My nana died of breast cancer in 2010. As those of you on social media will know, there’s been a mass posting of ‘naked selfies’ in order to raise awareness and money for cancer research. One day, I went on Facebook, and my cousin had nominated me and with her selfie she had posted a dedication to my nana, and my great nana (who died in 2012 of cancer-related complications). Although I support the awareness and money raised for cancer research, the dedication my cousin had posted niggled at a part of my brain. To me, a naked selfie was too easy, too simple, to show how much the loss impacted me and us as a family.
This portrait is drawn from the last photo I took of my nana, with her headscarf and her clip on earring in the style of the Johannes Vermeer ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. It’s a portrait that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but my frustration and emotional involvement have meant I’ve given up many times. This isn’t a perfect painting, but it’s my dedication to my nana.
Oil paint on cardboard

My nana died of breast cancer in 2010. As those of you on social media will know, there’s been a mass posting of ‘naked selfies’ in order to raise awareness and money for cancer research. One day, I went on Facebook, and my cousin had nominated me and with her selfie she had posted a dedication to my nana, and my great nana (who died in 2012 of cancer-related complications). Although I support the awareness and money raised for cancer research, the dedication my cousin had posted niggled at a part of my brain. To me, a naked selfie was too easy, too simple, to show how much the loss impacted me and us as a family.

This portrait is drawn from the last photo I took of my nana, with her headscarf and her clip on earring in the style of the Johannes Vermeer ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. It’s a portrait that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but my frustration and emotional involvement have meant I’ve given up many times. This isn’t a perfect painting, but it’s my dedication to my nana.

Oil paint on cardboard


Back to relaxing mandala doodles.
Pens

Back to relaxing mandala doodles.

Pens


Some more elephant doodles. The elephant and the paper airplane.
Pen, watercolour, pencil, newspaper.

Some more elephant doodles. The elephant and the paper airplane.

Pen, watercolour, pencil, newspaper.


Doing some elephant doodling during essay breaks.
Pens, watercolour.

Doing some elephant doodling during essay breaks.

Pens, watercolour.


ericaphant:



Dear Lovely Followers,
My blog is officially One Year old today! I want to say thank you to all those who have been supportive and enjoyed my work. I started this blog for my original artwork to share a bit of myself doing what I love, and so far, it’s been a wonderful, enriching experience.
This picture is the picture that started it all.
Thank you all so much for your support.

ericaphant:

Dear Lovely Followers,

My blog is officially One Year old today! I want to say thank you to all those who have been supportive and enjoyed my work. I started this blog for my original artwork to share a bit of myself doing what I love, and so far, it’s been a wonderful, enriching experience.

This picture is the picture that started it all.

Thank you all so much for your support.


Sorry I’ve not been updating regularly lately. My life is getting a bit hectic, (and if I’m completely honest, I struggle with it sometimes). All the other things that need doing don’t always leave time for my art. At least not good art. 
Anyway, I’m not sure how to explain what’s going on with this piece. But isn’t that one good point of art? Being able to express without necessarily using words?
Watercolour, pencil, pen, and oils.

Sorry I’ve not been updating regularly lately. My life is getting a bit hectic, (and if I’m completely honest, I struggle with it sometimes). All the other things that need doing don’t always leave time for my art. At least not good art. 

Anyway, I’m not sure how to explain what’s going on with this piece. But isn’t that one good point of art? Being able to express without necessarily using words?

Watercolour, pencil, pen, and oils.


Doodling with no real aim. 
Pens.

Doodling with no real aim. 

Pens.


One more animal doodle, this time a goldfish. I like the idea of colourful fish, so more might appear…

Pen, watercolour.

One more animal doodle, this time a goldfish. I like the idea of colourful fish, so more might appear…

Pen, watercolour.


Doing some animal doodles again.
This is Igor the Bear.
Watercolour, pens.

Doing some animal doodles again.

This is Igor the Bear.

Watercolour, pens.


And a doodle from today, an elephant!
Pen, pencil and watercolour

And a doodle from today, an elephant!

Pen, pencil and watercolour


I have lots of things I could tell you. 
The fact that there are no words illustrates exactly how much difficulty I have in explaining what this means.
Pens, pencil.

I have lots of things I could tell you. 

The fact that there are no words illustrates exactly how much difficulty I have in explaining what this means.

Pens, pencil.


Reserve judgement, I got some new pens today and decided to have a doodle.
Anyone who’s ever seen “Big Fat Quiz of the Year” (2006) knows exactly what I’m getting at here. I’m sorry, I’ve not done their beautiful faces justice, but drawing this has been floating around in my head for a couple of days and I had a spare moment to doodle earlier today.
Pens, pencil.

Reserve judgement, I got some new pens today and decided to have a doodle.

Anyone who’s ever seen “Big Fat Quiz of the Year” (2006) knows exactly what I’m getting at here. I’m sorry, I’ve not done their beautiful faces justice, but drawing this has been floating around in my head for a couple of days and I had a spare moment to doodle earlier today.

Pens, pencil.


A little bit of background on this. Boyfriend is on a singer/songwriting course at university and had to write a song on the theme of “Home”. Boyfriend is Australian, so he decided to write about Australia.
We were discussing themes about Australia and how harsh the landscape is, and I remembered that there are trees that burn their own bark as part of their life cycle process. In order to live the longest possible, they have to set themselves alight. Helpfully, I’ve completely forgotten the name of said trees.
So this is a drawing to Australia, where things are so hardcore the trees burn themselves to life.
Pens on cardboard.

A little bit of background on this. Boyfriend is on a singer/songwriting course at university and had to write a song on the theme of “Home”. Boyfriend is Australian, so he decided to write about Australia.

We were discussing themes about Australia and how harsh the landscape is, and I remembered that there are trees that burn their own bark as part of their life cycle process. In order to live the longest possible, they have to set themselves alight. Helpfully, I’ve completely forgotten the name of said trees.

So this is a drawing to Australia, where things are so hardcore the trees burn themselves to life.

Pens on cardboard.


Sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL during the holiday period. I’ve been busy eating and occasionally looking up from the mountains of Christmassy leftovers to wish someone or other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
So, predictable as always, a mandala! I wanted to put more square-y type bits in, but I’m not sure if I like it or not.
Pens.

Sorry I’ve been a bit AWOL during the holiday period. I’ve been busy eating and occasionally looking up from the mountains of Christmassy leftovers to wish someone or other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

So, predictable as always, a mandala! I wanted to put more square-y type bits in, but I’m not sure if I like it or not.

Pens.


Cosmo Tip 1#
Pens, watercolours, tea, biro.

Cosmo Tip 1#

Pens, watercolours, tea, biro.