Sunday, 12 October 2014

I have a new home!

I have flown, like the black headed crows in the picture above, to a new blogging home.

Come and join me through the hills and valleys of life on my next adventure.

Journey down to the little house and enter the door here.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Singing Robins



Some quick, rough sketches of the robin from the story. 

The illustrations are very slow going; I think it might be xmas before I begin to get anywhere! I’m having great fun though, and I am actually enjoying the slow pace, so many things I’ve done previously have been done to a deadline. 

I’m really, really enjoying the drawing aspect, it’s a wonderful feeling and gives me a fab buzz!

Friday, 27 June 2014

The Heroine


Rough sketch idea for the heroine for The Song. I’ve had really good fun drawing her out in different ways. I’m really enjoying the process of creating a character, one that could live and breathe. The more I work on this, the more real they become! 

In the image directly below, our heroine is looking up at the singing bird.




Saturday, 31 May 2014

The Robin's Song


I’ve been so inspired by the beautiful robin’s song this spring. A short story sprang to mind. I’ve been working on some visual ideas for it, and here are a few sketches. 

I usually I work quite fast. I’ve decided to go slow with this project, and have fun trying lots of different ideas, and just enjoying the process of drawing!


Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The Song Thrush

I’d been hearing the beautiful song of this song thrush for a number of weeks. Whenever I heard it, I would scan the area, but had no luck seeing it. Usually, I’ve been ‘in a rush’ and so not really taken the time to properly look.

Eventually I slowed down, and took out my binoculars to look at a suspicious brown shape in a holly tree in the garden beyond ours. And there it was! Singing and singing. It’s whole body moving with the effort of creating this fantastic song. I was so taken, and so happy to find him, that I’m sure I was there! Right there in the cosy holly nook, being enchanted by the magic of this bird.


I’ve spotted this song thrush lots of times since, including right at the top of the silver birch at the bottom of our garden. Life is very very good with this bird in my life.




Monday, 31 March 2014

Birds!

I often pay attention to birds. 

I often draw birds.

Birds are all around - not a day goes by without seeing at least one bird, without hearing at least one song. 

For me, birds are a reminder of who I am and where I've come from, of my connection to nature, of my connection to all.

When I see or hear a bird, I remind myself to breathe, to take a moment, to check in with myself. In this moment, am I living in my head? Or am I actually aware of my body, aware of my surroundings, the sights, sounds, 

Some people say that being alive is a miracle.

I want to practice actually being here to see if this is true for me.

I want to witness these marvels, to live my awesome life, instead of sleepwalking all the way though it, only to arrive at death without having had my heart raised aloft by the sunrise every morning and having it filled with night-time sparkles every evening. 

My projection is that birds are living in the moment. They are savouring every bit of life I bet. Being fully there for themselves, collecting nesting material, searching for food, eating, defending territories, singing… or flying.

Flying and soaring high, high, high.

When I see them, I remember to fly high myself.

Who wouldn't want to be fully present for that?!

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Butterflies, flowers and bees!

I was asked if I could create an image that would go on labels for seed packets, for a really lovely, local Yorkshire company, Plants For Nature.

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to immerse myself in lovely flowers, bees and butterflies in the middle of winter! And I’m glad I took this project on as it really has warmed all of my heart up. I’m sooo looking forward now to the first signs of spring, getting all excited about summer.


When it does come, I’m going to draw and draw and DRAW all the marvellous summery wildlife so that it lasts me right through NEXT winter!