“Songs, Shoeshine and Piano”

Busy completing a few illustrations for a poetry collection, this is an (illustration) excerpt from one of the pages. This particular poem is from a collection titled  Songs, Shoeshine and Piano (1991).

Following in the footsteps of eve … High Life.

Sneak peek … ok, not so sneak, but, a peak at an article that I illustrated for British Airway’s June issue of High Life magazine (courtesy of the wonderful Cedar SA). The article is titled “Following in the Footsteps of Eve”. Will post the online link when I have it. If you’re flying British Air anytime soon, steal me a copy?

Bea at the beach

Bea’s Big Move was a kids book that I wrote and illustrated while I was still studying. It’s about a little girl who moves to a new town, and faces the challenge of settling in and making new friends …. except, she misses everything about her old life. The sadness that (quite literally) follows her around is a little raincloud above her head. So, this is old, but I thought I’d share.

 

And it’s Monday. Rain cloud moods somehow seem appropriate on a Monday.

 

Tea?

 

Something I was working on as rough for a project. But got me thinking about the people in my life that are like this little girl. Always there to help, if you don’t want tea, they’re ready with a cupcake, or a bear, or … Thank you.

Ice cream and balloons

 

We’ve all dropped our metaphorical ice cream in the sand at some point or another. But, generally, there’s a balloon flying around close by … if we’re willing to look up.

Or.

At worst…

We now know where the nearest ice cream stall is.

Sneak peak at a night sky that needs more stars

 

I haven’t blogged in a long time (*hangs head in shame). I admit the new 9-5 is keeping me busier than I thought it would. I have a new found respect for people who can blog once a week! I’ll make more of an effort from here on out. And hopefully have new work to put on the site soon!

I’m working on a little project at the moment, which I am pretty excited about! Here’s a rough sketch I’ve done for one of them. It’s a thought/work/idea in process at the moment, nothing final. I think it needs more stars.

A quote from Anaïs Nin:

“The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters, meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked. This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion, which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephone, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.” – Anaïs Nin