My small and sometimes tidy studio is once more full of boxes: not only are there lots of Somerset Arts Week brochures ready to be distributed, I also have a few hundred calendars. So if you’d like to do your Christmas shopping early, now’s the time…
An experiment last year more to please myself than anything – a calendar I produced of my growing collection of Swimming Drawings – turned out to be a runaway success. So this year I have produced a new one with the latest pick of swimming drawings. These include drawings of long summer swims in warm lakes, and icy dips in the middle of winter, and include Chillswim’s two events that I took part in lately: Coniston end-to-end and The Big Chill Swim.
And if slipping into freezing cold lakes is not your thing, I have a calendar that gathers together all my past Flower Fairies. Work on pictures for my recent exhibition in Ilminster brought the total fairy count up to eleven, but I can spin a story when it suits, and I think I have made a pretty good case for the inclusion of the miniature hogweed-munching Ditch Dragons as the twelfth type of Flower Fairy (cursed, of course, into diminutive dragon form). Besides the dragons, there are Poison Flower Fairies and Flower Fairies gone to seed, and the recent, highly local Cider Apple and Perry Pear fairies, inhabitants of Somerset of course.
They can both be purchased from the Calendars & Christmas section of my Etsy shop.