Monday 30 July 2012

The Incredible Chapore


From July 30th until August 26th you can vote for the illustration that best suits the wonderful tale of "The Incredible Chapore". The story follows a ruthless poacher who is outsmarted by all the animals in the Jungle, as he attempts to hunt and capture the greatest animal of all them all 'The Incredible Chapore'

Please if you have a moment to browse over them and maybe cast a vote, it would be greatly appreciated. The link is at the top of the post!

Thursday 12 July 2012

Goodies Sweet Shop - Lincoln

"What to Choose? What to Choose?"

Chocolate bon bons, humbugs, chocolate orange nibble, dark chocolate coated ginger, cola cubes, sherbet lemons, coconut mushrooms, rum balls, rhubarb and custard, peanut brittle, cinder toffee, chocolate covered peanuts, liquorice, white chocolate mice, milk chocolate mice, the choices go on and on...

It is hard not to have the biggest smile on your face when you're inside the wonderful Goodies Traditional Sweet Shop. The shelves are stacked floor to ceiling with jars full of delicious treats. In-between the traditional beams are rows and rows of candy canes, all different flavours. It is a feast for both the eyes and the belly!

I really wanted to capture the nostalgia of the shop. The window displays chocolate boxes and sweet tins from times gone by. The till and weighing scales would be at home in the Lincolnshire Museum of Life. And the setting of the building itself, with it's low ceiling and thick beams, placed on the beautiful cobbled street that is Steep Hill. I hope that the illustration reflects this successfully! 

Tuesday 3 July 2012

Harding House Gallery - Browser

With the July artists market coming up this Saturday, I've been working like a busy bee trying to finish some new Steep Hill themed paintings. This one is focused on the beautiful 16th century timbered building that is now the Harding House Gallery. It features some beautiful contemporary work from local artists, and artists from around the country. The permanent exhibits feature ceramics, glass, watercolours, textiles, jewellery, metal sculpture, calligraphy, prints, abstract and landscape painting, plus a wonderful array of original greetings cards.

One shopper stops to catch her breath from the challenge that is steep hill,and takes a moment to appreciate the lovely work inside the gallery. One more purchase before that long awaited cup of tea at Lesley's tea shop perhaps?