Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
The best things in life are free ...
The topic of children enjoying mud reminded me of a painter I like, Lee So-Ji, who paints scenes of traditional Korean country life including children catching grasshoppers, or just looking at frogs. So I borrowed a little bit from his palette and style for these two. He loves to add a splash of red. Author/illustrator Melissa Sweet also says ... "If a painting isn't working - add a little more red!"
Thursday, April 22, 2010
The prompt for the CBIG blog this month is green, and the prompt for Illustration Friday this week is detective. I thought that any literary detective worth his salt would wonder where green eggs came from, and if he used his sleuthing skills, he’d come up with the answer.
Green eggs come from green chickens. It’s the only thing that makes sense.
The next question the detective should answer, is which came first, the green chicken, or the green eggs? (I think the green chicken came first. What do you think?)
p.s. The prompt for WaWe this week was The Little Red Hen. Hmm, I’m thinking that history got it wrong. It was really The Little GREEN Hen!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I didn't know the story of the little red hen (or chook, as we would call her in Oz), so I looked it up on Wikipedia. I learnt that it was probably originally a Russian folktale, which was made into a Little Golden Book (did you have those when you were growing up? I had a few - my favourite was The Kitten Who Thought He Was A Mouse). The story is of a hardworking hen who sows wheat, harvests it, takes it to the mill, grinds it into flour, and makes bread ... while the do-nothing duck, dog and cat refuse to help until the bread is ready to eat.
I know the LRH is the heroine of this tale, but frankly, I was so much more attracted to the duck, the dog and the cat. I suspect most children would be, too.
I also made the disturbing discovery that the Little Red Hen is the same shape as Tasmania, the island state of Australia, where I live:
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Have you ever just felt like you just don't fit in???
I would say I have been different the whole of my little life.
Question is why do we feel the need to fit in anyway???
At 46 year old, I feel the need to be honest and true
to myself. I feel that as illustrators and artist, before we ask
other people's opinions of our work, we need to have our
own opinion. Trying to please everyone and trying to fit in their box
makes me tried and zaps me of all my creative energy.
Sometimes being the strange birdy is what takes you to the next level.
I'm just saying...
Have a wonderful week everyone!!