Obsession – This Friday !

art, drawing, Exhibition

 

Looking forward to the opening of the Obsession Exhibition this Friday 27th 6:30-9:30 at the Embassy Tea Gallery near Southwark station, London – do come along, we set up yesterday and it it was exciting to see such a mix of different styles around the theme.

See more information here.

Download the catalogue of exhibition

Map of gallery. See you there !

Unworded 'Letter' '12

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Autumn Spring Series

art, botanical, Design, drawing, Illustration, location painting, metamorphosis, natural observation, Painting

I have always loved conkers, they look and feel like the most delicious things in the world, they all fall in such a short time and tarnish to a dull sheen so quickly.

This year I’ve tried to catch them in their most glorious moments as they burst from their shells and start to become like wizened little old faces which populate my room until the next ‘fall’.

Again this series echoes my fascination with metamorphosis. I chose the title Autumn Spring because there is something of the freshness of spring in the brief flowering of this autumn fruit, joining the two opposing seasons reminds me how the years roll round, and round… and round.

Autumn Spring - '13 - Full Series

Autumn Spring – ’13 – Full Series

Illustrated short story

art, Design, drawing, folktale, Illustration, Painting, Quotes, short story

Here I have illustrated the shortest of stories, or a poem, by the writer Aniqah Choudhri. 

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'The Fox and the Woman' by Aniqah Choudhri  - illustrated by Blanche Ellis

‘The Fox and the Woman’ by Aniqah Choudhri ~ Illustrated by Blanche Ellis

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On the road one summer‘s evening
A fox met the woman he would marry.
She smelt like otter blood and barley
With top notes of sage and honey.
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He followed her all the way back
To a sleeping village where men spat
Whiskey on cobbled streets and
Cats urinated to mark their territory.
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Go away they hissed to the fox
But the fox slept behind the rubbish bins
That his bride threw orange peel
and chicken bones in.
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He killed a rat to woo her
and laid it on the kitchen floor,
And heard her scream of delight
 when she opened the door.
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His bride threw a butter knife,
A wine glass and an apple core.
Dragging his loot behind the bins
He knew their love was for evermore.
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Fin

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A wonderful mix of the mundane and the imaginative, a folk-tale of subtle simplicity. I hope to collaborate more with Aniqah on her writing and poetry in both illustration and song.

Neil Gaiman – ‘Make Good Art’ Speech – Sketchnotes

art, Design, drawing, Illustration, Quotes, Sketchnotes

Having been drawing ideas and taking visual notes for a long time I have begun to create full ‘sketchnotes’ of talks/lectures and interesting ideas, as well as my short story illustrations. This also links back to my Musicians, Writers and Philosophers project, creating work based on those who inspire me.

Below is a sketchnote from Neil Gaiman’s wonderful speech ‘Make Good Art’ (worth a watch if you have any ideas about starting out in a freelance art world) to a graduating class.

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As usual, for prints please email bb_blanche@hotmail.com

Bertrand Russell on Eccentricity and Love

art, Design, drawing, Illustration, Painting, philosophy, Quotes

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Although these works are part of my on-going project ‘Musicians, Writers & Philosophers’  I feel this fellow deserves his own post. No introduction needed…

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Bertrand Russell and Eccentricity  "Do not fear to be eccentric... every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."

Bertrand Russell and Eccentricity
“Do not fear to be eccentric… every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.”

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Bertrand Russell - "Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness."

Bertrand Russell – “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

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Amen.

comments welcome, prints available.