Have a jolly Festive Season, and a fabulous happy New Year!!!
The two characters that have made it onto my Christmas card this year are from a picture book story I am currently developing about possessive friendships.
"That looks painful!" said Penguin.
A piece of concept art for a picture book about the magic of Christmas.
http://www.fidgetandco.com/ Latest poster to download for free, in time for the holidays... The Adventures of Dr Fillie Fidget and Hamish the Dog.
Happy Christmas all!
The north wind doth blow, And we shall have snow, And what will the robin do then? Poor thing!
He’ll sit in a barn, And keep himself warm, And hide his head under his wing, Poor thing!
Often mistakenly thought of as a traditional Russian tale, this is really an Italian tradition, alive and well, with the children there receiving gifts and sweets down the chimney on January 5th from La Befana - a kindly old woman with a broomstick - they are threatened with getting lumps of coal if they misbehave.
After much digging around researching the origins of the 'Russian' tale, I read that it was actually an English woman visiting Russia in the early 1900s, who coming across a published version of the story and was not aware it was a translation from the Italian to Russian, as she subsequently translated it to English thereby becoming responsible for creating the myth in the west of the Russian Babushka story! The basic story was not however lost in translation!
I hope you enjoy the little tale as much as I did all those years ago: along with the notion that a kindly hardworking woman is responsible for the mysterious gifts in your stocking on Christmas morning and not an old man with a big beard and muddy boots!!
Season's Greetings, Happy Christmas and all good wishes for the New Year from everyone at Frances McKay Illustration.