Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Magpies and Marriage (Two for Joy!)

My lovely friends Oli and Emily got married at the weekend in Albany, Oregon. Unfortunately we couldn't afford to get over there to join them, but it sounds like it would have been a lovely day. We were really sad not to be able to be there, but we sent them some nice things. Rowan did them a drawing from a photo we took outside their garden when they were living in the hills above Tarifa, Spain, and I made them this Magpie card. We also sent them a nice new copy of my Folio Society Beowulf- I was reading the poem in preperation for the Folio project the last time we visited them in Spain, before they left for America. Happy marriage Oli and Em!

Monday, 17 May 2010

New History Editorial

New illustration for BBC History Magazine. This one is for an article on Gerrard Winstanley, founder of 'The Diggers', the 17th century movement which advocated the turning over of unused land to the people to till. It was a really nice brief to work on; I was asked to mix 17th century imagery with a touch of Social Realism, and had a page and a bit to work on, incorporating the title too. The original has now gone off to Iowa where an ex-tutor of mine is putting on a show at the North Wing Gallery in the Des Moines Botanical Center, called Art On The Prairie. The exhibition will run in July/August, and the BBC History article will be in the June issue.