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Musical Bears page 8

The bears try their luck in the town by the sea…..

May 2, 2020 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

The Travelling Musical Bears

This is a finished illustration, the first one, for Page 5 of “Musical Bears”. The first version was much darker, as it is an evening scene, but up north the summer is light for longer; and besides the first version was far too dreary. I made the mistake of trying to change things in watercolour, which just does not work, as more than a couple of layers and everything goes a murky grey; or at least that is what happened in the first version. The colours of this book should be up-beat; so this is keyed nearer to how I want it. Any extra layer or correction was done with crayon. I have generally gone back to my usual way of illustration, which is sepia ink and watercolour. The image is A4 plus bleed, so my scanner doesn’t quite manage this. I had to scan several times and then cut and paste, which was quite a process; but if I get a publisher and need to produce my own scans then an A3 scanner will be in the offing. The story is about travelling musicians, a kind of person I have a fondness for, though in this case they are bears (bit of trouble with the fiddle bowing arm if you are a bear). A couple of other commissions have cropped up at the beginning of the year, so I will be working on them as well; but it is fun to have got started on finished work; it is such a different process from the original sketching out. Like writing, there are two distinct phases; for me, at any rate.

January 29, 2020 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Winter River

December 22, 2019 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas, Season’s Greetings, and a peaceful New Year.

December 16, 2019 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , | 6 Comments

The Bears Arrive in Town

November 5, 2019 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bears in a Red-Sailed Boat

November 2, 2019 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Painting, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Bear from Long Ago

This bear with a guitar, who decorated a card long since sold out, seems to have strayed into my new book, as have the ribbons, and even the lamp-post. I had forgotten all about him. The original card which sparked the idea for the book was quite different, and was called Bear in a Red-sailed Boat; though come to think of it, there was a guitar there too.

November 2, 2019 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Parade of the Loud Musicians

October 30, 2019 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments

Children and Bears

October 26, 2019 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Thank you, Nabeel

 

LOGO1After all this expended energy on The Midnight Hare, I find my name has been entered inaccurately on Nielsen, and this has expanded out to all possible suppliers – I am not and never have been Cara Lockihart Smith, not has anyone else been Cara Lockihart Smith since the Stone Age, I suspect. I had enormous trouble trying to change this on Nielsen’s website, then luckily got hold of, by telephone, a great guy called Nabeel Sadiq at Nielsen, who had already received an email from me with a tad more anguish than is my usual mode in professional exchanges. I gave him my details and he has changed my name back to my name, so hopefully this will also come up in the different outlets, although it may take a day or so.  The book isn’t published until June 21st. I have a page already on Amazon, because of other published work, and in the long run I hope to get the new book up with the others. Then, more hassle, trying to set up details for selling over Amazon, I find I am not legit until further exploration because I have neither passport nor driving license. I DO HAVE A SCOTTISH BORDERS ID CARD. Oh well. Worse things happen. It is lovely to get back to walking, to looking at things down a camera lens, to catching up with friends and with comments on WordPress, and to thinking, only thinking mind, of doing the last bit of washing of garments that came out of store last September, after seven long years, and have been sitting under the stairs since then; with my husband Tony just occasionally mentioning them. Among the objects in the big bag, two beautiful knitted waistcoats made by my mother, which it will be good to wear again. I have moved the bag upstairs. The next step, we shall see…. This entry isn’t going up on my Moonwuzo Books website, as it is a moan; but I am glad to get it off my chest by sharing.

PS:

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I realise I have two differently coloured logos on file. This one was used for The Midnight Hare, as it fitted in better with the cover, but I still prefer the blue, as that kind of lavender is my favourite colour. Probably this brown orange will be the definitive one, though the lettering jiggles a little against the background, I think this may be because it comes from a tiny image, and is a jpeg, which the original is not.

 

 

 

May 26, 2018 Posted by | Art, Illustration, Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

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