To Market, To Market...

On Saturday 8 April I am having a stall at the Bayside Design and Maker's Market held in the grounds of the beautiful Billilla mansion in Brighton.
The Market is open from 10am - 2pm.
My illustrations are now on throw cushions, bags, journals, greeting cards and signed prints. There will also be framed original illustrations and small oil paintings.
And of course there will be picture books ready to sign on request.
If you're down this way, call in - I'd love to see you!

Bayside Design Market,
Saturday 8 April 2017, 10am - 2pm
Billilla mansion gardens,
26 Halifax Street, Brighton 3186

https://www.bayside.vic.gov.au/bayside-design-market

Different Worlds Exhibition

Linda Condon, Jenny Esplin, Jan Harper, Zoe Hogg, Margaret Mulhall, Irina Rap and I are showing our work at The Angela Robarts Bird Gallery at Gasworks Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park.

The Different Worlds Exhibition runs 8 to 20 November and is open 9am - 4pm daily.

 

Bird on the Wire  30cm x 23cm

Bird on the Wire  30cm x 23cm

Noisy Nights

I'm pleased to say that my new picture book, Noisy Nights, has been published this month.

Written by Fleur McDonald, the story is about Farmer Hayden who is trying to get to sleep.
However, a farm is a noisy place to be at bedtime and he becomes more and more frustrated as he implores all the animals to be quiet.

Chirp, bark, moo, maa, knicker, howl, whoosh, toot!

Chirp, bark, moo, maa, knicker, howl, whoosh, toot!

You'll be glad to know that poor Farmer Hayden does fall asleep eventually but you will have to read the book to find out how this happens.

...but it was so NOISY outside his window.

...but it was so NOISY outside his window.

A Wonderful Two Weeks

Well, The Painter, The Dreamer Exhibition has come to an end after a wonderful two weeks.
Opening Night saw over one hundred people brave August in Melbourne to come and look at Liz's and my paintings hanging side by side at Steps Gallery.
Every day brought different friends, friends-of-friends, family, patrons from the adjoining Artee Cafe and an amazing cross-section of passers-by into the Gallery.
And there were so many conversations and stories! Liz sold one of her Greek paintings to a lovely couple who just wandered in from the street and were pleased to find an  image that reminded them of the best holiday they'd ever had. I was thrilled to meet a lovely man called Sam who had trained under Patch Adams. Even more thrilled and very humbled when he bought Carnivale because it reminded him of the community work he does in places like India, Afghanistan and Indigenous Australian Communities.

Thank you to everyone who supported us - we had the best time!

Retreat  Oil on Canvas

Retreat  Oil on Canvas

If you weren't able to visit the exhibition, I have uploaded many of the paintings on to my Paintings page if you are interested in having a look.

Carnivale  Oil on Wood

Carnivale  Oil on Wood

Waiting  Oil on Canvas

Waiting  Oil on Canvas

Refuge  Oil on Canvas

Refuge  Oil on Canvas

The Painter, The Dreamer Exhibition

Loading up the trusty Fiat.

Loading up the trusty Fiat.

I know these paintings will fit on the gallery walls but I'm not sure they'll all fit in the Fiat 500!
Liz and I are hanging The Painter, The Dreamer Exhibition over the weekend.
Our work will be showing at Steps Gallery in Lygon Street Carlton 1-14 August.
 

Clementine's Bath shortlisted for the 2016 Speech Pathology Book Awards

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards aim to promote children's books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role that speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills.
'The awards promote quality Australian literature, enhance awareness of the role speech pathologists play in language and literacy development and encourage a love of reading.'

I feel very honoured that Clementine's Bath has been shortlisted in these awards in the birth to 3 years category.

As good as all the hugs.

As good as all the hugs.

I'm sure that Millie -to whom this book is dedicated - would also have been very pleased.
She always did like a bit of attention.  

Mum took one look at Clementine and followed with a sniff. 'A nice big bath is what you need to get rid of that whiff.'

Mum took one look at Clementine
and followed with a sniff.
'A nice big bath is what you need
to get rid of that whiff.'

Save the Date

My friend, Liz Martyn and I are madly painting away for our exhibition in August.
Liz studied Fine Art in Bristol, England and travelled to Australia in the 1970s. Drawing, painting, sculpture and theatre have been part of her life for many years. She paints in watercolour and oil, using pure colours with luminous intensity.

Liz and I met up about ten years ago and have followed each other's work ever since. I'm looking forward to seeing our paintings up on the wall together.

Kid's Day at QLF

As part of the Queenscliff Literary Festival, held across five weekends in May, there is a special day for kids. Point Lonsdale PS hosted Kid's Day this year and gave us all a warm and friendly welcome. There were children from all around the Queenscliff area and I talked to a wonderful group of Kinder, Prep and Grade I students. We read some Clementine stories, talked about dogs, needing a bath, going on walks and all sorts of maps. Later on there was time for the children to make some very interesting and imaginative maps of their own.

Map of Clementine's house and where she went

Map of Clementine's house and where she went

Map of Clementine's Walk  

Map of Clementine's Walk

 

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling is part of the Happily Ever After series, published by New Frontier.

Alex Field has retold this classic tale of the ugly duckling and his search for his place in the world. After sadly realising his mother is disappointed in him and he is not as pretty as the other ducklings, the little ugly duckling ventures into the wider world and tries to fit in. His attempts at belonging do not go well until he comes across some baby swans and their graceful mother who explains that he too will become a beautiful swan.

This is a lovely story for families everywhere, whatever their size, shape or idiosyncrasies may be.   

Part of the storyboard for The Ugly Duckling

Part of the storyboard for The Ugly Duckling

'..he was scolded for being out of tune.'

'..he was scolded for being out of tune.'

My Dad Is A Bear shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards

My Dad Is A Bear- shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards

My Dad Is A Bear- shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards

Annie, Malcolm and Nicola at the awards 

Annie, Malcolm and Nicola at the awards 

Nicola and I were very excited to hear that our book My Dad Is A Bear was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Awards!

The Awards ceremony was held at Carriageworks in Sydney. It was great fun and we met all sorts of interesting people including Ross Coulthart, whose book Charles Bean was joint winner in the Australian History Prize and David Metzenthen, whose book One Minute's Silence - beautifully illustrated by Michael Camilleri- won the Children's Fiction section.

Joint winner of the Australian History Prize

Joint winner of the Australian History Prize

Winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction

Winner of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction

Launching Clementine's Bath

I'm looking forward to the launch of Clementine's Bath!

It will be at Beaumaris Books on Wednesday 28th October at 4pm.

Clementine Is Back!

In her last adventure, this scruffy but loveable dog was intent on rounding up her busy family for a walk. This time, in Clementine's Bath, she is trying desperately to avoid the bath her family is insisting she needs.

Clementine hides under the bed, behind the curtains and in Baby's toy box but somehow her family always seem to know where she is.

Preliminary  drawing for Clementine's Bath.

Preliminary  drawing for Clementine's Bath.

A Visit to Wendouree Primary School

Last week I travelled to Ballarat to visit Wendouree Primary School.

I met the children in Prep, 1/2 and 2/3 classes and we talked about how Clementine's Walk was written and illustrated.

The Prep class have given me a beautiful book they made themselves and it is all about where each person in the class would take Clementine for a walk. In the book, Clementine walks to a mountain and a fountain, to school and the shops, to the forest and a park, to a garden and the gym, to the circus and the beach,  to friends' houses and fast food outlets and so many more places - even to a roller coaster!

Thank you for a lovely visit Wendouree Primary. 

Endpapers from Clementine's Walk

Endpapers from Clementine's Walk

WPS Artwork.jpg

Who was Millie White?

Millie was our dearly loved dog who passed away in April at the grand age of 15. She was intelligent and loyal and naughty and fun and provided most of the inspiration for my picture book - Clementine’s Walk. Though Millie was a black Labrador, with a dash of Kelpie, and Clementine has a more blonde and windswept look, their approach to life was similar, particularly in regard to getting out of the house.

Millie would sometimes sleep under my desk, especially if there was a hint of thunder in the air. On more than one occasion, she barked suddenly making me jump and causing changes in the drawing – not always in a good way. This made me wonder what other situations could arise if Millie barked unexpectedly at other people – maybe there could be jigsaw pieces flying through the air, knitting unraveling across the room and very grumpy chooks.

And so the story of Clementine’s Walk came about.

I miss the sound of Millie’s toenails clicking on the floorboards when she came into the studio to remind me that it was lunchtime.  I miss her friendship, her constancy and her funny little ways.

She was a pretty good dog.

Vale Millie.

 

Moon Gazing       Oil on Canvas

Moon Gazing       Oil on Canvas

Next she went to see if Mum could make a little time. But Mum was making too much mess to walk with Clementine.

Next she went to see if Mum could make a little time. But Mum was making too much mess to walk with Clementine.

The Prince Who Shrank

My new picture book - The Prince Who Shrank is out this month. The story is written by Kylie Fornasier and is about a prince who makes everyone around him feel small. Then one morning he wakes up with a bit of a problem - he has shrunk! The crosser and meaner he gets, the more he shrinks. It was great fun illustrating this story - specially the parts where the prince tries to remedy his unfortunate situation.

The Prince Who Shrank is published by Koala Books - an imprint of Scholastic.

Exhibition at the Eltham Library Community Gallery

The Art Of Illustration, currently on at the Eltham Library Community Gallery, offers an insight into the creative process for producing commissioned art. The exhibition shows the progression from thumbnails and storyboards to the finished illustrations of my picture book Clementine's Walk.

Also on display are illustrations from a variety of other books and projects including original illustrations commissioned by Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

The Art Of Illustration runs from 8th January - 2nd February.

The Artists' Group 2014 Exhibition

The Artists' Group 2014 Exhibition is on at  The Academy of Design. 220 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne from 20-22 November. 10am-4pm.

Opening Night is Thursday 20th November from 6pm - 9pm . With over 25 artists exhibiting, it should be a great evening.                                                       

This is one of the paintings I have in the exhibition. It's called Cloud Street.