Below is the Full finished cover of Sharon Bill’s debut murder mystery novel ‘Fête Fatale’. The original art is a watercolour on Bristol board. Full time-lapse is on my Youtube channel and in a previous blog post (go back two posts).
The book is available in Paperback and eBook from Amazon and can be read on Kindle Unlimited;
Fête Fatale by Sharon Bill – Watercolour cover art by Billy for Sharon’s debut cosy mystery novel.
Here is the ‘blurb’ synopsis from Fête Fatale;
“A summer fête in rural Cheshire, organised by the Women’s Institute of Mossleigh, holds the promise of an idyllic day out in the best British tradition. Everyone is enjoying the festivities until a beloved neighbour is found dead among the bins and refuse of the village hall which saddens the holiday mood. However, it is only when Beth Williams and her twin brother Detective Chief Inspector Benedict James join forces that it becomes evident that all isn’t as innocent as it at first seemed.
Beth is a piano tutor and a member of the local WI. As such she has her finger on the pulse of the undercurrents of the village and is ideally placed to find all of the seemingly inconsequential domestic details which could give her brother the insight he needs. Together, if they each pool their own particular fields of expertise, they’re bound to get to the bottom of the business. Sordid crime might prevail amid the pastries and preserves for a time but, in the end, the culprit will get their just desserts.”
Fête Fatale by Sharon Bill is the first cosy mystery novel in ‘The Beth Williams Mysteries Series’.
Here is a time-lapse of my watercolour art showing the Royal Welch Fusiliers in battle raising the Flag Standard ‘Colours’ to rally troops and raise morale in the heat of the fight.All to the stirring tune of the 1812 Overture.
and is part of their display used in banners within the Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum for visitors to view as they travel through the collection. Other paintings were produced for the RWF Regimental Museum and future time-lapses will be added.
Here is a quick little update on my new Valentino Rossi ‘The Doctor’ oil painting of him on the 2017 Yamaha YZR M1 MotoGP prototype race bike.
This little shot shows the pencil line, then turps in first with a brown line to seal the graphite and then washed in with very thin oil colour to give the canvas a tooth for me to add the background and detail layers to the painting.
Valentino Rossi 2017 Yamaha YZR M1 MotoGP oil painting by Billy WIP 1
Just for fun here is my drawing of Cheryl taken from the 2017 L’oréal February photoshoot.
This was a lovely drawing to produce as it shows Cheryl glowing in her pregnancy. Cheryl and Liam Payne from One Direction are expecting their first child around Mothers Day in the UK, 26th March 2017.
Cheryl who has been a regular Judge on the X-Factor alongside Simon Cowell is also a highly successful solo singing artist as well as being part of the hugely successful girl group ‘Girls Aloud’.
Lovely day today with some new STAEDTLER pencils from The Art Department Stoke Ltd (& tote bag for the wifey Sharon Bill). Plus my replacement Emma May Bailey Ceramics Art Dept mug WITH A LID & my logo hand painted on for my PG tips (which Monkey happily demonstrates to keep the tea hot until you I can drink it).
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And your own personalised fine bone china mug from Emma Bailey http://www.emmabaileyceramics.co.uk
PG Tips Monkey showing off my new Emma Bailey Ceramics Fine Bone China hand painted The Art Dept Stoke LTD mug along with my new Staedtler Pencils.
Drawing Michael Dunlop ‘The Bull’ 2016 Southern 100 Work in Progress teaser time-lapse.
This full HD time-lapse shows the detailing up of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Banner (who sponsor the Southern 100 races), Ivy and kerbstones from my full art of Michael Dunlop aboard the Hawk Racing BMW S1000RR Superstock bike on his way to victory in the 2016 Southern 100 Races.
In October 2016 I was contacted by Craig Watson, UK Sales Director of Kawasaki UK, about a possible painting of Jonathan Rea as it was looking ever likely that Jonathan would win back to back World Superbike championship titles on the ZX-10R.
When it came to the last race weekend at Local International Circuit in Qatar Jonathan secured the WSB title in the first race and the secret project began.
Billy the Artist with the finished Jonathan Rea 2016 World Superbike Champion oil on linen canvas painting commissioned by Craig Watson, UK Sales Director, for Kawasaki UK