A taste of a book to come, hopefully

A taste of a book to come, hopefully

Since taking voluntary redundancy at the start of the year i have been hard at work on a project to paint a children’s picture book about a mother bat’s advice to her little battling. Maintaining the momentum has been hard but now i am just one picture away from finishing. I thought about using water colour pencils but just couldn’t get to grips with them. I found them too bright and i just coudn’t get the finish as even as i liked and so returned to my favourite medium- gouache. I don’t kid myself that finding a publisher is not going to be very hard work, but this was something i felt i had to try.


Medieval jewelry

Medieval jewelry

When i started silversmithing I thought it would be best to start with some basic medieval and Roman designs . Yes, it was because i am a coward and grain settings and crown settings are very scary things but i do like cabochons and you have to start somewhere. The Madonna and child are painted on Kelmscott vellum and set behind a quartz.