Christmas Cards… for swimmers!

Yesterday I did something I’ve never done before – I drew a picture especially as a Christmas card that I’m not going to be sending to people. This isn’t because I don’t like it, but the only Christmas cards I’ve ever done have been for my own use and strictly not to be revealed until Christmas, and then any surplus I’ve put up for sale the following year. This year I rashly though I’d offer a card design done especially because a couple of people had been asking if I would be selling Christmas cards on a swimming theme. This…

The Winter Tree Demons - detail 2

The Winter Tree Demons

Whilst I am on the subject of our very local magical creatures (Rhyne Maidens, Pollarded Dryads), I couldn’t let another winter pass without documenting the Winter Tree Demons. Not so evocative of my local area on the edge of the Somerset Levels, these creatures are visible all over the country in the winter, but particularly in low-lying rural countryside. In the summer you would think they were trees; only in winter do they show their true shape…

Thoughts on Winter - in pencil

Thoughts on Winter

These are a few very much work-in-progress (or even work-barely-started) sketches as I think on a picture for en exhibition entitled ‘Winter’. I wouldn’t have posted these so early, but if I don’t post something else soon, this blog is going to look as if all I do nowadays is Spelling Animals! (There are more of those to come…) I am thinking around naked winter twigs with just a few red berries hanging on after the leaves have gone and, because I like people-things, translating them into the idea of a gathering of Dryads. Stark black against a winter white…