stories and illustration

Old Leaf New Work

the old leafWinter has come to Coldstream, but it hasn’t managed to devastate the new shoots yet.   I went out in the dark and my feet were crunching on what felt like soft glass fragments, I didn’t realise what it was until the morning. Snow has nearly all gone now, except for a ring of white hills against the sky line.  I spent the afternoon in my studio, playing around with gouache and crayons and pencil, and at last started to get some idea of how I might make the illustrations for a new picture book. I have been looking at other people’s pictures in some books about the techniques of illustration, and after what I thought was a pretty organised rough, realised the placing of the text was all wrong. Now the words and pictures are one entity. It has been such a luxury not to have to deal with deadlines, unpaid bills, lack of materials, chaos, frustration.  I have always enjoyed working, but “Work” gets in the way sometimes. Something seems to be emerging at last.

February 5, 2015 - Posted by | Illustration, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. Lovely you visited my blog and introduced me to yours! You look like a girl after my own heart – loving the outdoors whatever it throws our way. Thoroughly enjoyed your photos! And great to connect. All best. x


    Comment by RossMountney | February 6, 2015 | Reply

    • Yes, good to connect, WordPress is brilliant like that. I did enjoy your blog, and that photograph full of cold and space – by the way, I’ve got some boots just like that! x


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | February 7, 2015 | Reply

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