Saturday, April 30, 2011

We Cut the Giant Pumkin!

A while ago at work, a giant pumkin was harvested. We, as they say, Here 'tis! Looks a bit like a brontesaurus steak, doesn't itI took home just one slither, even though there is still a pumkin plague in my back yard. (Never could knock back a freebie). That slither has made three meals so far, and there is still a bit left.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kamishibai Story Cards.

We're all very excited in this part of the world. I have just completed my part in a shared project. My friend, Jackie Kerin, storyteller, had this beautiful Kamishibai box made by our mutual friend, Ted, master-craftsman. Kamishibai is a Japanese word for Paper Theatre. Traditionally sweet sellers would travel from town to town on bicycles, with these boxes attached. They would throw sweets on to the streets and call out to the children to tell stories. They would usually finish the story on a 'cliff-hanger' so that the children would look forward to their next visit. The box opens out to make a miniature theatre. A series of story cards are placed inside. They are pulled out and placed at the back as the story progresses. And my part in the project? I got to illustrate the wonderful Hans Andersen story of The Princess And The Pea. We've tested them on various kids, and also various big kids. We have been given the thumbs-up by all. Here are some of the cards.

Jackie has also illustrated some cards herself. These are of her own stories, the tall Aussie tales of Split-Dog. I think she has a few other artists cooking up some goodies, too. Stay tuned.........

Friday, April 1, 2011

Some Exciting New Workshops and Classes.

Nicole Mallaieu has just released her new catalogue of all her latest courses and workshops. There really are some fabulous offers, so be sure to check them out. But Wait......... There's More.......... I'm running one of them.
It is a six week, comprehensive course that will have you drawing like a pro in no time.