Sunday, 19 April 2009

I've just watched the trailer for the Where the Wild Things Are film (twice!) - it looks amazing, just gorgeous. This is my favourite book of all time, by my favourite illustrator of all time and I was worried that the film might ruin it, but it doesn't look so! Roll on December...

I also found a site selling Sendak's original roughs and studies (above), what I wouldn't give to own one of these...

Friday, 10 April 2009

operation garden clean up, day 1

Day 1. It's raining. It has rained all day, alternating beween heavy drizzle and steady downpour. So far Operation Garden Clean Up has consisted of me unwrapping my new secateurs and staring forlornly out of the window, interspersed with playing the harp and trying to cheer myself up listening to Gil Scott Heron.

Now planning to watch Chicken Run with Jack... again.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

the dog run

Over the winter I have been giving Kenzie the husky the run of the garden, with the result that it now resembles just that - a huge dog run! Hence the only photographs I am showing are in extreme close-up!

I am amazed by the amount of destruction one dog can wreak without really even trying, it's actually quite impressive... However, as this is the year I plan to start my herb garden and also want to plant a mini orchard, it's time to rein in Kenzie's destructive gardening tendencies so I've splashed out on a kennel with a dog run. It will arrive next week and I can begin to reclaim the garden. It also means Jack's small friends can come over to play without fear of being bowled over by an overenthusiastic 'wolf'! It's a pity wolves get such a bad press in kids stories - it means most children are terrified of her before she's even had a chance to do anything! (and in reality, she's just a big softie anyway).

If I feel brave enough I may post before and after garden pics... talking of gardening pics, I finally got round to updating the growing boy blog

Thursday, 2 April 2009

echo exhibition

I received a photograph of the finished Echo the Bat panels by email this morning from Heather at Creative Link Fife. The panels were output at A0 and formed the centre of a larger exhibition. I wish I'd made it down to the exhibition to see them in person, I would have liked to see how the illustrations looked blown up to this size!
Meanwhile, I've had my invitation for the next Italian children's illustration exhibition. The theme this year is 'earth' - mulling over whether I can come up with something and get it to Italy before June...