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Sunday, 24 March 2013

The Beast from the East and other offerings....?

Flowers buried under the snow!
I just wanted to share with you my spring flowers that had braved the cold and peeped out. Unfortunately the snow had other ideas and I woke to find them buried, I do hope they are keeping warm in there? But I have the feeling they may be a little crushed. We are experiencing the 'Beast from the East' apparently, as cold winds blow in from the East, Siberia, and meet warm wet weather from the south west, giving us more snow.I'm pretty sure I've shown you snowy pics before, and so now I would like to move on into spring please?
Back Garden birdies.
The birdies in my back garden are getting extra food at the moment, as I have the feeling they have started nesting and may have chicks. The Blackbirds are carrying away beaks full of soaked raisins, so I hope I am helping to keep little baby birds alive??
 I had wanted to show you folks out there, some of the work I've been doing recently. I took a photo of my latest book illustrations along with some pages of sketches, there are 29 little illustrations, a book of 'Blessings' for little girls. But I'm afraid that I could be sharing something I shouldn't just yet. There is the possibility that images could be copied and it wouldn't be right for me to risk that. So as I'm currently working on several book projects, another 'Prayers' book on similar lines, a set of 4 covers on fairies, a 'Dance' book for children, and a book about a 'Puppy' I probably won't be sharing much artwork.
 However, in-between waiting for feedback on sketches/artwork etc, I've been playing around with some stamping. I just love doing this. I seem to like all print processes, I've yet to get my screen that I bought into action too. These little stamps are all sort of Christmas foliage, I'm hoping to get time to format these in photoshop next week, after I've carved them all out.

I like this bit of freedom to experiment and play with different techniques. My time is totally taken up when I get involved with the book illustrations. Sometimes I get frustrated at how little time I'm given to illustrate a book? I panic somewhat after agreeing to do something in such a short space of time, I really cannot fathom why there should be such a rush. I obviously don't know all the inner workings of what book publishers get up to, but they should understand it is time consuming doing A3 size illustrations? If anyone can explain I'd love to know??
So I've actually had this weekend off with this time to play at stamping, snowed in practically, freezing winds blowing outside. More snow to come by Good Friday apparently, when will the winter end?? I hope to bring some sunshine when I next write, my posts may be infrequent as I work my way slowly or quickly through my books. It will be an absolute joy to see them when they are done though, I know! Then I can share some images. :)


  1. oh my goodness! snow again! the sky has a funny sense of humour :)
    your projects sound very exciting Julie! i always feel it must be harder to illustrate someone else's words, the process of illustrating seems so different from writting and illustrating your own. can't wait to see your beautiful artwork.
    x sandra

  2. We are hoping the snow will melt here this week. Fingers crossed for yours too. You are so busy, Julie! It's good to take some time for fun creative projects. Did you buy Geninne's stamp book? It's full of inspiration.

  3. Thanks Sandra, it is hard to build a mental picture from someone else's words(very hard at times) We are on an easterly cold blast that stretches all the way from Siberia to Canada, hope it drifts elsewhere very soon! Hi Kathleen, major snow here, not been as bad since 1979, I remember that, I was at College. I may just take a look at that book, although I do like messing with those stamps myself. Geninne is always inspiring! Thanks for your comments peeps!

  4. It upsets me how little time is allowed for artwork, I guess we live in a digital age and many commissioning editors know little about the kind of hand drawn illustration we do. Good luck with the project, I hope you don't have to wait too long for feedback. It seems that publishers do not treat this aspect with the same degree of urgency!

  5. the beast from the east has dumped quite a bit on you: o my!
    hope it goes away soon.

    thankfully you seem to have so much work to do, you might be able to ignore it ( ha ha)

    I think it's great you're feeding the birds extra


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