolour Painting, Approx. 11.7" x 8.3", © Stacey-Ann Cole 2014

'Sweet Nature' Original Artwork using Coloured Pencils, approx. 5" x 7", © Stacey-Ann Cole

'Nature Loves Her' Original Watercolour Painting, 5" x 7", © Stacey-Ann Cole 2016

'Transformation' Original Watercolour Painting, 8.5" x 6", © Stacey-Ann Cole 2016

I'm not sure if this theme will continue, but at the moment I enjoy including anything related to the natural world into my work.  I especially like the organic shapes and the colours and how this theme is inspiring me to draw closer to nature in other areas of my life.

Lino Print Gift Tags

Since late last year I've been practising new linocutting and linoprinting skills and it's been really fun learning this new way to create illustrations.

Have a look at some of my attempts at linocutting below:

I've reached the point now where I feel like I'm getting the hang of it and I recently created these simple sets of gift tags as a result. 

I love the texture in the background of both and I'm looking forward to creating more complex linocuts as I practise more.

These gift tag sets are available in my Etsy shop here

A Peek Inside An Artist's Sketchbook

Lately, I've been aiming to be more diligent about keeping a sketchbook and drawing in it everyday.  

Here are a few pages that I drew last night/this morning:

I find that drawing in my sketchbook always makes me feel happy and content.  It also makes me feel productive and purposeful, almost as if I have contributed something useful to the world.  As long as I let go of high expectations and enjoy my drawing practise, then I am always left with a really good feeling.  I can't think of a reason not to do something that makes one feel good.  Can you? 

New Products So Far in 2016

Hi!

I just wanted to write a quick blog post featuring the new products that I have launched so far this year in my Etsy shop.

Patterned Notebook

This notebook has been printed onto recycled paper, has 48 lined pages and the pattern on the cover was designed by myself using some simple drawings that were edited using digital software.  That's something I'm quite proud of since it's a wonderful feeling seeing something you designed on the computer, finally printed onto a product.

The size of this notebook is A5 which is approx. 148 mm x 210 mm or 5.83" x 8.27" and very handy for handbags and desks and at the breakfast table in the morning.

My new notebook is for sale in my Etsy shop here Stacey-Ann Cole Art

My new notebook is for sale in my Etsy shop here Stacey-Ann Cole Art

Hand drawn Clip Art Set

Another product I launched is a new downloadable clip art set.  This set would be suitable for bloggers to use as decorative elements for their banners or blog posts.  It is also perfect for scrapbookers to use for their layouts and basically for anyone who would like affordable, easy to use digital art.  Other uses could be to design invitations, greeting cards and calendars to print at home.  Here is what the set looks like and it is also available in my Etsy shop if you'd like to take a look.

Handmade Brooches

Brooches are the latest product that I launched.  They are made using shrink plastic printed with some of my illustrations and although it took me quite a few tries to perfect the technique, I finally cracked it!  I'm pleased with how they turned out and I'm really pleased to have sold a couple of them soon after launching.  They are quite small at about 4cm x 3cm each but are still very cute :-)  Here's what they look like:

These small handmade brooches are available here in my Etsy shop Stacey-Ann Cole Art

These small handmade brooches are available here in my Etsy shop Stacey-Ann Cole Art

I'm working on some more new original art, art prints and more affordable illustrated products.  When they're ready I'll blog about them here too.  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  

Do you have any new products, new art or new anything that you would like to share too?  Just post a comment below and I'll be happy to take a look!

Inktober Drawing Challenge

So I was invited to join in with Inktober a few days ago by talented artist Chanel Christoff Davis and on a whim, I said yes.  

It's basically just committing to draw 31 ink drawings in 31 days for the month of October with just a few rules:

Rules for Inktober (copied from the Inktober website):

1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it on your blog (or tumblr, instagram, twitter, facebook, flickr, Pinterest or just pin it on your wall.)

3) Hashtag it with #inktober

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

I quite like drawing in ink and I have several ink pens so I thought that this would be a nice daily drawing practice for me to take part in.  Any excuse to draw!  

Here are my first two ink drawings posted on my Instagram so far: 

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Inktober Day 1 Drawing

 

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Inktober Day 2 Drawing

I'll keep posting everyday, even on the days when I don't feel inspired, which I think is what creativity is all about actually.  I've learned that its important to push through, especially on the days when the ideas are not flowing and these drawing/art challenges that I sometimes take part in, really help me to do that.