My September challenge

If you have been following my social media, you will have noticed that I have been creating some miniature black and white drawings based on the theme of vintage toys. The #drawingadaychallenge has been inspired by the work of John Vernon Lord and promoted by the House of Illustration (http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk). One of their current exhibitions , John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce, is open until 4 Nov 2018.

A drawing must be made every day during September and they must measure a one inch square are the limitations of the challenge. As I have been late to the challenge and doing two drawings each day and sticking with black and white as during 2016, John Vernon Lord did a drawing for every day of the year and used pen and ink on paper. I have been a fan of small square illustrations as they also remind me of spot illustrations that were often engraved during the early days of printing. It is also a good lead up for Inktober, another drawing challenge for the month of October. My work has been included in the House of Illustration blog along with other work created for the challenge. My work is included here:. https://houseofillustration.org.uk/news/latest-news/the-house-of-illustration-drawing-a-day-challenge-a-e

The grid of vintage toy illustrations is now available on clothing, notebooks and bag in my Redbubble store; https://www.redbubble.com/people/danielaglassop/shop?asc=u

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 The entire collection.

The entire collection.

My Spoonflower calendar tea towel design for 2019

Every year I like to produce at least one tea towel design with a calendar. I love beautiful textiles in my home and the calendar option seems to be a very popular for gifts around Christmas time. I will also offer a version without the calendar and I am thinking of offering the painted illustration as an art quality (giclee) print.

The illustration is based on the Chinoiserie style and includes Australian native birds and some native Australian flora as well and was hand painted with a watercolour wash and then gouache was used over the top of the wash.  I have placed the calendar at the top of the design so that the illustration shows when you hang your tea towel.

The birds on the calendar are from bottom left; Spotted Parladote, Purple Crowned Fairy Wren (on the blue bird house),  White Plumed Honeyeater above, centre and the bird on the green bird house is a Chestnut Rumped Heath Wren. The native flowers that have been included are Black Wattle, Flannel Flowers, Pincushion Hakea and the pink flowers have been inspired by some simple roses at the Botanical Gardens, Mount Tambourine, Queensland, Australia.

The tea towel will be available from my Spoonflower shop as fabric, which you can cut and sew yourself.  Linen cotton canvas is good for tea towels, and you'll need one fat quarter for one tea towel. If you would like to be notified when the design or stitched tea towels are available, please sign up for the newsletter so I can keep you informed.

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Blog and Web site Update

If you are a regular visitor, you will have noticed that there is now a new website, which has far more depth than the last version. I still have more to add and shall be trying to blog more often and give you info about what's going on in my studio and shops that contain my designs and illustrated products.

The 100 day project 2017

For me, creating every day is as necessary as breathing and as I met so many other great people also taking part in the 100 day project or people that became fans of my work I decided to take part in the 100 day challenge again. The daily practice does also give me the opportunity to play, experiment or just further develop ideas. 

My aim for this 100 day challenge is to work with limits so my hashtag is #WorkingWithLimits. I have also broken the challenge down into different limits which I will loosely follow; 20 days of limited colour; 20 days of collage; 20 days of people illustrations; 20 days of animal illustrations and 20 spot food illustrations. 

My latest images for the challenge and a few extra posts of other work in progress here, and you can also see all the work here.

Some images from my 100 day project ©Daniela Glassop

Objects of Desire Exhibition and my first blog post.

This is my first blog post.

After years of teaching Visual Communication Design at the University of Newcastle, I have spent the last 3 years creating lots of work and trying out different work options and in an effort to work out where I want to be. Illustration and painting are a passion so I have decided to focus on image making.

My intentions for this blog is to post info about my activities as I discover what it is to be a freelancer after having had a break from it for years and any useful info that is art and design related that I find along the way. I used to do this for my students so now you will be getting the benefit of my expertise.

I have always seen myself as an artist and last year I entered the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize as I have exhibited one or two pieces in galleries often, I have not had my own show. I had been reading some material about working as a creative when deciding on what to enter and I recall hearing a podcast about remaining authentic to who you are and as I have been a big fan of still life, I decided to enter a still life painting, called “Bush Flowers and Blue Wren”. I made the cull and my work was displayed in the exhibition, and even appeared on NBN news. This painting will be in the exhibition too.

As a result of my entry into the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize, I was asked by Ahn Wells if I would be interested in participating in an exhibition based on still life; my favourite genre and one of my favourite  galleries, Gallery 139 at 139A Beaumont Street, Hamilton (not  far from my office). I could not refuse this opportunity and the exhibition will be called Objects of Desire and is taking place from the 23rd February  to  Sunday 12th March, with the official opening on Saturday 25th February from 2PM-4PM. It will be a small group exhibition with 4 other Newcastle artists; Lydia Miller, Sally Behrens, Christina Frogley and Ritual Object.

If you are interested in seeing my work in progress while I prepare for the exhibition, there are previews on my Instagram and Facebook pages, or on the Instagram Feed page on my website. The exhibition details are in the attached invitation below. I would love to see you there and I am going to be participating in a Meet the Artist session on Saturday 4th March at the Gallery from 2PM to 4PM.

 ©Daniela Glassop - Bush Flowers and Blue Wren (will be in the exhibition and for sale)

©Daniela Glassop - Bush Flowers and Blue Wren (will be in the exhibition and for sale)

Objects Of Desire invitiaion