Summer is officially here, the garden is in full bloom, but the good weather seems to be lagging and the sea swims have been few. However, it’s been great seeing Hastings beginning to have a buzz about it again. July 19th should see the last of England’s Covid rules lifted, but I’m not exactly sure what that entails yet.

This month I’ve been working on a few new paintings and the creative thoughts have kept on flowing with many sketchbooks full to the brim.  I’m currently waiting on the greeting cards to arrive from the printers, I will then add these popular packs to the website along with the new artwork. I’ve just started to work on some postcard size canvas boards which I’m really enjoying, a textured surface makes me think more about what medium I’m going to use. I’ve also bought a metre of unprimed raw canvas, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this yet, but just looking at this beautiful heavy fabric keeps me happy.

The top photo is of my studio desk, it looks out onto a beautiful silver birch tree where I watch it change throughout the seasons. I love this space and often have my breakfast here. I’ve also turned it into a disco, when I say this I mean I’ve cleared some boxes away so when the mood takes me I can dance to my updated tunes, very helpful when I feel in a bit of a slump.

I hope the month has been kind to you, until July keep well.

Blossom in May


In the UK May has brought us rain and more rain amongst the occasional day of sunshine mixed in with lots of blossom and spring flowers. The relaxing of covid restrictions has seen many businesses opening up and at last we can sit indoors in restaurants and pubs and shelter from this unseasonal weather.

I hope your month has been a good one and your managing to live this new life we all seem to be adapting to. I know many people including myself have now managed to meet up with friends and family who they haven’t seen for so long, this in itself has been what we’ve needed and each day seems much better because of it.

In my news I have had to temporarily put the project I was so looking forward to @12months12paintings on hold. But this has given me more time to work on some larger paintings and I’ve been experimenting with mixed media, which I always enjoy. I’ll be adding new work to the website next month and selling the odd piece through instagram by way of @artistssupportpledge a great project set up by local artist Mathew Burrows, this will be on my instagram account @obikodesign 

Plans for June are in the making, but I do hope to find a few venues e.g. coffee shops, restaurants for my artwork to be displayed in, so if you’re interested and would like some of my art on your walls please get in touch.

Sunday I look forward to celebrating my birthday. This year in particular I feel I have a lot to celebrate and be grateful for, so here’s to us all enjoying the warmer, lighter days ahead. Remember to sign up to the newsletter at the bottom of the page for all the latest goings on.