How to be an artist
Stay loose. Learn to watch snails. Plant impossible gardens. Make little signs that say 'yes' and post them all over your house. Make friends with uncertainty.
- Henry Miller
a note on the door of the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California
"The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication." - Cyril Connolly
- Mary Oliver (from "The Messenger")
The painting here is called "The Dreaming," made of oil paint on paper with collage and hand-stitching. It is part of my Bumblehill series of art for children (and the young at heart), inspired by the flora, fauna, and folklore of Devon.
The tall figure is a woodland Guardian Spirit, the young girl represents the dreamier side of my younger self, and the little people are the gentle, joyous and mischievous fairies of Nattadon Hill, the hill that I live on in Chagford.
Here's is a brief snippet of the tale that goes with the piece:
"Wrapped in the quilt, she closed her eyes and dreamed herself into a different story. The bunny snored softly in her arms. The wind pulled at her long yellow hair. Then she heart the rustle of footsteps...and the sound of giggling close behind her...."
I leave you to imagine (or dream) the rest.