Victorian Portraits

On a whim I bought a set of Victorian Carte de Visite from E-bay with an idea about doing something steampunk with them.  It didn’t happen. I kept looking into the eyes of the subjects and wondering if these pictures might be the last records of those individuals. Perhaps somewhere they appear in a family album with their names faithfully recorded but then again, they came from France which has experienced at least three invasions since they were taken so anything could have happened.

My solution was give them some friends and paint around them. I have a friend who makes steampunk jewellery so I may try printing these out and sealing them behind glass cabochons. It would be a nice way of combining art and jewellery.



Winter In the Peak District

After months of concentrating on the copper smithing I am desperate to return to painting and have found myself inspired for the first time to try out some landscapes.
This winter I am going to walk and photograph every edge in the Peak District in search of source materials and then I am shamelessly going to tweak their composition because there is really no point in painting, (rather than photographing) something if you are not going to improve on nature if you can.
I will show you what comes of that but in the mean time, I shall include here some of my favourite photographs.

Winter sky by Erica Madelin

Winter Birch in the Peak District by Erica Madelin

Trees at Curbar Gap by Erica Madelin

Winter Trees

img_9653Trees pictured near Millstone Edge in the Peak District


Morning Glory

corfu-ipomoea-1Morning Glories in Corfu….just because they are beautiful


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Icelandic balancing act

Not one of mine, just a beautiful balancing act in Iceland


Heart of a rose

Heart of a rose

Just because we need to be reminded that summer will come again and the winter can’t last forever.


February morning near Grenoside

February morning near Grenoside

One doesn’t have to walk far from the city of Sheffield to find a view like this. I will say however that just ten minutes later the clouds came in, the snow came down and traffic came to a halt on the hills.