caralockhartsmith

stories and illustration

Winter Sky

winter sky

February 12, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Clouds and Reflections

clouds and reflections

February 11, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Ducks and Reflections

ducks

February 11, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Little Red Oak in February

alittleoak

February 10, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Willow and Snowdrops

SnowdropsWent tramping around today in this little plantation, near the town.  The runnels are still full of ice here, there is a profusion of snowdrops, no footprints. Nobody walks here much, as the place does not have a way through to the town, the only walk being on the other side of the river.  I have seen deer here, and just across the water, a kingfisher, that flamy breast and then the flash of turquoise as it darts off. I’ve also seen grey wagtails (with their yellow breasts) down by the water. These are birds I knew from my childhood but don’t see often now. Today I tried not to step on the snowdrops, planting my boots on the moss, enjoying being in a secret place whilst just a short way away the town was going about its business: I could hear traffic, and a dog barking, somebody shouting. As usual, I disturbed a heron.

February 9, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crow on Coldstream Bridge

Crow

February 8, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Feather Caught on a Budding Twig

feather and budding twig

February 8, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Boat

The Boat

February 7, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 4 Comments

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 | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Snowy Landscape with Flying Swans

alandscapewith swansSpot those swans?

February 5, 2015 Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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