stories and illustration

Common Ground

A painting so much less linear than the illustrations I am working on, just a small painting, I think it is a moor in the Borders, and it is no longer summer, and there are no people. Sometimes in the country when you walk out into less inhabited landscapes, gradually your relationship to yourself changes. Any other living creatures seem to own the place, they have their ways of living, and you are a stranger, and to be jinked away from. But being a stranger feels like a privilege, and one wants to go quietly, not to disturb the natural world going about its business.

January 2, 2021 - Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. This is beautiful, Cara. Did you use pastels?


    Comment by Tokens of Companionship | January 2, 2021 | Reply

    • It’s a small painting in acrylic, the top surface used very diluted and blotted off, so as to get a random, misty feel. I do often however often use neocolour crayons over the top of paintings in acrylic, they are very intense sticks of colour that can be used over dark surfaces, and are water-soluble. This year I am getting back to painting on some canvases I have stored, and also drawing from life (not life drawing per se). But first I need to finish the picture book, “Musical Bears” and try and find a publisher, though that is not an easy thing to do these days. Happy New Year, Brad, and it is good to be in touch through Facebook, as well as through WordPress. I will continue to be fascinated by your site.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | January 3, 2021 | Reply

      • Best of luck with “Musical Bears,” Cara, I’m confident all will go well. Sometimes when I see a photo or video of a bear, I think of your project! So, they’ve already made quite an impression. I can’t wait to see the final result in book form. In the meantime, stay ensconced in your Tardis as long as necessary to remain safe and well!

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        Comment by Tokens of Companionship | January 3, 2021

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