stories and illustration

A Christmas Lion

Deciding to put images on Facebook each day, or as near as possible each day, in the New Year, I decided to start early with an image of some time ago, a Christmas card. Still working on a picture book, Musical Bears, but after this is finished and ready to sent out to potential publishers (two months, three months?), I will go back to painting and to wandering in the countryside of the Scottish Borders, with my camera, looking mostly for small details that catch my eye. Until I inhabited in a place where one could walk where one wanted I never understood how Right to Roam changes one’s sense of where one lives. I thought it was an ancient Scottish custom, but no, it was basically set into law round about the Millennium. The only PRIVATE notices you see are round people’s garden, everywhere else you can just wander. Up the road is the Hirsel, the estate belonging to the Douglas-Hume family. Our local aristocrats are very popular, unlike some…

December 18, 2020 - Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. What a cheerful card! I don’t spend much time on Facebook, but I’ll look for your page. I wonder if I have any photos of Douglas-Hume ancestors in my collection….


    Comment by Tokens of Companionship | December 18, 2020 | Reply

  2. I love the way the lion looks right out of the world of fantasy and transfixes me with his eyes!


    Comment by allisonjablonko | December 19, 2020 | Reply

    • He’s going to have to lie down with the lamb, however lionish his eyes! Happy New Year, Alison, I hope all will go well with you, and indeed with all of us, in 2021.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | December 27, 2020 | Reply

  3. Love this, Cara! All the best with Facebook – it’s not a platform I use and it’s therefore difficult to view anything on it when not logged in!


    Comment by Meanderer | December 19, 2020 | Reply

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