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Three Blogs That……..Part 1!

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Three blogs that…..I have been stalking.

Despite having been missing from here for a while doesn’t mean I haven’t been haunting other people’s wonderful blogs.  Something  lovely happened yesterday to prompt me to take keys to screen again.

The first blog I have spent lots of time around is the wonderfully illustrated ziggyshortcrust as she describes herself “elf whisperer, skinnydog wrangler, campervan tootler” how could I not spend time there!   I have long been an admirer of her line drawn elves of many types so when she announced a project to revive the ‘lost art of letter writing’  I practically begged to be included!  After thinking I would have to wait with my nose pressed up against the letterbox for weeks….yesterday I came home to the most perfect rendition of both my Raven and Mage!!

Hope she doesn’t mind but I love them soo much I want to share them here, go and look around her site and maybe claim one of her illustrated letters with elves for yourself.

Mageand Raven


O Frabjous Day!

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Or days to be precise….. to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first telling of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland the Story Museum is holding a special Alice weekend on the 7th and 8th of July. Based in Oxford their ” Alice Day” is in its 5th year and a special programme of events are to be held for this 150th anniversary including a re-enactment of the Caucus Race on the Sunday.


Ashmolean Queen of Hearts {picture credit Marc West from the Story Museum }

Go and look at the Story Museums pages for more information about this and also their summer exhibition ‘Tea with Alice’ which runs 28 June – 16 September 2012.  This exhibition reveals the new golden age of Alice illustration – with original illustrations from contemporary artists both published and unpublished.  As someone slightly obsessed with both children’s illustration and the Alice books this is a wealth of new and old ‘eye candy’ !

 Dusan Kallay.jpg  This wonderful image is from Dusan Kallay, A Slovac illustrator who is one of the artists included, along with the former Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne two wildly differing styles yet both perfectly capturing the spirit of “Alice”

The Story Museum in Oxford – in their own words –   exists to celebrate children’s stories and to share 1001 enjoyable ways for young people to learn through stories as they grow.We take story performances, exhibitions, activities and ideas to schools and communities. In 2014 we plan to open a magical new centre of children’s literature and storytelling in the heart of Oxford, UK.”

A Monster Calls

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For the first time in the awards history one book has won both the Carnegie Medal and its sister prize for illustration.

More accolades for Patrick Ness’s wonderful book – I have gushed about this book twice before so  just go read this article by Tim Masters, and I will use this opportunity to feature yet another of  Jim Kays haunting illustrations.

Maurice Sendak 1928 – 2012

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Not just the creator of  “Where the Wild things Are”, not just a  ‘Childrens’ illustrator or author but so much more.

As he said “You cannot write for children. They’re much too complicated. You can only write books that are of  interest to them.”

So sad there will be no new work to pore over but he has left a wealth of illustration behind which I will never tire of revisiting.

So here are three of  many of his wonderful illustrations


Illustration from Dear Mili {Wilhelm GrimmMaurice Sendak Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988

1967 sketch byMaurice Sendak, part of a proposal for a new illustrated edition of  The Hobbit. (Credit: Maurice Sendak/Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University)










And one of my favorite quotes

On E-books  “I hate them. It’s like making believe there’s another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of sex. There isn’t another kind of book! A book is a book is a book.”

From a Guardian interview in  October 2011


 According to The New York Times, a posthumous picture book, “My Brother’s Book,” is scheduled to be published in February 2013.

Corvidae Love

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Today I have {mostly} been revisiting lots of my favorite illustrators sites, and  I know I have waxed lyrical over Jeremy Hush before …but …look at his latest works… much Corvidae love!!!!!

Copyright Jeremy Hush

Hi-Fructose magazine wrote a piece on the “Clamour of Rooks” exhibition at the Articulated Gallery  where these pieces are from which is beautifully illustrated with more of his work.

“Fire Walk With Me”

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Copyright Jessica Joslin

A new group exhibition at the CoproGallery running from April 21st  to May 12th  celebrates the 20th anniversary of the film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me” curated by Rob Wilson in association with David Lynch.  This is a darker sequel to the exhibition for the original Twin Peaks which was held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Twin Peaks series during February 2011 at Clifton’s Brookdale in downtown Los Angeles titled “In the Trees”.

CopraGallery is located in part of what used to be a train station and provides the perfect setting for this new exhibition which will include all the artists from the”In the Trees” show, and will also expand it with an artist reception featuring unreleased music from Twin Peaks and surprise guests.

Go and look at the CoproGallery press release here for more information and lots more previews of the  stunning artwork  like the Jessica Joslin work above and Chris Beren’s “Pale Moon Over Black Lake” below.


        Copyright Chris Beren

Eggs ‘au naturel’

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Beautiful isn’t it !  When the shops are full of over decorated and admittedly delicious chocolate varieties of egg  it’s nice to see something designed by nature.


In utero motion created the almost calligraphic design on the shell of this great-tailed grackle egg.

Photograph by Joel Sartore at University of Nebraska State Museum.  From an article in National Geographic Magazine.

There have been many artists and naturalists that have recreated and documented the beauty of eggs over the years – this is just one illustration I find particularly pretty.


“ŒUFS” (Eggs), illustration by Adolphe Millot from Nouveau Larousse Illustré [1897-1904].   Nouveau Larousse Illustré, edited by Claude Augé, published in Paris by Librarie Larousse 1897-1904, this illustration from vol. 6 p. 473.

Brings to mind Annie Sloanes chalk paints – available in beautiful colours like these, and perfect for painting floors, walls, furniture to recreate that beautiful shabby chic, or french vintage look.

{Old White,  Antoinette,  Paris Grey and Versailles}

Her website is a wonderful place not only for buying her paint but she has pages for each of her colours with examples of painted items, ideas and colour matches, click on the colours above to go see examples like this :

French Chevets in Paris Grey

Painted with – Paris Grey, described as a ‘soft and slightly bluish grey’ [ picture and colours ©  Annie Sloan ].

There are also vintage finds, her own fabric, ideas on creating the ‘French look’ and lots of interior and design inspiration.  Also worth  a visit is her blog Paint and Colour for more ideas, and the inspirations and thoughts behind her paint colours.