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To infinity (well, 2020) and beyond …

The end of one interesting year and the beginning of another. And I’m ready for your commissions!

My favourite nine of 2019

2019 was the year our son left home, two sets of rubber stamps were released, we moved to a whole new life in Devon, the new business (see previous posts) was closed, we met new people, joined in with new groups, encountered physical problems – and started the long process of sorting them.

2020 will be a year of building on past experiences, developing friendships (and acquaintances), learning new skills, continuing to improve old skills, and dealing with all Life’s day-to-day incidents. Hopefully you, my dear readers, will continue to ask for your houses to be drawn.

On an arty note, 2019 was quite varied. The main focus has been the quirky house caricatures, draw with dip pen and acrylic artist ink, but there have been forays in to the world of colours, too.

In May we were at the BADFA convention in Crick where I sat in classes for Traditional British Canal Art, (by Wendy Grattan) and a stylised Polish Blue Rooster, (by Sharon Wolf). From the Canal Art class I was inspired to paint a house name plaque in that style, for our cottage. I was also inspired by the team at FolkIt, with their folk art brushwork, to paint Christmas cards. I have put together a ‘favourite nine’ board to showcase the year.

Set 3 – A street of houses
Set 2 – The Marine set

Must not forget my popular ‘Kim Moody’ house stamps, the third set, made by Chocolate Baroque, was released in May.

These complimented the ‘Marine’ set released in January.

So, here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful 2020, and I look forward being trusted with your commissions in the new year.

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What is Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd?

Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd is the coming together of a team that has been working as one for many years. This web site is our temporary home until a custom site can be built.

Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd sample design

The initial ideas for the team is the formalisation of the production of whimsical house designs. Julie, as ‘the Lens’, spots suitable buildings for the ‘Pen’ treatment and photographs them. Kim produces the pen and ink line drawings from the ensuing images. 

Some of the designs are made in to rubber stamps for crafters. For this we use the renowned manufacturer, Chocolate Baroque, where the stamps are available under the heading ‘Kim Moody’. 

Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd also are happy to receive commissions for such work. Examples can be seen on the Instagram page @penandlensartwork. Email for further information.

We are researching the production of various photographic products for use in colour therapy healing. Details of these will be released as they come to fruition.

Please contact Pen and Lens Artwork Ltd if you need any more information, and to commission a house caricature.

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Commissions continue – Black Friday

Black Rose Commission for Black Friday
Black Rose for Black Friday

I am pleased with progress for November. Commissions continue to come in. Three have been completed so far, and another has just been started.

Featured image is a previous commission, Black Rose. Well it is Black Friday.

There are other tasks which I hope to get time to work on – a new web page for Pen and Lens Artwork (we already have the domain name), a publicity sample for my rubber stamps (available through Chocolate Baroque), and start work on designs for cards.

The release of a second set of stamps gets ever closer!

Julie is working on cards for her colour therapy healing, and colour healing journals, as well as her flatlay photos. So there is plenty to do.

In the mean time check out Julie’s Instagram page @juliemoo1960 and my Instagram page @kpm.illustration (and @the_scratchypen for coloured works).

And if you would like to discuss a commission please contact me at info@penandlensartwork.com 

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Big Day

For six months I have been working with Lesley and David Wharton, of Chocolate Baroque, craft stamp makers.Chocolate Baroque presents Kim Moody

Back in March one of my quirky ink buildings was spotted by Di Oliver (Tando Creative) who suggested that it would make a good rubber stamp. She put me in contact with Lesley, and, after a phone call, a deal was struck.

Today, 2 October, was the culmination of our efforts. A set of four of my stamps were revealed on television. The show was Hochanda, a hobby, crafts, and art shopping channel aired at 10:00. The show was presented by the enthusiastic Leonie, and Lesley demonstrated the stamps.

It was a good day to launch a new product, there was lots of interest, and plans for future releases. Here are examples of the first set. Check out the Portfolio page for my other illustrations.

Visit Chocolate Baroque to order your set.
(There may be a delay until back orders are complete)

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June 2018

Summer seems to have arrived now, and it is good to work in the studio with loads of natural light.

Interest in my artwork is increasing. There are one-off commissioned pieces, and interest by a decorative rubber stamp manufacturer, and this week I have been asked to provide illustrations for a poetry anthology being written in Australia.

So, not only is the weather looking bright, but also – as the very old TV advert said – is the future.

I am always open to offers, and if you want a picture of your house, or shed, or whatever, that is not quite true to life, but conveys the soul within, please get in touch. kpm.writer@gmail.com will do it.

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Back in dear old Blighty

The day after we returned it snowed! What a welcome.

A couple of new posts have gone live. One of my favourite cars, the Shelby Cobra 427, was created with Derwent Grafix pens using only dots, a technique known as pointillism. That took longer than usual but I’m pleased with the result.

Today I posted the Harbour Master’s office. It’s an old building that lends itself to a bit of artistic licence. I can never tell tell what the finished product will look like. Where to next?

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The Shed – the story

A recent commission has been delivered, and the customer is pleased with the result.

Karen Barclay of Karen’s Quilts had a new studio built in her garden. She asked me to draw ‘The Shed’ so that she can use the illustration on her business cards and blog.

Featured in the picture are; Karen, Treacle the cat, Oliver the dog, Cheryl the crow, and Lance the knight.

You can read Karen’s side of the story, and compare it with the real shed here. The chalet/workshop/shed was made by Tuin, a Dutch company supplying quality buildings. The story about it’s delivery and construction will appear on Karen’s blog soon, too.

If you want to view your house, or other building in a different light, contact me for more information.