My new mixed media paintings have been through quite a process! They started out last summer as six squares on a sheet of 100% rag art paper (the good quality archival stuff used by professionals). I used only three acrylic paint colours (a blue, a red and […]
September reminds me of returning to school and new beginnings.
I’ve always felt a charge of creative energy when the autumn comes. This year is no different, despite the challenges we all are facing. In some ways, September feels more like the start of a new year than New Year’s Day. And, in a way, I have […]
This is a big week for signs of life in my world. Not only am I about to finish the first draft of a novel I have been working on for a long time, but our lockdown pond has attracted its first tadpoles and frogs. A first draft and a pond may seem unrelated but […]
What do you do when your ‘work in progress’ stops progressing?
I am currently writing a middle grade fantasy novel. Having published three novels and one novella already, you might think I’m just flying through this project with no hiccups. But here’s the thing: even experienced writers deal with barriers and […]
The only surprise is why it took me so long to discover Instagram! But I am finally posting images here and it’s feeling fine. And here’s the really nice thing – it is acting as a prompt to play more with photography, to post quick paintings and sketches and to interact with readers as […]
My talented friend and former art school classmate, Maryann Cocca-Leffler, invited me to share a bit about my writing and illustrating process as part of the ‘Welcome to the Writing Process: An Author/Illustrator Blog Tour’ (thanks, Maryann!). We are also part of a vibrant online community of children’s book illustrators and I’ve been in awe […]