Friday, 22 June 2012

Flower photography

So - I love animals, I'm sure that is pretty evident considering my shop name has an animal in it - and so far all my paintings are of animals!!

But my other love is flowers - anything to do with nature really. Nature is just perfect. I especially love photographing flowers and here are a few I have taken over the past week - I hope you like them! I'm considering putting prints into my etsy shop but we shall see!

I hope you like them!

The Curious Deer x

Monday, 18 June 2012

My art equipment!

So, for the last day I have been attempting the most infuriating sewing project (for me anyway!!).

Because I have recently bought some expensive (for a poor struggling artist like me) pens for my artwork, I decided to make a roll to keep them in and whilst I was making it, to fit my pencils and paintbrushes in too!!

Well, I decided to just measure as I was going to create the right sized 'pouches' to keep the different bits in - probably not the greatest idea I've ever had!! It might not be perfect, it's a bit wobbly but it actually works so here it is...

I love the stripey fabric! It was from Ikea, I couldn't resist buying some!

Whilst I'm here, writing about my new pen roll, I thought I'd share the rest of my equipment with you...

My Promarkers (at present I have around 40 but there are so many colours I need!!)..

And my watercolours...

The Curious Deer x

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Cute little bunny!

I have now added some more drawings into my Etsy shop :)

I hope you like this little fellow though, I think he's my favourite in the shop at the moment :)

Click here --->  TheCuriousDeer to see the listing! Don't forget to check out the other items in my shop - let me know what you think :)

The Curious Deer x

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Etsy shop is open!

Just a quick little blog post to say that my Etsy shop is now open!! Although there is only 1 listing up for now - I have been having internet connection problems so hopefully more will be listed over the next few days..

I will be updating later on some new images and ideas I have been working on.

To view my shop just follow this link:

I will be adding a badge to my blog as soon as I learn how!

The Curious Deer x

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Dear little deers..

So, I thought it would be fun to produce some deer sketches for my first items in my Etsy shop - and boy were these cuties fun to do! Inches tall but jampacked with detail - check out the stitched frame. That one is my personal favourite and I will be sad to it go but that frame was so much fun to make, watch out for similar in the future!

Each picture was created using pencil, fineliner, pro-markers, coffe staining and stitching on one.

I hope you like them and I welcome you back soon for some more art :)

The Curious Deer x

An adventure across Kenya!

One of my most special memories is of a trip I took to Kenya with my partner. We spent 6 amazing weeks there. 4 weeks volunteering in Mlolongo, near Nairobi, 2 days in Mombasa City, 1 week on Diani beach and then a few days spent travelling back up the country through three fantastic safari reserves: Amboseli, Tsavo East and Tsavo West :).

During this trip I took hundreds of photographs, some of these will be available as prints in my Etsy shop. Before the grand opening of my shop, I thought it would be nice to start sharing some of these photographs with you, which ones do you like?

I will be sharing my more personal photographs as I expand the blog but these show you some of my main interests in photography - animals! I'm also very lucky that my partner is about to qualify as a vet because thanks to him I was able to hold a 6 week old leopard cub!! Photographs will be put up at a later date! 

 The Curious Deer x

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Previous Assemblage Installation work

So I guess it might be quite fun to post up some photographs of my previous installations to give you a bit of a taster of my style.. These are very much curiosity cabinet inspired pieces of work. They all use found -/+ lost photographs of eras past.

Anonymous 2011
This first piece 'Anonymous 2011' was inspired by the combination of the idea of lost photographs simulating lost people. I am always fascinated by those articles of people, who seem to vanish from the face of the earth, never to be found again - the photographs placed up on posts, milk cartons and other generic every day items always seem so uneventful with their eyes not sharing the horrors of their future disappearance. This is the reason I chose to blank out the eyes - I didn't want them to expose normality.

Various mixed media assemblages

'Existence is futile no's 1,2,3 &4' below various mixed media assemblages

All of the above assemblages were inspired by a similar train of thought.. lost people, lost objects. Re-united and stitched back together...

The Curious Deer x