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‘Stars in Jars’ – new book on the way

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I haven’t posted for ages but I have some news to share and I’m very excited! I have been working on a new book and it’s starting to become a reality. Still a long way to go but it’s really happening!

It’s a children’s book called ‘Stars in Jars’ – an allegory about how we shouldn’t try to own nature because we just spoil it.
“There was a boy and his dog who lived in a land where the sea was the sky and the sky was the sea. They fished for stars and put the stars in jars to light up their dingy igloo….”
Here’s a sneak peak of the first drafts of the composite images… a combination of loose inks on wet paper, permanent marker on clear plastic acetate (the outline of the stars) and then the little characters on the iceberg in pen and watercolour. I just learnt a computer programme last night to layer the elements up into one image. I wrote the story years ago and started on the illustrations in earnest last year, just trying to do one illustration every two weeks. 

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If you’re interested in getting a copy when it’s done do email me (hilarymurdoch@gmail.com) and I’ll put you on a list to let you know when they are available… won’t be for a while yet, but I’m hoping it’ll be this year. Of course if you have any contacts in children’s publishing or have experience of Amazon self-publishing do let me know, I’d love your advice. Watch this space!

Feeling good

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© Hilary Murdoch 2014

 

My mum and I used to turn this song up full blast, sing loudly and dance like crazy things around the kitchen. It was at a time when both of us hadn’t been feeling so good for a long time but were both breaking into a new season, a season of ‘feeling good’ inside again. It’s a precious memory for me.

I haven’t been ‘feeling good’ for some time now but just this week I’ve felt a new joy, peace and lightness. I actually don’t know what’s shifted but I feel myself again, for the first time in quite a while. And this song is again the sound track for a new season of regaining this space. I painted the picture above last week, before the cloud lifted – maybe it was a plea from inside, maybe it was a premonition of what was to come. Whatever it was, I’m grateful.

 

Birds flying high
You know how I feel
Sun in the sky
You know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by
You know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good
I’m feeling good

Fish in the sea
You know how I feel
River running free
You know how I feel
Blossom on a tree
You know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

Dragonfly out in the sun

you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun

you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That’s what I mean
And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

For me

Stars when you shine
You know how I feel
Scent of the pine
You know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
It’s a new life
For me

And I’m feeling good

I’m feeling good
I feel so good
I feel so good

Original song lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse

Painting Copyright © Hilary Murdoch 2014. All rights reserved.

My friend’s photography

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Image Copyright Bev Meldrum

Image Copyright Bev Meldrum

My friend Bev (whose husband runs my church in Cape Town) is an extremely talented photographer. She’s having a sale of her photos to raise money for a trip to the UK for a conference. This is seriously amazing art that you would want on your walls. You can order prints or canvases to be delivered in the UK, South Africa or elsewhere… click here to take a look.. and see the slide show below.