Mixing artwork with writing is probably the perfect combination for me, as I was saying to my writers’ group on our weekly zoom call. When I need a break from writing, I can settle down to some art, and when my eyes boggle at that sort of closework, I can go back to the writing. The two intermingle and reflect each other. There is always something to get on with, however I happen to feel.
So this week I find myself with the beginning of a second novella coming together. It needs a fair bit of thought, so in between writing sessions I can wander off and work on some ink drawings I hope to have ready to sell at bookfairs, and perhaps other events later this year. The central motifs of each are simple outline prints based on the drawings I did for my books The Herbarium and The Chesil Apothecary – with more to add from Dropwort Hall, which is in the pipeline for publication. Altogether I have around 27 different basic designs, all of which will have unique hand-drawn backgrounds, based on plants of woodland, seashore and riverbank. Believe me, it’s huge fun to play with.
It’s many years since I offered any artwork for sale, so anything I knew then is hopelessly out of date. Questions of presentation and pricing are having to be carefully rethought. But, hey, it’s all part of the fun. I can’t wait to do some more – in between writing sessions, that is. It’s a very happy balance of work.
My illustrated books The Herbarium and The Chesil Apothecary are available from www.veneficiapublications.com