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.
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.
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.