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Insta Round Up: Florals Galore!

I have quite a varied bunch of things in my Insta round up this week! I have been making lots of imagery for new things and turning some old sketches into finished pieces. I am thinking of offering some larger posters of some of them in a new series so watch this space!Among other new things on the horizon are some more Pony Pins...I have them in pink still but there will be some new colours soon. The general consensus on Instagram was for mint green and peach which I very much like the sound of.New business cards...I freshened up the business card offering with some of my more recent drawings alongside my favourites from the last batch. It's funny seeing them all together, theres a heavy emphasis on pink and red isn't there?!I also shared a mirror I drew for fun, they don't get any easier to photograph!!Lastly I made this image in response to a positive affirmation prompt from the Lilla Rogers and the team at Make Art That Sells...They offer positive affirmations every Monday for artists to illustrate and I was delighted to have this drawing featured on their Instagram account! It looks like I am mostly horses, stars, moons, lightning and florals at the moment...

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Art Stones!

So, because I haven't been very good at keeping this blog up to date (but I am doing SO much better aren't I?!) I haven't written about the art stones I have been making...

I started making them before Christmas as little gifts for friends and family...I like how they are tactile and a piece of affordable art that is a bit different to a picture on a wall but easy to display and own.

They are also incredibly fun to make! I collect them from one of our local beaches (of course I have a favourite that has just the right kind of stones...) and draw them with paint markers before varnishing them and adding my name and the year to the back. They come in illustrated boxes and some even come with a little piece of Cornish beach life too...I hope you like them. Some have sold already and can be viewed in the museum which can be seen HERE and you can see the rest of the available stones HERE!I am also delighted to have had them featured on the Artistic Moods blog which you can see HERE!

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Found Colour...

This week's found colour...I found a purple! It's once again totally tiny but it's purple and that's what matters, right?

I love this colour palette too, I think I will have to use it for something. The mint green with the yellow and purple alongside that very dark blue are just beautiful...

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Insta Round Up: Work in Progress

I try and draw every day if I can. Even if its just a quick sketch or a little bit of work towards a larger project I will draw something. It keeps the ideas flowing and my hand in tune with my eyes...It's kind of like a muscle that needs to be kept exercised for optimum results!

I have had quite the productive week this last week with lots of successful drawing being done for the new collection as well as a few other fun pieces I made in my sketchbook! I shared a few of them over on Instagram as well as a digital snippet of some work in progress for the new collection and a little stone I made...

I hate it when things are spelled wrong and after drawing this piece late at night and then posting it the following morning, I was mortified to have it pointed out to me that I had only put one 'o' on the first 'too' I thought it looked wrong but had that blindness you get when you have looked at something for a long time! A quick patch later and here is the result. I kind of like that it isn't perfect now, because lets face it, in art it doesn't go totally right all of the time, especially with non erasable pens!

The digital work in progress snippet!

I also took my paint markers to a piece of coloured paper and I REALLY like how it came out! I'll be doing more work in this line for sure.

Lastly, of course it was Valentines Day too and a happy customer shared this sweet image from my now discontinued Lovebirds Card range. I really need to make more cards for the shop, they have always been so popular!

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The Bonbi Forest Museum

A couple of weeks ago you may have seen a new addition to the menu here at Bonbi Forest: A brand new 'Museum' section.

It is a collection of pieces I have made, little behind the scenes snippets, a few past features, old artwork etc which I started as a way to group my old work together. It occurred to me that so much old work is left forever unseen in the depths of long forgotten blog posts and drowned at the bottom of my Instagram feed so I thought it would be nice to gather lots of these pieces in one place as a kind of archive of my creative endeavours.

I haven't included EVERYTHING, that would just be nuts, but I have put one or two from past ranges or pieces of art that I feel are important to me. Newer art and projects outside of Bonbi Forest can still be found in the Art page of the website which is my most current portfolio.

The other reason for doing this is to keep a document of new pieces that I am making, many of which are going to appear as limited editions only and once they sell out they would be gone forever if not for the museum...

It's quite a task adding all of these pieces (many of which I had totally forgotten about!) so I am continually updating it...I hope you enjoy it!

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Insta Round up: Recent Sketches...

Right Now I am busying myself working on the next Limited Edition collection which is due out in March...I'm pretty excited about this one!

I've been sharing some sketches over on my Instagram account...just ideas and patterns ready to be transformed into goodies for you. I'm thinking of all things magical! Without wanting to sound naive, I just feel the world needs it right now. Occasionally escapism is a good thing.

I irregularly post found colour over on Instagram and here is this week's: The worlds smallest piece of red sea glass! Finger for scale of course...I am very lucky to live very close to the sea with a choice of several beaches within a five minute drive. Taking my children to the beach is such a treat, one loves climbing rocks, the other loves paddling and I love beach combing while we are there. Red sea glass is so rare around here, I've only ever found two pieces including this tiny chip which was flicked out of the sand on the toe of my toddler's welly boot. My nerdy beach comber heart leapt and now it's in my even nerdier 'Special Jar' (yeah, I know...)

If you want to follow along I can be found here: @bonbiforest and for #mumlife vibes, more sea glass and quite a lot of horses I have a personal feed: @bonbilee

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100 Days of Random Colours - Weeks 13 and 14...THE FINALE!

So, at long last (only 6 months late!) here are the final two weeks of my 2016 100 Day Project!

You might notice that I managed to do two drawings for day 97. I have absolutely no idea how but hey, an extra day of drawing is never a bad thing!

Day 86: Red, green and pale peach sharpie (made all the paler by the fact it's totally running out now) with another red felt pen and black biro...Another sunset scene but I'm working on something else with sunsets and they keep seeping into all my work!

Day 87: Red, pink, gold and brain with red biro...a layered floral garden of poppies.

Day 88: This one was inspired by a glorious beach we visited and the jellyfish we found there.

Day 89: A warm but dark selection today with a green biro hint...ponies grazing under a rising moon sky.

Day 90: I really liked this combo and I really liked drawing these leaves, even though colouring the background took FOREVER!

Day 91: These colours spoke of berries and juice, a thirst quencher indeed on hot days like these!

Day 92: An illuminated letter S which was some prep for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search (in which I made the final 50!)

Day 93: ONE WEEK TO GO!! Today's selection was a kind of dull rainbow of colours but once I had rainbow in my head I couldn't think of anything else to draw, so slightly dark rainbow it is 🌈 with the addition of a little dog wondering why he's been left out in the pouring rain.

Day 94: A strangely hard combo today but I managed to conjure an underwater scene with a big blue whale and seaweeds galore 🐳

Day 95: As I get to the end of this challenge I'm finding that's one of my sharpies are really on their last legs, this pink being one of them! It gives a new way of working with marker though at least, making them kind of like pencils to use... Just 5 more days to go, my Sharpie babies, 5 more days to go! Thought I'd draw some cheeky poochers today, I love these colours together 😍🎨🐶

Day 96: Maaaan, tough combo! One thing I have learned through doing this challenge is that neon yellow goes with very little, not least orangey red and dark purple :( Never mind, florals came to the rescue (kind of) and I enjoyed badly drawing the chequered table cloth!

Day 97 Part 1: Grey, neon green and gold sharpie with berry coloured felt pen and black biro...not your normal face colours but there's nothing wrong with pink skin, green hair and golden eyes, right?

Day 97 Part 2: Pink, orange and silver with a dark green felt pen and blue biro...I was so stuck but my man told me the colours looked like fish so here we have a Koi Carp scene, happily swimming amongst the lily pads!

Day 98: Today the sharpies were all pretty pastels and then I was given a hit of red with the felt pen and black biro...Carrying on my exotic bird theme I drew this guy! Not entirely sure what he is but I liked the patterns on his back...

Day 99: That really running out pink made an appearance again today, alongside gold and berry purple with a tan felt pen and green biro...Here's a peahen among the lupines for the penultimate day of this challenge! 🌿

Day 100: What else could today be but the full Sharpie and felt tip cast from the last 100 days 🌈 !

This project was so much fun and I've got so many new ideas and some very full sketchbooks from it. I already know what I am going to do for this years project and I am quite excited to get started though it doesn't start until April. Lots of time to plan then!

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100 Days of Random Colours - Weeks 11 and 12

Here's another two weeks of last year's 100 day project! My resolution isn't going so well is it? My only excuse is that January was SO BUSY! Thank you so much to everyone who bought from the new Creature of the Night Collection...the 100 pins all went so fast but there are still lockets and limited edition Giclee prints for the nocturnal creatures in your life.

One we go with the 100 days:

Day 71: I've drawn a person! I used to draw lots of people but recently they have fallen away in favour of florals, horses, birds and cats...something about this dark orange, neon orange, peach, purple and green combo made me want to do this scene of a contented horse and rider.

Day 72: I never thought I'd say it but it turns out you can have too much peachy pink in a selection...despite my love of all things blush I found this combo rather a challenge! Perhaps there's not enough contrast for me?

Day 73: After all of the pinks yesterday, today I had an abundance of blues to work with! The peach felt pen was a saviour and I thought some simple carnations might lend a bit of beauty to your day.

Day 74: Black, green, dark orange and tan with a blue biro...I thought I'd go dark for this one using the bright colours just in the fire rather than making them the main event...challenging!

Day 75: Bright bright colours for this one and a tropical leafy frond sort of pattern...

Day 76: Neon pink, grassy green and sky blue sharpie with a grey felt pen and red biro combined to make this cliff top scene...sea and plants, two of my favourite things!

Day 77: Darkest blue and dark purple coming out of the bag first got me worried but then the running out pink and a sky blue felt pen with a red biro perked up the combo...phew!

Day 78: Black, silver and peach sharpie with a red felt pen and black biro really isn't a combo in my usual colour sphere but it wasn't too hard to work with...

Day 79: PINK!! And not a running out pink at that...I'm working on something vibrant at the moment and this combo has helped me set the tone...

Day 80: So this combination had a pink and I didn't make it the main focal colour! Are you proud? #willpower ☺️ It was teamed with yellow and red with a black felt pen and red biro for a summertime swan sunset scene.

Day 81: I LOVED drawing this moth with all those blues and that hit of orangey got a bit serious though so the final flourish was a cheeky little face!

Day 82: Brown, gold and dark pink teamed with a blue felt pen and black biro...a Greek garden scene inspired by the gorgeous images of Jasper Conran's house in the Saturday Times Magazine this week.

Day 83: Dark blue/green, black the running out pink with a red felt pen and black biro...a simple leaf pattern today with a few of the shapes inspired by the different ferns growing in our Cornish hedges at the moment, so many different types...the closed ones are my favourites, they look strangely exotic.

Day 84: Red, silver and lilac sharpie with a gold yellow felt pen and red biro...This one was a tough combo, but a golden hour mountain scene saved the day!

Day 85: Neon orange (why does that never show up its brightness here?!) sky blue, and grey sharpie with teal felt pen and blue biro...I can't draw bows but I'm pretty pleased with the bouquet!

The last post for this project will be up in a couple of days and then I actually have some new things I want to blog about (oh yes I do!) stay tuned...

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100 Days of Random Colours - Weeks 9 and 10

Thank you for all of the Creature collection love yesterday! The rection on Instagram and Facebook has been great and there will be lots of Creature of the Night goodies flying on their little moth wings to new homes today!

So, on with my 100 day project catch up. I really need to get this finished and on the blog as the next one starts in April and at this rate I will still be updating 2016's 100 day project when i'm starting 2017's...It's a resolution to keep the blog updated this year!

The 100 day project: Weeks 9 and 10...

Day 57: Quite a contrasting palette for today's selection...I'm working on some floral patterning for other things so thought I'd try another variation here with this red, lilac, black and green with red biro.

Day 58: The orange in this is actually neon but it doesn't show here, so this one is BRIGHT! It came out of the bag with the darkest blue and this pretty pink/purple, a green felt pen and a black biro...Luckily I wanted to draw some fruit so here are some neon Satsumas!

Day 59: A lovely bright combo today for this pattern. One thing I'm loving to do in this project is layering the colours...I find it works well in combinations like this where they are mostly of a similar tone to create a bit more depth and interest!

Day 60: Dark orange, sky blue and darkest blue sharpies, dark green felt pen and green's been a few weeks since I've drawn parrots here, that most colourful of birds, so here are some more! I'd not drawn them before starting this project but they are so fun to do...there's going to be more for sure.

Day 61: Pretty in pink ponies just y'know, hanging out under a tree, being pink.

Day 62: Neon green and neon yellow (argh!) with berry pink, a dark purple felt pen and green biro was a tough one but in the end seemed to lend itself quite well to a sunset over a field of flowers scene...

Day 63: Today's combination of two Jewel/berry pinks, yellow and dark green with blue biro had a very retro vibe and so needed a retro design! Something a bit different for me but that's what this project is all about, discovering new ideas and challenging myself with the unexpected.

Day 64: Two blues, two reds and a gold made me revisit my very old Eskimo Kiss idea...back when BF was a little fledgling I had a design similar to this printed onto t-shirts. Two people having an Eskimo kiss, no lips allowed.

Day 65: I plucked three of my newest sharpies for today's drawing, they came out of the pencil case with a bright green and the colours spoke of a Calathea Triostar!

Day 66: Two greens and a pink with blue felt pen and black biro...This day was a pretty big day in the UK and I knew how i was voting.

Day 67: I was feeling pretty on this day, worrying about how the leave vote will affect my business and in turn my young family over the next few years...These pretty nasturtiums went some way to cheering me a little though, especially as this turned out to be one of my favourite drawings of the whole project!

Day 68: I was still feeling blue about the previous day's result so this combo was quite apt...

Day 69: Two greens, two yellows and a lilac brought to mind budgies...I'm quite enjoying drawing exotic birds, it's conjuring all sorts of ideas!

Day 70: A pretty combo today of green/blue, blue and pink and purple with green biro and I thought I'd play with an ombré all over fern patter inspired by plants I saw on a walk this weekend...

Just over two more weeks of this project to document's actually quite nice going back over the drawings as there are so many I'd forgotten about. So many ideas to elaborate on and run with!

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Creature of the Night...

Happy New Year to one and all! I hope everyone had a fun and lovely festive season.

I still have to find some blogging time to continue with the 100 day project updates but needed to give you all a heads up about the new mini collection that just launched today!

Creature of the Night is a limited edition collection of a brand new pin, HAND GLITTERED giclee print (I know, right? Super sparkly art excitement!) and sweet new locket design. The imagery is inspired by little moths dancing towards the light, glowing flowers at dusk and the endless glittering stars above all seems more apt at this time of year when the days are short and the nights long.

I hope you like the pieces. They are all strictly limited edition so once they are gone, they are gone! Click the images below to see more or head to the shop...

Creature of the Night Pin: £10 Edition of 100Creature of the Night Pin

Creature of the Night Locket: £20 Edition of 80Creature of the Night Locket

Creature of the Night Hand Glittered Giclee Print: £16 Edition of 15Creature of the Night Giclee Print

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