May’s Illustrations – 52 Week Challenge

Week 18: Grandmother This illo is based on my father’s mother Edith, who used to grow dahlia’s on her farm in Jersey, Channel Islands.   Week 19: Adventure There has been alot in the news about the refugee situation at the moment and it was on my mind when I was wondering what to do […]

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Meet The Publishers Day Kidlitvic2016

This time last weekend I was returning from a fabulous day down in Melbourne at the very first Meet The Publishers Day organised by the highly wonderful, friendly and talented authors Alison Reynolds and Dee White. What to pack: layers – no one could figure out what the weather was going to do in Melbourne – […]

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April’s illustrations – 52 week challenge

Have I said before that every week I think I am going to fail and not complete an illustration? Probably. Well, surprise, surprise I felt like that again this week. It’s not always down to the lack of time. Many times I wrack my brain for an idea for the week’s theme and feel completely stumped. […]

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Poem: Kitten Kisses

A year ago I took on two gorgeous kittens that had been rescued by my author friend Kylie. They have had quite an impact on me ad my writing. I was not a cat person but now I can feel myself slowly turning into the mad cat lady. I love their company. They are the […]

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March’s illustrations – 52 week challenge

March is over, Autumn has arrived and the school hols will soon be upon us. So today I am going to work like a trouper, writing blog posts, critiquing manuscripts and editing my own. Week 9: Watercolour (and coloured pencils) This isn’t a medium I am comfortable with. I don’t feel I can control it. […]

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Sometimes I write nonsense poems

  Sometimes when I am beginning a new manuscript it feels best in rhyme. Sometimes is doesn’t. Sometimes what I think is a rhyming manuscript is actually a story in verse or simply a poem. Sometimes it is hard to decide. I am delighted that one of my nonsense poems is ‘Poem of the day,’ on […]

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#illo52weeks – February’s illustrations

Week 5: 1920’s This illustration was based on a photo of my grandfather’s cousin Mabel Benest. Copic markers & fineliner Week 6: Printing I got a bit carried away this week with the Gelli plate, creating 3 different scenes. It is such a fun medium to work with and I never really now what the […]

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#illo52weeks – December’s illustrations

Well, I can’t believe another year is done and I managed to complete 52 more illustrations for the 52 Week Illustration Challenge founded by Tania McCartney. Week 48: Warm   Week 49: History   Week 50: Party   Week 51: Family   Week 52: World   This year I have particularly enjoyed line drawing. Has a […]

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