For the last two years or so I have worked hard and none stop, producing paintings for Song of the golden Hare, Something About a Bear for Frances Lincoln, book jackets for Robin Hobb’s books for Harper Collins, card designs for Help Musicians and Suffolk Wildlife Trust and calendar pieces and illustrations, written a book and compiled the photographs to accompany the text, as well as working on paintings and wandering the country from Cornwall to Penrith working in indie bookshops and galleries. I have pushed hard to meet deadlines, sketched, re worked covers, sometimes 3 or 4 times to get them right, promoted events, talked about books.
Today I have finished the last piece of work in what seems to have been a marathon of painting and talking and doing.
Tomorrow I have to drive to Torquay. The exhibition at the museum closes this week and I am doing 2 talks on Tuesday, and a day with schools on Wednesday. Contact the museum if you are interested in coming along. Will be signing books on both Tues and Wed.
Going to leave the painting I have just finished to rest for a few days then send off to Help Musicians for repro.
And this evening I am going to have a rest and read a book. After I have finished packing.
The card has creatures and characters woven through it. The book monkey is there, sitting on my drum that I still hope to get restored. The fox from The Strawberry Fox is there two, but is now in love with cherries. The eel hound is wandering, and the angel cat has grown a halo to match his wings. He still rides the strange wheeled horse. Inside the floating house a minstrel lives, and the flying tiger from Cavalcade has returned, bring the peacock and an owl. And always, hares. Much Smalt was used in the making of this painting. I will leave it to settle then finish hen I return. Sometimes you just have to walk away for a while, to get a sense of the bigger picture. I feel a little fragile.