At the school where I work, they always have an Author of the Half Term, and this time they are celebrating Anthony Browne. They had a fun competition for the children based on The Shape Game — take one irregular, abstract shape drawn by Anthony Browne, use it to make a picture. The teacher running the competition thought it would be good if the adults entered too and she asked me to join in. I decided the shape could be the mouth of a cave.
(The anatomy of the little boy is all wrong, but whatever.) It was really fun to do, and such a pleasure to do a watercolour which wasn’t for anything. I wasn’t getting marked on it, it wasn’t getting judged in a professional competition, I wasn’t asking a publisher to critique it, no-one was paying me for it. It was just done for the pleasure of making a lovely picture. I should do that more often!