A conversation with a friend made me realise something. He asked how things were going and I said I was frustrated because life was getting in the way of painting. He said, “You are lucky. Some people work to live. You live to work.” Well, yes.
So, with Christmas and New Year and other expectations out of the way I have found time to get back to work.
Last year I painted, but also, for the first time ever worked on a book without first securing a publisher for it. One Cheetah, One Cherry; a book of beautiful numbers. Now, with the book almost finished I have secured a publisher for it and am pleased to say it will be my first new book with Otter-Barry Books. Hopefully the book will be published in autumn 2016. And in the meantime I have been having fun with the front endpapers. Hidden in the gold are seven keys ( I think. There might be eight. I was tired, lost count.)
The book is a simple 1-10 counting book. Lots of colour, pattern.
Nicola Davies and I are running a writing course in October at Ty Newydd, Rooted in Nature. Places are limited. There is a 10% discount if you book in January. It is booking up fast. It will be hard work for everyone, but we hope it will be good. I certainly hope to learn a lot, although I am supposed to be teaching, but that seems to be how it works.
I have 4 or 5 books coming out next year. More on that later.
For now, I need to go and write. For now I need to go and paint. And yes, I live to work, and my work is so very tangled in my life.