The night before the Tasmanian Craft Fair.....

It is the night before, well the morning of ‘set up’ for the Craft Fair. I have too much on my mind to sleep and have been working for 6 months to have everything ready. I can see Venue 5 from our accommodation and as it is deserted, it is hard to imagine the activity planned for the day. Perhaps I will ponder on some highlights of the last few months. Since Lesley Dare (Director of TCF) visited my studio on Bruny Island in April I started thinking of how I would present my work. So with 7 metres of canvas I started ink drawings of Tasmanian Birds, I needed the 3 metre table dining table on Bruny to roll the canvas out, hope it looks good as really have no idea until it is hung. It took 4 months of a few birds at a time. Also attended the Byron Bay Writers Festival in September and what a great experience that was. Highest quality speakers, wordsmiths, lots of laughter and tears. Peter Greste, Walter Mikac, Richard Fidler, Kitty Flanagan, Amanda Nolan and many more new and young voices. If our world is in the hands of these young authors then there is some hope, as things deteriorate around us. Back to the Fair, I will have a large painting of two masked owls to finish, will have books, thousands of cards and the newest poster which I loved doing and took me 5 weeks to plan and draw…’How a Bird’s Egg is Made’. How can that not be fun! Say hi if you are there, top spot at the Fair.

Tasmanian Craft Fair 2018

After a successful application to the Craft Fair in Deloraine I will also be the Emerging Artist for this year's fair.  Thank you to the Rotary Club and the Organising Committee for their support.  As I put together some thoughts for my stand, the Endemic Birds of Tasmania feature strongly in my work.  If someone goes away learning the 12 Endemic birds, then I can't ask for more.  There will be photos and a quick little video coming online of my location/work on Bruny Island.

The process of illustrating a children's book will also feature and storyboards, roughs and original paintings will be on show and some for sale as part of the Fair.  I had better put my head down!

New Perpetual Calendars

Perpetual Calendars are available, one with the Endemic Birds of Tasmania and the other having fun with Thoreau's quote, 'I have three chairs in my house' well I have 12 and in both cases 12 is the perfect calendar number!!!!  Send me an email if you would like one, or any of the Endangered Species Picture Books, Little Spot or Quentin the Quoll.

How to get a copy of 'Billy's Bruny Island Garden'

Billy's Bruny Island Garden' can be ordered from Billy's book website...   Amazing contacts made by Deb and Neil with Bruny Island Cheese Company Orders, Stephanie's Kitchen Garden website and Gardening Australia magazine.

Also for Hobart locals, I sell it at the Kingston Beach Handmade Market and on December 1-3rd at the Channel Court Art Expo in Kingston.  So much going on!!!

Just finished drawings for Quentin the Quoll

Second in the series of 'On Bruny Island' by Kate Morton, Quentin the Quoll lives on the fabulous sheep farm 'Waterview'.  Another glorious setting on North Bruny.  it was fun to create his character and life on the farm, it is with Julie Hawkins (book designer) now and should be out January 2018.  Billy's Bruny Island Garden out now and going well.  Another easy and enjoyable experience.  I will be at the HANDMADE MARKET KINGSTON BEACH on Sunday with books, cards, posters and placemats galore!!   

Also finding my way around Instagram (years later that everyone else!)  Join me there for painting images and updates.

Escaping Tassie winter

A lot happening over the cold months south.  Had a trip to the Kimberleys in Western Australia, normally I would do a journal but this time excelled myself with a show of discipline that had me drawing at all stops, a great record of our trip and printed up for other tour participants.

Before going finished up artwork for 'Billy's Bruny Island Garden' published by Billy's dad, Neil Wherrett, starting as a labour of love for his son and ending up being a most enjoyable experience, I think for us all, including Julie Hawkins who did the book design.  As of this weekend it has been printed and will be available initially through this website, have included some images from the book.

Working on Kate's 'Quentin Quoll', second in her 'on Bruny Island' series after 'Little Spot'.

Artwork will appear on the blog as Quentin unfolds,  he is having adventures in a flood so watercolour will be the medium for this one.  In between all this I have been doing general artwork and had fun with a botanical painting, working on the palette of dark, dark green and pink and yellow.  Will develop a body of work around botanicals for the summer season on Bruny.  Meanwhile, I am attending the Hand made Market at Kingston Beach Hall every month, check it out!


A new book, Billy's Bruny Island Garden

Starting to piece together the storyboard for a local story about Billy and his experience setting up a garden on Bruny Island.  Billy gets so much pleasure from being outdoors and establishing his vegetable garden amongst the wallabies, bandicoots and quolls.  This will be published by Bruny visitor Neil Wherret.  A big chance for me to draw realistic characters with Billy being 8 years old.  Book designer is Julie Hawkins who loves children's books too!

Following the work of Quentin Blake means I just had to buy 'How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen'.  Wonderful! and the Quentin Blake biography, 'In the Theatre of the Imagination - an Artist at Work' is a delight.  When he is tackled about the fact he is rather quiet and unassuming he states, 'all the Wow goes into my drawings'  How true.


Now a new website with Squarespace

It has taken awhile for lots of reasons but I can now manage my site easily! That may include photos!  The release of 'Little Spot on Bruny Island' (the 40 spotted pardalote story on Bruny) in October was a most pleasant experience, self-published with Kate Morton and graphic assistance from Julie Hawkins may mean there will be more self-publishing journeys.  So between the Bruny Island Bird Festival, Christmas and the Wooden Boat Festival and art work to exhibit in both festivals I am ready to focus on some illustrating.