A long time ago, when I first joined the Children's Illustrators Club the monthly themes were often just a single word chosen from a list each time by the members. One month one of the choices was 'origami' and for a while it looked like it might be the one chosen for the next month's theme. Origami!!! I really didn't know where to start but I was determined that, should it win, I'd have something ready to start working on. Eventually I came up with this - Peasemore Goes Sailing - and then what happened??... it didn't win and my sketch never got painted. I found it in one of my old sketchbooks recently and decided to do it anyway
I feel as if I've been away from the Wild Wood for too long. I've been working on so many other paintings recently that have taken me away from the things I love the most so it's good to finally get back among the roots and branches.
This is Berryhead, a winter tree sprite. I suspect he's one of Mistletoe Man's drinking buddies.
Yet another painting that's been sitting in my WIP folder for too long so I thought it was about time I finished it. Not quite sure where the idea came from - I think I just wanted to paint something with a donkey in it.
This is a key thief - one of the pixie family (Pixidae Furtumis clavis to be exact) who can cause such a nuisance for humans with their naughty tricks.
This one was painted in watercolors with the background being added digitally afterwards. It was a sort of trial run for some of the paintings I'm doing for the 'Herbarium Intermundia' project but was also created for this month's Enchanted Visions [link] theme.
It was snowing when I started painting this, christmas tree lights twinkling beside me, candles burnng in the old fireplace. Presents are wrapped, shopping is done and I'm looking forward to a few days of calm (for a change - it seems to have been a very busy year one way or another).
So I'm wishing all my watchers a peaceful and happy Yuletide and an inspirational arty New Year. Thank you all for taking an interest in my art. I haven't had much to show you this year but here's hoping next year will be different.
This painting is now available as a print, greetings cards and postcards from my prints store [link]