Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Ib Spang Olsen I

Ib Spang Olsen (1921-2012) was a Danish writer and illustrator. My friend Lizzy lent me this book of the Old Mother Hubbard and her dog from 1974, found in a charity shop, using pen and ink with watercolour washes.Again looking at picture books of this era, they were often much more complex in image and language and word content than the picture book form that we have at this point. Ib's images are often very detailed and have a scratchy eery quality.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Edward Ardizzone

Also exhibited in the House of Illustration was a major retrospective exhibition of the life and work of Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979). When visiting these exhibitions I love to see the original illustrations and witness how each illustrator works, the adjustments, repairs, scribbled notes and bleed lines that they have made in the development. Above are some illustrations from Diana and Her Rhinoceros.
This is a very rich exhibition with lots of original works to see and also features a lovely film with people remembering the artist and details of how his cats would always sit on and often ruin his work. Edward was a painter, printmaker and illustrator of many genres.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Laura Carlin

Last weekend saw our second trip to 'The House of Illustration' to see Laura Carlin's ceramics.
This gem of a gallery is so easy to access, being in walking distance of Kings Cross and St Pancreas Stations.
No photography was allowed, so I have gleaned these images from across the internet. It is a lovely exhibition, with tiles like sketchbook pages papering the walls full of funny details and observations to loose yourself in and Laura's glorious ark to marvel at, as well as sketchbooks and plates. The 650 tile mural (above) about the History of London was particularly full of wonder for my history loving daughter.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Drawing with Light

Last week we were able to join my good friend Lizzy Hobbs at her 'Big Draw' Workshop with Shelly Wain and Anna Sheppard at the Portrait Gallery, London. I had never drawn with light, so it was lovely to have a chance to try something new and draw with my daughter.

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Mournful Lady of Saline

This poor lady, I envisaged having a pet goldfish to rain her tears on, however, with tears comes salt so I thought  lobster would be a happier beneficiary of the poor ladies sorrow.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Postcards from the Train II

These two 'postcards from the train', were in celebration of the allotment harvests of my friends in London.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Postcards from the Train I

I have spent a couple of days in London, visiting friends.
The train journeys were long both ways but on the return journey, I filled my time, making 12 illustration postcards, of nonsense, random thoughts, snatches of conversation and responses to smudges of paint.
Let me introduce you to one of the characters who scares away snakes by flashing her spotty pants.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Ri Tori and Zilasule

Ri Tori and Zilasaule have collaborated to create this universe of universes for 'Big Kids Magazine', using a cosmic soup of techniques and ideas.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Katja Rondel I

Katja Rondel has bought her eclectic, surreal techniques to Edward Lear's The Jumblies and the Dong, and I love it, completely inspiring and joyous.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Lena Pokaleva I

'Why the sun has no beard' is part of a storybook of 'Why' written by Igor Ivanov for his young son. 
Russian illustrator Lena Pokaleva has used many different techniques, including photos of cardboard hand-made 
objects, gouache painting, collage and black marker graphics to make this humourful story come
to life. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016


Last week we went to see the children's theatre production 'White' by award winning Scottish company Catherine Wheels.
This is a compellingly, gentle production which completely captivated the very young audience. The set and costumes by Shona Reppe, were brilliantly crafted, multi functional and perfect mirrors of childhood. The tepi was just like a child's home constructed den whilst the bird houses gave a sense of magic and wonder. White, subtly builds a story of diversity and is a profound celebration of diversity, the perfect antidote for the current political climate, a spark of hope full of humour and humanity.
It is now touring to France and Spain and I hope you get the opportunity to see it.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Shane Drinkwater IV

One of Shane Drinkwater's rarer series of works are these paintings in the bottom of boxes, which I love for their recycled, cobbled quality and the preciousness of something that is normally rubbish.
”Painting is something I’ve always needed to do and I’m enjoying it more and more. I’m interested in the historical, scientific and artistic observation of the “heavens and earth"." Shane Drinkwater

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Shane Drinkwater III

Australian artist Shane Drinkwater is incredibly prolific as he works through ideas like a prisoner to thought and repetitive technique. These are more works on the themes of house creating a variety of buildings with seemingly different personalities mood and purpose.

Shane Drinkwater II

Shane Drinkwater often uses the theme of houses to contain and shape his repetitive patterns, This beautiful collaged indigo house surrounded by a cosmic sky is truly stunning.