In writing this book I thought I could introduce children to the world of alternative medicine by creating interesting characters that would resemble the plants from which the remedies are made. I hope that children can relate the characters to the plants they see around them.
I initially constructed the plant characters using the computer with my very limited graphic design knowledge but I did not feel that I had established a close relationship with them so I decided to paint the characters in oils. As I did this they became alive in front of my eyes and I developed a connection with them.
I like the trees and rocks created by various artists particularly David Hockney, Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Fred Williams, Picasso, Monet, Jala Prendes, Dali, Freida Kahlo and Munch. They inspired me to paint similar trees, rocks and the sun in the scenes of the story. Also Man Ray’s famous photo of lips floating in the sky inspired me to paint the lips on Vine.
I am a Homeopath and Herbalist and have a practice at Cronulla, Sydney, Australia. http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/rhondacampbell
I use Bach Flowers in my practice. They are easy to use and self prescribe.