The bicycles came from an old drawing I had created while travelling in the north of Thailand. The drawing which was in pencil had been hidden for years before I came across it while moving home. I wanted to create an almost camouflage feel, as if the bicycles had been there for years and the flowers had naturally grown over them. The flowers and leaves I have used are a mostly pressed flowers and leaves which I had stored in my sketch book and redrew.
The lizards came from a picture I had taken while travelling in South America. I was drawn to it as it's a creature I used to see a lot of as a child being brought up in Iraq. I combined it with the blue and yellow flowers and the dried leaves to create the feel of being in a tropical yet dry environment.
the beetles drawing came from an egyptian plants book I found in the library, I wanted to use them as I am quite fascinated by their image. I have never seen one unfortunately. I combined it with the Hydrangea flowers which grew outside my uncle's house where I lived for a while and the poppy flowers which I drew from a bunch of flowers given to me. I kept the drawing pink and feminine.
A repeat created by dawning each beetle individually. I used this drawing to create an even larger repeat and placed it on a table cloth.
This is the beetle repeat using colour. Originally I wanted to use this design as a flyer to promote myself at the Islington Art and design fair in October.
This drawing of the Egyptian flowers came from a book I took out from Kensal Green library. I loved the stiffness and boldness of the image which is why I drew it.
This piece is drawn on wood using watercolour, ink and acrylic. Its again a combination of flowers I have drawn throughout the years. I wanted it to have a wild flower garden feel, as if your crawling on the ground and you look up and see this view. I combined it with newsprint collage.
This has been painted on wood using acrylic, watercolour, ink and pencil. It was exhibited at the Islington art and design fair in December.
These are the poppy flowers with roses. I used the outline shape of the drawing repeated it and then reflected. Combined with the online of bees.
I combined the lizards, with the more fearsome scarabs and the dried leaves. The animals are trying to hide underneath a layer of fallen leaves. This is watercolour, ink and acrylic on wood.
Designs which are created through my own drawings and paintings. My main inspirations are floral images found in nature as well as everyday objects and creatures which may not be considered beautiful. using a varied colour pallet both vibrant colours and more subtle tones.