Monday, 19 January 2015

Historical Poem: Types of Firewood

A historical and well known rhyme to describe the virtues of various species of timber when used as a fuel...

Beechwood fire burns bright and clear,
If the logs are kept a year.

Store your beech for Christmastide,
With New Year holly cut beside.

Chesnut only good, they say,
If for years ‘tis stored away.

Birch and firewood burn too fast,
Blaze too bright and do not last.

Flames from larch will shoot up high,
Dangerously the sparks will fly,
But ashwood green and ashwood brown
Are fit for a queen with a golden crown.

Oaken logs, if dry and old,
Keep away the winter cold.

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke.

Elmwood burns like a churchyard mould,
E’en the very flames are cold.

Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread,
So it is in Ireland said.

Applewood will scent the room,
Pearwood smells like flowers in bloom.

But ashwood wet and ashwood dry
A king may warm his slippers by.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Autumn Equinox

There are two equinoxes every year, one in September and one in March. This is when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.

Tomorrow the September Equinox occurs. The start of Autumn is upon us...

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Waterfall Holistic Therapies Re-brand

I've been working on a little design project over the past week. After all, it has been a while and it's about time I start setting some time aside to let my creative juices flow. 

A couple of years back, I designed a logo for my friend who is a mobile practitioner but looking back on the design I thought it looked a bit crap.

Due to my friend wanting to re-brand from the name Waterfall Therapies to Waterfall Holistic Therapies, I decided to tweek the logo design, sticking with the original style of logo (as she was keen to keep the waterfall graphic) but making the text clearer to read. 

Along with a re-design of the logo, I've come up with a set style of branding for her business including business cards and a price menu.

More marketing material to come...


A monthly special offer graphic that can have the text and image tweeked each month.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Floral Wonderland Photoshoot with Betty Noir Photography

With two of my best friends Birthdays within the same month of each other, I decided to do something a bit different and treated them to a Floral wonderland Photoshoot with Betty Noir Photography.

Most of us had never done a photoshoot before, so it made a good girly day out. The four of us arrived at 9:30am in the morning and didn't leave until 4pm! It took that long to hide our hangovers from the night before and make us all look good! (Only joking).

Hannah the photographer was really friendly and done a sterling job with our hair and make-up. I personally was most nervous about posing in front of the camera as I'm not usually one to take a photograph seriously, never mind striking a pose. (Vogue!). 

Fortunately for me, Hannah was very helpful in guiding us on how to position ourselves and pose in front of the camera.

A great girly day out with the added bonus of we've all got our own little piece of self artwork to cherish forever!

If you're interested in booking a Makeover Photoshoot with Betty Noir Photography, you can do so here. Located in Coleford, Gloucestershire, she does everything from pin up, to vintage, burlesque and more!

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Mural Painting at Axiom Brewing Co.

In case you're wondering why I was after an old overhead Projector, it was so I could paint my beloved fiance's Axiom Brewing logo large scale on his Brewery wall.

Luck just had it that after putting the word out, a local charity were selling one for £15, so say hello to the new proud owner of an OHP. (Although the film cost me more than the projector!)

I first off penciled all the outlines of the logo, before moving in with a fine paintbrush. Much patience and a steady hand were required. Lets just say my arms where shaking by the time I had finished.

I can't take credit for the logo design though. The logo was designed by Nimbws Graphic Design & Illustration.

Here's the finished mural...

Friday, 29 November 2013

November comes and November goes...

I came across this lovely poem by Clyde Watson. Worthy of a share I thought as November draws to an end...

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Goblin Shaman Drawing

Dug out the sketch pad and decided to do some pencil pushing as it's been a while. Seeming as I am yet to recover the old Queen's of Legends series that I started working on from my broken laptop, I've started on a good old fashioned pen and paper piece. I thought I'd share the progression of it taking shape.

What's it going to be you may wonder? Well, it will be a Goblin Shaman. I want to fill the whole space around him with other weird fantasy art characters, maybe trees with faces and gremlins, who knows how this will turn out?

Stage 1

Stage 2

That's as afar as I have got so far. Will come back and update when I've finished stage 3.