Sushila Burgess Art and Books


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On this page: Jasmine's Unicorn | Tarot decks | Paintings 2012–2015 | Elephants, peacocks, deer and swans | Bird People | Fairies and Mermaids | Animals, real and imaginary | Products: jewellery and more | Contact details

Elsewhere on the site: Images of four handwritten notes from Simone de Beauvoir, 1983–1986

Jasmine's Unicorn, now on the Kindle Fire on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk!

Jasmine meets a unicorn who needs her help, hiding in the garden of her great aunt the wicked witch.
Soon she is on a thrilling mission involving ghosts, mermaids, a rather annoying fairy assistant... and a horribly hungry dragon!

Front cover of Jasmine's Unicorn

A short extract from Jasmine's Unicorn

  ... 'Well, I certainly wouldn't say no to a sandwich or some carrots or an apple,' said the unicorn, flopping down on the grass between two rose bushes. 'It's been a long time since I had any decent food.'
   Jazzy sat down on the grass as well, and opened her lunch bag.
   As the unicorn ate, he told Jazzy his story. 'My name is Cloudgrass,' he said, sinking his jaws with a snort of delight into a Marmite and lettuce sandwich. 'In happier days, I used to live with my family and a whole herd of other unicorns in a beautiful place called Freer Garden. By the way, are there any more of those yummy sandwiches?' Jazzy passed him a salad roll, and watched in disbelief as he munched it with sighs of contentment.
   Freer Garden, Cloudgrass told Jazzy, was a strange and magical land that floated somewhere outside the normal universe. There was just one gateway leading from it to the human world, and this gateway was in the cellars under the house of a rich old lady called Miss Peggy Fisher.
   The unicorns used to wander back and forth between the two worlds whenever they felt like it, clip-clopping through the stone passageways of the house after Miss Fisher had gone to bed and squeezing through a window with a broken catch. One summer night, the whole unicorn herd had been out in Miss Fisher's garden, enjoying the fine crop of strawberries that they had found growing there. Tired but happy, they were heading home, when they heard a fearsome cackle of laughter. Miss Peggy Fisher was standing in front of the gateway to Freer Garden, pointing a bony finger at them. The gate was now blocked by a massive rock.
   'You can keep your noses out of my strawberry plants in future!' she sneered. 'Off to the moon with you!' A beam of silver light shot from her finger, and as it zapped the unicorns, they disappeared from the earth and reappeared on the cold white hills of the moon. Only Cloudgrass had escaped...
First meeting Down in the cellar The Fire Bird She rides with the West Wind The Moon Unicorns The White Lady's Cave Into the Water The mermaids Leap Away from the Lion Dog and peacock chase her up a tree The Unicorns Come Home Escape from the Burning House

A hilarious magical adventure for children aged 5-9 now available with full-colour illustrations on the Kindle Fire on amazon.com at $6.07 and amazon.co.uk at 3.99.
And in paperback on amazon.com at $12.50 and amazon.co.uk at 8.99 with illustrations in black and white.

Read the first chapter | See the story as a picture slideshow


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Tarot Decks

“Fiery Wands” Tarot now on sale as: a professionally-printed deck or hand-made by the artist | “Airy Wands” variation also available

Tarot cards by Sushila Burgess 1 of 78

Images from the Fiery Wands Tarot Buy Fiery Wands Tarot hand-made by the artist Buy Fiery Wands Tarot hand-made by the artist

Buy “Fiery Wands” Tarot as • a professionally-printed deck at $27.99 USDhand-made by the artist from 30 GBP (at a guess about $45 USD)
Click here to see all the cards or click the “Start slideshow” button on the left.

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Paintings 2012–2015

Dec 2014: View all paintings on one page as slideshows | 2013–2014: A Tarot deck | The Zodiac

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Elephants, peacocks, deer and swans:

I painted these images on ceramic tiles, and now they form a fire surround in my home. The elephants were inspired by a figure from a 16th-century Persian bestiary. Click an image to view a larger version or view as slideshow.

Painting of blue elephant waving its trunk. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of woman in red sari offering an apple to an elephant. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of blue elephant running to accept an apple. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of birds' nest in flowering tree. By Sushila Burgess.
Painting of two deer. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of two swans. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of swan and two ducks. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of swan and duck. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of flamingo. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of deer drinking. By Sushila Burgess.
Painting of peacock beside birdbath. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of woman in red and gold dress sitting by fountain and reading. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of yellow elephant. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of woman in red sari dancing. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of peacock beside lily pond. By Sushila Burgess. Painting of yellow elephant. By Sushila Burgess.

Bird people:

Bird people: chaffinch family. A painting by Sushila (Sue) Burgess. Detail of Bird People Chaffinch Family: the nest Detail of Bird People Chaffinch Family: the father Feral angels. A painting by Sushila Burgess.

Bird People: Little Green Bee-Eaters of Upper Egypt by Sushila (Sue) Burgess Bird people: robin. A painting by Sushila Burgess. Bird people: woodpecker. A painting by Sushila Burgess. Detail 1 of Bird People: Little Green Bee-Eaters of Upper Egypt. By Sushila Burgess Detail 2 of Bird People: Little Green Bee-Eaters of Upper Egypt. By Sushila Burgess

Bird People: Long-Tailed Tits by Sushila Burgess Bird people: peacock king and peahen. A painting by Sushila (Sue) Burgess. Blackbird and Worm by Sushila (Sue) Burgess Bird people: the bluetit family. A painting by Sushila Burgess.

Fairies and Mermaids:

Fairy liquid. A painting by Sushila Burgess. Fairy feeding swan. A painting by Sushila Burgess. Fairy cakes. A painting by Sushila Burgess. Mer quarrel. A painting by Sushila Burgess.

Mer Mum and Comb. A painting about underwater nit-combing by Sushila Burgess. Detail of Mer Mum and Comb: the Mum. A painting about underwater nit-combing by Sushila Burgess. Detail of Mer Mum and Comb: the Daughter. A painting about underwater nit-combing by Sushila Burgess. Detail of Mer Mum and Comb: the dad. A painting about underwater nit-combing by Sushila Burgess.

Mermaid race. A painting by Sushila Burgess. Lily Pond Mermaid with Goldfish Snack. A painting by Sushila Burgess. Detail of Lily Pond Mermaid with Goldfish Snack. A painting by Sushila Burgess. Duck Meets Fairy Ballet Class by Sushila (Sue) Burgess. Duck Meets Fairy Ballet Class by Sushila Burgess

Duck Meets Fairy Ballet Class by Sushila Burgess Duck Meets Fairy Ballet Class by Sushila Burgess Lily pond fairies 2008. A painting by Sushila Burgess.

Toadstool Fairy Flies Again by Sushila Burgess Lily Pond Fairies (2011) by Sushila Burgess

Real and imaginary animals (with bonus birds!)

White Horses on the Sea by Sushila Burgess Bat People at the Pipistrelle Party by Sushila Burgess Golden Orioles in a Cherry Tree by Sushila Burgess Golden Orioles in a Cherry Tree by Sushila Burgess

Meeting in the rose-garden. A painting by Sushila Burgess. Cats and Roses. A painting by Sushila Burgess. The moon unicorns. A painting by Sushila Burgess. An Octopus Summerhouse (detail) by Sushila Burgess

Monkeys and Sunbeams by Sushila Burgess A Sphinx by Sushila Burgess Sketch for White Horses on the Sea by Sushila Burgess Tiger Sphinx by Sushila Burgess

Swan Lake Reader by Sushila Burgess Study for Swan Lake Reader by Sushila Burgess She Flies with the West Wind. An illustration from Jasmine's Unicorn by Sushila Burgess. Guard Dog and Guard Peacock. An illustration from Jasmine's Unicorn by Sushila Burgess.

Robin Singing Competition by Sushila Burgess Blue Elephant Squirting Water In Progress by Sushila Burgess Blue Elephant Squirting Water by Sushila Burgess

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Prints and products:

Jewellery, flip-flops, water-bottles, T-shirts, bags and lots more, from Sushila Burgess Designs on CafePress.com



Just one of the types of product available in my online shop: coasters in all these designs and more... 4.50 each, or $5.99 USD.


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Other things on the site:

Envelope in Simone de Beauvoir's handwriting A postcard from the John Betjeman Poetry Competition organisers

And if you use Firefox, you can decorate your browser with FREE Personas by Sushila Burgess based on the artwork from this site:

'Rosy rainclouds' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Swan pond' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Elephant gallop' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Magic chaffinches' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Rosepatch' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Peacock brushstrokes' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Two peacock tails' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Swirling blue mist' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Flamingo lake' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Painted tropical fish' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Lily Pond Blur' persona by Sushila Burgess 'Bird People' persona by Sushila Burgess



Sushila Burgess: contact details

My email address is of the pattern: firstname.lastname@btinternet.com

All my paintings are available as image downloads for non-commercial use, at 4 (British pounds) per image, which at time of writing corresponds to about $5.95 US dollars. Payment by Paypal. If you would like to buy an image, please contact me on the email address above, and I can set up a download for you.


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Latest additions to the site:

Golden Orioles in a Cherry Tree by Sushila Burgess Lily Pond Mermaid with Goldfish Snack (2011, shown in progress) by Sushila Burgess 16 Nov 2015: Jasmine's Unicorn available on the Kindle
15 Aug 2015: “Fiery Wands” Tarot on sale as a professionally-printed deck
8 June 2015: Finished adding Airy Wands and Fiery Swords to Tarot deck
1st Feb 2015: Mermaid Reading | Hedgehogs Eating Slugs
18 Jan 2015: Glossy paperback book of Tarot artwork now available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk
29 Dec 2014: Great new slideshows page with ALL paintings!
5 Dec 2014: "Cut out and make" do-it-yourself Tarot deck
12 Oct 2014: A Tarot deck, all 78 cards now complete.
13 Oct 2013: A Young Poet at St Pancras
May–Aug 2013 The Zodiac (12 paintings)
April 2013 Spring Singing Beginning
March 2013: Darling Buds of February
Nov 2012 — Jan 2013: John and Jaz play chess | We All Went Punting | Lolloping
Nov 2012: Puzzled Monkey Tree
Oct 2012: Moon Swans
Sept 2012: Young Swan under Willow Tree
August 2012: Bad Cats
July 2012: Red Sky at Night
June 2012: Red Queen to the Rescue
Jan – June 2012: The Four Seasons: Winter Spring Summer Autumn

Detail 2 of Bird People: Little Green Bee-Eaters of Upper Egypt by Sushila Burgess Pictures of peacocks and more. By Sushila Burgess. Pictures of elephants and more. By Sushila Burgess. Pictures of swans, deer and more. By Sushila Burgess. Pictures of bird people. By Sushila Burgess. Pictures of fairies, mermaids and more. By Sushila Burgess.

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Jasmine's Unicorn and all artwork on this site including Tarot deck, (c) Sushila Burgess 2008-2015
except: Award-winning poem Primary (c) Jasmine Burgess 2013 | Egypt slideshow, Greece slideshow, garden slideshow: photos (c) John Burgess 2006 | Jazzy's Engines (c) Jasmine Burgess 2009.

Last updated 21st November 2015 by, as always, Sushila (Sue) Burgess
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