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Illustration Friday topic “spiral”

The prompt ‘spiral’ of course makes one think of a snail or the golden ratio or Fibonacci’s Spiral, of which by the way, I have some amazing pins:

But I thought the candy cane also has a spiral as its trademark and is in keeping with the season:



Illustration Friday topic “soup”

My contribution this week for the “Soup” topic is the Bird’s Nest Soup.

“Bird’s nest soup is a soup made from the nest of a kind of cave dwelling swift.

The nests used for the soup are made by the edible-nest swiftlet. These birds live primarily in large limestone caves on islands . . . in Southeast Asia.

The nests are about the size and hardness of teacups; are essentially made from hardened saliva mixed with feathers, grass and twigs; and look like congealed strands of vermicelli.

Bird’s nests are a multi-billion dollar business in Asia.

The edible-nest swiftlet often build their nest in the most inaccessible of places: on the roofs and upper walls of high caves and even overhangs. These are harvested by men that sometimes climb hundreds of feet up to roofs of flimsy bamboo and rattan ropes and scaffolding. The men use special knives and three-pronged tweezers to cut and pull the nests off the cave walls. To get to some caves they have to swim through underwater tunnels, shimmy down vines from cliff tops.”       Swiftlet and Bird’s Nest Soup



Illustrations featured at a cultural institute in Germany

Couple of years ago I illustrated a book called ‘Rennefarre’ for Malve von Hassell who had translated this previously successful work from her homeland of Germany into English. My brother, Charles, helped me greatly by doing some photography with his daughter, Brianna, modeling for this project.
Recently, I received word from Reinhart Richter from Germany who set up a small cultural institute in the town of Havelberg. He held an event featuring this book originally written by Tamara Ramsay, since portions of it took place in Havelberg. After receiving permission from Malve and myself he included samples of my drawings at the event displayed together with a copy of the newly translated book. Here are some photos of that event:

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Cards to my Etsy store

I have been working on building up products on a newly opened Etsy store. I am combining my pen and ink work and my fabric art in the same store. I have a number of my pen and ink drawings available as prints in a 8″ x 10″ format printed on my great new Epson Printer. This uses pigment inks so the prints look very close to the originals. I am now working on getting some of these prints in a smaller greeting card format. Today I posted my Hedgehog and English Robin illustration as “thinking of you”,”A little note” and “Thanks so much” cards. There is a feature I am using where the customer can choose a variation of the message on the card – pretty cool!