Inside Beautiful Minds

Obviously my fundraising for MIND is over for the time being; thank you to all of those people who did sponsor me – all of that money goes to MIND and helps someone with a mental health problem.

The prize for sponsoring me was entry into a raffle to win a brand new Inside Beautiful Minds piece; I have finished the piece and contacted the winner (who is the lovely Amy). This is the first time I’ve framed one of my pieces; I’m particularly happy with this piece – from the hair to the tears falling on the little girl. These pieces are designed to be emotive; to give people a glimpse into the inner mind of a person with mental health issues:

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V xo

Mystery Shawl Knit


It’s been a while since I did a Work-in-Progress Wednesday; mostly because I got so caught up in college with deadlines and then my exam. And of course with the deaths of both my Gran and my great aunt, the beginning of the year wasn’t exactly filled with knitting. I know I have like 10 WIP’s already; the last thing I really needed to do was cast on something new BUT the main thing I needed to do was cast on something new – does that make sense? When WendyKnits posted a mystery knit-a-long on Ravelry; that was all about knitting something comforting and soft, I jumped at the chance. I dug around in my stash and decided to knit a DK weight shawl in a Debbie Bliss merino yarn and I’m so glad I did. The first clue came out on Saturday and after a few false starts (gauge issues etc) I got into it. I’ve done 10 pattern repeats so far; I won’t share the whole section that I’ve done because it is a mystery knit but here is the garter stitch edge and a little bit of the lace thus far:10405470_10152206349812401_7709817375186653258_n

I have to admit after a really tough start to the year this knit has been very comforting; I’m enjoying it so much and I’m glad I took the plunge. I’m even going to get one of my older WIP’s out of my yarn bin and so some knitting on it. Sometimes you just need those comforting knits to plough through.

As always on a Wednesday I’m playing along with Ginny and Tami for WIP Wednesday. Go check out their blogs and see what everyone else is knitting this week.

Have a knitty week.

V xo

Outdoor Painting

I’ve spent the last 3 days at my parent’s house just outside Edinburgh. Today I took the opportunity to go down to the docks with my sketchbook, fineliners and watercolours. It was so peaceful, the sun was shining and I set myself up at the end of the dock. In the end this is what I came up with:


I’m really quite happy with this, I really wanted to capture the gentle movement of the boat with the still calm of the fisherman.
This weekend I’m starting a new knitting project to take me through the summer and painting a still life of some beautiful shells I happened across.
What are you working on right now?
V xo

Fashion; Change It Up

I’ve always been a big fun of mixed media work; in fact I would say that is where I started my art – before I really knew my destiny as an artist and before I would have even called myself an artist.

It has actually been a while since I’ve done a mixed media piece; and to be honest I really struggled on where to begin this piece. I decided to start with tissue paper on canvas; then cutting lots of pieces from a magazine and just putting it together. The background actually happened last – which is a little weird but it just worked out that way. I’m actually really happy with this piece; it’s just the right amount of weird/pretty:10336612_507506956060459_5400389489413494419_nWhat have you been working on this weekend?

V xo

Gary, the Snail

Our oldest son; Robbie, is the hugest fan of Spongebob!! But he also really loves snails – in fact last month he took one to school with him after “rescuing” it from the pavement!!! Today I decided to get out a piece of canvas and my watercolours; so I could try to recreate Gary the Snail. Gary is Spongebob’s pet snail – who also meow’s like a cat. I’m pretty pleased with the results – I did some more paint blowing on this; it’s a really fun technique to use with watercolour paint:Gary 1

I think it gave Gary a very under the sea look; Robbie loves him and is excited to get him framed for the bedroom wall. This is my first attempt at a cartoon character – it was loads of fun and I learned a bit about drawing from another image which is great too.Gary 3I have a couple of projects in mind; I want to do a mixed media canvas on knowing my limits – it’s something I’ve been working really hard on this past 6 months and I need to get a couple of pages started in my summer sketchbook – I’m thinking about starting with a textile page!!!

What are you working on this weekend?

V x


Yesterday I celebrated my 32nd Birthday!!! I was given money from most of my family so I went shopping on Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie – but of course I bought more books than anything else. One of my favourites is this one:

much loved

It’s a book full of loved teddies; the photography is beautiful and the stories are amazing. I’ve always been a teddy/soft-toy fan and I probably have way to many so this book was pretty perfect for me. I’ve also always been a book fan; spending most of my teen years in the library and even though I own a kindle, I still buy a lot of hard back books – I’m running out of space to keep them!!!

I have some holiday drawing to share with you very soon; and I’ve done a little more knitting so posts coming soon. In the meantime it is the summer holiday’s now – school is finished until August.

What have you been doing this week?



Blackpool Doodles #1


I’m currently on holiday in Blackpool with my wife and boys; we are having an amazing time. I have managed to fit in a little sketching in my moleskine. I’ve started a double page doodles sketch using only fineliner – I’ve done this before and it’s fun. I’ve drawn lots of teeny little frames, each one will have a different Blackpool memory. Do you want to see my first one?


What do you think? I love the illustrative doodling of these pages – I feel like I’m starting to realise my own style.
Oooh and the freestyle font is one I created myself!!
What are you sketching right now?
V xo