This is the 'doodle' that inspired a whole waterfall of ideas....
While making this doodle, because that's what it started out as, I knew it was just for me so I could simply play. I began with the tree because I wanted to play with a new texture idea I had and then the hedge came into play because I like drawing leaves... a little girl - reading of course! - soon I realized she needed fairy wings. Next the window, and who should appear in that window but a robin wearing pince-nez! A whimsical, swan-neck flower and a Chinese Lantern flower over the door were some of the last bits to be included...
For me, at the time, this picture told me just enough of it's story to interest me into exploring this seemingly quiet village.
I have visited this l'il village quite often since the time I completed this illustration late last year and have documented through simple illustrations what I discovered there... there is still so much left to explore - I can't wait to share it with you!!