To be able to stand up close and see all his paint strokes and ink lines was thrilling. There were even rough sketches with page numbers scribbled on them to see how they work together in a story. Something I have been doing for my own adventure into the picture book world.
We were not allowed to take photographs ourselves but this was one of the pieces I saw, copyright E.H. Shepard Trust.
This original was actually for sale, but I would have had to win the Lottery first!
I just love the looseness of his pencil strokes, so inspiring.
I grew up with the Winnie The Pooh Stories, enjoying the wonderful illustrations from old books belonging to my Granny. As you can imagine, with my love of Bear Making and Illustration Bears appear with fun regularity in my work, how many Bears can you spot in my Shop? You can even search for Bear in my Etsy Shop to make friends with them all!
Personalised Friendship is Sharing Cake Art Print, available from my Etsy Shop
Favourite Moments Art Prints & Cards from my Etsy Shop
The Exhibition was held in the magnificent Mottisfont Abbey, a Medieval Priory gradually changed into a Country House, and now owned by The National Trust. Set in beautiful grounds, with clear rivers and ancient trees.
We've had scorching hot weather as you can see by the lawns!
Maud Russel lived there from 1934-1972 and was a great patron of the arts.
Just imagine the Parties they had here!
Winnie The Pooh & Friends having a picnic in a very grand setting!
An amazing wire sculpture in the old stable block!
The perfect home for Winnie The Pooh!
The Exhibition is running until 15th September, so for any of you in the UK I would highly recommend it!
To just make it all even more perfect for me there is also the National Collection of Old Fashioned Roses, set in a stunning walled Garden! So fly on by again soon to walk through the gardens with me.