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it's lovely, glad you've found your painting mojo again. xx

Sew Recycled!

Oh I like this one a lot!
Glad you are getting back into it.

Helen LAmbert

Glad you are back on track and your enthusiasm has returned..same time as mine...I am so excited about the year 12 piece I am directing my head is spinning with ideas..the only thing is if i dont write them down I forget...have a lovely H


Nice to hear you are feeling better!
** Beautiful painting by the way

Enthusiasm - as essential as vitamins - especially in winter. And yours is infectious.

kitschen pink

I love that you have a visit to a flower shop - I find fruit shops very inspiring too! But hurrah for free berries! t.x


I love the berries! So much more interesting- and more unexpected- than flowers.


This is a wonderful painting, the red cheers me up!


OOHH! Thanks to Alice i've just discovered your lovely blog. That little painting is heavenly. So simple and evocative.
I was looking at a closely clipped tiny hedge outside a neat little house was bare brown twigs with red inspired me.

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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.

Books I have illustrated!

  • The Best Gift of All

  • Book and dvd,(narrated by Kevin Whateley), of Bringing Down the Moon

  • There's a House Inside My Mummy

  • The Magic Donkey Ride

  • Down in the Woods at Sleepytime

  • Dear Tooth Fairy

  • Dear Mermaid

  • No Place Like Home

  • Diamond in the Snow

  • Bringing Down the Moon