August 21, 2016

Line Sketches

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarah @ 9:43 am

I’ve been trying to do more quick simple line sketches to catch the shapes and movements. These are just in what ever note book I happen to have at the time, being trained in field work I have a tendency to want to annotate all the pictures and have to keep reminding myself that it is not needed!

Cowfish South Africa

These are some of the ones I did in South Africa, I wish I’d done more but tended to be chasing small people and making sure they did not climb into lion dens (which the youngest did actually attempt :/ ).

Blue the penguin Cape Town

We visited alot of rescue centres and sanctuaries so not everything I saw and drew was native to South Africa – like these Hopper Penguins.

Hopper Penguins Cape Town


August 14, 2016

The Garden – Water Colour

Filed under: My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 8:33 am

The Garden

I painted this as a present for my inlaws – it is their garden and cat Wallace. I loved how the light shone through the palm tree in the morning whilst we were staying with them and how the plants frames the mountain.

Wallace the Cat

It’s Simons Town South Africa for those who want to know :)

Water Colour of Alaric's parents garden


August 7, 2016

Pro-Galleries Shut Down

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarah @ 10:04 am

Pro-Galleries on Photo box is shutting down this means the little Point-Defect shop we had on there is going to be no more and that we will have to find another way to sell you guys prints!

We still have the Cafe Press shop but I am always on the look out for other outlets of my art works etc… so if you know of anything good please let me know :) Ta!

I can still get and have physical prints for sale at events.


July 24, 2016

Leonid Afremov

Filed under: Art and Drawings — sarah @ 10:27 am

I spend too much time on Twitter and I found a little while back that these vivid paintings kept appearing in my time line – they are full of colour and energy and seem to suggest people living life to the full even if there are no people in the actual painting. So I prodded around a bit and discovered the artist on twitter – Leonid Afremov.

I thought I’d share him with you guys – so here is his website.


July 17, 2016

The Neons – Secret Art Project

Filed under: Events,My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 10:07 am

So I have a Patreon account – the idea is that people can basically sponsor me to create art, poetry, science etc… at the moment I am posting the progress of a secret art project up on there. Though the art work will eventually go live for everyone to see you are looking at a year or so I think but if you are a patreon then you can see how and when the project progresses – this is only fair as it is money from this platform that has allowed me to buy the art supplies I need for said project.

There will be extras for the higher paying patreons as well :)

Also it is not the only thing – often my stories and poems appear on there before they go public as well.

One secret art project.


May 29, 2016

Up Coming Events

Filed under: Events — sarah @ 4:08 pm

3-5 June Wychwood Music Festival Cheltenham Race Course: steampunk workshop and Cuddly Science with Space-Craft

11 June Mini Mall Con with True Believer Comic Con Gloucester Shopping Centre: A Stranger Dream and merch for sale

12 June Cranham Country Fayre and Farm Open Day Overtown Farm Cranham Gloucestershire

18-25 June Art in the Park Open Air Art Exhibition Imperial Gardens Cheltenham: acrylic canvas work for sale

8-10 July Cornbury Music Festival The Great Tew Park Oxfordshire: Craft Workshops

Reminder that Cheltenham and Bristol Hackspaces both have their open nights on a Thursday when you can go along and see how it all works – I am there when I can be!

Also Cheltenham Drink and Draw as organised by Proud Lion Comic Book Shop first Tuesday of each month!

Summer Creativi Tea still to be called because I also have Poetry, Comedy, acting and some writing and drawing to fit into all of this!


May 22, 2016

Art Prints

Filed under: A Stranger Dream,My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 3:38 pm

Art prints of A Stranger Dream have arrived – these are wonderful – I am really chuffed with the quality and I have found some black frames which work really well with the images.

Identity Clinging framed print

Currently there are only three designs: Dismissed, Identity Clinging and Love. As these sell I will have enough capital to get more made but it is going to be a slow roll out – sorry guys!

Art Prints of A Stranger Dream artwork

Also I am not currently selling things online other than the book itself which you can get through amazon. The reason for this is that the after affects of head bang make it still a bit too much for me but I am selling them at events.


May 15, 2016

Busy with Stuff!

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarah @ 9:59 am

I am still uber busy with the colouring book visual poem A Stranger Dream: Love that a launched at the end of April. It is steadily selling and I have actually gotten around to sending out some review copies (yes I know it is supposed to happen before you release the book :) ).

Posting out copies of A Stranger Dream

I sold out of the heart handled mugs with the art work Love on it – one of the pictures from the book. I have ordered more and they have now arrived :) I am still sorting out the Normal Mugs with normal handles but will have them soon :)

Yesterday the first lot of artwork badges arrived and I have homed 3 of them already :)

Shut up Badges from A Stranger Dream

There is a still quiet a bit of a to-do list to get everything I want to go with the book/be done with the art work :)

So far no bad reviews (that wont last but for now I am basking).

I am down to just two copies of the books I had to sell – there is another lot en-route, I will have them with me tonight at the poetry slam. Otherwise the next chance to buy the books and artwork stuff from me is going to be The Mini-Mall Con in June :)

(I may also be making Alaric dress as young spock once again which as those who came to my 30th know is a treat worth it’s weight in jelly beans!).

Of course you can order it on line from Amazon.

I hope to be doing more shows, stalls and things with it and I will be seeing if I can make the video of good enough quality to maybe show at an event but we are looking at next year for that sort of thing :)

Stories and poems are starting to go up on the various Monster Blogs once more which has been a long time coming thanks to head bang stuff. However slight change… they now tend to get pre-viewed on my Patreon account for those who are supporting me financially – to be honest though it paid for me to launch and create A Stranger Dream I still do not have quiet enough to be replacing the tech I need to replace and to make the blogs ad free etc… So if you find yourself with monies and you want to see stories and art from me… (yeah I hate asking for money but you know it has to happen or I actually can’t afford to be producing this stuff!).

Anyway…. my patreon.

Also – yes a lot of alsos :) I will have art at Art in the Park Cheltenham this summer.

And lastly – I really liked working on A Stranger Dream colouring in book, about 2 weeks in I made a list of other colouring in books I would like to make both poetry and not poetry based. So last week I popped a poll up to narrow down which one to work on next. I only gave four options and the ability for people to suggest other things… the resounding favourite option was Myths and Legends so I have started work on that.

I have a couple of commissions at the moment so it has to fit in around them but it has begun!


Opps I lied one more thing or maybe two!!!

I will be doing a set at Science Show Off in Bristol on Weds 25th of May at the Grain Barge – there will be stars and poems and possibly a puppet but hopefully no singing!

And there will be steam punk and science-craft workshops run by me at Wychwood Musical Festival :)

I do have a news letter…

I think that’s everything but probably isn’t!


May 8, 2016

Colouring Book Poll

Filed under: A Stranger Dream,Events,My Drawings/Paintings — sarah @ 8:50 am

Obviously I have only just launched A Stranger Dream: Love a non-linear visual poem as a colouring book but… well people have been asking about other books – now I have a long list of other potentials but thought I’d see what people want :)

Yes it’s on twitter – I’m not quiet sure how this works but if you can’t click the options on there then just comment :) Also I am happy to consider other suggestions :)

Thanks muchly :)


April 17, 2016

A Stranger Dream – Virtual Launch Party

Identity Clinging Poetry Cards

I am a poet, I am an artist, I am many things some of which seem contradictory – after the head bang last year the question of identity reigned large in my vision of self – not just my identity but everybody’s and societies reactions to identity issues – so I started working on a series of images.

I was learning how to draw again and the ideas were appearing faster than I could create them, I spent 3 months working on the visuals for A Stranger Dream. And mainly I have had positive feedback though some people do hate the style and that is fine it is stark, it was meant to be.

But what is A Stranger Dream? Well for a start it is not A Stranger Dream it is A Stranger Dream: Love but it’s not it is

Love: A Stranger Dream…

or both or neither or something…

Love: A Stranger Dream

It is a non-linear visual poem on identity, gender, our place within family, our concentric non-ecludian intersecting and exclusionary circles of all the cultures of us – it is the distorting mirrors within our own heads – the fitting and the not fitting – the fires within.

I know it doesn’t look it but it was a hell of a lot of work.

Then someone said “it says colouring in book to me” and I thought… why not?! I thought people colour to relax, to sort thoughts, to just be themselves and that is fitting – plus colouring in book is on the list of to-dos and I have been producing colouring in sheets for my kids workshops for ages.

So I started by popping the images up as individual sheets for download and colouring – they are still there and they are free.

Then I made ring bound ones at home for shows and events… people far away started asking how they could get hold of them so I have created a colouring in book complete with purple spine and title box because… I am the Purple Poet!!!!

Here is a picture of the spiral bound ones at The True Believers Comic Book Festival earlier this year.

A Stranger Dream spiral bound

And this weekend (April 22-14 2016) I am having a launch party – sadly I am only running a virtual one but it is going to be epic!!!

I will be pinging around the internet – of course hoping people will buy the book but as I said don’t feel you have to because I put the individual sheets out there for free download and I know times are tight (having said that I need to buy more art supplies… to you know produce more art!).

There is a Facebook Event, a Google+ Event, a twitter hashtag # astrangerdream and my patreon account (which will have hidden extras in it for patreons only). There are also the blogs namely this one and Turquoise Monster which is my poetry blog :) So I think that is pretty much everyone covered – I am hoping to do a little film thingy too but we will have to see how the laptop holds up!

The colouring book is already up on Amazon and Book Repository etc… it is appearing as £10 odd – I meant it to be roughly £7 if you’ve bought the £10 copy let me know as I have a little goody bag to post to you containing some lovely tie-in items :) (yes I am trusting people to be honest here! Thankyou :) )

Oh and there should be a gallery unveiling where people can post pictures of their colouring in – if they wish :)

There are going to be give aways but there will also be merch for sale and special offers etc… (sorry guys I would love to give you everything for free but I do need a new computer!).

I am actually stupidly excited about this and am even making myself an outfit out of the art work! The poetry cards have arrived and are beautiful in a way I was not expecting :)

Most of all though regardless of weather you buy or take for free or just look – mainly I hope everyone will be enriched by the work itself, it was very important to me whilst creating it. It’s kind of an imprint of the soul, maybe a darker one than people would like but it is… something – I’m not quiet sure what.

I hope you will join me for turning the starkness into a rainbow.

Splice and Split rainbow

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