Sunday, 25 March 2012

Swamp - Illustration Friday

Only had time for a quick pen sketch for this weeks theme, but as it is how I am feeling at the moment it was too appropriate to not do. Excuse the  dark photo, my scanner has decided to bid me farewell.

Swamped.... Illustration Friday 2012

Friday, 23 March 2012

The amazing Sara Fanelli

A truly fantastic illustrator...I am in love with the creations of Sara Fanelli. She is an incredibly talented woman.
To keep with tonight's theme I have chosen some of her flying characters. To see more of her work visit

Magnus Muhr and his dead fly collection

Who would think that dead flies would make great subjects for art? Swedish Photographer Magnus Muhr -thats who. With nothing more than imagination, dead flies, pencils and his camera he created these fantastic characters.

I personally find them wonderful and highly amusing.Nothing like seeing a flies doing Riverdance or urinating on the wall to put a smile on your face.

To see more visit

Monday, 19 March 2012

Shades - Illustration Friday

As soon as I saw the theme for this week the line "the futures so bright I gotta wear shades", so I had to run with it. I can't for the life of me think of the band who sang it or if that was the title of the song - it just seemed appropriate.

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2012

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Flying ladies

" I want to get away, I want to fly away..."
My as yet untitled flying ladies are almost completed, so I thought you might like a sneak peek.

This is how they looked last week ...

and this is them now ...

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2012

just need a bit more paint and glue, and sort them out to be hung and these ladies are ready for action. Love to hear what you think of them.

Sketchbook pages

I have been having a play this weekend, just wanting to loosen up a little. This piece was started while sitting in front of the tv mucking around while watching a movie, and evolved into a completed artwork over the weekend...

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2012.  'Hey you'  (mixed medium on card)

The following are all play around pieces I have done using newspaper, paper, acrylic and ink...

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2012

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Work in Progress

As always I have been busy but a lot of my work is in various stages of completion at the moment (9 at last count!). So I thought I would pop up occasional updates to show you some of the things I am up to.
Today we have some of my mixed medium artwork. I have just given my flying ladies a bisque fire and they are now ready to be painted. Then I intend to use fabric, wire, beads and embellishments to create wings, clothing, headpieces and more.
 I can't wait to get started.

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2012

Intention - Illustration Friday

© Kelly Gatchell Hartley 2012
Intention...collage, paper, watercolour, pen canvas, acrylic.

This one was a rushed job as the week got away from me. I was full of good intention :-)