caralockhartsmith

stories and illustration

Common Ground 2

I have no idea whatsoever where this painting is, I cannot remember painting it, but it is obviously a companion to a blue-violet painting of a moor at night. This is the landscape that is in my heart, out there in the central Borders, where I once saw, sitting hunched in a tree, a bird so large I still cannot believe it was not an eagle. These paintings contain emptiness. So different to illustrations, which are full of things – bears, banjos, outraged mayors, butterflies, mean fishmongers, canny seagulls, signposts, dancing children….The moors in the picture book I am creating are seen as places of hunger and desolation, except in the case of the blithe wee bear who chases a butterfly. The illustrations are nearly finished, the story is complete… I think I am spinning it all out, up there in my studio, aka the Tardis, which itself needs painting and patching. It always feels disorientating to finish something a project, so maybe I am putting it off. there will then be the hassle of trying to find a publisher, as there is no way I am going down the self-publishing line again; but being fond of the story, I will not be discouraged.

Soon, perhaps. I will make some more paintings, which I will lose track of – some get sold, some get given, a few are in the attic, where I don’t dare to go very often because it is eminently fall-out-of, having a door which does not fasten from the inside, and stuff and stuff, you have to cling on to the rafters and tippy-toe to avoid the stuff.

Onward…

March 30, 2021 - Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. A beautiful painting which you have framed with your lively, seeping and tippy-toeing story. Best of luck on getting through the final stage of this book!

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    Comment by allisonjablonko | March 31, 2021 | Reply

    • I thought I have replied to your comment, Allison, but nothing appears to be here, so I will say how nice that you like the painting and the accompanying words. The book goes along quite slowly, I am finishing the details, which always take longer than I expect, but it is still enjoyable work.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | April 6, 2021 | Reply


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