In the Studio

I’m very happy to be concentrating on a special project for the next little while. Sixteen pages of illustrations for a children’s storybook. Definitely a bucket list item for me!

You can see by the image that part of my process is to tape my research material images to the wall, and I have written information and the story’s text at my side too. There’s something about this act that makes me feel comfortable with the new work- I’m sure there’s a word to describe that- anyone know what it might be?

The story is written by a brilliant woman who I’m very lucky to have as a friend, and if all goes well, we’ll be looking for a publisher in the near future!

Work in Progress

I’ve started painting a new 20-panel piece as a part of my UNDERNEATH Series. I’m projecting a photograph onto the canvases and painting through the image. I’ve not used this technique before for large scale paintings, but I’m really enjoying it. Of course, it works best at night in the dark.

Thanks to Duke for this photograph, and the underwater image being projected too!

The image being projected was taken with a GoPro camera in waterproof casing under spring sea ice at Ship Island (Greenspond) on a bitterly cold day. The image itself is outstanding, with ice crystals illuminated from above, and dark kelp attached to the rocks below. Duke and I have been capturing images like this for about a year now, and I have some real beauties to draw inspiration from.