Hopalong Hollow....

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

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Where bears dwell....

Deep into the woods...
of Hopalong Hollow,

 There is  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....


  1. Amazingly wonderful drawings Jeri wish I could draw even a little bit. You have such talent. Happy days. Chrisb

  2. I am sighing from enchantment and joy my sweet and talented friend. I was there, just waiting to see a bear pop his/her head out to greet me, Tea Rat and Rattus. LOVELY AND SPLENDID DEAR ARTIST and story teller extraordinaire! Anita

  3. Lovely drawing. Love how you bring it all together with your colors.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  4. Just beautiful Jeri.....I love your world!!!

  5. Teeheeee...this crazy lil piggy is rocking away in his sleep!!! Don't you just love creatures? YES YOU DO!!!


  6. Dear, dear Jeri ~ I thoroughly enjoyed all the photos and that little video with the quaint music was PERFECT! Your stories all make me feel in a different, more peaceful world.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  7. Oh Jeri! It's wonderful! Just wonderful!

  8. You've been busy, Jeri! I felt like I was watching a new Reading Rainbow episode and kept waiting for critters to emerge and a voice to begin reading. Sheer heaven!

  9. How I wish I could be a ladybug sitting on your shoulder watching you paint. It's wonderful to be able to follow your progress!

  10. I love seeing your drawings come alive when you paint them. The illustration was so wonderful.Have a wonderful week.

  11. Jeri,

    You asked about the birdhouse fence picture that is the header on my blog. It is a fence in my backyard. My friend and I built it out of wood slabs from an old sawmill.

  12. So very beautiful !! I love it.
    Have a wonderful day.

  13. i feel as though i went on a journey with your lovely poetic words and beautiful details of this whimsical piece. thank you.

  14. Many congratulations for completing such a huge undertaking. I would love to see the book when you have printed it.

    How do you find the time to paint with seven gardens and all those animals to look after?

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  16. Greetings Jeri,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words. There are so many bloggers sharing so much wonderful "stuff". I so enjoy coming across a blog with a bit of magic that can move my soul. Your drawings can do that for me.

  17. Wonderful ! I like your talent and your work. I am enchanting to see your Art.

    Please, come on my blog, there is a surprise for you...

    Nice week !


  18. Oh Jeri, there just are not any words to express my feelings here..
    The perfection of your illustrations, even in the unfinished state, are a sight to behold, and I love your color choices.. It is at this moment that I wish I were a little birdie sitting in your window watching you create magic on paper.
    Enjoy your week
    fondly, Penny

  19. Dear Jeri,

    Thank you for coming by and raising my self esteem! :) I am so excited for your new book, and seeing it unfold.

    Thank you for sharing the process with us.



  20. Oh Jeri, I think yours is a much better idea! It would be wonderful to sit together at the drawing table and share a cup of tea.. Thank you so much for visitng.

  21. Oh Jeri ~
    How endearing are the images
    You have blessed the day with the magic of your gifts
    and the color palette has
    me reaching for my fibre
    color charts. You will see
    why one day, dear Friend.
    Blessings ~

  22. PRECIOUS JERI LANDERS! Yes dearest, a HUGE CAPITAL "D" is on our foreheads, it is visual and everyone knows by the work of our hands....may the daily life of our routines be a story, a poem, a tribute! HUGS TO the feathered and hooved folk!!! Anita

  23. hi Jeri,
    You have created the most adorable world.. I want to jump right in..
    The details you imagine and translate into your work make it feel so real.. well actually better than real..
    ...and I loved the special touch of the carved mice on the front beam of the house... everywhere something lovely..
    cheers and take care.

  24. Oh I just LOVED watching the clip!!
    Again and again!
    I can't wait till you reach that deadline!!
    Blessings BearHugs and Love, Linnie

  25. Hi Jeri,

    thank you for taking me to this magical place, I loved seeing your beautiful drawings and listening to the gorgeous music.

    Happy week

  26. Just traipsed thru your village. Wonderful little place..like another commenter said..I'd like to just skip right into the pictures..skip down the windy paths..skip across the little bridge and have tea under the trellis. When you create these places (bridges, trellis', etc), do you feel the need to reproduce them at the Cottage?

  27. Sheila, so glad you asked! I absolutely do recreate many aspects of my illustrations into my garden, landscaping and even our house. When we re-roofed our house, I found scalloped roofing that mimicked that found in my books. I use a lot of stone walls,and rustic walkways and arbors. In fact, you may recognize the potting shed and arbor in this illustration because they are also in my yard in a previous post. Eventually, I hope that all of our property will look like it came straight out of my books. I call it Hopalong Hollowscaping.

  28. Yes! I did notice the arbor..I called it a trellis in my comment. :) I do a lot of planning..in my head..for my gardens, but they generally evolve from whatever seasonal plants are ON SALE! My new year's resolution, to put pencil to paper and design some future gardens for my space on the Tenn. acres! Thanks so much for responding to my question!

  29. Your artwork is absolutely gorgeous! :)

  30. You know I do love this. What a wonderful walk we took with you.

    You are right, having my granddaughter sit at the art table and paint or draw with me is the best thing ever.

    I am also working on a middle grade novel about a runaway slave and Sara May listens, makes very good suggestions, (such as Amma, would a kid know what lunge means?) and keeps me working on it.

    Sending love across the miles. Your work makes me happy.

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  31. Dear Cousin Jeri,

    'Tis so wonderful to see Mamsey and Mopkin's cottage and surroundings come to life in colour! We feel we have truly had a walk about the cottage with Mamsey and we can't wait to go inside...

    Your cousins,
    Diane and daughter Sarah and Tillie Tinkham the mouse at the Corgyncombe Courant

  32. Thank you for wandering over to say Hi, Hi right back at you! I know you have been focused on your book... You know I could look at this post for days... I just love your details..
    Have a great week. Bebe sends her love to Dimity Doormouse.

  33. What a beautiful video. I was transported instantly into your magic realm. Your paintings are so intricately and wonderfully detailed. I could gaze at them forever. You have an incredible gift, Jeri. Thank you for sharing yourself so generously with the world!

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