Tuesday, 11 November 2014

on making a book

where to begin

. . . I think I need a cuppa tea

There were plenty of those . . .

And plenty of getting sidetracked on the computer . . .

Then some friends turned up and asked 'so what's going on???"  . . .

And they were the ones
I drew out their stories
and I painted them

there were lot's of stalled moments and
new leftie friends that came to help

Funny questions, like what are they going to wear?
Then I found old sewing patterns my sister had sent me, from my mum's bottom draw
and I made them some clothes

and sharpened up the edges . . .

There was a pretty mess
and there was messy mess

book launch - it's finished! and a party :)

Monday, 22 September 2014

how to make your own tale

For this one it helps if you are at the beach 
with some sunshine and a whole lot of sand.
Any other time 
just start where you are, with what you have. 

We are all creative. We all have a story.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

not all bears are big

 fragile for illustration friday

My daughter just finished a project on bears so I've been seeing a lot of them this week. (Did you know that polar bears fur is hollow, it traps air inside and makes the bear buoyant in water. ha ;). 

But it was when a friend told me I had an owl as a 'spirit animal' and I started thinking of other kinds. I thought, if you had a bear would you always have to be larger than life and strong? . . . Then I thought of the little guys that live in the wild place over the hill from me. When I first saw them, the three of them were rumbling around together and then one raced up the tree. Like the thinnest young tree and it just bent, right over. Mum was watching from the pond though and when it looked like breaking she leaned on out of the water and looked, hard. Instantly, baby came clumsily down. So I'm thinking 'no' and 'yes' both. 

ps. I made an owl too. . .

what kind of animal have you got walking with you?

Tuesday, 1 July 2014



After a random meeting last year these guys and I got to talking 
and they had a story . . .
We made it together. "Pocketmoney" 
Limited Editions - coming soon!!
Excited :)

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

the mask - illustration friday

She pulled out her favourite, the best for a party. It went with her shoes and the bag and the do. The others had theirs and the conversation turned. She slid sideways with her glass to refill. Down the hall, the door was ajar it beckoned her in. Respite from the chatter and clatter and din. In the darkness she felt, around her feet were strewn all manor of things. Hm, no one was watching, she tried one on. . .

what would you secretly like to try on?