black and white

I have been sifting through old boxes and art folders and have come across some of my drawings that I did some years ago, thought I would share them with you…..

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These two studies of flowers were done around the time I was staying with a friend at her Suffolk cottage.  A beautiful place tucked away in the depths of the countryside.

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The flowers and herbs were picked in her garden and the jug was one that she made herself.

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This view of pretty cottages was taken from a photograph that I took.    unfortunately I can’t remember where it was taken.

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This is an imaginary landscape, that was eventually chosen by a friend to use on their business stationery.

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This one was inspired by the town houses that I used to see while I was at college.

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I seem to remember that I based this cottage window on a photograph I once saw in an old copy of Country Living.

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This illustration came about after waking up to a wintery scene after it had snowed overnight.  Black and white illustration is something that I have always enjoyed doing and it was lovely to rediscover these pictures after so long, it makes me wonder what I am going to turn up next!


17 responses to “black and white

  1. These illustrations are beautiful, I like them because they are delicate looking.

    • Thank you so much lyn, I have just enlarged the images so they are easier to see. don’t know if you saw them before when they were quite a bit smaller. best wishes Joy

  2. Oh they remind me of Edward Ardizzone’s work. I loved storybooks with sensitive black line illustrations…


    • Hi Celia Gosh! What a wonderful compliment, I love Ardizzone’s work and for his name to be mentioned along side my work is something indeed. It is my ambition to illustrate a children’s book with just black and white illustrations, maybe one day….. best wishes Joy x

  3. Really lovely linework and they have such a nice, gentle atmosphere.

  4. Your artwork, as always, just takes my breath away. You have a touch that is so sweet and lyrical.

  5. Lovely drawings, so very accomplished. Black and white is hard to beat!

  6. As an amateur artist I LOVED looking at your work…thank you so much. I am inspired to get out my pastels and draw things again, instead of just doing my watercolours and my silk painting 🙂

    The last one creates a mood and tells a story all of its own…you are sooo talented, Joy 🙂

  7. Wow, these are so good Joy. Wonderful illustrations. I love the flowers at the top.

    • Hi Cathy Thank you soooo much , you have no idea how much your comments and everyone else’s comments mean to me. It gives me hope. best wishes Joy : )

  8. What an absolute delight to come across these wonderful illustrations! The last one reminds me of Posy Simmonds drawings – the figure is so perfectly animated. I’m sure there is a story to be told just based on the illustrations here…

    They make me want to go away and start drawing again after a break of many years (though I was never this talented). Can I ask what kind of pen you used?

  9. Your drawing style is very lively and spontaneous, at the same time well observed. I especailly like the jug of flowers.

  10. You are so talented Joy – I just adore your artwork. I love the 5×7 piece you did for the giveaway. Are you still selling your artworks on Etsy?

  11. Hi Joy
    I just love your artwork.. These gorgeous B&W sketches [the lady in the kitchen my favourite] and then all your lovely paintings below. What wonderful and generous use of colour! Fabulous!

    Thanks for popping over my way…

  12. I see you haven’t done a new psot here since I was last visiting…but it was worth a second visit just to savour your beautiful drawings once more… 🙂

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