Thursday, 11 June 2009

Blogs I love #1

Sometimes, as I wander around the blogosphere, I come across strange and curious delights. It struck me that rather than just bung them on my blogroll, where only chance curiosity will lead other bloggers to discover them, I could be more proactive and highlight them every so often. So, without much further ado, I take great pleasure in introducing the wonderful Susan Sandford who blogs as Artsparker....
Susan is a madly talented illustrator and artist and you can see her commercial work at this website....
I have been adoring her Alice in Wonderland montages for some time (see a few examples below) but now she has launched on a hilarious series of encounters from the TV series Lost. I would urge you to go over and have a look and a laugh.....(oh and please ask Susan if you want to reproduce any of her pictures on your own blog).
Always had a soft spot for the Cheshire cat......

I think this is possibly my all-out favourite from the Alice series. I once played the Mad March Hare (badly) in a school production.


Sawyer (oh still my beating heart) tackles Bosco.....don't you love the shadows?

Painting the roses......


Oh, btw, have posted new material on my other (serious) blog
about cranial osteopathy for babies, ways to protect yourself from swine flu and how even picky parents can cope with DisneyWorld!




24 comments:

Jude said...

Yes, she's one of my favs too. Brilliant sence of humour!!

LittleBrownDog said...

Oooh, ooh, me first! Don't think I've ever managed to get a first of Jane's blog before.

Love those images - absolutely gorgeous. Will be popping over there forthwith. And, yes - however does she manage to do the shadows?

Thanks for the introduction, Jane.

xx

LittleBrownDog said...

Hey - I've been pipped to the post! Gah!

claire p said...

Great pics, will pop along later.

I'm very intrested in cranosp for Jamie. Wonder if it might help with the fluid on his brain?

Maddie Grigg said...

Excellent, what a talented woman. I now have a great idea for my scarecrow!

The Dotterel said...

Fantastic site. Thanks for recommending it!

blackbird said...

She found me last week and I followed her back to her delightful site. My favorites are the Hamlet series on her other site- The Tiny Theatre. Alice is a close second- also a fan of the Cheshire cat.

Welsh Girl said...

These are wonderful! I shall go over immediately to have a look!

Frances said...

Jane, that's a great idea to introduce us to great places to visit. Thank you for this fabulous start.

xo

Dave Pie-n-Mash said...

I agree with you and you are right to highlight this blog. I have taken a look at Artsparks blog a number of times and the art is eyecatching to say the least.

Salle de Bain said...
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ArtSparker said...

Thanks for the shoutout, Jane. It's good to feel appreciated for my efforts, ie, wrestling with these little guys while trying to deny the laws of physics in the form of afternoon wind on the occasions when the sun deigns to show itself. Suffered for my art!

Zoë said...

One of my fave gardens, West Green House, has their tea Garden themed after Alice's Adventures, Topiary mad hatters, and demanding queens all planted in red and white. One of fave places to sit a while, and dream.

Enjoyed the intro to the blog, look forward to more.

Exmoorjane said...

Jude: yup, they just make me smile.

LBD: Aw, no - but so close!

Claire: Would be worth talking to the Sutherland Society (link on other blog) - they will give you an honest answer.....it does seem to work miracles something.

Maddie: scarecrow? Looking forward to seeing that!

The Dotterel: ah, you're welcome. I love sharing great sites. Don't know why I didn't do this before.

Blackbird: Ah, I've missed the Hamlet series - fantastic!

Welsh Girl: yup, get thee over there.

Frances: you're welcome...I know you love meeting new people and finding new places.

Dave: Glad you agree.....they just make me smile.

Salle: Ah well it would be boring if we all liked the same things. I am no great critic - they just appeal to me so much....

ArtSparker: you are so welcome. Thank you very much for permission to use the images.

Zoe: that garden sounds fabulous and rings a bell. Have you blogged about it? If not, think we need to see it through your lens!

Preseli Mags said...

Thanks for the link, I spent ages looking and then was late getting H off to Brownies. I love the one with the cat. All about shadows and timing. What a talented person.

Anna Lefler said...

Oh, those are cool! Thanks for highlighting!

Have a swell weekend...

:-D Anna

Calico Kate said...

Haven't found that one and will have a look when I get back home and life returns to something resembling normal. However I think that this is a really nice way of 'spreading the word' and thought I ought to say so!
CKx

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Oh wow, love those images! I keep seeing Artsparker's name pop up - time to pay her a visit.

And as for preventions against swine flu - ha ha - I got the wretched virus on a trip to the UK a few weeks ago. Foul, vile flu, trip totally trashed.

Salle de Bain said...

Nooooo.....sorry Jane, that post came out all wrong. Sounded so rude. I got my text muddled up with another post I was doing about GCSE coursework!!

Tried to delete the error, but couldn't find a way!!

Apologies to you...I do actually LIKE the little paper figures.

ChrisH said...

What a kind and generous soul you are. I've been catching up with your previous posts. So sorry to hear that you've been laid low by the Black Dog, it's a truly ghastly feeling - I hope you feel a bit better now. Take care CX

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

Wow she certainly is a talent to look into, am off to do so now. Thanks so for sharing.

Cait O'Connor said...

Great idea to highlight blogs Jane, this one looks great I will be over to have a look.
I swear by cranial osteopathy by the way.

Exmoorjane said...

Mags: oops, sorry!

Anna: yup, I think so too. Hope you had a great weekend too (sorry, bit late commenting here!)

Kate: thanks - don't know why I didn't think about this earlier.

Vanilla: NO! You got swine flu? In the UK? Oh heck.

Salle: fear not, it's gone!

Chris: I'm so behind on blogs too...thank you so much, I think (hope) it is easing off a little.

Reasons: My total pleasure! I love sharing stuff I get enthusiastic about....

Cait: cranial osteopathy is a godsend - it really is. Worked a treat on James when he was a fractious baby.

CAMILLA said...

Oh thank you soo much for the links Jane, such lovely images, will look foward to popping over to those sites.

xxx