I am happy to share that I am now working for the very excellent Artshack in Shrewsbury as a supporting artist, giving online support and creating video tutorials for their membership. And from May 24th on-site too.
I started to deliver workshops at this wonderful venue last year and am overjoyed to be able to collaborate more closely with them, working to make art accessible and rewarding for as many people as possible in Shropshire and now almost anywhere in our online community.
You can find more information here:
My first few weeks of lockdown life In 2020 were spent on a drawing challenge which eventually morphed into an alphabet of Mythical beings in self isolation. Some writer and storyteller friends suggested a book with stories to accompany these and I am currently collecting tales to go with my 26 drawings.
The great news is that I now have a publisher for this! The wonderful folks at https://www.orkneyology.com are venturing into publishing and it will be one of their very first books. I am so happy to be working with them. I am also illustrating another book of tales for them by the brilliant and multi talented Colin Urwin https://www.colinurwin.com
I am also illustrating a book of poems by the poet G J Liggett called ‘Dumbarton road’ and Robert Hallmann’s ‘Tales of the Thames and estuary’ more news on those soon too.
I have also written about the Myths book in my blog if you want to know more. Here are a few of the images to tantalise you!
I still plan to make Patreon the place where I share information about the processes I use when illustrating and workshopping, I am just starting on a project to illustrate a poetry book which will be shared pretty much exclusively with my patrons and will be also posting more tutorials there
It will also be the place where I first share these stories in their finished form.
Patreon is starting to grow into a real community of people who are invested in what I do and I want to repay more of that investment over the next year . If you are interested in being one of my patrons you can see what it’s all about here:
My love affair with the landscape, stories and people of Morocco continues unabated. And there are opportunities for people to join me either on an art escape or in the desert for a trek to discover what it is that makes this such a special place for me.
Camp Sahara is a small but perfectly formed family desert tour agency set up by myself and my Saharaoui friends in M’hamid, the gateway to the Moroccan Sahara. Our aim is to give people the chance to experience the beauty and majesty of the desert first hand in the way that i have been lucky enough to over the past few years. If you are an artist, bring your sketchbook, if a photographer, your camera, if you are interested in wildlife or history we will find them too. but above all bring an open heart and a sense of wonder. For more information please go to http://www.campsahara.com or email me at email@example.com
News! We now have a Homebase for camp Sahara at Dar Al Fannana (the artists house) on the outskirts of M’hamid. So we will soon be able to provide our own accommodation and a venue for art retreats and a base for our desert adventures
Other Exhibition News
I am very happy to have a permanent spot to exhibit my work in Dona Elementis at Maws craft centre
my Greetings cards and signed copies of my book are also available there.