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‘A Time to Buy’ ~ Watercolour, inks, and gouache; approx. 305 mm square.

‘It’s a time to buy
A time for shopping
Go into the store and make a choice
But everything she sees, it’s like they’re talking
Talking at her with a different voice…’

Illustration for the song, A Time to Buy, from Katie Melua‘s In Winter album.

I enjoyed the gentle satire of this song and creating the illustration for it — though not so much all the straight lines and the geometry, which are not my forte and drive me slightly mad, as those who know me well are aware. I suppose the process echoes the contradiction between the cheerful warmth and the commercially driven demands of the festive season, which I also tried to reflect in this piece.

The department store here was of course based directly on Liberty of London.