North Lodge, Brockenhurst Park

This Grade ll listed gatehouse was designed by Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) and built in the 1860s by T H Wyatt. It is described as being of asymmetrical composition in a French Renaissance style. This building often appears on the internet in photographs but this may be the first drawing, albeit a tad stylised.  A4 pen…

Happy anniversary

This lovely Cotswold cottage was isolated from the rest of the row for a special anniversary present. Specific details were included at the commissioners request. The texture of the honey coloured stone lends itself to the pen and ink technique. If you need a gift for a special occasion coming up, why not a caricature…

Miniature cottages

The wooden miniatures are hand made by Collette Stacey, of Cosy Cottage Designs, but after my wife had bought one I decided it looked so cute it needed to be set in its proper surroundings. Not wishing to infringe any copyright issues, I contacted Collette to ask if it was OK to produce drawings from…

Special Birthday Gift

Last time I said there was another house awaiting imminent delivery, so here it is. The lovely, half tiled house is located ‘somewhere in Hampshire’, and incorporates its more recent extension. Have you got a special celebration coming up, or has someone just moved in to a new home? Contact me with details of your…

Waiting for a bus

Strange time, this Covid lockdown thing. I took a commission just days before it all started, but the buyer didn’t need it until July. So, as usual, I got on with the task and it spent over two months sat in my dining room waiting. No other commissions arrived, so I kept the flow going…

To infinity (well, 2020) and beyond …

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

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. The initial ideas for the team is the formalisation of the production of whimsical house designs. Julie, as ‘the Lens’,…

Commissions continue – 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…

Big Day

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

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…