This is the new Dan Rox shop in Tiverton, Devon. A new venture for Dan and Adam selling crystals and rocks, running workshops on all aspects of working with crystals, and having guest presenters along to join in the fun. And they had a personal anniversary, too!
When a caricature is commissioned I will not post it to the public domain until it is in the hands of its new owner, and the commissioner has given the go-ahead for me to do so. This means that on the run-up to Christmas I have been productive but have no posts to show for it. But here is my first reveal of 2022, a house in south Wales.
Let me know what you think, and remember – a caricature is not just for Christmas …
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 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.
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.
Pen and Lens Artwork 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’, 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’.
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 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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org will do it.