Just a reminder that my giveaway ends on Sunday, so if you've nearly got round to entering you had better hurry up. You could win a print from my new range of lino prints, but first you have to tell me about a childhood toy and your favourite wild place (oh and follow me too, but you guessed that already didn't you...).
This tree is one of my favourite trees, up in the Welsh hills - it can get pretty wild up there - we're lucky that we can visit it often...wild bees live in the top of the trunk and it has grown up in the ruins of an old farm cottage. Maybe it was once a young tree in someone's garden - wouldn't been amazing to know what it has seen!
We had such a bad start to growing this year.
In the spring I had decided to grow lots of different types of squash, because I love eating them and I also love hoarding them at the end of the summer.
After tending the baby plants in the house until the end of May I finally released them into the wild, only for the slugs (often the size of small snakes) to devour half the plants as well as all the cucumbers and green courgettes - they left the yellow ones!
Most of the squashes that survived have turned out to be 'Festival', obviously a slug proof variety, so although I have a teeny tiny squash harvest this year, it's very colourful and my hoarding instincts are fulfilled.
Now we just need more logs and a big bag of wool and we are sorted for winter. Simple pleasures.
Vixen and cubs
Nanny and kids
Goat reaching for a tasty leaf
How can you resist? Tell all your friends...
But you will have to earn a print if you want one followers - sorry.
I want to know three things first...
1. Which of the four prints above would you like to have if you are the lucky winner?
2. What was/is your favourite childhood toy and why? (Question stolen from small childs homework)
3. What/where is your favourite wild place?
Have you noticed that 50% of the prints you can choose from feature goats? I am still pushing them as the next big thing...
Have a look in my Etsy and Folksy shops too as there are lots of other new prints there that have NO goats in them at all.
(Can I let you in on a secret too? I can't do everything!
Lou from Little Green Shed has sorted out lots of my photos and images for me and they look SOOOO much better, thanks Lou - the bad ones are still all my own work...)
This giveaway has now finished.
I do know some goats though, so I feel more than qualified to turn them into prints. Do you want to see my friends the goats??? I knew you would...
Let's not talk about what the cow is doing in the background.
I haven't done any printing all summer (apart for one commission that had to be done for a birthday, but that doesn't count!) although I have been drawing a lot and also cutting out lino blocks every now and then.
Now I am printing and printing and printing and having a great time.
It's really funny how a lot of drawing turns into ideas and images and they are often unrelated to where I've been and what I've been doing there, but do remind me of the summer. Now I'm looking at pictures of birds roosting and thinking, 'Oh yes, that was from an idea on the beach in Cornwall, where it was lovely and sunny', but no birds roosting anywhere near and it was the wrong time of day anyway...
I've also been giving a bit of thought to which of my new prints I should giveaway in the next couple of weeks, but actually, I don't see why I should do all the work and I'm going to let the winner decide - after all, I still have to come up with a really tricky question or a terrifying dare that needs to be undertaken to win and luckily doing a lot of printing gives me a lot of time to think one up...
Over the last few weeks I have been cutting out several new lino blocks and now printing day is getting closer....yippee.
The prints will appear in my Folksy and Etsy shops this time (if they all look like the pictures in my head when they are printed) along with a few new photos of my existing tea towels and canvas bags which Lou has been taking for me.
And then I thought it might be time for a little giveaway because they are such fun, the only problem being that I haven't done the printing yet and I haven't thought of a tricky question that needs answering before you can enter....but I've got a few days to come up with one.