Adebanji Alade - The Life of An Artist

I've been following the artist Adebanji Alade on Facebook for a little while now and today I came across this video of him talking about his life as an artist and how he got to where he is now.  I loved how his passion for his work was so evident as he was talking and I wanted to share this video because of the simple, sound advice he has for all of us who are artists:

If you'd like to see more of his work, please check out his website here: Adebanji Alade

Until next time



My Happy Piece Bracelet

Hi all, Just a quick blog post today to big up Isa Maria Seminega and her wonderful company called Happy Piece.  As stated on their website Happy Piece is 'A socially conscious accessories brand using design and business to empower women in Rwanda to proudly lift themselves out of poverty.'

I'm so happy to be able to buy from Happy Piece, support Isa and the women in Rwanda and at the same time enjoy the lovely pieces I've acquired so far.  I currently have one of their Woven Baskets which I keep knick knacks in and also one of their Empowerment Bracelets. I bought the Harmony Bracelet because I like that it has been made from different coloured papers instead of just one colour and I like the name 'Harmony' too.    The bracelet makes me think of groups of friends or family members, all different but all gathered together in love.

In a strange way that I feel a bit funny admitting, my Harmony bracelet makes me feel some small connection to the women in Rwanda when I wear it. I wonder whose hands made it.  Is she in any way like me?  How many kids does she have?  I wonder how much her life is different from mine.  I also feel like I've helped a little bit through my purchases and that I'm a part of something bigger than myself, which is a nice feeling.  Here's a picture of me (okay, just my wrist) wearing my Harmony bracelet:


I've gotten into a little routine whereby I sit down at my laptop, put on my bracelet or go to work on some paintings whilst wearing it and I actually do feel empowered by it.  I wouldn't normally believe in such things but I think because I have an emotional connection to the bracelet, it means that much more to me.  The fact that it's handmade by women whom I may have something in common with, who are trying to better their lives and support their kids really resonates with me.  And I'm sure this bracelet is a little bit magic as I seem to be getting lots more done than usual too!

So please go to the Happy Piece website to read more about their mission and browse through their lovely items, some of which are currently on sale.

Thank you!

New Afro Caribbean Greeting Cards Available Soon!

I've had an exciting delivery today of some new greeting cards that I ordered from Moo.  I've ordered some of my oldies but goodies too but it's the new ones that are making me smile. Here's a little sneak peek:

New Greeting Cards © Stacey-Ann Cole 2013

New Greeting Cards © Stacey-Ann Cole 2013

I can't wait to add them to my shop because I've worked hard this year so far to produce new work and I'd love to see what response I get to these new cards.

I also ordered some business cards from Moo with new images on the back:

New Business Cards © Stacey-Ann Cole 2013

New Business Cards © Stacey-Ann Cole 2013

Don't you just love Moo? I do!

I'll blog again when my Etsy shop is fully restocked with both new and old favourites :-)

Till next time,


New Watercolour Painting Technique - Using Salt!

Hiya, I've been trying a new technique for my watercolour paintings which is fun and creates a beautiful effect.  It requires some patience, but if you sprinkle salt into wet watercolour paint and then let the paint completely dry, you will see that the salt has absorbed much of the colour, creating wonderful patterns.

Here are my experiments:

Ethereal Afro

'Ethereal Afro' Original Watercolour Painting © Stacey-Ann Cole 2013 - SOLD

'Untitled' Original Watercolour Painting © Stacey-Ann Cole 2013

Available Here

What do you think? Aren't the patterns just gorgeous?! What are your own favourite watercolour techniques?

New Watercolour Work

Hiya, Here are my two latest finished pieces of original watercolour artwork:


'Untitled' Original Watercolour Painting 12" x 9" © Stacey-Ann Cole 2013


'Summer's Evening' Original Watercolour Painting 11.7" x 8.3" © Stacey-Ann Cole 2013

Summer's Evening took me quite a while to complete because I was trying to deal with the problem of the lady looking like she was floating above the ground.  I came up with the idea of her standing on something but don't ask me why I chose a toadstool as I'm not entirely sure.  Maybe I thought it went with the slightly whimsical theme of the rest of the painting?  But I think I got there in the end.

It did occur to me after finishing the toadstool that I could have added wings onto her and turned her into a fairy of some sort which could have explained the floating, right? :-)

The first painting shown above was well within my comfort zone and didn't really take me that long to complete.  I enjoyed adding layers of paint and of course I enjoyed painting her afro hair!

These two paintings may be taken to my newest stockist Art In The Heart in Peterborough, but if not then look out for them to be added to my Etsy shop instead.

In the meantime, any ideas for a title of the first painting above? Figuring out titles for my work is not really one of my strong points.....Thanks in advance!