Sunday, 28 November 2021



I have been working this week ( around an eye operation) on stars, which at times I over complicated, only to pull back. It was made for Rudy who is nearly 2 and loves the moon and stars. I am contemplating doing some mini planet ones as soon as I can, back to busy 7 day weeks for a while.

Monday, 22 November 2021

My Swan Brothers

This animation for #folktaleweek2021 was for the theme of 'Dream' and I based it on a traditional fairytale where a girl's brothers are transformed into swans by a wicked stepmother. The sisters only way to release her brothers from this bewitchment is for her to sew each of them a cape of nettles. 

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Wake up!


I started these illustrations as a silent book a few years ago but this week I photographed it to animate and I have to say it makes me very happy with it's soundtrack. It was my second #folktaleweek2021 for Awakenings.

Saturday, 20 November 2021

The Moon . . .

I was working hanging an exhibition this week, but in the early hours had thought of an animation that I wanted to make, so desperately that in a half hour lunch time I painted 54 moons and photographed them (while it was light). 

It has to be said I was also desperate to do something for this years Folk tale week, which I always seem to miss. In the evening I put this animation together, all 8 seconds of it and now I'm addicted again. It has been years since I have made animations and I have a wonderful one to make soon to accompany a four minute song about a whale by Ronnie Mackie, so I suppose I have an excuse to play for a while first!


Friday, 19 November 2021

Thomas Elliott


You Are My Happiness, written by Patricia Hegarty and illustrated by Thomas Elliott was published in March this year. It is a wonderful life affirming book full of the joy of nature and the world. 

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Ludwig Bemelmans I

Ludwig Bemelmans's 1898 –1962, 'Noodle', Ludwig is famous for his incredible Madeline books which I adore, but it is wonderful to find out about his other works, 'Noodle' the Dachshund, is just wonderful. 

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Marit Törnqvist


I adore this book cover of pink flamingos.  A girl is sailing on a raft built of driftwood. She is on her way to the horizon. But it is farther than she thought. One day, in the middle of the sea, she sees an arrow-shaped board with some words written on it: The Island of Happiness. Now she knows where she needs to go. But what when she discovers that there's an infinite number of islands? And what when all islanders tell her that their island is the happy one? This is a book by Dutch illustrator Marit Törnqvist.

Sunday, 14 November 2021

Shona Reppe

I love the endless fun creativity of Shona Reppe if  you ever get chance to see any of her theatre productions do not miss it! 

For COP26 Shona and Andy Manley in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland set up 'Millipede',  a project designed to invite communities in Scotland and India to respond to carbon footprints in foot related ways. Their responses were framed in an anti consumerist fantasy shoe shop. 

The creatives were 'Think Arts India'  plus 100 members of the general public (of all walks of life) in Scotland and India 

 'Millipede',  The shoe shop that doesn’t cost the Earth (and where nothing is for sale) is open for one year.

It is a gentle thought provoking gallery of art submissions framed in a website and disguised as a shoe shop which displays peoples thoughts and worries about carbon footprints and climate change in a gentle interactive way.

 Millipede was a labour of love for the Planet Earth. 

Please visit, look around, and PLEASE SHARE. It’s free, fun and  IMPORTANT.