Welcome to Harvest Moon, a place where the creatures and landscapes of my imagination take form and meet the world. Nestled in beneath the wild craggy tors of Dartmoor inspiration comes on chilly winds from moonlit landscapes of other realms which share this rugged, ancient land of gorse and granite. Living here I sometimes feel on a bridge between worlds and ages as the land speaks from spluttering streams and wind-beaten tors, telling stories of folk and beast, but only in snatches before the endings are whipped away down the valley with the broad river and out to sea. So here I will share these stories and characters and they can dwell in your own imagination, continuing their stories with infinite outcomes. This is how they live, enjoy them!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

bit by bit ...

 Bit by bit, layer by layer a scene emerges from the whiteness. Somewhere there's a hazy, shifting image floating around my head, which like a half remembered dream slips from my grasp just as I think I have it.
 Therefore, what transpires before me is something of a surprise and I often find myself drawing faster and faster as my impatience to see the finished scene takes over.
 I get drawn in to the details of the picture and have to stand back occasionally to make sure that all the pieces are speaking to one another.
 I love the building up process, taking the time to honour each little building block that will make up the whole... reigning in my impatience and allowing time for each piece to form.
I use many different colours to get the right tone, shadow or hue. Paint is mixed on a palette before being applied to the paper, but pencils are mixed on the page, blended, layered and manipulated gradually. The colour is not flat, it has depth which gives the pictures a sense of movement and perspective.
I also love the freedom of expressing in monotone, simply relying on light and shade to communicate. Some shapes are so striking and beautiful that they dont need colours to dress up in. The finished pictures can be found on my Pages (top right links), or on Older Posts.


  1. What wonderful scenes are emerging from the whiteness......Thanxs for sharing.....

  2. Thanks Gypsy Girl! It's so nice to receive comments....I cast my words and pictures into cyberspace like messages in bottles....I never know who will find them! Glad you found them.