A Series of Interesting Happenings...

This is my collection of ramblings, news and so on.

Procreate reworking of a watercolour illustration

The cat ate on the mat…















This is a placemat I’ve designed so that the resident feline, Holly McNoggin Esq, can eat his food in a civilised fashion in the living room without getting lumps of it on the carpet. (He does have a bowl, honest!)

This follows frequent incursions from neighbourhood cats who used to come into the kitchen to help themselves to his nosh, one of them being so bold that he’d wolf down as much as he could even when we were in there. I think insinuating himself all the way into the living room would be too much even for him, though we keep an eye on the open window.

To be fair, I suspect that McNoggin has done this to others in the past…


What a Hoot of a Day (and other terrible owl-based puns)

Yesterday, the Big Hoot trail in Ipswich went life with a Hoot Hike in support of St Elizabeth’s Hospice. This means that the designs, which have been mostly under wraps apart from tantalising glimpses of details, can be revealed in all their glory. So here are some pics of Owl-otments before he flew the nest to join his friends in Ipswich:

Let’s stop MS in its tracks!

My wonderful friend Lisa Sabotig, of Illuminate Psychology Services Ltd, has recently been diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of multiple sclerosis. She is not going down without a fight, however, and is currently fundraising to pay for life-changing treatment not available on the NHS.

She has considerable support amongst Birmingham’s creative community, who know her primarily as Candee Handful, hosting Dr Sketchy events in Birmingham. Here is my contribution to her fundraising effort, creating a design which is available on mugs, t-shirts and, well, anything you like really! It was an interesting project for me, researching the imagery associated with MS and its support groups and then combining them in a way which would work for Lisa. If anyone would like to contribute to her campaign, you can do so via this link.

Wild in Art… the Big Hoot is coming to Ipswich…

St Elizabeth Hospice has announced the ‘Hoot Hike’ as the event to launch the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 this summer.

The Big Hoot Ipswich 2022 is the third art trail brought to Ipswich by St Elizabeth Hospice in partnership with creative producers Wild in Art, following the success of Pigs Gone Wild 2016 and Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk 2019.

Taking place on 19th June, the official launch of the Big Hoot Ipswich 2022, the Hoot Hike is a family-friendly, sponsored walk which will kick off the summer of fun and give the community their first chance to see the sculptures which will make up the at trail, as well as enjoy lots of other fun activities throughout the day.

I’m happy to say that I’ve entered two Wild in Art trails this year – for the first time since 2018 – and had designs selected for both of them. As ever, they ask us not to reveal too much before the, er, big reveal… so here are a couple of details. Though I can reveal that the title of my Hoot is Owl-otments:

Wild in Art Snowdogs Trail – and I’m on it…

This is from the Kirklees Snowdogs website:
For eight whole weeks in Autumn 2022, towns and villages across Kirklees will brought to life by a pack of dazzlingly decorated Snowdog sculptures, creating a spectacular event for our entire community to enjoy.

Based on The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, the classic animated story by Raymond Briggs, Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees will bring the magic of the Snowdog character to life through an extraordinary public art trail.

A free event for all, Snowdogs Support Life, Kirklees will show off the very best creative talent from local, regional and national artists. Thirty uniquely designed Snowdogs, along with thirty mini sculptures, will be on display around Kirklees for visitors to discover and enjoy as part of a world class public arts event never seen before in West Yorkshire.

So as not to reveal too much before the grand launch, the participating artists have been asked to share details of their sculptures, but nothing more. So here’s one of the cheeks of my piece, entitled (Snow) Dogrose. This being Yorkshire, it’s a white rose (of course!)

Sunflowers for Ukraine!

I’ve been planning to open a Redbubble Shop to sell designs for quite a while now; the final kick up the bum was the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I’d done all the obvious things – donations etc – but I’ve now produced some designs featuring sunflowers, across a number of small items at the moment. All profits will go to the Red Cross to support them in their work with victims of war, but these designs are particularly relevant to Ukraine:










And the link to the shop is down below; the images you’ll see are those of a mouse mat and a desk mat, but if you follow the ‘Shop all products’ link below the images, it’ll bring up others. Happy hunting!

Cathy Simpson’s Redbubble Shop


Making more marks!

I love the Musicians of Bremen. I’ve loved them ever since I first heard their story at the age of 6 (I’m not telling you how many years ago that was). And here they are, making tracks in aid of the National Brain Appeal’s Letter in Mind exhibition 2021….

Letter in Mind entry time is upon us again!

This is my first entry to this year’s Letter in Mind exhibition in support of the National Brain Appeal. This year’s theme is ‘Making your Mark’, and my piece features not only the ancient landmark of the Uffington White Horse, but the bunnies whose dedicated cropping habits ensure that chalk figures like this don’t vanish beneath a sea of grass, willowherb and thistles!

Recent cards in a not-so-recent style!

Any of these cards can be purchased from my profile at Thortful.com, and you can even get the lovely people at Thortful to send to a victim of your choice! (Just in case it isn’t displaying – if you hover your mouse over the words ‘my profile’, a cute little hand will appear, and will lead you all the way there.)