A squiggle

Isn’t it strange when the things children say stick 😉

Today I painted a squiggle (squirrel)  which will be part of my winter collection.  The original will be for sale on http://www.artfinder.com/debsta and I will be doing a print run which will be for sale on http://www.etsy.com/shop/DebstaArt 

I hope you like it 🙂


Designing for Small Steps Big Changes

I have always known stone stories were a great idea and I’ve marketed to the best of my knowledge and pocket.

This week I feel like I’ve broken through into real success working with ‘small steps big changes’ in Nottingham city care who work to improve the lives of 0 to 3’s in the city.


That feeling right there 👍😀

So marketing advice…make a brochure about what you do and why, get it printed professionally, speculate to accumulate, because all it takes is one person to pick up and need what you are selling and the whole exercise becomes worthwhile 🙂

And keep going when you think times are quiet because if you believe in your product like I do you will pull through x

Beautiful autumn tree

I found a really satisfyingly smooth rock in Rhos-on-sea…Yes I know most wouldn’t say that about a rock but it definitely had to go in the collecting bag.

I have seen some superb art creations made using wire trees and this Rick seemed a perfect Base for giving this a go.

Step one: i wrapped gold and bronze wire around a box several times, slid it off then cut it to create many straight stands of wire.  (next time I think I’d use more to create a thicker trunk)

Step two: twist the wires together about a thirds of the way along leaving one end to create roots to wrap around the rock.

Step three: keep twisting to create the trunk then separate the wires to create branches and keep twisting.

Step four: when you reach the stage of having tiny branches twist the roots and shape around the rock.

Step five: for a bit of autumn bling add beads to the ends if the branches 🙂

Red Robin

A wet and rainy day in Wales today so instead I sat in the window and painted this beautiful Robin in snow laden branches.

I am really pleased with him and might just look into getting prints made of this lovely chap 🙂

Pebble collection

Stone stories use lots and lots of pebbles so a trip to the Welsh coast yesterday was fabulous!!! With a workshop next week the lucky children are going to have some beautiful stones to use for their stories.

I also collected one or two unusual things with experimenting in mind 🙂

Rhos on sea will be remembered as a perfect collecting beach. 

Artfinder sales

I’m really happy to say that Artfinder is working out really well.  In a very short time I have sold three paintings 😀

Today I finished the illustration for the front cover of a book I am writing

but tomorrow I will focus on putting a few more paintings onto my site at http://www.artfinder.com/debsta
I really do love what I do 🙂