'Take a look at a writer's home,and you might get a glimpse inside their mind'.
I read these words once, and wondered if I could apply it to myself. My home is neat and tidy, my studio is a 'flood of disorder', as Jean cocteau once described one of his residences.
My studio was once an old coal shed. I had it lined with wood, and installed electricity and cold running water. The reality of having a wood burning stove did not live up to the romantic idea of going in each morning and stoking a fire, so now I have a heater timed to make my arrival a warm and welcome one.
It's a haven and an office. My little world, which I cram with 'stuff' to inspire and make me happy.
People rarely get to step inside, I have never done an open studio before. Those who have come in, suddenly go quiet, and just stand there looking......... and because it is my place of work, and it's probably a bit overwhelming, I don't get asked to justify anything on display. And then they leave, and don't say a word, and I choose not to probe or question. After all, what can you say when you've just been hit with visual overload.
When my niece, Millie, visits, she insists on sitting next to me and painting while I work, sometimes offering to improve on my colours or drawing. Or she just points and asks to examine things.
Which makes me think, that's probably what some other visitors would love to do.
So on your way out, you might spot mole holding up my books. He's the cuddly toy creation from my 'mole' series of books.
If you're interested in seeing the books I have illustrated in my studio, here are some links:
Walker Booksamazon ukImages of Delight
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Hello, my name is Vanessa Cabban, and I'm so pleased you've dropped by! I'm an artist and illustrator, working from home. I have two Miniature wire-haired Dachshunds, Ellie and Douglas. I love being part of the blogosphere, reading your comments, and feeling like I'm part of a community. I hope you enjoy reading about my small world.
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Books I have illustrated!
The Best Gift of All
Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon