stories and illustration

Cover: Musical Bears

This is my basic idea for a cover for Musical Bears. The yellow has come out darker than the original, which is a lemony cream. I am amazed to be using yellow, I never paint with yellow, but the book seems to be dragging the colour into itself. At the beginning all the colours were mauves and dusky reds, but over time the palette has changed. There is no logical reason for this. It’s like Music While You Work – sometimes Bach, sometimes Brel, no rhyme or reason to it. Might be The Specials. Or Ry Cooder. Or a selection of film music from a free offering.

So yellow makes an appearance at last. Maybe the lettering will be blue. There needs to be an image on the left hand side, a red and black butterfly maybe, and the lettering needs tilting to the right. Have found a way of overlaying lettering, quite by chance. I pressed the wrong key, pressed it again, and hey presto, the background disappeared, leaving the lettering intact. Sometimes it would help to read the instructions. My post-project plan: delve into the pile of How To books that are piled up on the bottom shelf of my computer desk.

When I send the book out on its rounds, I will take down everything to do with it on WordPress; but for the moment – stet.

May 15, 2021 - Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. Dancing bears are The Grateful Dead.

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    Comment by Ray Laskowitz | May 16, 2021 | Reply

    • There is also Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear. My somewhat distrait uncle, a Stephen Smith, a nifty pianist, was convinced he had written the tune to this song…. but then tunes are like that. It’s like faces – just a few elements, and never quite the same outcome. I was about to reply to your comment, when I received a CD, and there was the Dancing Bear among the titles…

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | May 22, 2021 | Reply

  2. You manage to make each bear look like it is really playing its instrument – great observation….and anthropomorhising…on your part!

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    Comment by jamesmmcardle | May 17, 2021 | Reply

    • Thanks so much for saying that, it really pleases me that you feel that. My son plays the guitar, and several people in my family play the fiddle – I have had some thought about how the bear holds the fiddle under its chin – a certain amount of compromise there. It has been a fun project to work on.

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      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | May 22, 2021 | Reply

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