Monday, 30 March 2015

Traveling and Adventure


I found this picture whilst walking in Edinburgh College of Art a few weeks ago, it made me want to draw the witches by Roald Dahl.

This week I am away from my normal workaholic routine and so I wanted to warn you that 'artroomplant' service may be intermittent. I am attending the Bologna International Children's Book Festival and I hope to find many wonders and joys to share.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

The Queen


I have been working on the queen of hearts, so I also thought it would be fun if the girls at Freya's Birthday party would make some queens. Here are some of their creations made with lots of shouts of 'off with their head!'



Mice to feed the Cheshire Cat



In a game like pin the tail on the donkey, yesterday's first party task was to make mice to feed the cheshire cat, with googly eyes and ribbon tails.The task was to get it as close to his gold filling as possible, and one girl was right on target.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

The cheshire cat is smiling


 I have been playing with the Cheshire cat and other characters from 'Alice', since we started painting Freya's birthday wall.. Today is Freya's Birthday so I am hoping to get her friends to  make versions of the Queen of Hearts  . . .

Friday, 27 March 2015

Magdalina Andronic


Magdalina Andronic's Alice in Wonderland for a charity publication. Magdalina is a Romanian illustrator who graduated with an MA from Camberwell College of Art.she produces complex highly decorative illustrations drawing on Slavic folklore. You may also know her from her work with designer Claudiu Stefan on the awesome project, which truly is awesome!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Tove Jansson's Alice In Wonderland






The iconography of Alice in Wonderland is similar to that of the Wizard of Oz a small girl in a familiar but surreal surroundings. I hadn't realised that Tove Jansson (1914-2001) had illustrated it and it is a magical find, I really love her visions of this story, originally published in 1959.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Matias Krahn II



These paintings by Matias Krahn are like a party in my eyes, exuberant exciting and visually noisy, also because of the horizontal divide they remind me of tables of party food or indeed, with all that energy, a food fight.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Kuzana Ogg




Kuzana Ogg was born in India then grew up in England before settling in America she works in series of paintings often with a botanical theme though these ones that I have selected remind me of dress patterns.
"Color and its application remain the focal point of my work. Textile design devices such as block print, ikat and repeats are also prevalent here. However, in the current work, pattern is disrupted; partially obliterated in some areas, completely articulated in others. Mark and imagery are developed through an indirect method of ghosting colors and line fragments. This layering and attention to stroke, produce a lustrous and complex surface, open to interpretation.” Kusana Ogg

Monday, 23 March 2015

By the way, about birds . . ..










A lovely short story, to start the working week, by Anna Silivonchik animated by MaKsim Korol. With the voice of  Masha Peshkun and music by “Nagual”.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

The Original Alice







In the summer of 1862, a mathematician named Charles Dodgson (1832-1898) entertained the three daughters of Henry Liddell; Lorina, Alice and Edith while they were rowing on the Isis.
Alice liddell at the time was 10 years old and loved the story so much that Charles went away and started to write it up. In November 1864 Charles delivered the manuscript to the little girl with 37 illustrations, under the alias of Lewis Carroll. 
Today the manuscript is one of the treasures of the British Library of London. 

Maria Bubleva







Maria Bubleva, Lewis Carroll "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Alice in Wonderland"
Vladivostok published by Far East Publishing House in 1989 (Thank you). I love the
dream like colours and textures of these illustrations, but unfortunately can find no other works by Maria Bubleva.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Freya's Birthday Wall



It is almost Freya's Birthday and so we have been working on her Birthday wall.
This year the theme is Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts is taking center stage with some fabulous thin scarlet lips. It still has a way to go and so I think we will spend most of the weekend on it and planning an Alice in Wonderland style tea party.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Robert Allsopp.







This is a shadow puppet video by Robert Allsopp for Kate Bush's 'Lake Tahoe' track from the album '50 words for snow'.
It perfectly illustrates why I love shadow puppets, they are so simple and yet there is a magic when you play with light, build flimsy shadows to weave into stories and dramas of fragile humanity.
Robert Allsopp initially studied theater design before apprenticing himself for three years to Martin Adams a jewelry prop maker, now Robert runs a diverse set/ costume and prop studio.
Thank you James Dorward.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Shadows and Lear



This was my second tiny example based on Edward Lear's 'There was an Old Man on whose nose most birds of the air could repose'  limerick.