May Day

There is a lovely village near the River Hamble where friends, families, the young and old gather together to celebrate the beginning of May. No evidence of a Maypole but plenty of fabulous motorbikes to weave inbetween.  Is there a connection between toys and...

Innocence….

I’m sharing a visual progress report and a bit of family history.  Minnie, on the left, wearing a delicious pink and white crimplene top accessorised with ribbons was always a ‘he’. Always.  Winnie on the other hand was a ‘he’...

Hooray for daffodils

Spring is on its way…heralded by daffodils unexpectedly flourishing in various pots and hanging baskets. Too often I forget where I plant them. Storms are coming too; we are never short of variable weather in good old Blighty.  Fortunately my studio is...

Behind the Scenes

Well, hello 2017!  Things have changed a bit since I last wrote….but not in the ToyPinx studio I’m pleased to say. The aim is the same:  bring joy! And we could all do with some of that right now.  Sometimes though, the process of creation...

Mastering a new skill

I have discovered a new app called Splice. This means I can spend hours trying to figure out how to edit videos and add music too.  My first attempt is out there on ToyPinx Instagram ….not toys but bubbles!  ...

Some things stay the same…..

So I pop out for a few days holiday and come back to find the two major UK political parties in disarray, Europe shaken up like snow globe and , well, I don’t need to comment on the weather……….. In the ToyPinx studio the aim stays the same;...

To bare or not to bare

With apologies to #theBard but whether it is nobler to wear knitted pants for a portrait or to go commando is a question I have had to ponder.  I received a letter from the subject of my latest commission ; some bears are perfectly capable of writing extremely...

Filling in the carpet

I ate all the liquorice allsorts as I rearranged my colouring pencils, three times.  I think all this preparation has paid off: the pub carpet is beginning to look very...

Making plans….

“Life happens when you are busy making plans” written by John Lennon I believe. So, lots of Life stuff going on…..its a challenge to keep focused. More studio time and liquorice allsorts...

Cobwebs and Carpets

Spring has sprung and the sunshine reveals the smears on the windows and dust lurking in the corners. The pile of washing increases exponentially with more daylight hours and this artist would rather be drawing all day….poor Scrumpy Jack. He’s longing for...