Is it a tower block or a molten monolith?
Sometimes I look up from my work because I see a glow in the corner of my eye. And there it is: the tower block on the other side of the motorway, majestic against a blue sky, the western sunlight slanting just right.
This is how it looked today with a few streaks of sunset lurking in the mix. Through the huge northern-exposed windows in my studio I can track how the passing weather teases colour out of the tower block. Blue sky can give way to black so swiftly in Scotland – this is both a joy and a frustration depending on whether you are watching it from inside or outdoors.
The best is when a rainbow slinks in behind that tower block – or even, heaven help me now – a double rainbow. Then I stop whatever I am doing and watch until it has gone wherever rainbows go when they are done knocking me out.
I recently had a chance to move to a new studio, but said no. Among my reasons: I can’t give up that sky, even though there is a noisy superhighway under it.
It has been a mighty long absence.
I have some pretty good excuses for not posting in some time. A trip to Boston took me out of circulation for a while – I had great hopes of communicating with the blogosphere while I was there, but there was just too much going on. Here are a couple of highlights from the visit:
-a fantastic day of speaking to and drawing with children at Center School in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, a beautiful community by the sea. Great kids, great teachers, great experience! Thanks to everyone there.
-poking around independent bookshops like The Children’s Bookshop in Brookline and Porter Square Books in Cambridge. It was interesting and gratifying to see the breadth of children’s fiction available, especially books from the UK. If you are interested in learning more about independent bookstores in the USA, check out Indie Bound, their website. There are some excellent items there, especially their recommendations for reading groups.
Since I got back, it’s been go, go, go. There’s a lot of exciting stuff on the horizon that I will be sharing with you soon!