The Artists & Illustrators Magazine May issue is out!
I have another article in there, and this time it’s not about botanical art: it’s called “The Ethical Artist” and it’s about looking at where our art materials come from and what they are made off.
I did quite a bit of research and got in touch with lots of manufacturers, who were all forthcoming with their info, so there will be more blog posts about the results. For example, I tested a dozen different synthetic brushes (not being a fan of sable fur farms…) and found some treasures I need to tell you about.
In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy the A&I article… Here is the first page.
I have designed a collection of bags and scarves for a company in San Francisco, ready for the first day of Spring!
Here is a link if you want to have a look (just click on my name… It’s a fancy link, it doesn’t have all the www bits):
I have done a video tutorial of the Apricot Parrot Tulip that was published in Artists & Illustrators (April 2017 issue). Here is the link:
The April issue of A&I Magazine is out, with my Apricot Tulip Masterclass on a 4 page spread. I always find it exciting to see my paintings published…
There are 2 other botanical artists’ tutorials in the issue, by Fiona Swapp and Mariella Baldwin. So if you like botanical art, this is an issue worth investing in!
I’m off to West Dean College on Sunday, to run a 4 days residential course, painting spring flowers. Tulips, Hyacinths, daffodils, anemones, primroses, snowdrops and hellebores are on the programme…
Have a lovely week-end everyone,
I thought it was time to write an update on the Fabriano Artistico paper situation.
Unfortunately, for the moment, the report is that there is nothing much to report on the paper front. The October earthquake in Italy hit the Pioraco Mill and the roof collapsed, damaging some of the machinery. Fortunately nobody was hurt but paper production at the mill has stopped. The other Fabriano mills have to make up for the loss of production and are working extra shifts to cover. This means no time for experiments… at least for the next few months. It will still happen, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer, probably after the summer.
In the meanwhile, here is a work in progress on Fabriano Artistico.
My thanks to Chiara from Fabriano for the info. I will post more news here about Fabriano Artistico next time I have something to report…
On this brisk and sunny Sunday afternoon I should be outside enjoying the fresh air and doing some gardening… But I went clubbing on Friday night and went to an ice-hockey match last night. Two late nights in a row, I’m too old for this. So today, I am sprawled out on the sofa in front of the fireplace, making some crochet snowflakes instead of enjoying the plein air.
I also started a new series on Instagram called Botanical Bites.
I will regularly upload short videos showing painting in action.
I have just uploaded the first one, the painting of a wet-in-wet holly berry. All videos are less than one minute long, just a little bite, easy to swallow! Here is a link: https:www.instagram.com/sandrinemaugy
Every so often I will gather a few bites together and make a video for my YouTube channel.
Let me know what you think. Do you like the idea?
The first of December seems like a fine date to launch my new Etsy shop!
I would have liked to fill it more before launching but I will keep adding things on a regular basis. I am using this new platform to sell small paintings (easily sent in the post) and some of my crochet and textiles patterns and creations.
Here is a link:
I hope you like it and happy browsing!
A warm hello on this grey and cold Sunday afternoon…
After lots of thinking about how to juggle my “art life” with my “textiles and crochet life”, I have decided to start another blog, dedicated entirely to Textiles and Crochet. If you are interested in all of it, it means that you will have to subscribe to the art blog here AND follow Flora’s Patch blog on WordPress. But the good side is that subscribers and followers won’t receive notifications about things they are not interested in: you can choose art here on my official website, or textiles and crochet on my other blog, or both if you want to see what I am up to in both worlds.
Here is a link to Floraspatch Blog on WordPress:
I hope you enjoy it,
Happy reading and Happy Making!
I posted the fourth and last part of the sunflower demonstration on YouTube. (Finally!!)
Here is a link:
I hope you enjoy it,
I am spending a few days at West Dean College, teaching two courses in a row with a day off in between. Today I can have a lie in, admiring the ceiling in my beautiful tower room, taking the time to feel all Rapunzel like. I will go for a few walks, eat the gorgeous food in the restaurant, sit by the giant fire that burns night and day from mid-November to the end of winter in the Oak Hall, doing crochet in a big armchair while getting roasted and generally being lazy.
For a few days we have a Supermoon to admire at night. The biggest this century apparently. I went for a long walk in the arboretum last night at sunset and took a few pictures I was quite pleased with…
… until I came back and my friend Stephen Tattersall, who is a security guard here, showed me his.
Isn’t this an amazing picture?
Don’t forget to go out and watch the skies tonight. The full moon will coincide with the perigee and we won’t get our moon this bright and this close again in our lifetime. I suppose we should also skip under the moonlight through the dewy fields while wearing nothing but a garland of autumn leaves but we don’t want to catch a chill… so let’s just wrap up warm and look up.
Happy moon gazing and happy skipping if you’re up for it!