Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Christmas is coming!!!

Well It's certainly festive in here. The Christmas tunes are keeping me busy whilst I work away at my doodles and I love it! 

I've had the pleasure of seeing a couple of school Nativity plays today. I found it so inspiring that I'm contemplating taking my sketch book up to bed with me where I will cwtsh up with my hot water bottle and see what I come up with. It's just the sweetest thing seeing the kids on stage singing their little hearts out. As parents all round smile with pride. I always like to look out for the characters. The one that isn't happy to be dressed up, the one who eagerly searches out for their family and waves with happiness once they've been located and finally the cheeky one who will stand there and stick their tongue out and pull faces. It's all fabulously heart warming! x x x

If I don't get to be on here before the big day arrives I will wish you al now a wonderful Christmas and leave you with a few old festive illustrations.

Big Warm and hugs to you all x x

Elena x x x x x 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Illustration Friday- Radio

Hello to you all x x x Just a short post. I'm so busy at the moment wrapping up the book that I'm working on that I had to raid through my portfolio to see what illustrations I have that contained a radio!

 I eventually found one from last years London Welsh Fun Day. It was a lovely little commission which had me painting and photoshopping confidently (Hurray I tell the world proudly!) the London Skyline and every Welsh Speaking child's favourite TV chick. 'CYW' X 

Good night to you all. Remember if you are on Facebook you can see more of my work. Just search for Live, Love & Doodle. Come on over it's a happy page x 


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Metamorphosis- From Water Baby to Academic x

Just a quick post today as I have a million and one things to get on with. Primarily a search for my youngest daughters school bag? Where could it be? 

I haven't participated on Illustration Friday for like EVER!!!!!!! So here is my submission for metamorphosis. I have real mixed emotions about this transition. As a kid the only thing that got me through it was the knowledge that September would bring my Birthday. Now as an adult I get excited for my girls. The wonder of knowledge and how fortunate they are to have such freedom to play, grow and develop x x 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

My dear friends. I am so embarrassed that I have been away for so long. It seems I find it hard to do everything. My Blogger has been neglected! * Hangs head low and slaps wrist*
 I can't believe it has been a whole year since I last posted. *What a year it has been* 

                            Book covers have been illustrated and sold

                                          Fights have been had

                                                            Anxiety has followed

                                 And thankfully Mindfulness restored

If I could have one of those film montages you would have see a woman at the brink, saved, enlightened and once again on track and heading for triumph. Hurray I hear you say!!! 

So like countless other mothers I find myself at the end of another summer holiday. *Looks at watch counts the hours, seconds and minutes* I think it's the smell of all the new school stationary in the air. The sharp pencils and empty notebooks ready to be filled with ideas. New beginnings. Everything is possible. 

It's great to be back and I look forward to sharing my news with you. Here's to all who live and work hard for the dream xx 

Be kind to yourselves, It's best feeling in the world x x x x x x 

Monday, 1 July 2013


Just a quick update seeing as though I've got a lot of work to get on with before I once again head off on the school run to pick up the little darlings. For regular updates go to my facebook page. Live, Love & Doodle.  My world is so hectic it's much easier to update my comings and goings from my phone. Go on pay me a little visit and 'LIKE'. My worlds a happy one x x x 

Now that the studio is all set up I am looking to build a new website. I'm taking a deep breath and preparing myself for a lot of all nighters. A tough job to do when the little ones depend on you the next day. I do often wish that I had a normal husband, with a normal job that saw him home of an evening. But that would not have then been my boy. He dreamt of making movies and there he is now living that dream. Together the girls and I will hold the fort until he returns and when he does we will glow with happiness of being a Whole once again. 

Have a wonderful week. Love to you all x x x

Monday, 3 June 2013


Don't you just love the word sweet?  It says it all for me. I can taste it, feel it and smell it. This week I'm submitting this illustration for IF. It was a Christmas commission for a film loving Grandmother who loves no better those sweet moments when she gets to take all her grandchildren to the cinema.
We all have those special places. There is nothing better than being with the ones that we love and sharing moments of togetherness. Whether it's over a cup of tea and a biscuit, a trip to the shopping centre, a walk in the country or simply snuggled up on the sofa enjoying the peace and a small get away from life and all its problems.

This week has me working on a few projects. I have a few photoshop projects to get on with, character designing and the writing of my book. Half term had me away from the drawing board so it felt good this morning to sit by my in tray and sort out my work load. 

I hope you all have a good week. I am going to leave you with two illustrations that I did as birthday gifts last month.

Lots of love to you all. Maybe see you all again with another doodle if I get the chance x

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

'Washed Out'

Inspired by a wet Bank Holiday Monday. I scribbled this whilst wrapped up in a duvet in my living room.  Yesterday my family and I attended The Eistedfodd Yr Urdd in Pembrokshire. If you aren't aware of this cultural festival that takes place every year in Wales  you haven't lived. It is an amazing event that sees children and young people performing their hearts out in various competitions. From Singing, dancing, recital, drama and much much more. From February schools, groups and individuals work on their performances with the dream of making it to stage and winning.
Again my daughter competed in the solo singing. Again like many, many others she didn't make it to stage but she sang so well and we are so proud.

I'm off to London today to see my family and breath in some of that hubbub which regenerates my batteries and so often helps me with ideas when the creative pool is running a dry.

Good bye for now internetlings. I know this is a very short sweet post but I feel this is at least is better than posting nothing. All my love and art to you all x x x