Category Archives: Uncategorized

#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

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

#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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 27 Comments

Walking with Sticks; this also happened.

Something else happened whilst on the walk with the White Cat, the Gray Dog and my father’s stick. This: As we walked up the hill the horses were curious. Dogs they had see. But what was this white creature. The … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Walking with sticks

¬†After a day of working I gathered the Gray Dog and a walking stick, dog lead and whistle, crochet, hook and pattern and headed up the hill, searching for peace of mind. The stick is new, to me, but old. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 23 Comments

#NationalPoetryDay

Today is a day to use a word wisely. For now, I think this, and all that lies behind it is my favourite poem. The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 18 Comments

Dark Valley

Back home at the cottage in the wood after a busy day. Sitting in the sunshine with Ivy, when she becomes unsettled and darts back inside the house. Next minute the valley changes. From peaceful with bird call and late … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments