Create Magic

Create Magic, such a great title for a post and also the name of Mindy Lacefield / Tim Sally, New Book which i am so excited to be featured in.


I was recently commissioned by Mindy to paint a picture of her adorable family. I blogged about it recently here http://heidimmcdonald.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/i-have-had-facelift.html


I have always loved everything Mindy paints, there truly is something so magical about her work. 
I feel every time i see her art like a child just discovering art and i want to run around with paintbrushes and paint.
Just to have this feature totally made my year.


Here i am :) 

I must point out that Mindy's book is nothing to do with my painting, 
Its a wonderful book filled with Mindy's Disney's inspired work 




And thats not all, coming soon my artwork will be featured in the most wonderful compilation of artists journals from around the world.
Dawn DeVries Sokol  is the author behind this amazing book.


It feels such a honour to be in this book, i am so excited for its release next April 2015.

Being published was one of those far off dreams of mine, and no matter how big or small my feature is, it feels so exciting.
Its Creating Magic in my life. 
Many years ago i would look at artists being published and i hoped for that too in my creative journey.
I hope i can carry on being published and i am even working on ideas for my own self published project. 

As always it would be great to hear from you.
Love to read your comments
What would you like to be published in ?
Maybe you have a feature to share ?


Here is a little outtake photo where my Evie cat joined in on the photo.



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Go Where The Wild Things Grow


"Go Where The Wild Things Grow"
Was a recent personal project i started recently.



My personal Art journey has taken many detours and now that a lot of my work is commissioned i am finding less time to follow the ideas that form in the shape of scribbles on a scrap of paper, or that thought that wakes you up in the middle of the night reaching for a pen and paper.
You ever had a idea that just swam around until you put life into it on paper or canvas ?



The Idea for this painting grew from a idea of being out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nature. 
I scribbled some ideas and the paper floated around on my desk for months.
Until recently i picked up my pencil and began to draw.
I wanted this to be a layered piece, i love the challenge of my layered illustrations. 

Here is a cross section of the painting below. 

There are bees, and rabbits, foxes, wild plants, toadstools and flowers all painted in watercolours and inks.


Layered on thick 200lb watercolour paper. 
I loved creating this piece and it took a few months from the idea to finish.
I would love to know what you think ?
Do you like the layered details.
If your a artist What ideas have kept you up at night reaching for your sketchbook ?

I would love to hear from you.



Prints and the original are available here


Best Wishes 

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I have had a Facelift

Hello and welcome, i am so excited to share with you a new look blog.
I decided to have a face lift here and get back into blogger land.
Do have a look round, let me know what you think of the new banner, blog badge and all the little cute details would love to know what you think ?




Things have been crazy busy and a side to my art is really developing with the custom watercolour portraits.
 I never expected this or planned it really it just evolved and i am so happy that there are people out there that want me to create a portrait Heidi. M style. Wow...exciting times.
So you can imagine how thrilled i was when one of my most favourite artists Mindy Lacefield asked me to paint her a family portrait, she asked ME !!!! 


And here is the finished piece, with her husband and beautiful dogs. I added a few little touches that made me think of Mindy, like the blue bird singing in the tress and and Jack Skellington added in the tree.
I hope to continue on this wonderful journey painting portraits and still have time for some personal exploration in my art.
I would love to hear from you
All my best 
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P.S https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LeCharmedBoutique  is behind the design of my new look blog, she did an excellent job ! 

Dipping a toe in Sketchbook Vlogs


Hello, I have put together a little sketchbook Vlog for you to watch.
I have found in the last few weeks that i am yet again seeking sanctuary between the pages of my sketchbook and looking back through old character ideas as well as developing new ones.
It feels safe here with so much going on in my 'real' world.
I long to dive in and take the characters out of the pages onto canvas, but am sat on the sidelines.
I have a fear of painting, especially with acrylics on canvas, but this is my dream so i shall chip away at the fear.....do you have any creative fears ?
What holds you back ?

I hope you enjoy this little peek at old and new sketchbooks and my characters.

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I am far from skilled in this video making, so please do share your thoughts and any suggestions you may have.

All my best wishes.
Heidi. M xxx

She Stood In The Storm


She Stood In The storm, And When The Wind Did not blow her Way She Adjusted Her Sails. This is a new painting i recently did in watercolours and inks. I recently found a local printer so i have decided on doing a range of illustrated quote, positive happy quote mainly, Quite excited by this idea and eager to get a range or prints together...i have lots of ideas!  Do you have a favourite Quote that you would like to see illustrated ?


I also have a very lovely feature over on http://www.weareallrecycled.blogspot.co.uk  from Writer
Michael Linford.
Do check out his blog as he has great features on a Artists, Writers and Musicians.

Would love to hear from you.
What are you thoughts on my latest piece ?
Is there a quote that gives you hope ?

With Love
Heidi. M xxx
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