And when I pause with my cup of tea I often pick up an art magazine to read- my favourite is 'Artists and Illustrators'.
We don't talk much about illustration in NZ , sometimes I feel that the art scene here is slightly precious about anything thats non abstract or flavour of the month.
But other countries treasure illustration. I find it a very satisfying genre - children's books are a case in point , in my role as local school librarian I constantly find myself sidetracked by the delicious paintings in children's picture books - gorgeous pen and wash characters really bring the stories to life.
And lets be honest here, most of us enjoy doodling , which can often be quite illustrative - no pressure to produce a work of art , just scribbling away and having fun.
So next time you're at your local library have a sneaky peek in the childrens section and see if you agree - I'd love to know what you favourite is...and if you paint and would like to try some different techniques , look for the A and I magazine, many libraries stock it.
PS .The little one below is a samoan bus
SPP. Hairy Maclarey is pretty near the top of my list :)