Category Archives: News & Promos

Exhibition at CStudios in Newcastle

Gallery owner Jo Chisholm-Ray opens exhibition

Exhibition Extended to Sunday May 1st ‘Exploring water in all its depth and mystery’ This exhibition follows on from our group exhibition held at the Studio Gallery in December 2015. Artworks inspired by water – explored and celebrated from many different perspectives.  Meet stormy waters, soft lakes, gurgling bush creeks, mermaids and fish. Discover the artists’ […]

Cover Designs, Websites & a Deck Design Contest

Book cover design Annette Abolins

My mother writes books, over the years she has published several books and collected poems, she also writes regular reviews about the many different books she reads … Wielding a pen or keyboard to tell a story is something I admire and find worthy of celebration, and it has been an honour for me to design the covers for […]

Why there’s so much to Love about Cards

5 decks spread out on work space

If you have visited here before, you’ll know I love cards (both Tarot and Playing cards). Having just published my second deck, I feel I’m still at the beginning of a most inspiring journey, which I hope will lead to many more cards in the future. In this post I want to share some of my thoughts and inspiration behind why I like […]

Playing Cards: Links to buy, Images & Interview

Design by Annette Abolins

It’s been a busy week since the playing cards arrived from the printer; wrapping and packing decks to send on their way to new homes. It’s an exciting pastime, which may see me graduate to assistant wrapper at the local post office :) I do want to say thank you, as your support inspires me to continue exploring this magical and visually exciting […]

Playing Cards – The printing presses are running

Artwork by Annette Abolins

It’s been a while since my last update. The weather (we’ve had some!) and the busy month of May (with celebrations and exciting visitors) have kept me occupied … On the creative side, I’ve been busy completing my deck of playing cards, previewed in this post :) I’m excited to announce that after almost a year and a half, the printing […]

Website updates and Recent Design work

colourful portrait of psytrance duo

Re-designing and updating websites (or portfolios) is a bit like moving the furniture around, or throwing things in a suitcase and going for a drive in search of a new view … sometimes things get left behind or fall behind the couch. When one of my web pages ends up behind the couch, moves, has gone on holiday […]

Sketching with ArtGraf – Watercolour Graphite

watercolour graphite

It is always exciting to discover a new drawing material … A few weeks ago I was on a mission to redeem my loyalty points at Eckersley’s, when this stylish looking ArtGraf tin jumped out saying ‘pick me’! I hadn’t seen or tried watercolour graphite before (other than the water-soluble pencils), so I thought it would be fun to try … With two […]

Artistic Journey: DeviantArt Contest

My Artistic Journey - Annette Abolins - Deviant Art contest 2014

What does your artistic journey look like? Do you have a straight path, a meandering track full of detours, or a journey with many stops and starts? An artistic life or journey can take on so many different forms. Your journey may be about getting in touch with a more intuitive, side of your personality… Or it could be about emotional healing; […]