It was one of those days where I started messing with ink and ended up with a 1970s pattern that should be on the wall! Really enjoyed working with this one and creating different vibes with the same thing. I’ve always fallen into the red and black, but I’m really digging the blue. And really digging how they look on cups and cushions! Available at Society 6 (here) and RedBubble (here)
I always found abstract art something I did when going through sober patches (apart from a three year stint on my early 20s sobriety has been pretty much scarce!), but recently, even though I don’t drink as vast amounts as I used to, I seem to enjoy leaving little ‘presents’ for myself. Last night was one of those nights. I was having a pretty dead day artistically, and the urge to just drink and chill the mind was strong, so I fell for Beck’s charms as always and settled into a Ronnie Barker documentary. But the paints were next to me, the ink fluttering it’s eyes and a sketchbook begging so I just opened it an doodled. The more beer, the more torn out bits of paper. This morning there was this…
The bit that astounds me is that I cleaned my brushes! Ever diligent with those cheap things. Now, I’m not saying I was so pissed I don’t remember the night before, my six pint tolerance has now gone down to two large bottles of Becks, but it’s nice to know that alcohol seems to be happy for me to still talk to my artistic side. And I have something to do today! My to-do list had shrunk dramatically. I was even starting to put ‘have shower’ on it just so I could have something to tick off (don’t judge, it’s still not ticked off, who am I getting dressed up for today huh!)
I hope everyone else is keeping busy and happy in these strange times. I understand I am very much in the minority when I say I am not missing going out at all, my introvert side is swimming in absolute joy! I still keep thinking about getting back to writing my book, but it’s already 35,000 words that even I don’t want to read back so I guess that can stay in the google drive covered in digital dust!
Keep happy and entertained everyone!
Taken from the original blog at www.shellystill.co.uk./blog
In this weird time of isolation it’s been easy to take more time to look out at the garden and just get a bit closer to the ground. Summer is on the way and things are sprouting where they shouldn’t be! I’m more of a ‘let nature be nature’ kinda girl, but when dandelions get to this stage of their lives I must admit I’m pretty quick with chopping down the ones on the lawn. Hey, the bees have hard their fun, time for you to go! But if you look closer it is amazing how many small bugs and aphids live just under the dandelion seeds! go, get your magnifying glasses, freak yourself out! These are some fun photos I’ve been taking for stock photography sites at Shutterstock (here) and Adobe Stock (here)
Ahhh, it’s been a long time coming, I have avoided putting my work up for sale for ages due to confidence, not quite getting the photos right, being unhappy with the finished pieces… But this time in isolation has given me a lot of time to work on my ‘f#ck it!’ attitude and quite simply if you don’t try new things you never know what will come out of it! Check out my shop HERE! Hope you enjoy my work!
I created this Frankenstein patchwork from three acrylic paintings cut up and sewn back together by metal wire. Absolutely loved working on this style, though it was a bit tough on the fingers!!
This one is watercolour and ink on watercolour paper. Always find myself a bit heavy handed with the watercolours, but I love the vibrancy!
I still absolutely love cartooning. I did start another site for the cartoons but they are still me so deserve to stand with the other works of art! This is pen on red card.
Let me know what you think! If you are interested in helping a starving artist by buying one please message me HERE or check out the contact form on the contact page and shop page.
Taken from the original blog on the Shelly Still website http://www.shellystill.co.uk/blog
Well the lockdown in the UK seems to be having effect on my general creativty cracker point. I’ve been having a great time! Started working on some abstract photography, something I’ve not really explored since college, and back then Photoshop wasn’t really an option! I’m not sure the camera will forgive me for the settings I made it do, all the while spinning it around like a ballroom dancer. Going to explore mixing art work with this technique a bit more today, see what happens! Thank goodness I don’t do film photography anymore, this would have turned out expensive!
Prints and other yums of this photograph are available at Society 6 HERE
Taken from an original post on www.shellystill.co.uk
One of those days when you walk into your room to get a bit of paper, stick on a CD (Dog Man Star by Suede) and get taken over by the paint. I haven’t picked up a paintbrush abstractly since I started my degree, but this week I decided that the first year of that was enough so I guess that part of my brain has stopped and allowed a bit more imagination and experimentation in. I think I went into it planning bright colours, but I always get distracted by the reds and blacks, always. Anyway, none of these are finished, well, I don’t think so, they’ve not told me yet! But thought I’d document the randomness again. Always end up working on more than one thing, not usually this small though.
So what happens when you start watching Star Trek Next Generation again from the start? You sit an doodle a load of planets you fancy visiting! Or at least look at from the Enterprise. NCC-1701-A though, I’m a traditionalist. You can find these sets on Adobe Stock HERE and Shutterstock HERE (or message me)
Taken from my main www.shellystill.co.uk website
I’ve been stuck upstairs all day, refurbishments going on downstairs, stormy times outside… it’s been good to get away from the computer for a while though. So I’ve been sorting through some old abstract artwork and decided this is the exact theme of the day