My poor bloggy has been a bit neglected, but not through me not having anything to write. IT’S BEEN A MANIC FEW MONTHS! But in a good way (although many colds and flus – not so good too).
However… Two new book covers have been released, with the books coming out with Windy Hollow both in September!
First of all is If Baby Could Talk, written by the wonderful Michael Wagner. I’m so excited about this book, it was just so fun and easy to work on, and can’t wait to see it in person. Windy Hollow shared this sneak peek….
And following that in late September will be my first Christmas book, with my dear pal and colleague (having now worked on three books together!), Tania McCartney. I didn’t realise until now how the covers are similar colours! But the content is quite different, this one all about animals rather than kiddos, and it’s a really fun concept Tania created.
I am just sooooo happy that I have been able to keep creating kids books… A dream I’ve had since I was a kid. Looking forward to sharing these in more detail soon. x
This year as part of a wonderful group I’m involved with we decided to find a quote for our studio wall and create an artwork based on it. I’m interested in finding out my purpose with drawing, find out why I’m here, and what energizes me to keep going. I found this quote by Susan Sontag,
“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” Susan Sontag
Here is my artwork, which I’ve also made into a giclee print for anyone else that would like it for their wall too….
By coincidence while I was posting this, I’ve been listening to this inspiring podcast by Andy Pizza: http://www.creativepeptalk.com/episodes/2017/1/12/116-unlock-your-true-potential – have a listen on your next art making session to get revved up for the year.
I got to work with the lovely Life is Peachy on another milestone set – Jackie’s beautiful graphic design worked so well with my watercolour illustrations. Thanks Jackie!
Six by Eight Interview
There’s this absolutely stylish, clean and perfect blog and store called Six by Eight, and was honoured to be interviewed there. Thanks lovely people.
I’ve begun selling my portraits through a new Australian website, Independent Designers Emporium. This curated collection of designers and artists have been picked for their range of beautiful products, and well worth a gander. A link to my shop is here and I’ve got a couple of images on their homepage – currently my portraits on this store are cheaper than other places I sell online so worth checking out if you are after a custom portrait at a bargain price (in my opinion :))!
Awhile back I did a little Christmas call out for drawings for charities – it led to some really fun projects, including this one. Movies by Burswood (who donates all profits to children’s charities) is run by over 600 volunteers, and they wanted to celebrate them through a series of posters, 2 of the 3 designs are below. You can re-pin via Pinterest and help spread the word.
Coming to Melbourne a little over a month from now is a new art/design/illustration exhibition called Supergraph. It’s a great idea, celebrating the many talented artists of our city (and beyond) and will be held at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Centre – 14, 15, 16 February 2014.
Some of the participants include the awesome artists from the Jacky Winter Group, Etsy, Saint Gertrude , The Hungry Workshop and yours truly (cough cough)… (See the full list here). I’ll be bringing some original watercolour works and be alongside some great Melbourne artists. Hope to see you there!
Bear in Socks
Owl and Bear
The Supergraph Picks
We’ve returned from our travels, bags unpacked, house slightly dishevelled as I try and rearrange as I always do when seeing it with fresh eyes. Coffee walks this morning and happy to be back in the studio – ahhhh Melbourne. And my new business cards waiting on the doorstep. Happy New Years, friends!
One of my favourite spots in Melbourne is the fantastic Abbotsford Convent, and I am super excited to be joining the artists and creators there for a pop-up shop. Launching this Sunday (also the Convent’s Open Day) the shop will be run by artists, and sharing their work created at this amazing spot. Full details can be read here.
Thursday to Sunday
A little sketch for a Uppercase magazine submission.