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 love working in my lovely studio.
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.
Here’s the next batch of Social Media round ups!
The theme of the last few days seems to have been Work in Progress to Final pieces, so here I’ll give you a little bit more insight on the pieces.
Lets begin with ‘Blydi bwrw eto ye’. This piece is based on the stereotypical view that it’s always raining in Wales. Ironically I finished this piece on a beautiful sunny day. This is the piece I decided to enter into the Storiel Open Exhibition this year, I’ll let you know if it’s accepted.
There’s a project I started a long time ago titled ‘Too Much Tea’- if you’ve watched my S4C interview you’ll have seen me talk about it. This project was left to collect dust for a while but I’ve missed it ever so much. Recently I’ve been thinking about it a lot and decided it was time to re visit it. The project is inspired by the tales of horror such as if you swallow an apple pip a tree will grow inside you, I thought about it in terms of Tea and came to the conclusion that if you drink too much, you must turn into it! The series is a mix of whimsical and gruesome images. Here’s a little bit of work in progress with one of the final images, the second image is available to view on Facebook tomorrow evening.
Hello. I thought I’d start blogging again with Three of my ‘interesting’ Social media posts. As you may have read a few days ago, I plan on making more of an effort with my social media posts as when I looked back on the pages they looked really cluttered. I will now aim to post one post a day (unless I need to promote something on the same day, then I’ll aim for two). The posts will be either my Artwork, or on a quiet day, an interesting thing.
The following images are interesting things and work in progress. Lets begin with Tea.
Tea is very important in my life, it is my beverage of choice. I remember someone once saying to me that they could picture me at exhibition openings drinking Tea as apposed to Wine, and that would be very true. The idea of tea is just lovely, Tea comes in elegant cups. The word looks nice. You have a cup of tea when you are stressed, or even when you aren’t. Sometimes we are mean to Tea and we take it for granted, we don’t always finish the cup. I use old tea cups as rinsing water for my paint brushes.
Nain a Taid. I miss both of them very much but I do find it comforting to know they are together again. We only lost taid last year, just before Christmas. It’s been a very strange and sad time although we are all trying to carry on with life as normal as possible. I have fond memories of both, my taid was always supportive of my career choice, he’s always ask how it was going but I know he probably did wish I’d get a proper job. When I was a little girl my nain taught me to draw ‘busty’ ladies, it started with a heart shaped middle and you worked the rest of the lady around the heart.
Work in progress. Every now and again I do like to re create older pieces to improve on them. I’ve created a similar image to this girl before but my style has developed since then. She is going to be part of my ‘Real women have curves, the rest of us are fiction’ series. I’ve finished the base image but I need to paint on writing to her now. You can see the completed image soon.
Thanks for reading. I think perhaps adding my social media posts to the blog every three to four days will be the tidiest option.
Also in Twinkle & Gloom news:
- You can find out about my new stockists over at www.twinkleandgloom.com
- There is currently 10% off my Folksy items with the code EASTER10 link
- I will be attending the Marchnad Mynydd at Mynydd Llandegai, Gwynedd on the 26th of March.
As always my blog has fallen behind. I’ve always struggled with social media, and recently found my posts where looking really cluttered. Thus weekend I have made a conscious effort to improve my posts and try harder to make interesting features for people to look at besides promotion! My new plan is to post one post a day on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram that will be rounded up and shared once a week on my blog.
I also wanted to announce my new stockists, you can now find Twinkle and Gloom goodies at:
The Peculiar Gallery in Rhos on Sea and The Mostyn Gallery in Llandudno. I will be updating my website with links in the week. You can also look forward to my being part of the features Artists exhibition in the Peculiar Gallery in June.