Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working with museums and galleries, and an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects.

Through the name Norris and the Flamingo, she shares the sense of adventure that runs through all of life, wherever we are on our journey. A sense of imagination, of possibility and discovery, for children and adults alike.

28 September 2019

Sketching the Kids

Portugal Portraits Not much time to sketch on holiday with two energetic children in tow, but I snatched short moments to sketch them in action, something I've long fallen out of the habit of doing. Often it was when they sat down to draw too, or fell asleep... Kids 5

21 September 2019

Modernist British Printmaking

DPG I managed to squeeze in a visit to Modernist British Printmaking at Dulwich Picture Gallery before the exhibition closed - a total treat and indulgence currently! It was a gorgeous exhibition, transporting me back to my art-historical past, and reconnecting me with the period between the wars, still one of my favourite eras of art. And there's always something special about seeing your own city represented in art, as Cyril Power always did so beautifully with his tube paintings. DPG 1
I finished up with a quick reunion with the Linley Sisters - long ago, Dulwich's collection was part of my daily life, and each time I visit, I intend to return again and spend serious sketchbook time with my favourite paintings.  One day I will ... !

14 September 2019

Lambeth Artists Open

All the most sensible people decide to put on an exhibition to celebrate their birthday!  Please join us if you can, all welcome.Invitation for Blog

18 August 2019

Black Sketchbook

Recently I picked up my black sketchbook again ... Black 1 Black 2

4 August 2019

Quick egg box flowers

20190426_103546 My Mum spotted these in a magazine, and I remembered how absorbed Feets had become in a careful painting kit a year or two ago.  So we took acrylic paints and eggboxes outside and painted.  There's something very satisfying about painting with acrylic - it's thick and easy to spread, and we steer clear of water.  Sometimes it's nice to give the children something different to paint with.

These are perhaps the simplist thing I've ever shared!

21 July 2019

Whose Shoes: The book, the whole book and nothing but the book

Beginning with the front and back covers, here is my recent 'Whose Shoes?' in it's entirety.

01 Front Cover               10 Back Cover 02 yellow pink 03 blue red 04 green 05 white grey 06 black 07 Purple 08 Orange Brown 09 All Shoes

7 July 2019

Van Gogh and Britain

It's something of a rare luxury to visit an exhibition with time to enjoy it at the moment, but having recently seen the film At Eternity's Gate, I was keen to see the Van Gogh and Britain exhibition at Tate Britain.  I enjoyed it, but I admit I was a little confused - almost the first thing I learnt was that Van Gogh hadn't yet become an artist when he was living in Britain.  And something else I couldn't understand was that he didn't seem to have done any drawing or painting at all during that time - even as an amateur, or a hobby, or simply a doodle.  I still find this a bit baffling - in fact, I think he must have done, but the exhibition didn't address this, or what is probably the lack of any work still remaining from this time.  Van Gogh I also struggled a little get particularly excited in most of the rooms, which aroused some curiosity in me - do I no longer have any attention span for exhibitions?  Are the crowds entirely off-putting?  Have I become more demanding now that I don't have opportunity to do this very often?  Or have I become more critical and analytical since I began to explore interpretation in my professional life?

Baffled by my indifference, I finally sat down and looked up a review.  And felt vindicated to find many of the same feelings expressed in the Guardian.

All of this said, surrounded by the work of numerous less-known artists, Van-Gogh's work shone.  It will always be beautiful.  And what caught my attention the most - or perhaps I simply had the courage to confront these less colourful pieces in my sketchbook - were some people studies from his early career as an artist.