We're really lucky, Oliver & I, to live in a large garden. It's full of life and activity and inspiration for both pictures and stories. I mean really, move a leaf and find an adventure. They're everywhere!
This is a scene (see above…picture with boots)I set up for the new book, Oliver Anole and the Wild Grasshopper Rodeo (page 8). The story is all done and people of all sizes that I've read it to seem to really like it. So, with Oliver's helpful comments as he wades in my brush water and swirls them clean, I'm painting away on the pages.
Oliver is out at the moment visiting his friend Bright Green, who lives in our new organic garden area. He's not as talkative as Oliver but seems pretty friendly. Oliver tells me so many stories when he comes back from his travels that I am thinking he should write them on the blog. The garden through his eyes is quite amazing.