Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Starting a new year and a new Book

              To inform and entertain you in the creation of a new book

    Beginning work on a new piece of art is always great fun. Beginning work on a new book is even better! This is a process of hard work, persistence, creativity and  truly an adventure, one that will take many months to complete.

"Deep into the woods of Hopalong Hollow, there is a path that you can follow;
Winding neath cool canopies of leafy, gnarled chestnut trees,
Past river bend and crystal spring where woodland thrushes nest and sing;
 Just up and over the Blackberry fell, where Mamsey Bear and Mopkin dwell."
Come with me.
So begins my introduction to a tale of two bears. In the next few months I will be showing you bits and pieces of the illustrations as they progress  and sharing information on how I create a book, so.....
Welcome to my studio, the little room at the top of the stairs..

Please, do come in!
This is a small room, but big enough to have everything I need within my reach. My 8ft.long, old oak table came out of a printers shop, it is from the turn of the century and still has old ink marks on the surface, I love it! I store my supplies in baskets, drawers, boxes and shelves. Over 150 books share my room. I refer to these for reference and inspiration.


  1. I love your house, everything is beautiful!

  2. Thankyou, I just wish this house wasn't so cold!

  3. Hi, What a cool room, I am into wood and natural materials, thanks for your comment on my lavender hedge. I am lucky that it grows well. Cheers and "Happy days" from new Zealand Marie

  4. Marie, I am enjoying your lovely wooley creations online, the colors you use are wonderful.

  5. You are so talented! I have two daughters, one is 3 and your art is the type I'm drawn to when looking for books for her. I look forward to watching you create a new book and will check out your website.

  6. Hi Catherine, thanks for visiting! I spend nearly two years working on a book. I really believe that children deserve beautiful artwork in their books, but I also believe that Children's books are not just for kids. I own hundreds! I must visit your garden blog, I too am a gardener in progress!

  7. Hello again Jeri. I am working my way thru your archives. Love the picture in this post of your room. I dearly love old homes and their history. Such a welcoming room with the lovely old pieces. I am also a lover of old things.


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