caralockhartsmith

stories and illustration

Tortoiseshell Butterfly and Stones

butterfly

April 1, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

The Little Pond in April

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April 1, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cherry Blossom

cherry

April 1, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

All Hail, April

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Easter Day. My mother’s birthday. April Fool’s Day. Snow overnight, and then trying to walk one of my usual paths, the river must have overflowed its banks and “the plantation” was so deep in mud I had to start back, and then follow another path, slipping and sliding back up to the town. First of all there was tiny hail, then larger hail, and  then the pavements were covered in hail, which crunched underfoot like spilt sea salt. I am lost at the moment, as I am waiting for work to come back from the printers, and although I have another interesting project, I am not far enough into it to really let it fill my mind.  I miss “The Midnight Hare” which I worked on for so long. I have decided that I need to learn things, and to read more; however, it is so long since I posted that I am putting up some images from Aprils past, to say, this is what April should look like, not hail and snow. I thank you. And Happy Easter.

April 1, 2018 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Margaret and the Wolf

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An illustration from “The Fierce and Gentle Wolf”, published by Serafina Press. My mind is much on snow.

March 10, 2018 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hare, Moth, Candle

hare, moths,candle

The scans for The Midnight Hare have been sent over the Internet to the printer, I shall now have to wait until they have a space to do the proofs. I have over-run considerably the time I originally projected having the scans ready, so now need to fit in with the schedule of the printers. When I have the proofs I shall decide on an official publication day. I have now set myself to tidy my workroom, and my studio, which are in chaos, and look forward to the next batch of work. The small town of Coldstream has been deprived of bread, milk, paper, post and buses, let alone fresh fruit and vegetables, for nearly a week, but nothing like as bad as Alston, where I was once going to live, which has been cut off for five days and has had supplies dropped from a Chinook. I have a fibreglass hare outside my studio, and for days all I could see were the tips of his ears. Gradually he appeared, and the iris that was coming up so early is still flowering, despite being buried under snow for days.

March 6, 2018 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Midnight Hare

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The book will be ready to go to the printers this week.  Now what?

February 26, 2018 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

Cover for The Midnight Hare

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February 11, 2018 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , | 5 Comments

The Midnight Hare, putting the pages together

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February 6, 2018 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

Milo and the Brown Hare

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Interim image: production problems all the time now, still not sure about the margins, but of course with a bigger image, the margins will be wider, which can quite easily be sorted out with a bit more work. The base colour seems to vary, in spite of being taken from the same scan (I think). Meanwhile hard sweat and Photoshop are gradually getting rid of the stripy effects of from using pastel paper – paper which also has its advantages.  This is probably the most difficult project I have done, but also the most involving; I think because the responsibility for all decisions are mine and only mine. I have done a pictorial map of Berwick upon Tweed (which is still being used  nearly 20 years later) and this was horrendously difficult, but it was a question of application and decision making, it was not emotionally involving, and was a commission. Unlike this book.

Next week, or the week after, all the scans will be done, and then it is a question of putting on the text, in Acrobat, and then going down to the printers for a pre-print meeting.

What I am pleased with is that the illustrations and the words now feel that they go together, the atmosphere of the book is what it is, the faults are just faults, I don’t feel that I should have made the book in another way.

My next entry will probably be on my site Moonwuzo Books, where I am making entries that are very specifically to do with the process of self-publishing. Less of a meander, maybe.

January 27, 2018 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

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