You know how normally you are making art and you are enjoying it and then other times you are so obsessed with what you are making that you want to make it all the time till it is finished, no matter what other tasks are calling your name?
This is what happened when my Real-life friend J. made me a handmade book with forty-two pages, each page measuring an inch square. I couldn't stop painting until it was finished.
The opening pages - Welcome.
This was the first page painted. I was pretty excited by the book right from the start.
The whole book could have been on a single theme but there were too many ideas clamouring for attention.
A little bird is having a lie-down.
Many of the pages would not lie flat for photographing, so Douglas volunteered to help.
This was the first painted two-page spread.
On individual pages the two opposing pages were co-ordinated. There's a little piece of washi tape here.
A strange land.
I had the most amazing fun with this little book.
I'll show you more pages another time.
When I was at art college they were always trying to "persuade" us to make large pieces, but I always ended up with small art.
Do you have a kind of art you always go back to, even if you experiment and try new things?