A Day with Brooke Woolley

Talented artist Brooke Woolley featured in our Illustration Tuesday last year, I am so excited to have her kicking off our sleepy January with a sleepy ‘Day With’…You can purchase her work here.

It’s a Friday.  Like a lot of artists I have a day job to enable me to pay the bills and that runs Monday to Thursday.  Friday is my most productive day – I work from my home studio and I get the whole day to myself uninterrupted.  By Friday I am usually a little knackered and sleep deprived by the week so I don’t get up until 8.30 when my husband leaves for work.  I have museli and tea for breakfast in front of the laptop and this morning I drag it out with another cuppa and a quick flick through the latest Artforum.

Brooke Woolley

By 9.30 I am ready for work.  Today I am adding one of a kind details to a group of one colour screen prints.  I use Dr PH Martins colour inks where are a bit like watercolour.  As you can see I am not a tidy person and unfortunately I have no natural light in my workspace so these photos aren’t perfect!  Some of these works are going to be gifts for my family and some will be for sale.

Brooke Woolley

At midday I set out on a walk down to Balham to meet my husband for coffee at Trinity, our favourite local cafe.  I decide to walk through Tooting Bec common as it’s a nice day for a change.

Brooke Woolley

Trinity do very good coffee and very good cake.  They were runner up for Best Local Independent Shop in last year’s Observer Food Awards.  A flat white is my coffee of choice but as they’re not yet on the menu I have a cappuccino.  Steve and I share a delicious piece of carrot cake.

Brooke Woolley

Brooke Woolley

I come home and tidy up this morning’s work and start on some watercolours – I have been working on a series of portraits of men and women in uniform which are going very well.

Brooke Woolley

Brooke Woolley

Brooke Woolley

At the end of the day I spend some time doing admin:  I start to think about some exhibition proposals and gallery submissions, address some promo postcards, package an order from my online shop and write a to do list for the rest of the weekend.

Brooke Woolley

Brooke Woolley

Brooke Woolley

In the evening I walk down to Balham again to meet my husband and his workmates in the pub.  We go to the Clarence where the staff are really friendly – my favourite compliments my hair and tells me it has been far too long since we last saw each other – bless him!  I leave the camera at home for this excursion – it’s for the best!

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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