Tuesday, 5 November 2013

New Ventures in 2013

November 2103. Back in the saddle, so they say. After completing my MA last year (2102) I have been concentrating on a variety of projects but I'll start with the most recent and then do a retrospective once I get a moment. My current work involves a large mural for "Clown-Around" in Harston. This is a new indoor soft-play area. My design is just beginning to take shape with the "ball pit" first slick of paint at the base of the wall. I will post regularly with progress! Whole bunch of fun. Lots of inquisitive kids, regular cups of very welcome tea and friendly staff!  The wall is a plain magnolia with the peg board in situ, which will remain.

Using acrylic paints (undiluted) and freehand "balls" for the base of the design.

wider perspective.

Earlier projects

October 2013 saw me at "The Friends School" as a story illustrator. As the story was narrated by one of the teachers at a "Story Tea Time" event held in the school's library. I basically drew images to accompany the story. The children varied in age from nursery to year 2. For this kind of work, you need to be seriously quick on the draw!

I am concurrently continuing my work for a local retail florists which involves during their entire range of floral tributes and products. Their website is to launch soon. My drawings are not "botanical" in the truest sense, but my client wanted a quirky and playful approach to her designed range. This wreath will feature in her general range. Reproduced here by kind permission of Eden's Flowers, Harston. The drawing is in rotring pen ink on plain cartridge paper.

Fun at home:

From early this year to around April 2103, I had a lot of fun working on my daughter's bedroom wall creating a mural to her own specification. This "had" to include a mermaid, a whale, ammonites, crystals and jewels! She insisted I must find room for a shark. Fortunately this all managed to cobble together fairly well with the results below in acrylics on prepared commercial mat emulsion.

and some details

Monday, 15 October 2012

Come to "Old Scores" my next exhibition at Kings Art Space, Kings College, Cambridge which starts at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday October 20th. Runs to Friday afternoon 2nd September.
The exhibition will run from 11:00 – 17:00 every day from Sunday 21st (except Friday afternoon where we close at 13:30 2nd November. Admission is free. Please ask at the Porter's Lodge. It is on 'A' staircase, which is the first door on the left as you enter the Front Court. A


Monday, 6 August 2012

Come to my upcoming "Masters" Degree Show 4-13 September 2012


I will be exhibiting work I did in my 2nd Year, the series of "War Prints" which you can also find on my web page at www.natania.org. Private View Thursday 6th September from 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012


This is the fun and very short film edited by the talented Film-Maker Trisha McCrae which captures the ethos of "Pulling Punches", my recent exhibition and private view (where I sang improvised vocalises over the music of Sophia Wellbeloved and was assisted by my fabulous pianist, Samira Tabroue and the mellow vocals of singer/song writer Chris Hall. Thanks to everyone for coming along and joining me on this first-ever solo show. I've learned a lot about exhibitions, I have to say - so onward to the next!

Monday, 23 April 2012

During the day and Preview part of the show next to "Big Punch" (digital enlargement of one of my wood cuts). The show was a success and people enjoyed the prints and the music, but I have to say I learned a lot about what I should and shouldn't do in future with a show. On reflection, I might well have done everything totally differently - but I'm hoping this experience will inform and complete a strong portfolio for hand in and just under three weeks.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Just Two Days Left to Show Opening

Come and join me! I'll be singing improvised voalises at the PV as part of music composed especially for me by Dr Sophia Wellbeloved accompanied by Samira Tabroue, pianist. Chris Hall, Singer/Songwriter will also be contributing.

Monday, 5 March 2012

“Pulling Punches” – My Solo Show at Wolfson Court (part of Girton College, Cambridge). Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd April 2012.

Private View Saturday 22nd April from 19:00 to 21:00 with wine and light refreshments. Please contact the booking email at pulling_punches@yahoo.co.uk to notify your intention to join me. You will need to type "Punch Attendee" and then your full name in the title listing names of any accompanying guests in the email. You will receive then receive a confirmation note back. Please respond by April 19th for confirmation otherwise you may find that you will not be admitted (Woflson Court is a residential section of Girton College and for security reasons, all private events will have a guest list for admission)


Friday April 20th; 14:00 - 17:30
Saturday April 21st 10:00 - 18:30 (continuing with private view 19:00 - 21:00 please R.S.V.P as above)
Sunday April 22nd 10:00 - 12:00 midday.

There is expected to be live music as part of the show held at intervals over the three days.

Free, plentiful parking on site. Hearing loop available. Waiting areas and disabled access. All children must be accompanied by an adult.