If you’ve read my recent posts you’ll see that I’ve been embracing drawing ink and experimenting with it a little. Although I’ve had great fun and splendid results, I’ve been left feeling uninspired in the past couple of weeks. I think it’s because I want to embrace my dark side a little more at the moment. Today I finally had a little breakthrough after experimenting with white drawing ink. I’m really loving the ghostly effect. It took a white to get used to, because it doesn’t work in quite the same way as black ink does.
My nickname in school was “ghost” so maybe I’ll play on this idea a little more 😉
I’ve also experimented with introducing glitter to the images, I was unsure about how it would scan but it actually looks really pretty.
Hello. In the past week I’ve been playing with more ideas so I can introduce new imagery to some of my pieces, to keep everything fresh and to frame some of my girls a little.
Most of my pieces are simple girls that are cut out on photoshop and placed on crisp white backgrounds, but some ideas feel like they need a little extra element. Over the last few days I managed to create some really nice results.
Here are a few good results;
Yesterday i even had a go at a really, really impulsive piece that turned out a little Abstract in places, but I really love it. Twinkle has really been looking to explore more darkness recently, and I think black ink is always a good place to start, so I might have some more time for a few more abstract pieces soon.
This is just a quick post in order to share a little Taika Waititi tribute. These are just doodles really, nothing spectacular but just something fun to pass some time whilst being creative.
It was only earlier this year that I discovered the work of Taika Waititi, yes I know, as always I’m late to the party. It was through Netflix that I first saw ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and fell in love. It was the perfect film, it ticked every box. It really didn’t take long before I could absolutely say that Waititi was my favourite film maker. I quickly hunted down his other three features and have been watching them repeatedly ever since. I can usually find faults in films, even ones I love, but not these films. They are perfect from start to finish.
There is so much heart in all of them. I think for me what really hits hard for me when I watch them is that each one deals with death in some form, and it’s something I’ve been dealing with myself in the last year and a half. Boy, Eagle vs Shark and Hunt for the Wilderpeople each make me shed a tear, every time. Truly beautiful films, filled with creativity. They are so refreshing. I hear he’s directing the new Thor film, and all the best to him… but what I’m really looking forward to is his next small budget project.
Here’s the doodles. I really like the Wilderpeople segment of it.
On May the 20th, 2017 Twinkle & Gloom participated in some live drawing for the ‘Nova’ launch at the RCA, Conwy. The task involved filling in two large boards in the space of a couple of hours. Working on other boards was Artist, Doodles’n’Drips.
Apart from my participation in Welsh tv show ‘Y Lle’, I haven’t really drawn on a large scale since College. Looking at those big blank boards was daunting but once I got a few lines down it started to feel less so. I started with a piece inspired by the phrase ‘deary me’, a deery girl. I think this piece was less emotional and a little stiffer, because I was so nervous. The second piece came together quicker as I had gained more confidence with the scale and materials. This piece was about strength within and female friendship, the moon was an after thought. Overall I feel really positive about my creations, and it made me feel really good when people came to pass comment.
My studio has been extra organized this year. It’s been really nice to have the studio ready for action every day. I can sit down, put on some ‘The Smiths’ or some ‘Sigur Ros’ and get started right away.
Over the last few years the studio wasn’t quite working for me. I was stuck in my ways of where everything was kept because it was aesthetically pleasing (and under the desks were packed with hoardings) but I never had any space to sit down and draw. This would make my back ache after every session. Now, I have a desk I can sit at, and draw all day without any back pain.
In the photo below you’ll see a letter Reece Shearsmith kindly wrote to me after I sent him some Prints, and some drawings to sign. It keeps me going when I feel like giving up. It can be difficult in the creative field, one day you feel confident in your work, but the next you feel hopeless. Inspiration can be a fickle thing. So a nice little note from one of my all time creative heroes gives me a boost when I’m feeling glum.
Around me are my working tools, my mountains of tester paints and a collection of odds and ends. I have weird little dolls, Vintage cameras, tea cups and pots, Vintage tins and all sorts of other bits and bobs. One of my most precious items in the studio is my Taid’s shaving cabinet. It sits above my sewing machine. It was just one of those things I couldn’t part with, having looked into that mirror since my childhood. Now it helps me out in the studio.
I don’t often post twice in one day, I don’t often post full stop. At the moment I’m counting down the days until I see my favourite band, Sigur Rós play live (they’re now at equal level with my first love The Smiths). I was a little late to the party, but ever since I was introduced to them they’ve been played endlessly, they came to me at the time I probably needed them the most, when my Taid’s well being started to deteriorate. They’ve been with me through some sad times but have filled my heart with all kinds of emotions along that way. Jónsi’s voice in particular has the most powerful effect on me, his voice alone makes me weep, in a nice way.
So, anyway. I often binge on their music when I’m working in the studio and often get the impulse to draw something related to them. I always find myself doodling Jónsi, partly I think because it was his solo music that introduced me to the band, and also because he reminds me of Peter Pan.
Here’s my latest, and my most successful doodle. Clearly, it’s if Jónsi was from my Twinkle & Gloom world.
In the past week I have felt so inspired with the new direction Twinkle & Gloom is moving in. The rules I’ve given myself to work with have opened up new ideas. In the past I have dismissed my sketchier and more naive little girls as sketches alone, but now I’ve decided that their sweet nature should be celebrated. Flitting from my scribbly girls, and my more traditional girls is keeping me excited. Some ideas I’ve struggled with bringing to life are working really well with my new method. Here are just a small selection of the illustrations I’ve created in the past few days.
I have more completed images to show you, but they haven’t been uploaded onto social media yet, so please do check my Facebook/ Instagram.
Hello everyone. It’s been a long time since my last post, and my style has been on a journey. I’ve evolved as an Artist so much in the last year. Since Christmas I’ve been eager to push my style forward yet again, every few months of working in a particular way has me questioning what I do and how I can make it better. You could say I’ve been going through a bit of an identity crisis.
In the recent couple of months I even went back to working with collage… and although that was fun and some great ideas came out of it, I just missed the freedom of working with ink on paper. In recent weeks I’ve still been re evaluating after going back to drawing straight to paper, I even gave my girls a tan! However I haven’t felt great about the way things where going… nothing felt like it’s the way forward.
Today, after looking back at some very fluid images I created earlier in the year with blocks of diluted ink, I decided to go back to basics. I haven’t been enjoying working with big blocks of colour of late… so I thought I’d go back to working in blacks and whites, with touched of bold colours as accents.
This is one of the images from earlier this year that sparked some creativity today; what inspired me was the quietness, and the subtle interaction between the black/white tones and the small elements of colour. The pieces I’ve created today have really got the spark going again and I think you’re going to enjoy the results.
Watch this space, because I’m going to have some really nice work on the go this summer, I can feel it. 🙂
Since starting my business I haven’t yet had a competition. I am giving away this original Artwork of a sweet bear. Facebook are very strict on their rules and I don’t want to risk having my page suspended so I’m putting all the information here on my blog instead.
OK- So how do I enter? This is a Social media competition, any one will do!
You must save and share the picture below on one of your social media feeds or a blog, or any other way, and if you could tag me too, that would be brilliant, add a link to my facebook page or tag me directly- that way other people can have a look at Twinkle & Gloom too. Let me know you’ve done it, you can tweet me, email me, Facebook me, Instagram me or leave a comment here with a screenshot or a link to your post. Just remember to let me know in a way that I can get back to you if you win. Simple, right? I will be running this competition for a month, so there’s plenty of time for people to enter. So don’t worry if you don’t hear anything for a while. I will also announce the winner on my social media platforms.
Closing date 18th of August // The winner will be chosen at random, names will be put into a hat.
Hello. Twinkle & Gloom has been really busy recently and have neglected my blog and my website. If you follow my Facebook / Twitter pages you’ll know that I’ve been working towards an exhibition at The Peculiar Gallery in rhos-on-sea. You can now see my work there, until the end of June. Two of my originals have already sold, so if you fancy grabbing yourself a Twinkle & Gloom original, get yourself to Rhos-on-Sea! I may be listing a couple of originals to my Folksy shop this weekend too.
I’ve also been really busy working on new Artwork and experimenting with new Jewellery. The new Jewellery will be available soon but I’m waiting on lovely new Resin to arrive.
There are so many ideas floating around in my mind at the moment, but with trying to keep on top of stock and bringing in the pennies I haven’t had time to bring many of those ideas to life. However, there’s time!
You can now join a Twinkle & Gloom mailing list, this gives you exclusive offers at my Folksy shop.
That’s it for now! I’ll be scheduling posts with images of my new Artwork and a bit about them. 🙂