Thursday, 31 December 2020

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Today is June 24, 2020 and life is very different, as we all know.

Since Covid began here, I have been staying home, staying safe.  Not the easiest thing to do, but totally necessary.  I have had a lot of time on my hands and have put that to use by working in my studio.

I have been trying new ideas with weaving Copper wire and have ended up with quite a lot of stock.  I must admit that I find the wire weaving quite meditative (when it is going well!!).

As my husband plays guitar, I decided to see if I could weave one.

Although I did find myself with a number of difficult tangles to re-organise!!

If you look closely, you will see that this cuff bracelet features a bird woven around a Labradorite cabochon.

This cuff features a strip of purple leather as a background to the weaving and the ring has small purple beads in the centre.

I am sure I will be making many more pieces in the days to come and I will post photos soon.

Stay safe.


Tuesday, 11 February 2020

A New Year - A New Collection

Good day and a very Happy and Healthy New Year to you all.

2020 arrived and I was finding it difficult to come up with yet another new collection for this year.  I really wanted to expand the alcohol ink art in some way that was different from everything else I had tried.

My husband and I were walking through a thrift store in early January and I picked up this lovely old wooden box and "Eureka - Up-cycle old wooden boxes using alcohol ink".  So, I bought a couple of the nicer ones in the store and headed for my studio.  Here are a few for you to look at.

After mounting the piece of art on the top, I embellished the design with glass chips, gemstones and gold leaf.  Some of the boxes also needed refurbishing on the inside with new felt.  I also added some pieces of cut and pierced metal on one.

The only problem was that once I completed two boxes, I started buying more on our visits to thrift stores within reach.  I have ended up with lots of boxes as I try out different ideas - going to need a bigger studio soon!!!

However, I really like the look of these and hope you do too. 

Whilst in the middle of my "boxes phase" I also wanted to complete a piece of art to mount in a frame.  Sunsets have always fascinated me and I was convinced that with the vibrant hues of alcohol ink, I could come up with something special.  I also added cut and pierced metal for the Heron, rocks and islands.

Now it is time to chill for a while as I have promised myself some quality time with my harps before the shows start in the Spring and Summer.  

Bye for now,


Tuesday, 31 December 2019

The Artful Dragon Studio - Collections

If you would like to see more of my work please check out the following:

Flickr - Lea Hamblett   -  Flickr Lea Hamblett

The Artful Dragon Studio - Facebook Page -

Harpeggia - Harp and Guitar

Harpeggia is:

Phil - Acoustic Guitar & Lea - Harp

If you would like to hear us play "Down by the Beach" from our Parallel Passage CD,                 please click here

If you would like to hear us play "Water's Edge" from our Water's Edge CD,                   please click here

Thursday, 28 November 2019

As 2019 Draws to a Close...

It is the end of November and all my shows for 2019 have come and gone.  However, I couldn't leave 2019 behind without mentioning my favourite piece I have created this year.

It is called "Dogfight"

This piece is dedicated to the many pilots who fought in the First World War, those who have served as pilots in the past and those who do so today. 
The piece has been created using a 12" x 12" black tile, alcohol inks and hand cut and pierced mixed metals. The large green aircraft is the Sopwith Camel, ably flown by Biggles - the red aircraft, flown by The Red Baron. (Remember the Snoopy song?)
When I was a young girl my father gave me a book by W. E. Johns, which followed the adventures of a first world war fighter pilot by the name of James Bigglesworth (Biggles). I was hooked and continued to collect and read many more of these stories. My Father also took me to many Air Shows in our area and I became the number one fan of the RAF Formation Team (same team, different name when they changed aircraft.  Black Arrows in Hawker Hunters, Blue Diamonds in Lightnings and the Red Arrows in Foland Gnats). 
I joined the Royal Air Force myself later in life and am still thrilled to see an antique aircraft overhead.

As I look forward to Winter and the quiet of the snow surrounding the house, I have made a promise to spend a lot more time on my harps.  During the Summer months I find we are so busy with outside things and shows, they tend to be less played.  

However, I will continue to update this blog with ongoing happenings.  Have a safe winter and a very joyous holiday season.  See you all in 2020.

Monday, 30 September 2019

A Road Less Travelled...

I thought I had spent all my creativity this year on my new leather collection, which has been very well received by visitors to my booths at Art Shows this year.

Then I began to prepare for the "Before the Rush" show in Gananoque at the Fire Hall on November 1, 2, 3, 2019.  I always try to have something new and different for this particular show, as my fellow participants are all such awesome artists.

Some time ago, I had experimented with alcohol ink and cut and pierced metal as landscape scenes on tiles.  I have recently returned to this idea with a different way of manipulating the ink - using air!!!

Here are some photos of the first few pieces I have completed and I have so many other ideas, but not sure I will complete all of them "Before the Rush".

Monarch Butterfly (cut and pierced in Brass)
Monarch Butterfly in Frame
Colour Splash


The Rainbow Fleet

Flying Home

Dragonflies Playing on the River