Excitement, loss, joy, grief...the past few weeks have had it all.
This month has been filled with so many exciting updates and lovely moments, but it’s also been a difficult few weeks. My husband’s granny passed away quickly and unexpectedly. She was a powerhouse of a woman and we miss her dearly.
I created this illustration in an attempt to work through the emotions of losing her and I’m comforted knowing she had a strong faith in Jesus- her saviour and friend.
In celebration of his new book, “This is Me” with George Webster and Claire Taylor, Tim Budgen released a drawing prompt. He challenged illustrators everywhere to create an illustration of them as a child!
Almost immediately I knew what I was going to draw- little Bekah with her big rock collection.
As a child I was very keen on collecting rocks from the parking lot next to my house. I brought the rocks inside and organised them on my bedroom floor.
This little habit would have been fine, if I wasn’t sharing a room with my older sister who wasn’t a fan of my rock collection.
She constantly complained she couldn’t use the toilet in the night for fear of stepping on one of my sharp rocks.
This is now a running joke in our family even though I have since stopped collecting rocks and laying them on my bedroom floor…they’re now on the living room floor. Kiddinggg
Anyways, “This is Me” is a lovely story about George Webster who has Down syndrome. The story is all about how wonderful it is to be unique and different! You can check it out here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Me-Webster%C2%92s-bestselling-illustrator/dp/0702319147
Red Bull Doodle Art Competition
I am joining in Red Bull’s doodle art competition this year! This is a bit different to what I usually do, but the doodler in me knew I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
This challenge also brought me back to my childhood- I use to doodle on all my homework, notebooks, and journals.
A New Book in the Pipeline!
I’ve been working on an exciting new picture book called No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (and all the other stuff the doctor never said) written by Rudi Gesch with a forward by Dr. Peter Gray, a renowned child developmental psychologist in the USA.
The book is all about risky play- risky play is defined as a thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury (not serious injury), and play that provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, and exploring boundaries. According to leading child developmental psychologists, risky play is essential for healthy development.
This clever twist on No More Monkey’s Jumping on the Bed, is going to be a good one for parents and children alike!
If you’d like to follow the progress of the book and learn about healthy development in children, Rudi is posting information and behind the scenes sketches on social media!
Tell Me A Story is Availabe Now
The books are in and they’re gorgeous (if I do say so myself) haha
Its always so exciting to hold a book you’ve spent so many months creating.
So, if you haven’t already, there’s still time to order your very own copy. Ken and I are chuffed with this book and we hope you and the little people in your life will be too.
Just follow this link: https://www.khmeyers.com/product-page/tell-me-a-story
My Happy Place
To close, here are some pictures of my garden. If I wasn’t an illustrator, I'm convinced I’d be a horticulturist.
Any other plant lovers out there?
As always, my inbox is open. I’d love to chat if you have any questions or simply want someone to talk to about creative things. Or plants. I’ll always talk to you about plants.
I hope you have a wonderful week.