Friday, June 22, 2012

A Gift From A Magpie

Today it rained again. It's been doing that a lot lately.
When the sun does peep it's head out though I'm sure the perfume of plants is much stronger after the rain? Not sure if this is scientifically proven, just something I noticed? The other day when it wasn't raining  the day before Midsummer Solstice or I suppose you would call it Solstice Eve, it was a glorious June day. My walk to the post office was perfumed with dog rose , honeysuckle and mallow. The daisies looked up and worshipped the sun as daisies do.
The Jackdaws were cheeky and brave visiting the bird table for scraps of cheese sandwiches and the baby robin just learning how to fly also paid a visit. A magpie left me a midsummer gift.
The rain held off for the exhibition last weekend which was good news for the stall holders that were outside selling their wares. Here is my painting amid the other talented artist's work.
The original didn't sell, so I might be offering it for sale in my Etsy shop soon? I did sell lots of postcards. :-) 
Unfortunately these ones though, didn't arrive from the printers in time, but are now for sale here.  
Today I've been working on the project I mentioned in the post before last. Illustrations for a book written by a lovely lady and friend of mine.  It's quite different to what I've been doing lately. Humans instead of animals, so will be a challenge and a change for me. Here are some sketches from the dummy book. 


Best get to work with the painting then... 
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29 comments:

  1. I love the ants across the page; I can't wait to see more of the finished projects. I do like the stands for your pictures.

    I think you are right about the scent of the flowers after rain. Have you noticed that often dusk is also heavier with fragrance?

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    1. The stands are great aren't they. They were loaned from a local wood recycling centre. Old polling booths. :0) Yes, at dusk the evening scents come into their own. One of my favorites is night scented stock and of course honeysuckle. Beautiful.

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  2. Hi Karen,
    I agree about the earths scent after the rain....
    Beautiful work, thank you for showing us your illustraions in the works here,I just love the blowing of the hair on the girl in first piccy.(it actually looks wind blown)
    Off to look at yout etsy shop too!
    Wishing you a week full of 'Twinkles'...
    Maria x

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    1. Thanks Maria, glad you like. :0)

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  3. Hellooo again,
    Forgot to mention,I loved the movie too!
    Enchanting!

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  4. I didn't know you were wrking in illustrations for a book. How did I miss that!? These sketches look lovely, I can't wait to see them in colour. :) I love the daisy picture, it's as though we're lying in amongst them. :)
    Jess xx

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    1. Thanks Jess, there is a lot of work to do on the book illustrations, but I will be showing some as I go along. I did lay down in those daisies. ;0) x

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  5. Love seeing your sketches. It's a shame your cards didn't arrive from the printers in time. I love the print I have of that image, it's one of my favorites.

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    1. Thanks Kathryn I'm so glad you enjoy your print that you have. :0) Oh, I know, it was a shame but didn't matter so much in the end. x

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  6. I'm sure that all scents are stronger after rain, I keep catching the scent of honeysuckle on the air though the wild roses are too faint to smell without going close to them. How lovely to have the gift of a magpie 's feather, they are such handsome birds. I love the Moonrakers postcards - enough to buy them I think:)

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    1. I love the honeysuckle and have some growing on the way up my path. The perfect spot as we are always walking past it and getting the benefit of it's gorgeous perfume. Thanks so much Rowan for buying the postcards. xx

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  7. so wonderful to see what you have been doing. I hope the show went well for you. Sometimes they make connections for another time. Your cards look beautiful.

    I wish you the best on the project you are working on. I am the opposite, i create people more than animals... Wishing you more lovely summer.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Tammie.
      Wishing you a lovely summer too. :0)xx

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  8. Enchanting as always, lovely post.

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  9. Love seeing the mock-ups of the book pages! They'l turn out amazing. :)
    I showed my 7 year old your blog. He typically won't allow any other artist to be as good as his mama (he's a very loyal fellow), but he just couldn't say that about your art. We're both equally in awe of your paintings. Thank you for always making us smile. :)

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    1. Ah that's so cute of you're son, bless him. What a sweetie. :0) xx

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  10. A magpie feather, what a beautiful gift. Beautiful illustrations and as always a lovely blog post! :)

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  11. Can't wait to see what's next. Love visiting :)

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  12. The dummy book looks lovely. Looking forward to seeing how it develops. Hope you have had some sun today. Our garden is incredibly lush now and overgrown from all this rain and the summer scents are definitely stronger. Karen X

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    1. Thanks Karen. :0) We still have rain and sadly a lot of the plants have been spoiled and have fallen over with the weight of the rain. On the plus side we don't have to worry about watering vegetables and the strawberries are succulent. x

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  13. what a wonderful post again ... And when I read "... as lost as a feather of a stormy wind ..." in your dummy book, I was smiling. And I asked myself if a magpie can read, too? Or how else can I understand it's gift to you?

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    1. Ah.. that we will never know? ;0) Glad you enjoyed the post. x

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  14. Karen, I love the moonraker story! How wonderful to preserve those old myths of your area, especially through your art. I think it's so important.

    As well, I just have to say, your new book is very intriguing looking! (I bet you do people very, very well!!) xo

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    1. It was enjoyable doing the picture. I'm so glad that you loved the tale. It would be something I'd like to do more of in the future. I hope the people do turn out well? (fingers crossed) ;0)x

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  15. I'm over here in dry and hot Colorado and I love to see the lush green photos on your blog. I used to live north of London. It must be so exciting to illustrate a book.

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    1. We could do with some of you're hot dry weather here as it's still raining! Everything is so so green. Yes, it is exciting but can be worrying too when I have lots to do! :0)

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