The Illustrations of Poppy Palin
These pages share some of Poppy's imagery over the last 35 years
This will be improved upon and updated so please come back soon
Poppy is a trained illustrator, working on green-spirited themes that reflect the Oneness of all beings - human and non-human; seen and unseen. They reveal the enchantment inherent in everyday life and celebrate the extraordinary beauty of 'ordinary' people, paying loving attention to those not usually depicted in art or the media.
Above: Thy Garland Green This image gives a taste of the style of Poppy's next Tarot, called 'The Everyday Enchantment Tarot'. It was inspired, if inspired is the correct word, by the terrible devastation wreaked on the English hedgerows every autumn and winter by brutal cutting machines. These machines slash and hack at the bushes, leaving only broken brittle branches behind, branches that are then far more susceptible to disease.
Above: And this is one of the less brutalised hedges, often used as a repository for litter by passers by. When so little respect is blatantly shown to a living creation then the precedent of abuse is more readily established.
These denuded bitter boughs have no fruits and seeds to see the wild birds though the cold months. Nor do they provide adequate cover for them to take shelter in. 'Thy Garland Green' borrows a phrase from an Emily Bronte poem and suggests that we feed the birds and other wild creatures. It is not only the birds that suffer, such brutality affects many other species who, in their own ways, have dependency on the hedgerows for shelter and sustenance. And to the earth, denied the seeds for renewal and husks and leaves for compost.
We live in a world where those who have the privilege of being the custodians of the land seem the least caring. But we can, at least, keep our own garland's green.
Above: Forgiveness. Seeking absolution for our trespasses against all our relations.
The above image is dedicated to the hunt saboteurs who tirelessly dedicate themselves to saving our creature-kin
Please support these compassionate, selfless individuals - because non-human lives matter
Above: One Wild Night - the original design for 'The Hermit' from the Everyday Enchantment Tarot
Below are a selection of images that were to be in the Everyday Enchantment Tarot but were changed
This first image is The Star original version - like the final design this one shows a rescue from a disaster scene. However. this one didn't have the serenity, simplicity or clarity the card needs.
This is the original idea for Two of Wands - the two knitting needles are the wands. This design wasn't dynamic enough for a Wands card.
This image is the original Empress - although attractive she isn't warm and welcoming enough