Folktale Week on Instagram! Here are the interpretations of the prompts I made as Binky McKee for the event, reading clockwise into the centre:
Small black cat heralding in the week
Forest, Day 1: she listened carefully to the trees.
Magic, Day 2: Philippines folk tale of The Boy Who Turned Into a Stone.
Witch, Day 3: the recent graduates were the worst!
Ghost, Day 4: the Green Lady of Pitreavie Castle, a local tale in my home town of Dunfermline.
Insect, Day 5: an African American story. God was tired after creating the world, all the plants, and some of the animals. The flowers were complaining of loneliness, so God snipped bits off them and created butterflies, which to this day still accompany the flowers.
Mirror, Day 6: I illustrated my own story for this one: Nobody believed the mirror worked, for it remained blank and impassive during the day. However, at night it threw back into the world everything it had seen. That day it had collected only flowers and filled the dark with scents wild and exotic.
Animal, Day 7: The little red fox sat every evening at the edge of the wood, waiting patiently.
Centre: my post for sharing the prompts, 10 days before the event.
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- and don't worry if you are missing Heather Eliza's work - my work-space is almost usable after the house move now and there is new stuff brewing!!
Thanks for visiting, see you next week!
THE WEEKLY: BINKY McKEE AND ME
Welcome to my blog where I share my work as an illustrator as well as occasional events from the week.
I illustrate under the pen-name of Binky McKee, McKee being my mother's maiden name. Binky was the name of every single cat my great-grandmother owned - about 40 of them during her life! It seemed natural to devote my more nurturing, colourful, story-telling work to the female side of the family, whilst practicing my art work under my paternal name.
Currently I am working on illustrating a children's book, and of course I can't resist an Instagram challenge such as Folktale Week or Inktober!
I hope you enjoy the work!
Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland