COCOSKIES | An art blog: 2015


Botanical branding

"Papaver somniferum" pen illustration.
I've always found vintage botanical illustrations beautiful and felt inspired today to try drawing one myself. I decided to play around with some imaginary branding - which is always fun. A few patterns came out of it too, I don't know what I'll use them for yet but I'm sure I'll find something.


Plant love

Mixed media: watercolour, pencil crayon and black acrylic.
A few days ago I read an Andy Warhol quote that really seemed to resonate with me. It went like this, “Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

The more I read it, the more I began to embrace it. I think sometimes it can be difficult creating new work because you worry too much about whether people will like it. And if you think about it too much, you end up getting nowhere. And this isn't just limited to art work, but blog posts too! It made me remember why I started my blog, my primary goal was never to impress anybody, but simply to have a place I could see all of my work together, a journal. With that in mind, here are some tropical plants I painted!

Hope you're all having a great weekend!


Blog freebies

Free for personal use.
Today I've been messing around with black paint and it's been surprisingly therapeutic! I had no real final image in mind, I kind of just wanted to polish up my brush lettering. Plus I'd been meaning to create a new 'home' button for my own blog anyway. While I had all my paint out, I thought I might as well create a few others!

I would love for you guys to use them on your blogs. I think it would help give them a more personal touch, especially on sidebars! I'm actually planning to incorporate a few into my layout some time this week.

If you decide to use them, the only thing I ask is to link back here if anyone asks you where they're from, also don't claim the images as you're own. That's basically it! Enjoy!

One last thing, I've got to ask, has anyone else finished Season 3 of OITNB yet?! What did you think of it? I regret binge-watching it, because now I'll have to wait ages for season 4!


The Breakfast Club

A mountain of food at The Breakfast Club, London Bridge.
So the other week I ventured into London. I've only ever visited four times previously and never stayed so this was an exception. Having already visited all the sight-seeing spots a few years ago, we decided not to do all that this time. Instead we opted for hitting up some nice breakfast places, a few markets and Boris biking. Whilst there we met some of our friends who we'd known online for years, it's crazy how fast time passes! It was so nice how we all just kind of picked up where we left off. We'd picked a really nice weekend for our meet-up, I think there was a mini heatwave going on. In the evening I visited a good friend from Uni who has been working there for a bit. We went to this awesome place called Little Korea in China Town. The food was so good, I'd definitely recommend it if you're ever in the area! It was so nice to see London come alive at night, previously I've never experienced that side of it.

On the first day we visited a very busy Bill's for food, it was lovely but we wanted to try The Breakfast Club for day two's breakfast. When in London... and all that. It also made perfect sense as it was only a 2 minute walk away from where we were staying. As expected there was a bit of a queue but once we got inside there was such a nice diner vibe. I ended up going with the full english, clearly overestimating how hungry I was! What I could manage to eat was delicious, but next time I'd probably go with the american berry pancakes. Later that day we visited Portobello Market and Notting Hill, when we returned there was still a massive queue. Londoners must love that place!

I really enjoyed my visit to London, but like when you visit anywhere I missed my bed. I also somehow managed to carry some peonies all the way from Portobello Market to Sheffield, so by the time I walked through the door I was ready to crash. All in all it was a good weekend with great food and a wonderful bunch of people.

I hope you are all well, it's been a while hasn't it? :)

p.s. Sorry for the lack of photos, I seemed to take more on my phone this time around.