Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Autumn Gold


Back to the drawing board for an artist means catching up on advances in digital imaging, even if one would rather stay focused on traditional brush and paint work. So many things are possible now that once looked like magic, or at least  the sole proprietorship of boffins and computer geeks. So I am back to school in a way, online and learning new things that first confound and then delight.
In addition to my illustration work I teach classes in watercolour painting. The picture above is modified from one of my recent lessons - with borrowed leaves from another lesson!

"October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came,-
The Ashes, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The sunshine spread a carpet,
And every thing was grand;
Miss Weather led the dancing;
Professor Wind, the band...
The sight was like a rainbow
New-fallen from the sky..."
 -George Cooper, "October's Party"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Inspired by Daffodils


Inspired by daffodils, I am at work in my new studio....

...with able assistance.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hail the New Year, Lads and Lasses

(Woodland Nutcracker mice, closeup)
  "Come, Scotland's dearest holiday,
Auld-fashioned, hearty Hogmanay!
How foul or fair the weather be
A kindly welcome waiteth thee;"
William Thom, 1799-1848
Happy New Year to all!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Fairy Advent Tree
The fairies' Advent tree, assembled.
A very Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Twenty Fourth day of Advent - Christmas Eve

Twenty Fourth day of Advent
"Rejoice and be Merry"
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Twenty Third day of Advent - Mother and Child

Twenty third day of Advent
"This fairy mother and child wear the traditional crowns 
of holly and mistletoe to welcome the New Year."
The Illustrated Fairy Gazette, A Christmas Celebration