The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow and creativity


It took seventeen years to make The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow. The words are woven around images I painted for Help Musicians, for their Christmas cards over those years.


The book is the first in a series of large format ‘art books’ of my work produced over thirty years of working as an artist, illustrator and writer.

The book asks almost as many questions as it answers and is worked to be a catalyst for dreaming, a book of lullabies for grown ups.

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I hope that once the book is read, the pictures as much as the words, echoes of its song will linger on in dreams. I hope that it will inspire others to find more answers to questions. And as such I wish to dare to host a small competition here. I did this once before (a contest of beauty). This time what I would like is for people to buy the Quiet Music (from a bookshop) or request a copy from their library, and write something, no more than 256 words long, or write a piece of music, or paint, or make a short film inspired by the book. These should be posted on whatever platform you use from instagram to vimeo, to youtube, whatever, with a link in a comment left below ( obviously if it’s a story you can leave the whole thing as a comment below)

The book is about light and life and love and art and music.

After 20th October I will chose a winner, and as we go along some pieces will be imbedded in this blog post with links as time allows. I am under a great deal of pressure with work at the moment, so don’t expect immediate responses, and all comments have to be approved by me, so won’t show up until that is actioned.

The prize will be a copy of the book and this one off print, which will be signed and hand embellished with gold details.


Take some time to find a peaceful place from which to create.

Copies of the book can be found in all good indie bookshops, ordered online from Solva Woollen Mill. Soon you should also be able to order the book from the library. I will post a link to this year’s card for sale as soon as Help Musicians have it up online.

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Random prizes of badges will be handed out on a whim. The competition is open to all ages, professional and amateur, all disciplines of the arts, and friends and relations can enter.

I hope this makes some kind of sense, and look forward to seeing what ensues, so, go dance with whatever muse inspires you. Dream on.


And please share this post or this one about The Quiet Music, as it helps to spread the word.


You don’t have to buy the book in order to participate, there are enough images online of these cards to draw from, but if you do please buy from your local bookshop or Solva Woollen Mill. I make my living through sales of my books and really appreciate all who buy, or take the books from libraries as this gives me the income to live from my art and create more. Your support for both libraries and indie bookshops is so important in these difficult times, and through PLR all authors receive money for books borrowed.

Thank you.

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.
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7 Responses to The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow and creativity

  1. Bernie Bell says:

    I’m going to send the link to this, on to all the creative folk I know, in any kind of form.
    Just the title is enough for me….”The Quiet Music of Gently Falling Snow” – conjures up all the images, sounds, smells, feels – gentle touch of snowflakes on your skin and taste of them on your lips. One line, with so much in it.

  2. Patricia Thompson says:

    Have just bought this book and it is the most beautiful thing. Have also ordered a couple more books, calendar and cards. Is there anywhere I can buy previous years’ Christmas cards?

    • Jackie says:

      I’m so sorry. I did try, but the musicians charity didn’t want to re do any of the past cards. Also this year’s card is rather small. But is for sale now if you go to their shop.

  3. Patricia Thompson says:

    Thank you for your reply. I think your work is extremely beautiful and I am so glad I found you. Thank you for all of it.

  4. stephen bristow says:

    This is the work of Holly (aged 11) from Kent. She loved the Christmas card (2016) that was given to her and she was inspired to write about the ‘Ship of Wishes’.

    When it was warm in the summer, I saw a dandelion-fairy floating across my garden. I caught it in my hands and whispered my wish ………What was it? Well, that is for me to know and you to find out!
    The hound sat at the bow of the ship of wished to see his family in the land of Niaps.
    At the back of the same boat perched a barn owl who wished to see her mate, George, again. Then they could continue having all the fun times as friends again.
    The Princess of Polar Bears wore a golden necklace with pride. She dreamed of having enough money to buy her husband a new watch.
    Her mate, holding her paw so lovingly, hoped that they will have the most splendid honey- moon together.
    Next to the hound, a lady hopes she earns enough money from playing her guitar to the people of Niaps so that she can travel the world.
    Standing beside here was a young man whose feet were freezing because his boots are falling apart from walking so far, in search of his missing daughter.
    The lonely polar bear, balanced on an ice block in the distance, prayed that someone, anyone, would help him get this heavy house off his sore back.
    In the foreground, two hares yearned that someone would take them in as a pet, so they could feel loved. Whereas the leveret with the blue coat wished he could find a wife and travel around the world together.
    The dog by the drum hoped for a new blanket made from wool.
    The lady holding the stringed instrument was playing a romantic tune for the polar bear in the Ship of Wishes.
    The women holding her Tom in the crook of her arm have hoped for a queen for her lonely cat.
    By the tent, a girl wished for a new bed because her old one was in shreds.
    The Dove sat on the girls palm, dreamed of having a nice, warm bath every morning.
    In the background a group of animals led by an angel in a maroon coat is in search for the finest Choc Choc bean to keep them warm in the every deepest of winter.
    The hare with angel wings is soaring above the clouds and maybe to go through an arch of a rainbow.
    Striding ahead of the blue winged hare the Elephant with the house on his back was happy that the polar, who often slept in the building is off and wondering with his group otherwise it was a miserable life for the Elephant.
    The exhausted lady hoped that the tiger will stop moaning about having to pull the hairy cart along.
    I wished that l could talk to all the animals and hear what they actually wished for.

    By Holly Yates Age Eleven 28TH Of January 2017

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