I distinctly remember how giddy with excitement I was when I switched my mixed media work from paper & card to canvas years & years ago. I did hundreds of babushka & matryoshka dolls. I had to just keep doing them & get them out of my system. And then I then took off those little scarfes from the heads of those girls & gave them bigger eyes. I painted souful, thoughtful & wistful deep thinking girls. Although those days of babushkas & painted girlies are not over, I've found something new that I am constantly dreaming about & I've created a whole new thing! I can't wait to share it with you!
Ok, so if you've been following my art for a while, you will know I love to paint country villages & little houses in a row & other architecture. Well I have been looking at ways of exploring the subject matter I like but through new fresh eyes. And when all of that incubated in my trusty little brain for a while, I woke up with the answer. And I'm in love. I decided to zoom in on my little houses & have little characters popping out the windows. Simple little illustrated characters. I then took things a step further & started making apartment blocks, neighbourhood terraced houses & family homes. Each of them have little stories, unique characters & unique numbering.
I am building neighbourhoods! And in actual fact, I will open up for commissions starting in the new year to paint your families & neighbourhoods including your real characters. I don't plan on doing portraits of houses, they will all be done in my kooky colourful style. But I am more than happy to adopt your family and use you as the inspiration, if you would like! Email me to get on the list!
So I am very proud to launch a few that I have recently finished along with their stories!
Above we have terrace houses 402 - 406.
In the little house at 402 lives an elderly lady & her cat Daisy. Daisy loves to sit in the upstairs window looking out over the street & smelling the flowers in the window box. Her owner Maggie, sits inside by the warm fire knitting away furiously for her grandchildren & all the new little babies in the street.
At townhouse 404, we have a family of 4, the Clarke's. Two teenage sisters, close in age, Clarissa & Emme are at home watching over little brother Max while Mum Ellen has popped down to the local market to shop.
And in house 406 we have Paige, who has moved down from the country to the town centre to study as a teacher. She's very happy with her new little house but is still getting to know everyone in the neighbourhood. She has a spare room & is really hoping maybe another student will come to live in the house soon too.
And here we have apartment 403.
This is Shelly! Shelly is living her dream of designing wedding stationery in her little shop on the ground floor, whilst living upstairs! One day she hopes her boyfriend will propose & she'll get to design her very own dream wedding stationery too!
Meet The Morefield's at family home, number 894.
Father Jim is the manager at the community library while mother June works a few mornings a week doing reception duties at the local doctors surgery. Heidi & Ash are their two children & they both love music & playing with their friends at the primary school just across the road. The family cat is called Boris & he's a little bit moody for about half an hour every day. The other 23.5 hours he can be found napping on Heidi's bed.
I hope you've enjoyed my first lot of neighbourhood artworks. I really loved making them, the process is so random [I think I love that the most!] & I can't wait to get working on some more. I have all sorts of ideas brewing! You can find some originals already in my ETSY shop right here and I'll be spending some more time today loading prints & at least one more original too! Thanks for looking.