Well, I managed to avoid to the cold that was going around in Sheffield, and then came home and caught one from this dear man. Tilly is under the weather again herself; what a pair we are. I'll be back in the studio as soon as I can. I'm hoping it will be a quick one.
My apologies once again for the recent paucity of posts. Having recovered (mostly) from this winter's long illness, I'm catching up on a mountain of missed work now...and I've also been traveling...and then recovering from traveling...and then catching up on that missed work again...and in the blink of an eye the entire spring has passed. I'll be away from home again weekend but back to the studio next week. If the Small Gods of Health and Fortune smile on me and all goes well, Myth & Moor will resume its regular publication schedule on Wednesday, June 13th.
Have a good and creative weekend everyone, and I'll be back with you very soon.
The drawing of me and Tilly above is, of course, by the great British book artist David Wyatt, an initial study for a painting in his gorgeous Mythic Village series. Photo: me and the hound on a bright June morning.
Dear readers, my apologies. I'm working on the next of the "Books on Books" posts, but it may be a while before it appears -- largely because my illness-depleted attention keeps getting diverted into Other Necessary Tasks. In the meantime, I'd like to pass on a fabulous piece about writing that I came across recently, which made me laugh...and wince with painful recognition...and cheer because it's so damn true:
"How Do We Write Now?" by Patricia Lockwood.
I couldn't agree with Lockwood more. (Except for the penis thing.)
Dear friends, after so many weeks of dealing with flu (and related health complications), I'm behind on everything -- so I'm taking time off-line in order to catch up on work and correspondence in quiet and gentle fashion.
Thank you so much for following Myth & Moor, and being part of the Mythic Arts community here. I'll be back on Wednesday, March 14th to share music, art, books, myth and more. I wish you good health, good dreams, good stories, quiets days (or noisy ones, if you prefer), with plenty of time for work, and play, and wild creativity. And creativity in the wild. And wildness, full stop.
New note: I'm afraid it's going to take a little longer to get back, as I'm dealing with some medical issues at the moment. My apologies.
Illustration by Anne Anderson (1874-1952)
My apologies for the lack of a post yesterday (Tuesday). This blog's server, Typepad, was down all morning -- and by the time they had the platform up and running again, I was deep into my manuscript-in-progress. The post I'd planned for you is below, with yet more lovely art from the Pre-Raphaelite era.
I've enjoyed spending two weeks posting about the Pre-Raphaelites -- and could very easily keep going on the subject -- but I'm also aware that not everyone here is obsessed with Victorian art. I've got a few more PRB posts in the works, but I'll mix them up now with other posts on the usual topics: the writing life, the art-making process, fantasy, fairy tales, book recommendations and journeys through the Devon hills with Tilly, our mythic Animal Guide....
I'm out of the studio today, so there's no Monday Music this week I'm afraid. It's not for any glamorous reason, but because Tilly has a vet appointment over in Okehampton, and the household bookkeeping needs attention. I'll be back at the writing desk tomorrow, and back to Myth & Moor then too. Thank you for all the sweet birthday messages. It was a quiet and lovely one.
Art: "The Garden at Kelmscott Manor" and "Feeding Doves in the Kitchen Garden at Kelmscott Manor" by Pre-Raphaelite painter Maria Spartali Stillman, a frequent visitor to the manor when William and Jane Morris lived there. For more information on Maria, go here. I also recommend David B. Elliot's poignant biography of the artist: A Pre-Raphaelite Marriage: The Lives of Maria Spartali Stillman & William James Stillman.
I've been off-line due to health issues, both mine & the hound's (we're both on the mend), and a computer problem (which is now resolved). My apologies for the posts, messages, emails, & engagements I've missed, and deep thanks for your patience. Myth & Moor will resume publication tomorrow.
Art: wee Dog Girls from my old sketchbooks
I'm off on a road trip to see the Mary Lobb exhibition at Kelmscott Manor. I'll be back in the studio on Friday, and will tell you all about it. In the meantime, Tilly wants to be sure you all know that she has a new bone, and she's very proud.
I'm down with a stomach bug today...will be back in the studio just as soon as I can be.
The illustration above is by Marc Simont (1915-2013).
I'm having a low-health day today, and working from home. Nothing too serious, don't worry; I expect to be back in the studio tomorrow. I wish you all a peaceful and creative day -- or else an exciting and creative one, whichever you prefer.
Photos above: The tools of Howard's trade (a Commedia mask, Commedia puppets, Punch & Judy puppets) on a living room chair.