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This is The Bay Tree piece in it's final form - as a work of art in the restaurant!
As an artist first and foremost, I love seeing my work on display, and where better than in a place where people enjoy it while going about their day. Going around Holywood finding buildings that William and his customers would recognise was a delight - it's a beautiful little coastal town.
It's the largest piece I've done since the Cast & Crew Restaurant commission in 2015 in Belfast's Titanic Quarter. That piece inspired me to do my Doodle Dander skyline of Belfast, which has become one of one of my best selling pieces and you can get one here.
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I've just completed a commissioned piece for the wonderful Bay Tree Restaurant in Holywood.
Starting new commissions always brings out a mixture of emotions; delight at being asked, fear of putting it all together then joy when it all works out and the client loves it.
I can't tell you how many sketches I begin with. I always start with a scribbly mountain of black and white quick sketches to get an idea of composition. I had to fill a space which measured one meter high by four meters long, so there was a lot to pack in.
William (owner of the Bay Tree), wanted this piece to have colour and vibrancy. If you've been to Holywood, or the Bay Tree for that matter you will know it's packed full of charm, it's extremely well kept and you're never too far away from a pot of fresh flowers.
Well now it's finished. Ready to be applied to The Bay Tree's counter in the next week or so. If you're lucky enough to visit The Bay Tree, grab yourself a coffee with a big buttery cinnamon scone and send me your thoughts! I'd love to hear what you think.....
William from the Bay Tree wanted landmarks and buildings that would mean something to his customers. Most of them are local to Holywood so choosing them was pretty tricky. I didn't want to just pick buildings that tourists would recognise, but rather buildings that local people would be familiar with.
I managed to sketch nine buildings that I hope give a good representation of Holywood. Audley House is one of them - it's the building you have to go through on your way in to the Bay Tree.
Hopefully the next time you're sitting down with your cinnamon buns you'll recognise the buildings in my piece. William was so happy with the piece he has been using the design I did of the restaurant in his advertisements.Read more »
As crazy as that sounds. I love the bright clear cold skies. I can see plant structures and shapes more clearly. It's the perfect inspiration for mark making.
Most days I walk my dog Tilly through Ormeau Park. Every day I see something new. It might be an unusual plant or a plain 'ole branch. Either way, it all looks a little more dramatic in the winter. Don't you think?
These walks inspired me to sketch my new Christmas card range 'Winter Flower By Day' and 'Winter Flower By Night'.
The next time you go for a walk, try and notice the beautiful structures all around us. It makes winter that little bit more special.
These cards will be on sale first at Kiln and Loom, Meet The Maker night Thursday 20th November 6-9pm. I would love to see you there if your in the area.
Alternatively you can buy from the website www.flaxfoxdesigns.com from Friday the 21st November.
2014 has started with a bang. We bought a new house at the end of this year which had just enough room at the bottom of the garden to build an outside studio. I'm not one for hanging around. A digger, dumper truck and 3 skips later we had foundations dug out and cement filled in. Next step is building the frame. I will keep you posted with pictures. I am so excited about this project even thou it began right in the middle of Flax Fox getting organised for Showcase Ireland!
I locked myself away in the Belfast Print Workshop for a few days to print new images for Showcase Ireland. My new welly boots have been christened my printing boots. I can happily blast the power hose on these screens without getting wet socks.
So below is some Georgian Doors prints. I have been messing around with backgrounds, colours and layout. I think I am going to make this image into a textile print.
I also did a little watercolour sketch of Powerscourt in Dublin. I have a retailer in here called Article. It is such a beautiful shop that stocks tasteful contemporary gift and home ware products. You have to pass this beautiful flower shop to get into the building which smells amazing.
I have also been very happy at the response to my new cushions. I have 12 designs which will be on display at Showcase Ireland. Product info will be updated on my website very soon.
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