Monday, 30 November 2015

David Kroll

I love the paintings by Seattle based artist David Kroll
He has a book of his paintings released next month. 

The book will be released 26th January 2016

I can identify with what David says in his statement, taken from his website, below.

I paint refuges, places to go to for solace. I want my paintings to be destinations of quiet and calm. However, this world is fragile. The elements in the foregrounds of my paintings are items carefully constructed, either by humans or animals. Yet, they are objects easily broken or destroyed. Birds represent messengers from the wild. They embody beauty and fragility. They are visitors that remind us of lands beyond, wilderness. The distant landscapes in my paintings are remembrances of the natural past, vaguely familiar and pleasing.
The natural world seems essential to me but I am puzzled by how one can integrate it into our urban lives. Although, we are neither able nor willing to return to an Arcadian state, we still need to have a relationship with nature. I want to add a sense of balance, order and beauty to a world that is weighted in the opposite.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Seasonal Greeting Cards Now in Stock

Seasonal Greeting Cards 

 'Out of Narnia', cut from the pages of 'The Chronicles of Narnia' by C.S. Lewis.

I have re-printed these cards for 2015, as they proved so popular when first printed back in 2011. 
The cards are of exceptional print quality, with a beautiful satin, and gold foil finish.
They are left blank for your message.
A pack contains 5 cards, each of the same design, with envelopes and plastic sleeves.

For each pack sold, I will be donating £1.40 to the Book Trust Charity. 
Visit my online store 
Price: £14.00

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Liberty introduces bestselling prints to their Contemporary Classics Collection

I'm delighted that my Wild Flowers design for Liberty Art Fabrics has made it into their Contemporary Classics Collection.
For the launch of Contemporary Classics
Liberty have introduced these stunning new colourways.

  Wild Flowers for Liberty Art Fabrics.

Click on link for Liberty Store 

Tarn Hows

Copyright Su Blackwell 2015

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Fairytale Princess and The Sleeping Beauty Theatre Book

Based on the success of The Fairytale Princess, published in 2011, Su Blackwell's sumptuous fairy tale images, cut from the pages of classic tales, are now brought to life in the beautiful paper theatre boook 'Sleeping Beauty', paper engineered by Corina & Co,
This gift-wrapped set contains both books.
Set of 2 Books - £30.00
Available Online

Friday, 13 November 2015

150 years of Alice in Wonderland

 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Celebrates it's 150th Birthday this year. 
   While I was looking through my my portfolio, I came across these images for a jewellery shoot I did for Vanity Fair Magazine in 2007, 
entitled 'Adventures in Diamond Land'
The Art Direction was by Tim Rennie, with photographs by Oleg Micheyev. 
Diamonds courtesy of De Beers and Leviev.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

In Miniature

I love all things miniature. They draw me in, hold my gaze, and challenge me to focus on their finesse
I am in awe of the detail in miniature objects, and for this reason I love visiting miniature fairs. 
I visited one recently, and returned with this tiny book, printed in the 19th Century, when paper was a rarer, more expensive luxury, 
and not the commodity that it is now.
It is a bible, (it was common practice for people to carry them on their person), in it's entirety, and in miniscule print.  
You'd need a very strong magnifying glass in order to read it.

Monday, 9 November 2015

A Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina Warner

Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale by Marina Warner  

Marina Warner is one of the great experts on fairy tales, and in this book she sets out to create a simple map of the territory, ranging from the familiar to the unknown. Warner covers the diversity and strangeness of fairy tales, as well as explaining how they came to be sanitised and bowdlerised for young audiences. And she looks at how the same stories crossed borders and cultures, changing themselves to adapt to new contexts while proving robust and unkillable.
 Cover illustration: Artwork by Su Blackwell

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Gift Set featuring 'Alice: A Mad Tea Party' and 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses'

This gift set includes an A5 ruled exercise book, pack of 8 notelets, laser-cut greeting card and an alice gift bag, with tag.
 Gift sets are limited, please order from my online store.
Price: £14.00

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Illustration for Intelligent Life Magazine
Photograph by Colin Crisford
My bi-monthly illustrations for Intellgent Life magazine accompany the writer Robert Macfarlane’s musings on a particular novel. 
In this current issue, Macfarlane explores the Napoleonic novels of Patrick O'Brian.