Thursday, 29 March 2012

Illustration Friday- Swamped

Dear Visitors, Thanks for dropping by x 

It's birthday season and with it I am swamped with ideas for special cards. Here are two examples. The first is one of my best friends Marcelle, I couldn't resist turning her into a fashion illustration. She loves to shop and I can assure you all that she is always the most glamorous on the school run. The second is my dear friend Elissa. She is very special to me, she is a wonderful person who is an extremely talented artist. In May she will give both to her first child so I wanted to show her relaxing with a cup of tea and her cat Gary.
I love doing these pieces of art. They come from my heart with all my love. x

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Illustration Friday- Shades

Hello Surfers;

I'm tying this weeks IF with Mother's Day which we celebrated this Sunday here in the UK.
I have had the most wonderful weekend with my family. I've been curled up watching cartoons with my girls whilst happily doodling this picture of a very colourful Mum, enjoying a few minutes peace in her reading corner.  The more "Shades" of colour that I can put into my pictures the happier I am.

All my love and art to all you hard working Mums x x

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Illustration Friday- Yield

The Easter egg hunt was on. How Many eggs could the children yield?

Love & Art all

Elena x x x

Friday, 9 March 2012

Work in progress- 'Electric Dreams'

Hello surfers;

It's been a tough week finding time to do any art. But I've managed to find a few spare moments.

Inspired in the car one morning whilst on the hectic school run the radio played the song "Electric Dreams".  It got me thinking about all my family members who are no longer with us and I came up with this graphite sketch. In it are my Grandparents, Great Uncle, my magical Auntie Flora and my adorable Mother-in-law. 

I haven't gone out of my way to make them resemblance perfect but I have added the details that I will always remember them clearly for. The way my Spanish Abuela Chiquitina would elegantly smoke a cigarette, my Abuelo Chiquitin holding the newspaper kite that he made us. My Nanna who always had the most welcoming smile and her handbag close by, Auntie Flora our neighbour who taught me that you don't have to share the same name, genes or blood to be able to love somebody unconditionally. She was the last of the few remaining flappers she adored a party and everybody loved her including our cat Jerry who she has on her lap. Sitting next to Florie is the best Mother-in-law a girl could have asked for. Elisabeth Reynolds loved a cup of tea a slice of cake and finally my Great Uncle a.k.a Abuelo Grande. As a kid I will always remember him living here in Britain, with a wireless in hand he would carefully tune it trying to pick up Spanish Radio and the football results.

The next step is to transfer the rough on to decent water-colour paper and then add all the bright patterns and colours that I love so much.   

Love & Art to you all

Elena x

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Illustration Friday- Intention

It is my "intention" to draw as much as I can every week. Typically- as all creative mothers will agree it is vital that all responsibilities are out of the way before you can think of doing any doodling.
When all my chores are finally done, I sit down and put pen to paper and within seconds my girls curl up next to me and watch awe-inspired as I create a little bit of magic.

I hope you like this self portrait, it is a piece of art that has come from my heart.

Until next week.

LOVE & ART to you all x x x