Happy New Year everyone!


I hope to be as productive as I was last year but with new aspects of my writing journey. Last year I completed  Julie Hedlund’s 12 x 12 writing challenge which was fantastc because I completed 12 picture book manuscript drafts in 12 months. This year I thought I would develop another skill and therefore I will be joining in Tania McCartney’s 52 illustrations in 52 weeks challenge. For more information go to The 52-week illustration challenge or you can follow each participant through Twitter at #illo52weeks.

Here is my first illustration for the challenge:

Week 1 – eggs

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I used pastels and watercolour pencil crayons as seen in image below:

eggs in pastel


This was the first time I have attempted to draw an egg in an incredibly long time and it was surprisingly enjoyable. I hadn’t decided what medium to use until I fetched the egg from the fridge. Pastels just seemed the right thing at the time.


My kids decided to join in (as it is still the school holidays) and this kept them quiet while I attempted to illustrate the egg.


Here are their wonderful efforts:


By Ruby age 8

By Ruby age 8


By Joseph age 9

By Joseph age 9


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