About

Hello! I'm Mark B and I like to painting little worlds inspired by nature, folk stories and whimsy. My loves in life include tea, the BBC World Service, Tove Jansson, baking, Oliver Postgate, the colour green, David Attenborough documentaries, cloudless skies and silent movies. I also have a near superhuman capacity for eating cherry bakewells. I live in a small village with my girlfriend, Sarah, who makes jewellery (www.pennymasquerade.com) & a small puppy named Totoro.

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Dale Cooper is my spirit animal.

Dale Cooper is my spirit animal.

Sunday morning monsters.

Sunday morning monsters.

Some days life seems hard. On those days I’ve generally found it useful to draw pictures of little monsters hanging out with Columbo.

Some days life seems hard. On those days I’ve generally found it useful to draw pictures of little monsters hanging out with Columbo.

Monday doodle.

Monday doodle.

It’s been a busy/wonderful last month or so here during which I had the distinct pleasure of having married my partner of 11 years, Sarah. It still seems slightly strange calling her my wife but it’s a very nice sort of strange :) I’ve been taking the opportunity, whilst on honeymoon, to learn a bit more about wildlife and have made up a load of doodles to help me remember facts, so expect a few more of these pictures over the next few weeks.

It’s been a busy/wonderful last month or so here during which I had the distinct pleasure of having married my partner of 11 years, Sarah. It still seems slightly strange calling her my wife but it’s a very nice sort of strange :) I’ve been taking the opportunity, whilst on honeymoon, to learn a bit more about wildlife and have made up a load of doodles to help me remember facts, so expect a few more of these pictures over the next few weeks.

A quick little note to say that there is a competition running to win one of my prints here: http://theashcraftbunch.blogspot.co.uk/ there is just over a day left to enter, so hurry!

25 years ago today. Doodle courtesy of my favourite TV programme ever.

25 years ago today. Doodle courtesy of my favourite TV programme ever.

A quick little Mad Hatter doodle from today’s warm up sketches

A quick little Mad Hatter doodle from today’s warm up sketches

Quick Harry Potter doodle

Quick Harry Potter doodle

Hello!

Apologies that things have seemed a little quiet on the Winter Smoke front of late - it’s been a rather busy time at home (new house & the accompanying fixing up of things, getting engaged & the wedding planning!) as well as on the art front. I’ve been doing an absolute tonne of behind the scenes work on this which will start showing up on here soon. All the changes I’ve been making should mean that I’m able to start creating a lot more prints and making everything more customisable, which I’m rather excited about.

In the meantime you can find a very short interview I did with the delightful Lisa from the Beautiful Days With Art blog, here:

http://www.beautifuldayswithart.com/wintersmoke.html