Sunday, 17 May 2015

Mr Ben to Miffy...

The Wonderful Mr Ben to Miffy exhibition at The Cooper Barnsley,
a fabulous chance to see legends in children's book illustration close up. 
There are originals, limited addition silk screens, signed books and cards, 
such a wonderful collection of work in collaboration with the Illustration Cupboard.

I feel so lucky to be included in this exhibition!

Lily and Bear rubbing shoulders with 
Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are! wow!

just waiting for the shop keeper.... and as if by magic.... !

And a very BIG thank you to all the fabulous 
little artists that attended the illustration workshop, 
so talented and hard working. 
They produced some fabulous work creating  picture book characters...

Moo moo the monkey,


Desmond Bear ( who went on holiday, sat under a palm tree and a coconut fell on his head!!) 

and Lovable the heart, who loved keep fit, sleeping and hugging but didn't like hand stands,

and finally Iron man the snail who didn't like cauliflower!
All absolute stars!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015


This print is for Sonny,
a rather dapper sunshine lion, 
just like my Sonny, cute...

...but very loud!

Tonight we're off to see The Maccabees at The Ritz in 
Manchester as a treat for Lil working so hard revising and 
doing lots of course work, there's so much pressure at exam time,
life's too short to get so stressed,
 it's good to have a break,


Can't wait!
Happy Wednesday.


Friday, 1 May 2015

Print Day...

Pop along to West Yorkshire Print Workshop tomorrow for Print Day!

They'll be lots of demonstrations, workshops, print fair with lots of beautiful original prints, craft shop with hand made jewellery, stationery and hand printed fabrics and studio tours,

I'll be there from from 2 o'clock onwards signing copies of Lily and Bear 
and selling hand screen printed Lily and Bear cards and prints... 

...whilst enjoying the odd canapé and soaking up the lovely creative atmosphere!
Come along and say hello!

Happy bank holiday weekend!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

A Tuesday morning booger-loo...

There was snow on the tops in front of our home this morning
and a real bite in the wind on the school run.

I still haven't made that transition from winter wardrobe to spring/summer wardrobe,
just can't pack away those winter woolies and boots!

Join me in a spring sun dance in your kitchen today, 
to the funky sun god of sunny bank holiday weekends,
that we may dust off the top of the Piz Buin and put away our 80 deniers!


come on! 
lets dance the booger-loo for a bit of warm sunshine!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Mac Conner

Last week I visited the House of illustration
(it's at the back of Kings Cross Station in London)
And saw the wonderful exhibition,
Mac Conner : A new York life.

It was incredible to see Mac Conners artwork close up,
such an amazing talent depicting 1950's New York, and he's still drawing now at 101 years old,
so I'm just a beginner!

Very inspirational as a person as well as an artist,
If you're in London it's well worth a visit!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

How to draw Bear ...

playing the banjo brilliantly!

There's a fabulous, how to draw page on The Guardian Children's Books website which is currently featuring Lily and Bear!

Grab a pencil and a concentration cap and visit here!
Happy creative Thursday!