Month: January 2014

New Series in aid of HELP Counselling

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Last week I had a meeting with psychotherapist Rina Malin to discuss my creating a series of works to be exhibited for the ‘Dream Ball’ (Notting Hill) and auctioned with 50% of sales going to ‘HELP Counselling’ of Portobello Road to help celebrate the launch of their ‘Dream Research Institute’ – a fantastic cause and well matched to my work which is created to comfort and evoke nostalgia.

The Artworks must follow the theme of ‘dreams’ (which is also a re-occurring theme in my art) I felt overcome with excitement and started my first piece this evening; I seem to be taking a more abstract approach and have great urge to use large amounts of paint… with all my works who knows how they will develop……I work spontaneously and my dolls are my therapy…… my Inner child let loose onto canvas.

I will post further details as my work develops:

Veronica Rowlands Dream ball 2

Scratch the Surface….delivered

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So after months of labour and beading my 60x30inch artwork; ‘Scratch the Surface’ was ready to be exhibited……it was a stressful journey from Canary Wharf to Notting Hill by tube (not to mention the rain and wind when walking from stations) but I’m delighted to say it arrived un-damaged and in one piece; all ready for Debut Contemporary’s February Private View….I can’t wait to see her up!

‘Scratch the Surface’ 2014

60×30 inches

Acrylic, ink, gesso and beading on canvas

Veronica Rowland Scratch the Surface 2014


Fashion & Character Illustration classes at Rosetta Art Centre

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Yesterday I started teaching an eight week Fashion & Character Illustration Saturday School for gifted 8-11 year olds at Rosetta Art Centre:

I have another super talented class this year! We started yesterday creating one minute, continuous line drawings and then spending time developing them further with collage. I absolutely love this Fashion forward Illustration by a year 5 student…………..a Fashionista in the making!

Veronica Rowlands Fashion Illustration teaching

My Illustrations on London buses

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I can’t explain the sheer excitement I felt when I saw the Illustrations I created for anti-gun crime in Pimlico – for Potential Productions all over the interior of a London Bus – an unexpected delight on my way out!

Veronica Rowlands Potential Productions

‘Scratch the Surface’

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So the vintage-esque flowers are emerging and the beading is slowly developing………

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‘Scratch the Surface’

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Tonight I’ve been working on my latest piece ‘Scratch the Surface’; I have in fact been working on her for many months amongst my many other projects, but today she just screamed at me to pick up the paint.

She is another large scale 60 x 30 inches canvas which I am painstakingly embellishing the cheetah underneath her hand with small glass beads…….this lady represents the woman, the seductress the ‘dark horse’ under every woman no matter what impression she chooses to give…just ‘Scratch the Surface’.1532080_564871230263552_869164583_n[1]



Surreal Fashion Dolls l & Vlll

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Yesterday I found out that two of my original ‘Surreal Fashion Dolls’ have sold to a lovely couple and are being shipped out to Norway today.

I still have LTD edition Giclee prints of my originals for sale on the Debut website:

Surreal Fashion Doll l

Surreal Fashion Doll Vlll

Fashion Illustration Evening classes

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I’ve been busy planning for Fashion Illustration classes which I’ll be teaching at Rosetta Art Centre (Stratford) from 16th January.

I’ve chosen ‘Vintage’ as the theme to run through the course which will allow students to apply their own style and creativity to their pieces and they will put their ideas into context using a variety of processes. Here are some Illustration examples (for different collections) to get the creative juices flowing.

Rosetta Art Centre  Fashion Illustration course

Veronica Rowlands 1920s evening wear

1920’s collection – eveningwear; intricate line drawing shows the intricacy of the garments and elegance of this look.

Veronica Rowlands 80s daywear

Casualwear inspired from Kitsch 1960’s prints onto 80’s style oversized sweaters and jumpsuits – created from collaged drawings and coloured with felt-tip pens to give the look a fun, childlike edge.

Veronica Rowlands Fashion Illustration

Quirky outerwear inspired from 60’s prints, wallpapers and kitsch objects; coloured using felt tip pens to create a playful, young feel with a vintage twist.