Happy HP20 you guys! This project, which ended up being about 50 pieces of fan art for PoA is now, 6 months on from the end, one of my favourite things I’ve ever made. If you turned up late, you can go through it chronologically here.

And it’s just been long enough that I’m starting to itch to get back into HP fan art again. If I do though it won’t be on this blog but over on my main tumblr @sylvia-morris so come say hi over there.

Thanks for being part of this fantasy world and making it bigger. The huge sprawling Harry Potter fandom, both on and offline, has been a thing of joy since I was 10  years old and I’m so happy it’s still going strong (albeit a little calmer now, I think…).

I haven’t made any new fan art to put up for HP20 day but I think we can probably all be safe in the knowledge that there will be more one day… :’D

I had a really amazing time at the Van Gogh exhibition last week. Van Gogh has always been, to me, one of those artists that seemed untouchable and magical. Like maybe he just arrived on this earth as a fully formed artist, with a whole new technique, and blew everyone’s minds away. 

If I’d stopped to think I would have acknowledged that made no sense, but you never really do stop and think until you’re given a reason to. (I know I’m not just speaking for myself here.) It was fascinating to learn about his life and to trace his work through the 10 (ten! only ten!) year period he was creating art: from when he was 27 through to 37 (1880 – 1890). I could watch him learn skills and change subject matter and gain confidence. The exhibition took the time to point out who Van Gogh was influenced by, from older print makers and European pastoral painters, to Japanese woodblock artists and contemporary European impressionists. I could really see that it did take him years and years before he started making the work that we think of as ~Van Gogh~. That yes, these paintings came from him and his unique take on the world, but that they also came from centuries of traditions and his particular time and place in history and that he had to struggle and practise and learn to get there. 

Also, I just wanted to walk straight into many of his paintings because they were so beautiful. One I didn’t take a picture of but also really loved was Trees and undergrowth (July 1887 Paris), which just had that perfect feel of cool shade on a hot summer’s day. Argh. Beautiful.

Anyway it was great 🙂 Sadly, the pictures are not, because it was super crowded (even at 9:30am on a Monday) so I just quickly snapped them to give me references I could look up again later.

[4 pictures of Van Gogh paintings, each with their label (link) giving further details. The 4 paintings are:

1.  Tree trunks in the grass 

late April 1890, Saint-Remy

2. Horse chestnut tree in blossom

mid May 1887, Paris

3. Pine trees at sunset

December 1889, Saint-Remy

4. Snow-covered field with a harrow (after Millet)

January 1890, Saint-Remy]

Aaaaaand, welcome to the first instalment of Fan Art Fridays, in which I post a piece of fan art on (most) Fridays in a desperate attempt to improve at drawing (a) people interacting, and (b) likenesses of real people. (There probably won’t be any backgrounds, like, at all.) The goals are: to post regularly, regardless of how good the picture is, and to get better.

First up are DS Camille Bordey and DI Humphrey Goodman of Death in Paradise – a fun detective show set in the Caribbean. Camille also has one of my favourite wardrobes in all of television, though sadly that’s not really on display here. Next time.