Megan Dowsett is a creative consultant working in museums, galleries and the arts, an illustrator who is finding her voice through personal and local projects, and a parent to two young beings who can't help but influence her creative journey.

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.

27 January 2016

Experiments in Watercolour

Watercolour Sketchbook 1With watercolour, I've always felt frustrated before I've even begun. So I decided to fill a sketchbook with experiments. Here's a sample!

24 January 2016

The Amazing World of M C Escher

At the last possible minute, I made it along to the Escher exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery.  I knew about Escher's 'impossible pictures' and I find them very clever.  I love, as you have probably realised, black and white illustration.  So I was bound to enjoy the exhibition. But, for me, his 'impossible pictures' are very graphic, very accurate and architectural, and what really blew my mind were the tessellations.  I find myself consumed with the beauty and impossibility of transforming shapes while retaining the familiarity of natural forms.  The absolute queen of the exhibition, for me, was Metamorphosis II. The magic of transforming from one shape to another ... and then another ... and another ... his draughtmanship is amazing.  His mind is incredible.  Watch this space - one day I will succeed at some form of tessellation of my own.

20 January 2016

My Black Sketchbook

Black Sketchbook 1 I so enjoyed filling my last sketchbook, preparing each page beforehand with paint, tissue paper, pencil or pen so that it was already coloured or 'marked' and broke my tendency towards monochrome pen drawings. But then I wanted to take it further. I became addicted to the ease of doodling with felt pens, and I began to wonder what would happen if my pages were black ... would I return to collage as a starting point? Or would I turn lazy and buy a set of gel pens?! Black Sketchbook 2 So I made myself a sketchbook (three actually - who knows what will happen in the next ones) and found myself returning to my magical city daydreams from over a year ago, but in a much more relaxed, spontaneous and less laborious way. I've had a lovely time - and found an alternative use for my origami papers!

17 January 2016

Kusadama Christmas

This Christmas I went on a Kusadama mission ... I gave 6 kusadama balls as gifts. 3 original, traditional ones, and 3 new (and challenging!) origami adventures, thanks to the beautiful designs and printable instructions of Maria Sinayskaya.P1210930

13 January 2016

The Last Polar Bear

And the tide goes in and never goes out I began to illustrate The Last Polar Bear by O'Hooley and Tidow ... I'm not sure if this is a project I'll finish but I enjoyed diving in in the middle and playing with every material in my artbox!

5 January 2016

Festive Colouring

Christmas Colouring I was determined to help in some small way this Christmas. So (she claims she really actually wanted this ... ) Mum asked me to do a drawing that we could photocopy and use as placemats around the Christmas dinner table. She would supply pens and pencils for everyone to quietly colour them in ...