Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Newspaper Challenge

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I spent an adventurous day in Bishop Perrin School making sculptures of local wildlife from newspaper. I invited the children to use all their problem solving skills to build the shapes they wanted, and I was really impressed with the positivity and creativity with which year 4 tackled the challenge. Here then, are a few of the outcomes. My apologies for the poor photography!

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Bad Hair Day

I'm not the most efficient blog follower, but every now and again I visit my friends' blogs to see how they're getting on. And Naomi Sloman's blog always makes me smile. The eccentric, but utterly believable world that her characters occupy often seems to make me rather grateful for my own world - and, for example, glad that I cut off my hair! Here's her Bad Hair Day.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Teenage Adventures in Textiles

MicolMy 10:15 club and I have been enjoying a textile extravaganza this term. Each week they try a new technique, or return to a piece from a previous week and build on it with threads, beads, pens, glitter, or the sewing machines. Chaos for the mess we make, but it's fun to see who takes to which techniques, and where people go with their chosen themes. Sebastian is adicted to the sewing machine. Isabella and Milly are absorbed in fabric pen work, which Leonie creates meticulous illustrated pieces.

This is Micol's elephant masterpiece, as she explores everything to do with Sri Lanka.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Dixit

Last week, I was introduced to the prize-winning board (or card) game Dixit. As much as the game itself, which is like a visual Balderdash (and suits me perfectly), I'm bewitched by the dream- landscape of the illustrations on the cards, designed by Marie Cardouat.


Surely this would be a dream commission for any illustrator - er, please can you paint me 100 beautiful, surreal and entirely unconnected pictures? Just follow your dreams into a million little worlds ...

Monday, 13 June 2011

Music (and Art) in the Garden

JungleI have a small exhibition with Wendy Horler and Ivan Cartwright, to run alongside the Music in the Garden season at The Stables in Wavendon near Milton Keynes. I'm showing (and selling) my prints inspired by South America, including the final jungle collograph in an intaglio and relief blend of greens and yellows.

Friday, 10 June 2011

The Moods of Mr Penguin

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Here's my new friend ... Mr Penguin, four drawings of many to date, and I suspect, many more to come before I quite manage to capture his highs and lows, joys and troubles ...

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Miro at Tate Modern

An exhibition about someone as famous as Joan Miro ... well, you think you'll be visiting only old friends, but there are always surprises! Sometimes I feel as if I've spent so much time appreciating Miro that I'm tired of him, like over-listening to a favourite CD. But at Tate Modern, I discovered the joys of his early works, falling somewhere in the ether between the naivity of Rousseau and the bizarreness of De Chirico. This is 'Vegetable Garden and Donkey', painted in 1918.'Barcelona Series' made me long for a day to examine these alone - always my challenge in big exhibitions. And I had never come across his 'Burnt Canvases' before. Somehow the gaping spaces work well for Miro, as another kind of flat shape amongst the ones he is so famous for. And to finish with a bang, he painted the windows of the Association of Architects. So in his lengthy career, he clearly kept up with the times!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Fawns and Fairies, Witches and Wizards

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SAM_0017Holidays again, and this time we invented and made an array of magical creatures, before photographing them and then taking them on a journey through mysterious, vibrant landscapes ...

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