The Easter weekend was a lovely mixture of seeing family, walking, and copious amounts of chocolate consumption. I also wanted to give myself some time to just sit back and relax a little, read, and watch those films I've had on my list for a while! I have a table in my office where I keep a selection of books and magazines that have inspired me, or I'm saving to read on a rainy day. One of these is 'A Book Of Britain' by Johnny Scott. It's a beautiful hardback about the countryside, the people that live in it, their customs, and traditions.
I've realised more and more that nature and the seasons inspire my work. This is a book I can dip in and out of, and I always see or read something new. The book comes to life through Cristian Barnett's photography.
Along with the Easter eggs, the big kid in me also needed feeding! I bought 'The Boy In The Oak' a few months ago. It literally fell onto my foot in a bookshop and when I picked it up, I loved the cover and the images inside. It's both written and illustrated by Jessica Albarn. It's a fantasy about a boy who discovers an oak tree in his family's back garden and how his world collides with the enchanted one the fairies inhabit, who protect the natural world. I only recently found out that it's also been made into a short film starring Jude Law.
I've had the DVD of 'Where The Wild Things Are' for a while, just waiting for the right moment to watch it, and I wasn't disappointed. The photography is stunning and use of light is beautiful. For an hour and a half, I was completely enthralled as the film follows the adventures of a young boy named Max as he enters the world of the Wild Things. If you haven't already seen it, I'd highly recommend it!
Whatever you were doing over Easter, I hope you had a lovely, and inspiring time.