In search of an eco-friendly printing method.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make my artwork really sustainable and screen printing involves chemicals, acrylic inks and a lot of water which has always concerned me a lot. I’ve also been looking for a method that required less space so thought I would try lino printing. I had some old block printing ink and a bit … Read More

New Year, new directions – the art of gardening.

“To yell at your creativity, saying, “You must earn money for me!” is sort of like yelling at a cat; it has no idea what you’re talking about, and all you’re doing is scaring it away, because you’re making really loud noises and your face looks weird when you do that.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear … Read More

Refilling pens

Pen refilling photo

My current pen selection. I’m reviewing my drawing kit with a view to making it as sustainable and waste free as possible. The obvious choice is a refillable fountain pen but brush and fibre tip pens are a lot of fun, provide wonderfully expressive line and mark making possibilities. I’m looking for ways to refill them. These are my current … Read More

Time for radical change? The Planet v Trump

Drawing of an imperious but sad looking Donald Trump

The Planet v Trump. These are dark times… but could there be a silver lining that ignites radical change? I’ve been listening to Radio 4’s excellent series America Rewritten in which Robert McCrum talks to six American writers about how they will make the transition from Obama to Trump. The over arching theme is one both of the horror of … Read More

Shapwick Heath water colour landscape drawings

I took another trip to Shapwick Heath last week with the intention of making some water colour landscape drawings. The day was cold but I was determined to make at least one drawing. This time of year the starlings congregate on the heath and at dawn and dusk they create their wonderful murmurations. So I headed for the RSPB’s Ham Wall … Read More

Brompton Prints Holy Spokes

Some of my Brompton screen prints are now on display at Holy Spokes, Bike workshop, Barton Hill. Why not drop in and check them out or if your bike is in need of some serious work Andy and the guys at Holy Spokes will come and collect it! They even have a specially made bike trailer for collecting bikes. Fancy … Read More

Great Conservationists: 2. Rachel Carson

Drawing of Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) Was an American marine biologists and conservationist, founder of modern environmental conservation and biological sciences. She grew up in  the rural town of Springdale, Pennsylvania where her mother instilled in her a love of nature. Latter attending Pennsylvania college for women and Woods Hole Marine Biologogy Laboritory. Her book Silent Spring … Read More

Great Conservationists: 1. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

    The start of a new series of sketches I’m working on featuring the fantastic work of the many (often overlooked) female conservationists & environmentalists from around the world. This portrait is of Jane Goodall, the foremost expert on Chimpanzee behaviour, founder of The Jane Goodall Institute and UN messenger of peace 2002. “What you do makes a difference, … Read More

Drawing inspiration from life

Sleeper on the train to Weymouth

  I enjoy drawing from life. In fact it is a vital part of my design process and often provides the inspiration for new projects. I’m currently working on drawing people as much as possible to help me develop characters for some new editorial style pieces I’m working on. When I’m out and about I always carry a small sketchbook … Read More

New stockist and spring prices

Red Brompton Bicycle Print Small by Diana Powell

My Brompton bicycle prints are now for sale at Makers a fabulous & unique independent bristol shop & gallery full of beautiful handmade items, prints and art. Find them at 82 Colston street, Bristol. I’ve also revised my prices for spring 2015. This lovely ‘Red folded Brompton’ print is now £55 framed (27cm Sq) and £35 screen print only. See … Read More