Voting With Hope

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“Money, pardon the expression, is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around, encouraging young things to grow.”  – Mrs. Dolly Levy, ‘Hello Dolly’

If you haven’t already voted, you’ve got until 10pm tonight. As George Monbiot said in his Guardian column yesterday, “The world belongs to those who turn up… That unfamiliar, tingling sensation that’s been troubling you of late? It’s called hope. Don’t let them take it away from you.”

 

 

 

Sometimes…

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Art journal page using coloured ink, wax crayon, biro, watercolour pencil, and words from ‘Sometimes’ by Sheenagh Pugh. My mum’s had this poem pinned up at home for about 20 years, but it never stops feeling relevant, and hopeful. Every time it says “man”, feel free to add “or woman”, if that’s what’s happening in your part of the world!

Hello September

Autumn days

Sketchbook page inspired by the approach of my favourite season. A favourite song from my school days, ‘Autumn Days’ by Estelle White, has been playing on a loop in my head this week. Some of the lyrics are so evocative that I can’t resist including it here:

Autumn days when the grass is jewelled
And the silk inside a chestnut shell.
Jetplanes meeting in the air to be refuelled.
All these thing I love so well

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget.
To say a great big
Thank You
I mustn’t forget

Clouds that look like familiar faces
And the winters moon with frosted rings.
Smell of bacon as I fasten up my laces
And the song the milkman sings

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget.
To say a great big
Thank You
I mustn’t forget

Whipped-up spray that is rainbow-scattered
And a swallow curving in the sky
Shoes so comfy though they’re worn out and they’re battered
And the taste of apple pie.

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn’t forget.

Scent of gardens when the rain’s been falling
And a minnow darting down a stream
Picked-up engine that’s been stuttering and stalling
And a win for my home team.

So I mustn’t forget
No, I mustn’t forget
To say a great big thank you
I mustn’t forget.

Page created using Seawhite ink and Derwent Watercolour and Inktense pencils. Wasn’t sure about the Inktense when I first got them, but now I like using them alongside watercolour pencils to create stronger outlines.

Happy Autumn!

“Fall, leaves, fall…”

Autumn art journal pages:

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night’s decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

Emily Brontë

Autumn is my favourite season, and this poem perfectly sums up my feeling of elation as the leaves turn. Art journal pages using collage and mixed media, and coloured biro.

© Dark and Bright Art 2015

Team Fox

foxyGood news for foxes, and for animal lovers like me – the UK government has just postponed the vote to weaken the Hunting Act. Animal welfare organisations believe this amendment would have made it harder than ever to prosecute people for deliberate acts of cruelty. Until I heard that the amendment had been shelved, I’d been channeling my anger into this drawing. I think Steve Bell’s job is safe!

I realised as I was drawing this picture that I hadn’t drawn a fox since an anti-foxhunting leaflet for a school project in the mid 90s. It’s depressing that our government wants to undo so many years of progress.

It’s unlikely this issue is going to go away. If you feel as I do, League Against Cruel Sports has more information and does excellent work. You can also sign this petition.

Pastel, pencil, collage on paper.

I Love You More Than Salt

I Love You More Than Salt

Illustration based on a story from the Virago Book of Witches. A princess tells her father that she “loves him more than salt”, and, insulted, he banishes her from his kingdom. She is taken in by a good witch who lives deep in a forest with a huge black cat, and who makes the king realise his mistake. Coloured ink, wax crayon, acrylic paint and coloured pencil on paper.

© Dark and Bright Art 2013

Mossycoat

Mossycoat

Illustration based on a folk tale from Angela Carter’s Book of Fairytales. Mossycoat is a Gypsy girl who has a magical coat made of moss. It’s a lovely story – she’s a fiesty, slightly devious Cinderella. I used coloured ink, acrylic paint, wax crayons and coloured pencils on paper.

© Dark and Bright Art 2013