Sylvia’s Itch and Scribbling Away In The Corner…

Went to the book launch for my latest illustrated book yesterday, entitled ‘Sylvia’s Itch’, about a pair of Australian sugar gliders. Had a great time catching up with and meeting new people…

I painted this canvas whilst I was there. Managed to scratch something coherent out in the time I spent on it… Can’t wait to get on and finish it. (acrylics)

The book (btw) is available from the lovely Robin Adolphs:

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My Studio Music Project… ‘The Way Home’. What’s It All About?

‘The Way Home’. The song, the video… what does it mean? we’ve received quite a few comments about this one. From my point of view, when I wrote the words and came up with the idea, it was symbolic of the life journey, which of course is multi-faceted. Many focus on the here and now and I think the song works on that level, but I rather like to reach a little higher. The spiritual/metaphysical holds much fascination for me and I feel that it comes across particularly well through the angelic choir in the tune.

The video came together as I took a walk one day, I had my phone with me and strangely, saw the whole 9 minutes or so of footage in my mind, it was just begging to come out. So I recorded my walk along my favourite woodland path, stopping to smell the flowers, pausing for thought, staring up at the sky- reaching… The bridge holds it’s own symbology of course, the walking track too, everything in the video has it’s place and I’m very happy with the way it turned out.We received one comment from somebody who would like to have seen the video in colour, I get that, although I don’t think it would have articulated the timeless aspect of each life journey.

Pete really came through again, pulling all of my wacky spiritual meanderings into place, he has a special knack of translating what I’m after- mixing the track to it’s full potential… We hope you like it, for me, it’s a very special piece…

We’d love it if you could share this if it touches you in some way. The album isn’t too far off, and we promise it’ll be fabulous!

And don’t forget to sign up for the Karthartic page. There’ll be plenty of music to listen to before you go ahead and buy the album, and… The new website is on it’s way…

New Year, New Start

Happy 2015 everyone. Hope it’s gotten off to a fine start for you all. I’m still trying to find my feet in many ways although overall, it’s been a positive beginning. So no real complaints.

I haven’t posted regularly for a long time, in part due to

a) The kids have been off on school holidays.

b) I’ve been sucked into a facebook void as far as spending time on the internet is concerned. If you’d like to keep track of what I’m up to, there’s the best place to do it, although I thoroughly intend to get back to blogging on here, I miss it.

c) My workload. It quietened down for a few months prior to Christmas and then took off again. I’ll be pretty busy for the next 2-3 months and that’s what an illustrator wants. No complaints. Truly.

So here I am, with 2-3 sketches drawn over the past couple of days. I haven’t sketched for the sheer sake of sketching for quite a while and will be doing that too. 2014 was a tough year  for me, personally, and it upset my mojo somewhat. Things are steadily improving so, with that in mind, hope you enjoy the sketches, plenty more to follow soon…

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Rocks and leaves and Stones and Things…

I’ve been inspired lately. Watercolour is my muse right now. Having a wonderful time learning how to use these things properly, they’re so challenging but very rewarding. Here’s one I’ve just finished, it’s also for sale over at my website: