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I am away from the 18th - 30th January.  All orders placed between these dates will be sent on the 2nd Feb.

Solar Printing

I have wanted to make some solar plates for a while and so I finally decided to give it a go.  It's a bit like a cross between etching and screen printing as you work on a metal plate but transfer your work onto it using UV light.  The effect is much more delicate than a screen print and the plate holds finer detail which was the main reason for trying it out.  I will hopefully make some more in the coming weeks.

Screen print giveaway.


If you would like to win one of these then just pop over to my face book page for the details.

Tiger Moths

I was asked if i would like to put some work in alongside an exhibition at Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in Penzance.  The Exhibition 'Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing' launches this evening and runs until the 26th April.

Winged fox

esther connon illustration

New drawings



I have started work on something new and so it's back to the sketchbook.

I have some ideas based around a story called 'The White butterfly', a story fragment that I came across a few years ago. It is based on a legend that believes the butterfly to be the soul of loved ones that have passed away. It contains some beautiful and haunting themes that I would like to explore. I will post more soon ...

Feeling Festive

Having spent the majority of October on holiday or thinking about going on holiday, November has been a busy month of catching up!  It's been pretty much Christmas all the way since my return to work.

I'm taking part in a few Christmas themed events this month (more details to follow) so I have been busy making plenty of new, hand printed Christmas cards, tags and hopefully some Christmas wrap too.

We are holding our annual Christmas Open Studios at Krowji next weekend, it's my favourite event where I get to make my studio all festive ... and tidy!  We are kicking off the festivities on Friday 30th November at 6pm where as well as all the creativity we will also be offering mince pies and mulled wine.  Hope to see you there!

Maurice Sendak

It was so sad to hear about the death of Maurice Sendak last week.  He has always been a constant source of inspiration to me in my own work so I thought I would post a couple of my personal favourites along with a heart felt video in which he talks about the great loves in his love including his dog Jennie and of course his work, which have both brought him much happiness.


Jon Klassen

Black Lake from David OReilly on Vimeo.

Yesterday, I discovered the work of Jon Klassen, an illustrator/animator based in California and in particular his latest book, 'Where is My Hat'.  It is the first book that he has written and illustrated himself and I loved the simplicity of the text and illustration.   This led me to delve deeper to see what else I could find.  I stumbled across this beautiful animation which is a collaboration between Jon Klassen and David OReilly and thought it had to be shared.


The Tree House


'The Tree house' is a picture book by father and daughter Marije and Ronald Tolman.  It was the 2010 winner of the Bologna fiction award which is how I stumbled across it.  It is a simple story of two bears living in a tree house in the middle of the ocean.  It is told entirely through pictures allowing the reader to become totally lost in the images without interruption.  An etching of a tree house appears in the same place on every page, only it's surroundings change with the seasons as a multitude of animals come and go.  As far as I can see there is no moral or underlying message hidden within the pages but simply a beautiful story expressed through beautiful images waiting to be enjoyed.

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