When I think about all the things that I love to paint, one of my favorites is the lighthouse. This may be due to growing up by the sea in Portsmouth and sailing a lot, but I also think their design juxtaposed against the shore and the sea hold a special fascination.

Fortunately, in two of the children’s books there are going to be lighthouses due to the storyline. Here is my drawing on mulberry paper of Elliot the Pig sitting on the beach surrounded by lighthouses. Light at the end of the tunnel?!

Drawing on Mulberry Paper of Elliot the Pig on Lighthouse Beach by Jean Tori 2012 ©

Drawing on Mulberry Paper of Elliot the Pig on Lighthouse Beach by Jean Tori 2012 ©

And here is a painting of Ralph the Dog from the first book, “Leo’s Birthday Party” with the lighthouses in the distance.

Detail from 'Party Dog' Chinese Zodiac Animal series by Jean Tori 2005 ©

Detail from ‘Party Dog’ Chinese Zodiac Animal series by Jean Tori 2005 ©