Sunday, 18 August 2013

Foxes & Dreams

My Fox Fae piece is finished and at the framers this week.
The Bad Apples drawing theme for August was "Dreamland" and I went for something a little whimsical. I think this could be a more cosmopolitan version of my "Quirky Quines" and I have some ideas for 2 more pieces now, perhaps for the Milton Gallery show "The Dancing Light" which opens in September (and next up on the drawing board). Hope you like them xx

Fox Fae


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Fairy Foxes & Whimsical Warblers

Home Sweet Home
A new little bird is finished, this one is a crested warbler. He is slightly out of habitat as he is found in the forests of Asia. I think the world is becoming a smaller place so perhaps "home sweet home" is wherever we lay our hat :) It has got me thinking to do some exotic birds soon in fantastical habitats (that's sounding really good fun !!).

Firstly I'm hoping to start on a large piece for my Edinburgh gallery. One of the sketches evolved into a little piece on its own, so I think my "Fox Fae" will be a companion to the larger work, here is a little progress on the drawing.

 Fae Fox WIP

Saturday, 10 August 2013

A Stitch in Time
Today I finished "A Stitch in Time".
A little long-tailed tailor bird was the inspiration for this piece. 
This is the start of my new pieces for North East Open Studios in Sept. All of the new pieces will be available for purchase/reserve prior to the show. If you would like to inquire on any of my works drop me a message on

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The Heist 
The wee bluebirds are finished. I changed the name to The Heist as I thought they looked like little bank robbers- up to mischief anyway.


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Three small bird pieces in the making. I don't often multi-task on a few pieces at once but these ones just seemed to happen that way after the drawings came together quite quickly.
I get asked about my process quite a lot, its really as simple as possible- I'm not one for producing concept sketches, I work out my drawing straight onto the board. With the birdies, once I've decided which birds I want to feature in the piece I look at lots of reference photos to get the anatomy and character how I want them, the reference is always a loose guideline as I "stylise" my subjects and change up the "pose", adding my backgrounds and setting from imagination. I always draw free-hand using a mechanical pencil. I have a lovely set of graphite pencils in different grades but my trusty mechanical pencil allows for nice clean lines and keeps sharp with less smudging, so it's great for getting the initial drawing down.
For these pieces I have started to ink up over my pencil work in fineliner micron pens, I used a 0.2 point size but when I go onto the detail I will swap over to a tiny 0.05 and 0.01.
Next stage will be adding the colour and detail, I will be "painting" with ink pigment pens and perhaps a wee hightlight or two with watercolour pencil. Hope you enjoy seeing them in progress.

A Stitch In Time WIP (This is a long tailed Tailor Bird) and Home Sweet Home WIP 

Little Blessings WIP


Sunday, 4 August 2013

Piku Punahilkka
Finished my latest "Red Riding Hood" piece this evening :) I'm really pleased as it was a slow process hampered by a horrible cold and fever all week, so just managed little bits at a time. My medicine will be some smaller pieces next, some more birdies and I'm looking forward to creating something for this months Bad Apples drawing theme, which is "Dreamland". I see the opportunity to try something a little surreal perhaps and over the next week I'll be reading about Dream Symbolism to get in the mood :)

Piku Punahilkka- Ink on Illustration Board
Exhibition News
I'm still working on my new Red Riding Hood piece and hope to be finished over the weekend. Meanwhile I'd like to share quite a few exhibitions that I have on at the moment where you can see my art in person.

Feathers, Fables & Fur
Solo Exhibition
Monymusk Art Centre
Monymusk nr Inverurie
Aug 3rd- Aug 30th
Open Daily 10am-4pm (closed on Mondays)

I have a large selection of framed pieces in the show and browser works (originals & prints) as well as a selection of greeting cards. My dad William Inverarity is guesting with a selection of miniature paintings and as always the centre has a great range of artisan crafts by local makers. 
Its a lovely picturesque venue in the charming village of Monymusk- perfect for an arty day out.
Included in the exhibition is my set of Aesops Fables drawings, being shown together for the first time.

The Lion & The Mouse- One of my Aesops Fables Drawings in the Exhibition 

Junction Arts (Summer Show & Bird) 
Junction Arts  Gallery
Holburn Street 

After a short holiday, Junction Arts is opening with its new summer showcase on the 6th Aug. As well as brand new works the show "Bird" is being continued throughout August. This is the piece I created specially for "Bird". 

Silence is Golden- Available at Junction Arts- Holburn Street

The Nicole Porter Gallery Members Exhibition 
The Nicole Porter Gallery 
King Street 

Really happy to be taking part in the second Members show of the year at Nicoles beautiful gallery. I have submitted 2 of my recent bird paintings. 

The Jay & Jewel- One of my pieces available at the Nicole Porter Gallery 

The Milton Gallery Summer Exhibition 
The Milton Gallery 

Its the last month of the popular Summer Exhibition at Milton Gallery. Showing a wide selection of works from gallery regulars. I think I just have one piece left in the show from my "Quirky Quines" series of works. A little bit of whimsy, inspired by the Scottish countryside. My "Quines" meaning "Girls in my native dialect like to have adventures around Scotland with their animal companions. Look out for some new "Quines" being created for NEOS 2013 soon. 

Molly's Midnight Garden- Available at The Milton Gallery 

Art at the Airport with Gallery Heinzel
Gate 4 
Aberdeen Airport 

If you are jetting off on holiday during August you can catch some of my bigger pieces from the "Whisper of the Sith" series at Aberdeen Airport 

Baobhan Sith- Available at the Airport via Gallery Heinzel, Thistle Street, Aberdeen 

Gallery on the Corner 
Northumberland Street (off Dundas Street) 

And finally I have a selection of work at the wonderful Gallery on the Corner in Edinburgh. I plan to go down again in Sept with some new pieces but in the meantime you can find some of my "Quirky Quines" there (with an Edinburgh theme) and wildlife and wonderland works :)

Elenors Empanage (Edinburgh Castle)- One of my "Quirky Quines" currently at Gallery on the Corner  

Very happy to be getting my works out and about at all these wonderful locations and big thank yous to my partner Phil and mum and dad for helping to set up at Monymusk for me. Hope you can manage to see some of the shows during August. 

Anita xx