Like you, I have loads to do.

Unlike you (probably), my studio/office is so messy that I can’t move/think/create or even open my eyes without being overwhelmed by the stacks. So I’m taking a little time today to clean up so I can approach my next task in a fresh space.

While moving stuff around, I came across this painting that didn’t make it into my Imaginary Animals book. I had meant to develop a project around this kind of painting (defining animals by painting AROUND it, in this case, the dark red background outlines the rat shape). It didn’t happen… maybe in the future, though!

It’s pencil, charcoal and gouache on paper.