Monday, September 18, 2017

Knights Trail 2017

With family history in Lincoln and the Lincolnshire area stretching back many generations, I was delighted to create a design and paint a knight for the Lincoln Knights Trail 2017. This trail celebrates the 800th Anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the signing of the Charter of the Forest.

My knight is called 'Lincoln Greene' and is inspired by the Charter of the Forest and the traditional dyers colour of Lincoln Green,( famously worn by Robin Hood). The horse is decorated in a medieval style forest containing dyers plants, and the knight is a greenman wearing the Lincoln insignia of a Fleur de Leys.

From 20th-27th September, all 36 knights from the trail can be viewed together at Lincoln Castle before they are auctioned on 30th September Tickets are available from Visit Lincoln .The auction will be raising funds for The Nomad Trust  a wonderful charity which provides support for the homeless and those in need in the City of Lincoln.

Lincoln Greene


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sitting with Jane


The wonderful 'Sitting with Jane' book bench trail organised by Destination Basingstoke in partnership with Wild in Art and supporting the Ark Cancer Charity was launched in Basingstoke last week.


It was good to see there were some willing helpers when it came to moving my bench about!

I was delighted to have painted the inaugural bench inspired by a Regency Doll's House, which has kindly been sponsored by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and is now situated outside the beautiful Georgian building Goldings, the Basingstoke Register Offices at London Rd.




Photo by Ross Harvie


The trail forms part of the 'Jane Austen 200- A Life in Hampshire'  celebrations which mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. The trail map and phone App can be found on the Sitting with Jane website. The Book benches will be out in public until 31st August and then will be auctioned to raise funds for the local Ark Cancer Centre.



Friday, March 24, 2017

The tiger that came to town - Chipping Sodbury



Hop along to Chipping Sodbury on Saturday 25th March 2017 
2-4pm.


My 'Tiger that came to town' will be introduced to the public in Chipping Sodbury on Saturday 25th March. Kindly sponsored by the Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce, he will be situated on Horse St outside JMI Kitchens and Bathrooms and joins 3 other hares in the town, which form part the Cotswold Hare Trail 2017. More information can be found on the Visit Chipping Sodbury facebook page.


 'The Tiger that came to Town'


The Trail continues until September when all the hares from around 20 towns and village locations in the Cotswolds will be brought together on display in the New Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester before being auctioned in October to raise money for 'National Star' the charity which supports people with disabilities to reach their full potential.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cotswold Hare Trail 2017

The Cirencester Hare Festival has been expanded this year to encompass a wider area and the new event 'Costwold Hare Trail 2017' launches fully on 25th March with a pre-launch at Burford Garden Centre on 9th March

I was very pleased to be chosen by lovely sponsor the Cirencester Talbot Inn to create a playful 'Hare of the Dog' design for them. It features a golden hare and a silver Talbot hound dancing in the magical moonlight. Perhaps the produce of the hops, barley and vines had something to do with that!





Hare of the Dog.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sitting with Jane

I was so delighted to be asked to create a BookBench to kick off the 'Sitting with Jane' project by Wild in Art and Destination Basingstoke.

Firstly I have a soft spot for Basingstoke because my daughter was born there and it's a lovely area. Secondly...the BookBenches are a brilliant idea helping to promote literacy and are also a great canvas to paint, and thirdly Jane Austen was such a wonderful writer!

Sitting with Jane is a unique public art trail to celebrate Jane Austen's connections with Basingstoke and her birthplace Steventon and forms part of a global commemoration of her life in 2017, the 200th Anniversary of her death. 25 BookBenches will form a trail in and around Basingstoke for 12 weeks next summer, which will then be auctioned to help raise funds for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity to go towards a new specialised cancer treatment centre.


                Back of the BookBench showing the front of the house.

When I was considering a design, the idea of a dolls house leapt out at me because it could combine the Regency period which Jane Austen describes so well, with characters and stories. I've always loved dolls houses so researching period style, decorating the rooms with tiny details and imagining the kind of dolls which represent typical Jane Austen characters was huge fun!
There's more info on my design 'The House that Jane Built' on the Sitting with Jane website.



         Front of the BookBench showing the rooms inside the house.



                                  Detail of one of the rooms

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Go Herdwick Eco Travel Challenge

Will you be able to find all 3 of my Go Herdwick animals on the Go Herdwick Eco Travel Challenge? Better than virtual games....have fun with your friends, family and work colleagues on Tuesday 2nd August. See details below or here.

GO CATCH THEM ALL!


Stargrazer


A Sheep in the sun



Charlie Lamb






Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A sheep in the Cumbrian sun

It's lovely to see all the photos and kind comments from sheep spotters in Cumbria who are enjoying 'A Sheep in the Sun' on the GoHerdwick trail.


Sponsored by the Lingmoor Guest House , this ewe reminds people that Cumbria is a beautiful place all year round, and celebrates the owners finding their own perfect place in the sun in Windermere.


The Go Herdwick trail continues throughout the summer until 4th September. The ewes will then be auctioned to raise money towards the Calvert Trust's £1.3 million target to help redevelop the Old Windbrowe site in Keswick.