I painted this when my son was born. We wanted something to keep him occupied while he lay in his cot and felt the natural world was a positive image for him to look at. I used mostly old paints we had around the house and some reclaimed paint from the local recycling centre. I wanted to paint dark storm-clouds over the mountain, but my son’s Mum objected so we compromised with clouds that looked a bit rainy.
When thinking about what animals or creatures to paint on, it came to me that it would be good to have some fluidity in the picture, so I decided to make them movable.