The Hirfynydd Fairies

I just recently finished this piece. It’s inspired by a local legend of a Roman tombstone that stood on the Roman road where fairies were supposedly seen dancing and riding horses around it. I really want to explore more local folklore in my work, just need to do some more reading first!

I painted the fairies and moon with quink ink before applying bleach to give it that golden colour. I then painted the piece before adding detail with pencil and gold ink


The Daffodil Picker

Just a quick little painting I did just week just to help me get back into painting some more. I would love to explore more Welsh folklore in my work and have a few ideas but for the meantime I’ve painted the image of a classic Welsh lady picking daffodils in a forest.

Illustration Friday: Fairy Tale

I haven’t taken part in illustration Friday for a long time now, but this week’s theme was ‘Fairy Tale’ and I had to submit something. I recently painted this Cinderella illustration using quink ink and was going to save it for this years inktober, but I’ve decided instead to post it now.
I had the image of this in my head for ages and just had to get it out and I’m quite happy with how its turned out. I drew it on an A4 piece of paper though so I struggled to include as much detail as I would have liked.

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The Romanovs 1613-1918

I started this painting in July last year in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Romanov family’s death. I posted the main part of the painting on the actual anniversary but I hadn’t actually finished the entire thing back then. I’m so happy to have finally finished it now.
The border part of the painting took me the longest as I wanted to make it as neat and symmetrical looking as possible, but that was rather difficult and fiddly. The painting is my own take on a Romanov icon as the family were canonized and I have seen many depictions of their icons during my research on them.
I decided to frame the family with a border inspired by The Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg which stands on the site of the Ipatiev House where the family was killed.

The Albany Gallery Winter Exhibition. Father Christmas

I’m very excited to be a part of the Winter Exhibition at The Albany Gallery in Cardiff again this year. I’ve got four paintings in the show all together, including this one titled ‘Father Christmas’ which has recently been sold at the show.
I’ll post about the other three paintings soon, but in the meantime you can view the exhibition online at The Albany Gallery website.