Author Archives: Jackie

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Finding tags

 A question, found on a tag, beneath a sand glass hour timer. On the will crag of an eerie not far from here, in the crook of a raven’s claw is the other half of…..? I walked to the high … Continue reading

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Nine white mice, happy as can be, with tiny china teacups and a big pot of tea. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet … Continue reading

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The Rainwilds revisited

I first visited The Rainwilds when I worked on the covers of Robin Hobb’s brilliant books. To coincide with the publication of Fool’s Quest a ‘new look’ was commissioned by Harper Collins for the whole backlist. Amazingly I was asked … Continue reading

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Six bright tigers, playing pat-a-cake. I had help with my tigers from the wonderful photo set by Suzi Eszterhas, wonderful photographer of glorious wild things. I was lucky enough to meet Suzi in Seattle. Her patience, composition, artistry are just … Continue reading

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#PictureBookMonth no 2: Counting on things

Gremlins ate my blog post. This week I have been working on One Cheetah, One Cherry. I have been painting elephants and tigers and changing swans into pandas and owls into weasels. In between it all there was a random … Continue reading

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Those who create, those who destroy.

History should teach us that no one has ever won a war. The war on terror is a powerful act of stupidity. This passage from Pillars of Light by Jane Johnson says so much. Vengeance is not justice. Vengeance is … Continue reading

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#picturebookmonth No 1

It seems that November is #picturebookmonth. As a maker of picture books it is always good to know these things. As such I have decided to do a few posts on picture books, and have decided to begin with my … Continue reading

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Accidental fragments and foxes with strawberries.

The last few weeks have been very difficult. The work has been difficult too. I have been ‘resting’ in the work for the counting book I am doing. Next on the drawing board should be owls, so I have gathered … Continue reading

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The Wild Swans; a review

When you work so hard on a book, weave into it thoughts, ideas, people, spend a year illustrating it then send it out into the world the waiting for what happens next can be a little agonising. Will it sink … Continue reading

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The Wood Wife by Terri Windling

With Halloween approaching I find the way this festival has been warped towards the dark, the ugly, unpleasant. I love the wild hunt, All Souls and the night of the Spirits, but in a way that celebrates the beauty of … Continue reading

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