It's been on my "to visit and photograph" list for a long time, and was the perfect opportunity to try out my new wide angle lens.
A Victorian tame rainforest, prancing peacocks and a tree top walkway - what's not to love? It was a wonderful day (storm sheltering in deserted glass houses included) and gave me lots of inspiration for new designs! Watch this space...
Just a few photos from the day below, I tried and failed to be restrained! Neil and I shared the camera, so if you think any of the photographs below are outstanding, they're probably his.
A beautiful Cypriot holiday villa wanted a new logo incorporating olives/greek pottery and a general mediterranean vibe. As per usual I created a range of options and left it up to the owners to decide which they preferred as a final.
Right, it feels like holiday o'clock now, get me on a plane!
A lovely couple getting married in a South African Elephant Park (AMAZING!) asked me to design some vintage luggage tag style Save The Dates for their big day.
But of course!
I've just come back after a week of rural enforced radio silence in beautiful Springtime Cornwall. Part of the reason for the trip was to teach a Food Photography Workshop for The Hedgecombers, which was great fun. The rest of the time was spent soaking up the sun, beach bbqs of steak and roast veg, surfing, visiting a captive rainforest (less mosquitos than the Amazon - win!) and generally unwinding. Oh and a touch of sunburn. I know I'm sufficiently pasty, no pun intended, to singe in April, yet it takes me by surprise every year.
The Hedgecombers had this to say about it:
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! SO much for yesterday!
It was just what I needed, and I feel so much more in control of my camera and pictures now. Your teaching style is awesome, and you clearly know & understand your subject perfectly, as you can put it across in real simple terms.
Thanks again Kate xx
If you have any workshop requirements, drop me a line - I love a one-to-one learning sesh!
Someone leading a meeting about market town Brackley fancied a display of non obvious images of the town to intrigue people, and encourage them to chew over the details of the place. They didn't have to promote it or put any spin on, just get people looking and thinking.
This is what I came up with...
I've submitted work to be considered for a series of travel books for children. As much as possible, I like to work for people who produce things that I would buy. Tick! The characters are already established, so I had to demonstrate that I understand their style. The colour images are existing books, and the line drawings are my interpretations. I love that they champion hand drawing! Wish me luck.
I've been doing some work for Create Publishing - ebook layout and cover design, and some advertising key frames... It sounds strange, but it was really weird working in an office rather than my own little studio - great risk of watercolours and computers not being a match in heaven! Which is why I've dabbled with more digitally produced imagery than usual.
Now I know how to publish books for e-readers, I'm hoping to finally get round to writing a travel book. Please nag me about it!
An amazing opportunity came up to visit South America, travelling through Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, which I turned into a travel photography expedition! I've still barely touched going through the thousands of images, but here are a small selection...