Being an artist and mother

As any mother will tell you, being a mother is pretty much a full-time job one way or another … at least until they go to school when you get a few hours off and only have to cope with whatever they bring home with them.  Alexandra Dawe has managed to combine motherly duties and artistic work as you can see in this photo where she is sketching her daughter whilst holding the younger sibling who appears to be taking as little interest in his mother’s artistic abilities as is humanly possible.  Maybe he’s having artistic dreams …

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000000000000000000000000000000Artist Alexandra Dawe sketching

Alexandra always has a full schedule even if it doesn’t look that way in this photo.  Her next event is on 29th & 30th October when she will be at the Avalon Faery Fayre in Glastonbury.  It is being held in the town hall and entry is free.  The opening hours are 10.30am- 5pm or thereabouts.  If you’re around then pop down and tell her you read about it on Artists UK DotNet.

Issue 10 of the Magical Times has a feature on Alexandra Dawe’s artwork.  She decided to just write a small paragraph and have loads of pictures.  She says she finds it hard to waffle on endlessly about inspiration etc and feels it just makes her sound like a fanatical, tree-loving, lunatic.  Even if she is she doesn’t necessarily want everyone to know!

Sometime in the new year there will be four Alexandra Dawe paintings appearing in a TV documentary called Cé a Chónaigh I mo Theachsa? (Who lived in my house?) but it is only airing in Ireland sadly.  They’ll probably have it on their iplayer for a while as well and Alex will have a link on her website when they tell her where it is.

You can visit Alexandra Dawe at her website here or see her work on Deviant Art here.  You can see a range of prints of her work in various sizes at Artists UK here and original paintings for sale here.

Alexandra Dawe at the Samhain Avalon Faery Ball

Night and Her Train of Stars by Alexandra Dawe

Night and Her Train of Stars by Alexandra Dawe

You’ll get a chance to meet artist Alexandra Dawe if you go to the Samhain Avalon Faery Ball on 29th & 30th October 2011 in Glastonbury.  If you are not yet familiar with Alexandra Dawe’s fabulous art then click here.  For more info on the Samhain Avalon Faery Ball then click here.

The creating of Cinderella

Cinderella by Alexandra Dawe in initial stages

Cinderella by Alexandra Dawe in initial stages

It isn’t often you get a chance to see how a piece of artwork looked before it was finished unless you are the artist or live with the artist.  This was how Alexandra Dawe’s pencil sketch of Cinderella looked on 17th November 2008.  It took some weeks to complete due to other projects and looking after her young daughter.

In her usual self-deprecatory manner, which is rather refreshing for such a talented artist, Alexandra Dawe said the following about the creation of Cinderella: –

Cinderella took a few weeks, but I could only do half an hour or so a day as I’d not long had Megan. The pencils were 5B, 2B and 2H I think, regular lead pencils, from WH Smith I believe! I’ve had them forever. Some are very short now. I press down too hard to use mechanical pencils. I had to draw round a dinner plate to do the clock, which made me feel like I was doing a primary school project, I felt like such an amateur! No idea how “proper” grown-up artists do things like that! Doing the clockwork was fun, I might try and do clockwork on something again. I got about an inch into the floral border and then wished I hadn’t done it, that took the longest time! I loved doing the folds on her clothes, I get really into things like hair and drapery when I work in pencil. Faery tales are my favourite things to draw, I want to do many more faery tale paintings and drawings in the future. And British folk-lore, I love all the dark stories we have.

Here is what it looks like now:

Cinderella original sketch by Alexandra Dawe

Cinderella original sketch by Alexandra Dawe

I’m think you’ll agree it is a rather stunning and well-drawn piece of work.  The artist’s name has been watermarked into the image and does not, of course, appear on the original artwork.

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