Monday, 9 July 2012

The Windy Day

A while ago I made this rough painting in my sketchbook. I thought I would do a series of photos to show how the idea has progressed. 

My partner, Matt and I  are lucky enough to live near the New Forest in Hampshire, UK. Nothing beats a long walk in wellies, under the canopy of trees, climbing the fallen tree trunks, finding rope swings, jumping in the streams, and  building dams. I suppose it is these happy days which inspired this initial sketch. What do you take from your life that inspires you to create?

The painting changes a little in composition and colour palette. I wanted to capture a hint of "something about to happen" - the little child, unbeknown to mum is day dreaming at the back, the feel of the day is colder and more wintery. 

It's still a work in progress, but I think it's slowly emerging.
I am building up a portfolio of work to show children's book publishers and am thinking of including this once it's finished - what do you think? I'll post the final piece once it's completed. Hope you enjoyed looking.


  1. Love how you're developing this piece. Thanks for sharing the stages you've gone through with it. Can't wait to see the final look! : )

  2. Oooh yes, I want to know what happens to her, I hope she will be ok? Will it be the start of some wonderful new adventure or will she be eaten by some terrible monster? It does look brooding. Evoking emotions is a quality to be sort in picture books but in the course I took they said, unlike adults, children need them to be resolved. I do like the light and colours in your first sketches a stand alone picture. Thanks for sharing the process I look forward to your next post. :)

  3. I'm intrigued by the girl in the middle, lost in her own thoughts. Lovely work.

  4. Hey! I'm a fellow creative courage classmate. Just wanted to say that I love your painting and drawing style. love love love!! i'm looking forward to seeing more of your work :).

  5. Where is the New Forest, every bit of NH I have seen is amazing and I say this from Vermont. I love the joy and ease of movement in your work.