Hello there, lovely people! It’s time for another new print and this time it comes with a strange but happy story. Sometimes you have to see things as being messages, especially when they’re so bizarrely well timed.

You might have noticed my magpie logo up there, because I’ve taken him on as a logo spirit animal. This little guy was one of my reference sketches for a WIP painting of two magpies that’s quite romantic (‘two for joy’, if you’re superstitious!), but this magpie sketch came from an occasion when I saw something which was coincidentally timed while getting a lift back home by my dad.

It was late at night. The sky was dark and inky, but with a full moon rising. As I approached, I was talking to my dad about a magpie print I was working on which I just couldn’t finish. The magpie was done, but for some reason I’d put a pool of watercolour above him which had evolved into a moon. My dad was asking me what the moon had to do with the magpie anyway, and maybe I should just forget it. I agreed, because no matter what I’d tried, I wasn’t happy with it, even though I was very fond of the moon being in the picture.

While we were discussing it, waited at a roundabout, tired and bored, I looked up and saw a magpie moving up and down excitedly on a street light, y’know how magpies do sometimes. I can’t describe as anything else than that he looked like he was dancing. That was coincidental enough, but what made it extra special was that, from my angle, it looked like he was standing on the full moon.

I pointed it out to my dad (so I have a witness!) and we were both more than a little surprised by it, and I immediately knew what I had to do with my print to make it work. So that’s the story behind this little guy and the print.

The final print is called ‘Tycho” and is currently for sale as a signed edition with hand-embellished gold leafing in the Tycho crater, hence the name. The Tycho crater is one of the youngest craters on the moon, which is why it’s so prominent (an asteroid hit it 108 million years ago when dinosaurs might have seen it happen). The blast patterns emanating from it looks like a sunburst to me, don’t you think?

Tycho crater by Frank Barrett celestialwonders.com

Close-up of the Tycho crater. Courtesy of Frank Barrett / celestialwonders.com

So that’s my little accompanying story for this print and some bonus Lunar history. I wish that more of my work had suggestions from magpies and the universe in general but unfortunately they only seem to happen when I need inspiration, like with this print. So I hope that you liked my little story and the background history of this print. I

f you have any similar stories, please let me know because I’d love to hear them! Isn’t it like the universe is saying “Look, I know you’re having problems with this thing, so here you go, don’t give up!”

Signing out, much love,


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