Happy Valentine’s Day!




I’d like to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is a quick drawing I did this afternoon for the special occasion.

It’s funny looking back from when I was much younger and when I had a ‘boyfriend’ (relating to my teenage years). It was a real treat getting dressed up (wearing my best perfume) and going for a romantic meal in one of our favourite restaurants. These days, my husband and I tend to buy each other a card and a small token gift!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


For this design, I was very much inspired by the hearts seen in Folk Art. Apparently, the Sacred Heart is one of the most common motifs in religious folk art created in Mexico. The idea is that the physical heart of Jesus is a symbol of his divine love for humanity (Zinnia Folk Arts).

I loved the idea of combining a Folk Art heart with flowers and butterflies, mainly to highlight ‘love’ but to also give it a feeling of beauty and that spring will soon be here. I’ve read that the first Valentine’s Day was back in 496, initially originating from a Roman festival called Lupercalia. This festival was held in the middle of February, which was officially the start of their springtime, hence the flowers and butterflies.

The colours I’ve used are rich, especially the red, green and plum tones.  I wouldn’t say I’m an expert on Folk Art, but from what I’ve seen, bold colours are used and they’re usually highly decorative too. To soften the boldness, they all sit on a calming pale blue background.


Emma Jayne x




Happy New Year and welcome 2020!



Happy New Year and welcome 2020!

Hope you’ve had a fab Christmas. We’re now in January and a new decade – eek!!



Well actually, I favour this time year, knowing that the days are slowly getting longer; each day gaining 1.5 to 2 minutes of daylight in January and 2.5 minutes in February.  September to December always feels like an upward climb, with the summer ending and the long nights drawing in. Then, there’s Christmas to organise. However, this time of year makes me feel like things are changing and there’s lots to do.

January feels like a breath of fresh air and I start looking forward to the year ahead. This year I’d love to perhaps take up dancing or join a running club. I also want to go on a couple of city breaks. Prague and cities in Italy appeal to me, with their historic architecture, cultural attractions and cuisine.

I’ve been reviewing my work from last year and I’d like to share with you a small selection of my favourites.

Small selection of my favourites from 2019


Above are my personal faves from 2019. I went back to using traditional media and produced more patterns than illustrations. I love the effects you can achieve with gouache, watercolour and ink using different sized brushes. I like to create textures, as well as painting animals and other shapes as silhouettes.

I think my best work over the year came mainly from the 100 day project and also the last couple of months before Christmas. In the 100 day project, I concentrated on a variety of animals, from pets & garden bugs to jungle creatures such as wild cats and birds. In the autumn, I studied mushrooms, owls and gnomes. At the start of winter, I drew festive trees, penguins, game birds, holly and a polar bear wearing a floral crown.

Overall, it was a good, though hectic year and even though I was very busy with exciting client work, I also managed to create artwork for myself. This is something I will continue to do in 2020.

It’s funny looking back to the end of 2018. I tried toning down my colour palettes (I was just experimenting with neutral shades) and I realised this year that I’m at my happiest when I’m painting in ‘technicolour’… along with just a few neutrals!

Finally, wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! 🙂


Emma Jayne x