Community Interconnections – with Christeve the Cat – 2

My morning with the children at St. Mary’s Primary School, Hampton was lovely.   Actually it was better than that….it was exactly what I needed.

There were sixty children in total broken up into two groups.   I painted a large watercolour for each group.

Some of the lovely children with one of the Christeve paintings.



The children will now paint their own pictures inspired by the book ‘Christeve the Cat Finds Her Home’ – in preparation for an exhibition of their work on November 21st.   Their paintings will be for sale, and proceeds will go to Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice. 

Christeve the Cat dreaming of magical Hummingbirds.


I haven’t worked with young children for a while, and was reminded yesterday of how important it is for all age groups to interact with one another.     Personal experience has taught me that there is no better way to do this than through the power of art – in all its many forms.

Christeve in her garden in the Magical Town of Crickadoon. 


Yesterday came about because of a ‘Self Expression and Leadership Programme’ I recently completed through Landmark Education.     The key element of the programme is for participants to design a not for profit community project.

I cheated a little in that my project, Community Interconnections, has been tried and tested. and so it was more a case of revitalising than creating something new.

When I first came up with this idea in 1999, non of the social media that we now take for granted was in place.       it meant that I had to physically travel to schools and could only reach one small audience at a time.       However, through technology I can now see this project having a much wider impact.

Christeve the Cat with Magical Hummingbird – this print is available through


The message in the story – Christeve the Cat Finds Her New Home – is to trust and have faith in the unseen, and to never give up.   

And to always remember that non of us is ever creative enough to know how things will actually turn out………


A Bientôt






10 thoughts on “Community Interconnections – with Christeve the Cat – 2

  1. Nicholas C. Rossis

    What a lovely post! I agree ‘how important it is for all age groups to interact with one another’.

    I recently read how some homes for the elderly are moving close to schools, so that both young and old can interact between them. Although we are not that old, I think it’s a marvelous idea for both groups.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Nicholas, and thank you for your comment. There is a nursing home very close to the school where the children will be exhibiting their work on the 21st….and yes, the more we integrate people of all ages, rather than separating them, it would make for a much deeper understanding and empathy. Have a lovely weekend. Janet

  2. PJR

    Just echoing everyone else; one of the most cheerful posts I’ve ever seen – Christeve is a luminous subject – gorgeous watercolours.

  3. snowbird

    What a lovely post, how those kids must have loved watching you paint the magical Christeve….awwww…I can’t wait to see what they come up with!xxx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Good morning Dina….it was so much fun…every time I put on some rich juicy colour they all squealed with delight:) I will definitely post some of the pictures after the 21st November. Have a beautiful weekend with your furies and may it be wonderfully creative. Janet:)xxxx


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