It's Mother's Day here in the UK today.
For me, mothering in this life is my two furkids, Luna Jack and Pudding Cat, so when I sat down with this illustration in my head and a blank piece of paper, my aim was to draw me, Luna and Pudding.
As pencil lines began and I had the figure of me (ish) the dog and cat (ish) suddenly, I was pulled to draw Mr Blackbird on my head, and in that moment I thought, I couldn't have Mr B without Mrs B. They're recurring visitors in our garden and sing us such beautiful songs.
It seemed the right thing to do.
Then I knew I wanted another dog in the mix, so I began to draw a lovely black girl, Leah the Lab.
Dogs done, my mind drifted to the thought of beautiful cows; I love cows and this is when Clarissa appeared - (I had just remembered that horrific picture of veal crates from a Facebook photo the other day. Laid out - rows upon rows, thousands and thousands of crates. It breaks my heart that we can be so incredibly cruel - no wonder humans treat each other the way they do.)
Anyway, back to this.
I then turned to Peggy Pig. I wanted to draw in some healing love for her, she is such a great mother and is such an intelligent sentient being - aren't they all?
She can't be all bad, for we use her heart valves to replace human heart valves.
In popped Eunice the Ewe, Hattie the Hedgehog, Delilah the Donkey and Gillian the Guinea Pig squealed that she wanted to be in on this one.
There really was a gathering happening here.
Not long after, Rowena the Rabbit and Cassie the Chicken appeared.
This whole drawing took me on a journey in saying Thank You to them and believe me, I could have gone ON and ON!!!!
Finally I realised that Sally the Salmon wanted an appearance and Olivia the Owl.
I adored creating this illustration.
Here is how it unfolded - just rough photos on the go!