As an illustrator, we are often working to a brief with a set outcome, and a bit of a known process – pencil sketches, research, more sketches, roughs, painted art, digital art etc… I know kind of what I am going to end up with.
During this long year of lockdown, I knew I needed a new outlet for my creativity and I’ve been having an absolute ball painting! With no expectations, massive canvases, and layers upon layers of colour. They are completely unplanned and it is such a peaceful process building shapes and colour as I go.
I’ve been thrilled that they have been selling – its so nice to find happy homes for these big pieces (as I’ve run out of space here!). You can see the available works here: Bluethumb
Here are some of the works mocked up into new homes neater than mine. xx
I am very excited to be sharing images from Welcome Baby – my new book with Affirm Press! It is almost like a dedication from a parent to a bambino, celebrating all the things they will do together in their life ahead. I hope you like it! A few images from the book below… And a special thanks to the wonderful ladies, Davina Bell and Anna Walker, for helping me get it to the best it could be.
I’m excited to share some images from my DELUXE edition of TOODLY – out tomorrow in Australia! It was another that I have the honour of illustrating and writing… I loved working on this book, with the amazing Affirm Press team including Davina Bell and Anna Walker and this fancy edition ticks many book dreams I’ve had for a long time – including cloth spine and foil! You can read more about the book here…
Ahh, poor Melbourne. We are feeling pretty – glum, concerned, strong, sad, confused, fine – all of the above here! It’s really difficult going back into lockdown take two, but of course, important with the cases of corona rising scarily. Homeschooling has been announced today (it really took it out of us all last time) and my friends are all ranging from feeling powerful to completely flat (again).
But, like last time, sweet ideas are emerging from the dust, and I saw via The Little Bookroom an idea to post window fairies, unicorns, dragons etc – to replace our previous rainbows and teddy bears. I tried to get the kids to help me paint some to no avail (I’m sure, given the choice of homeschool vs craft fairies they will cave in!) but in the meantime I did my own to print for the window and cut out and glitterize, and I thought others might like it too. So here is a downloadable A4 print “Spread Magic Not Germs”.
Here you go, and good luck Melbourne. We can do it! Download: MagicNotGerms
Tania McCartney (author) and I are thrilled to share our book Ivy Bird has flown overseas and will be publishing with the wonderful Blue Dot Press on April 7th. Blue Dot create books that “aspire to empower the next generation of global citizens with empathy, resilience, creativity, and the shared value of nature and its stewardship” and we are just so happy that our book has found a home with them after Windy Hollow. Exciting times!
In just a couple of weeks, a new book I worked on will be released, Anzac Girl published by Allen and Unwin. This book was a new challenge for me – aimed at a slightly older audience than I normally draw for, and focused on the true story of Alice, written by her great-granddaughter, Kate Simpson and threading her real diary entries with her beautiful narrative.
I decided a new challenge needed a new technique! So I ended up piecing collage from many sources – the State Library, my own photographs and family archived photos, War Memorial archives and many other sources. It was such a big book to work on with so many “moving parts” but I felt so thrilled with the outcome, and we are very excited to share it with the world.
“The true story of Anzac girl Sister Alice Ross-King, who sailed to war in December 1914 and became the most decorated woman in Australia.
It was 1914 when Sister Alice Ross-King left Australia for the war. Nursing was her passion – all she had ever wanted to do. But Alice couldn’t have imagined what she would see. She served four long years and was brave, humble and endlessly compassionate.
Using extracts from Alice’s actual diaries kept in the Australian War Memorial, this story captures the danger, the heartache and the history of the young nurse who would one day become the most decorated woman in Australia.” – Allen and Unwin
You’ve most likely seen the devastating effects of the huge bushfires hitting Australia at the moment. We are all crushed and depressed seeing the images of the wiped out houses, bushland, and injured and killed wildlife. They estimate over a BILLION animals have perished.
Like many artists and businesses I’ve been doing what I can. I don’t have much cash but have donated what I can, as well as participating in my own mini fundraisers. Huge thanks to the individuals that have bid on artworks, prints and soon to Olive Handmade who is selling these cute suits and pants from a pattern I created, donating part of the sales to Australian emergency funds. There’s been an epic twitter fundraiser #authorsforfireys – Celeste Barber has raised $50 MILLION and I guess seeing everyone’s response and efforts is the only bright spot in a dark start to 2020. Time to increase the pressure on our head-in-sand government who still refuse to admit a link between increased bushfires and climate change. Sigh.
I am very excited to be joining the Big Design Market once again. It’s such a colourful, inspiring market and so much fun being in the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building. I’m also excited to bring my new SOCKS to the event! And of course, prints, pins, tea towels, cards and books. See you there, December 6th – 8th, Royal Exhibition Building. (You can RSVP here).