In the beginning…

there were note books and exercise books which became dotted with tiny marks and scrawls. Coloured lines, squiggles and bands marched across pages, and were presumably symptomatic of how I, as a baby / toddler was feeling. I don’t remember much about my art at that age, other than one piece of work which must have been done when I was four or five years old. It was Christmas, and we were staying, as we always did, with my grandmother, in a tiny hamlet, about thirty miles from home. My parents always arrived a few days after my brothers and myself, so I presume that on this occassion, we were being looked after because my Gran had gone to pick up my parents. Our babysitter was a young girl called Violet. I have no idea how old she was, but she was probably in her teens. Violet thought it would be a good idea if we did some mobiles that we could hang on the big christmas tree which stood in the hallway of Gran’s house. I don’t think I got the message about it being christmassy though, and set to work with crayons and paper, scissors and string and created …a duck! Perhaps we had talked about ducks or something. Anyway, I can see the finished product to this day, and it is the first artwork I can remember creating by myself. It looked something like this…

 Christmas Duck

I was very proud of my duck, but I have no recollection as to whether it was hung on the tree, or anywhere else, or even if I took it home after Christmas. As a side note, I often wondered what happened to Violet. As a shy child, I thought she was wonderful. I hope she went on to have a good life.


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