Tuesday, 29 November 2011

New Online shop for Giclee Prints

We have been very busy over the last few days, completely revamping my 'Cheap Thrills' online shop.

a screen grab of the new shop online
 The reason for making the shop is that I receive so many positive comments on my paintings and drawings through online admirers of my work, but very few of those people have the kind of money to spare that an original oil painting costs.

The shop will initially be for the sale of reproduction prints of my paintings, made at a professional art print studio usng the Giclee print method. The papers are all archival as are the inks, making this no ordinary inkjet print. The images are roughly 25cm along the shortest side (plus a white border for easy framing) and start at £60. They all come signed and numbered by myself at the bottom.

I have limited the print runs to only 30 prints, and as the runs sell out, the cost will increase. This means that early bird buyers get the most rewards!

I hope soon to add new sections of drawings and small artworks, so keep your eyes peeled.


Wednesday, 23 November 2011


I have just returned from a long daytrip out to Edinburgh, to deliver new work to Bon Papillon for their new xmas show titled: ‘LUXE MIDWINTER’ opening this Saturday 26th November from 2-5pm.

A little cup of tease, oil on canvas, 20 x 20cm

Trevor and I turned up like a whirlwind at Bon Papillon, with my usual array of colurful bags full of art. There was quite a lot, so Ingrid had the daunting task of quickly deciding which pieces were best for the show. There will be about 19 pieces of mine in the show, ranging from £1395 to only £70, so a lot of pockets are catered for!

unglamorous baggage
  There will also be work by two of my artist friends, Emma Mount who has submitted her fabulous pin-up painting called Kemper the Impervious, and Fiona Watson who is one of the top printmakers at Glasgow Print Studio  who has framed up 'There's a tattoo of you name across my soul'.

  There are of course, many other great artists showing including our lovely hostess, Ingrid Nilsson, who runs the gallery as well producing these imaginative paintings.

work awaiting places in their  new home for December
As well as popping along to see the art, it is well worth visiting for a delicious lunch or a warming hot chocolate and some of their excellent home-made cakes. A meal in themselves!

The show will run until Christmas Eve, then the gallery will be closed for the holidays until 13th January next year. Maybe see you there!

BON PAPILLON  gallery – cafĂ© – framing
15 Howe Street, Edinburgh              

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

International Art Shipping

I think what I love about being self-emlpoyed as an artist the best, is the bizarre range of jobs you end up doing. A lovely gentleman from London enquired about one of my large paintings, Lemon Petticoat, and was happy to purchase her if I could ship the painting to France.
The professional courier cost half the cost of the painting plus insurance, so my hero or a husband, who happens to be a dab hand at DIY, came to the rescue with his box making skills.
This is the package that will be going with a courier tomorrow. I just hope they have a screwdriver at the other end!

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tunnocks, Aye Doll!

I was invited to submit work into a small group show called Gandolfi Loves Tunnocks. The show was a spin off from the larger event at the Glasgow Print Studio in the spring of this year, where my saucy tunnocks inspired painting flew out the door the day after the opening.

Since it was a show by printmakers, I decided to try my first piece of digital art. I had a couple of old Barbie dolls lying around my studio so I thought about making a pin-up girl for the Tunnock's brand. I used the wrappers to make swimming costumes, then painted the doll's faces to be more 50s inspired. The hair was styled and a backdrop of the seaside was painted before organising a shoot with my professional photographer husband, Trevor Wilson

I wanted the image to be like an old fashioned postard so I found a card with the fancy edges and scanned it to make a mask over the image. I then added a Glasgow postmark, since Tunnocks is based just outside the city. I got the giclee printed by Ian at Lighthouse Photographics who was very patient in achieving the washed out colour effect that I was after.

Here is the finished print with the model and a teacake. I also submitted a mini version of the painting that sold at the last show. Sadly, the print was not hung as part of the show it was intended for as there was, apparently, not enough room for both pieces and the painting went better with the other work.  It was still very disappointing after all the work in getting it produced, but I am sure she will enjoy her debut as part of the show at Bon Papillon opening at the end of November.

I am also hoping to have my new online shop ready in early December, so keep your eyes peeled, or sign up to this blog for updates.