Last week heralded in spring with the vernal equinox on Monday, followed by the start of British Summer Time. These celestial events put me in mind of a body of work I made in June 2011 titled Oh! Callipso, in which I set out to take a break from slow work for a week. I worked very quickly using any materials I had to hand, anywhere I was. I thoroughly enjoyed the liberating sensation and produced a lot of work in just a few days. Later, I showed the work at open studios that year, and everyone ignored it! - so I felt it was worthless and hid it all away.
I began to think about Oh! Callipso whilst pondering the mysteries of the springtime tilt of our planet towards the sun in the northern hemisphere; so, I had a revisit and found, to my surprise, that there was a lot there I still find really interesting today. It's nice to see a bit of colour again, and I am loving the freshness. Perhaps it's time for me to have another brain-storming session for a week and see what comes of it.
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