Saturday, 23 September 2017

All Dogs Matter Tea Towel

All Dogs Matter is a charity that rescues and re-homes abandoned dogs in London, and they got in touch with us at Garudio Studiage to see if we would design them a new tea towel to help them raise money.

The design is based on our ‘classic’ Dogs of London tea towel, and features dogs they have re-homed over the years. We picked one from each of the 16 most ‘rescued’ dog breeds in London, according to their records (King Charles Spaniel, Border Terrier, Chihuahua, Husky, Greyhound, Dogue de Bordeaux, Jack Russel Terrier, Border Collie, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Bichon Frise, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier, Beagle, Rottweiler and French Bulldog). The tea towel has a 'Was and Now' feature for each dog, so you can find out their story, after Stephanie from ADM tirelessly interviewed each owner!  Myself and Chris worked on the design and illustrations, and ended up adopting our own furry friend from them! A Pomeranian x some-kind of-terrier (a Pomme-de- terre?!) we have named Dante.  All proceeds from the tea towel sales go back to All Dogs Matter, you can buy one here.

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Stripe Set screen print

A new screen print I have been working on for a while is now available on the Garudio Studiage shop here. I had been looking at ways of portaying a group of animals with some visual similarlites - in this case ones with stripes! To get away from the formal  style of some of my previous previous prints, I experimented more with layering and collaging the images. Although the style of drawing alludes to natural history illustrations, the compostition and categorising are more unscientific.
Screen Printed on Somerset Velvet 250gsm Soft White Paper 40 x 50cms.
Images below show parts of the screen printing process.

final print, edition of 12

screen negative before being printed

Screen and final print side by side

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Horse Folk 2

Some more horses from my Horse Folk series, investigating horse costumes used in folk festivals around the world. Painting in watercolour again has been quite challenging, especially on a large scale (all these paintings are 56 x 76 cms), not much room for mistakes! I have painted about 10 on this scale so far, most went wrong somewhere... these are a few I was most happy with.
The festivals these ones are from are The Ride of Kings, Czech Republic, Chagu Chagu Umakko, Japan and Caballos del Vino, Spain.

More info on my website

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Sea Monster Soup print

I have a piece of work in an exhibition 'The Thames The Artery of London' about the river Thames, curated by Plastic Propaganda, on at Devon House, St Katherine Docks, 4th – 18th December.

My piece is a 3 colour screen print ‘Sea Monster Soup’ 40 x 50cm.

This piece is inspired by the 1850 engraving 'Monster Soup commonly called Thames Water by William Heath, a satire of a microscopic examination by Arthur Hassell of the water supplied to the inhabitants of London portraying the ‘monsters’ found in a drop of water from the Thames. Just 50 years ago, the Thames was so polluted it was declared "biologically extinct", too dirty for anything to survive there. But  sightings of various marine mammals and other species over the last few years confirm that the river is springing back to life.

There have been regular sightings of harbour and grey seals, dolphins and harbour porpoises, and of course the ill-fated journey into the Thames by the ‘River Thames Whale’ (northern bottlenose whale )  in 2006.

Sea Monster Soup by Anna Walsh

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Horse Folk

Some new paintings I have been working on looking at the different outfits horses wear at folk festivals around the world. These are just rough sketches more to come soon.... All watercolour and gauche.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Shells of Cornwall

When in Cornwall, there is only thing any self respecting artist can do - get the watercolours out and paint some shells. Here are a few muscle shells I painted while in Cornwall recently... all on A4 watercolour paper. I was interested in how you think they all look the same, but once you start looking close, they are all very unique, with different patterns and shades. Most of these shells were from Polzeath beach; I collected them from several beaches to compare from each location.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Best in Snow cards

A bit late, but here are some cards I designed for Christmas, based on natural history illustrations. Snow Leopard, Snow Monkey (Japanese Macaque), Snowy Owl and Snow Wolf - in my opinion the best in snow!

The cards are all pop-ups as well, here they are popped.