A sketch a day – Jungle fever

A sketch a day


A sketch a day keeps the doctor away…

“A sketch a day keeps the doctor away”. Not really an original title for my post it seems… I just googled it and I noticed more people are having the same idea, though here and there I saw the word ‘doctor’ replaced by ‘demons’ or ‘psychiatrist’ ..

Anyway I promised myself to make at least one sketch a day. These ‘doodles’ may become a good base for a future painting or sculpture. They also say sketching is good to prevent art block.

Sharing my sketches with you will be an extra motivation! Your comments are much appreciated!

Sketch 27/6


Sketch 28/6

Dutch cat flying with the birds

Some cats have nine lives. This one has propellers after death. Dutch artist Bart Jansen has immortalized his dead kitty, Orville, by turning the stuffed creature into a feline flying machine.

Dubbed Orvillecopter, the remote controlled furry flier was unveiled at the Kunstrai Art Festival in Amsterdam.

Jansen told reporters “After a period of mourning, he received his propellers posthumously.” The artist apparently thought the tribute to his cat, hit by a car, was fitting since the tabby was named for pioneering aviator Orville Wright.

The half cat, half copter is half cute, half creepy. You’ll see the stiffened kitty with propellers attached to its paws, allowing Orvillecopter to go airborne. According to the New York Daily News, the artist teamed with a radio control helicopter expert to create the cat-copter. (Yahoo News)

“Now he is flying with the birds” Jansen wrote in a description of a YouTube video showing the cat-copter’s first flight. “The greatest goal a cat could ever reach!”

Reaction to the “Orvillecopter” has varied from the hugely amused to the downright threatening. The controversy has done the artist no harm in terms of the value of his work. The Daily Telegraph reports that the original value of Orville was €12,000 but the global attention has raised that estimate considerably. “The work has not yet been sold but we have an offer of €100,000 on the table” Jansen’s dealer Geoffrey van Vugt told the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant. (www.theweek.co.uk)

Preparing for encaustic painting

A new blog look… hope it will lead me to some fresh ideas for new encaustic experiments.


I know it looks like a failed cake, but this is a big piece of beeswax (1.25 kg).  All my encaustic materials are still in another country so I decided to collect and prepare some simple basics to start painting with hot wax again, because I miss it!



You don’t need much to make encaustic medium- The basic ‘stuff’ is made from Beeswax and Damar resin (85/15 %). The damar resin comes in crystal form, and is actually hardened tree sap.



It takes a while to melt, especially the Damar, but in order to speed up the process I’ve put the wax as well as the Damar into a plastic bag and gave it a few good whacks with a hammer. I used oil paint to pigment my medium and prepared 5 colours + transparant.



And now, if you’ll forgive me, I’m off to start pouring, painting and  scrubbing!

“The bloody chamber and other stories”: New works from Matthew Carey Simos!!

“The bloody chamber and other stories”: New works from Matthew Carey Simos!!

Matthew Carey Simos

Hi all!

I am posting the illustrations I did for a competition organised by the House of Illustration  and the Folio Society which ended in January. Each participant was asked to illustrate three short stories from Angela Carter’s “The bloody chamber and other stories” and propose a binding design. The stories were “The bloody chamber”, “Puss in boots” and the “Company of wolves”. My choice of medium was relief print and at the very beginning I was considering a five colour reduction print. This proved to be impossible due to lack of time and so I decided to go with digital colouring instead.

My long hours of carving were accompanied by the “Gormenghast” audio book, which I highly recommend to anyone who is into the “grotesque” fantasy genre.


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