Thursday, June 26, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 26

I spent all day Wednesday surrounded by fog in San Francisco so, in the wee hours of Thursday, when I tried to recreate a plump, fluffy, accurate-to-nature cloud I had painted in 1978, this came out instead. Celebrating the rediscovery that purple and umber are the perfect tones to shade a cloud! You'd expect to need grey or black, but no it's purple and umber! Oil pastels on tiny notepad paper of the Cova Hotel, downtown San Francisco, USA.

Week 26 Clouds
Week 26: Clouds

A bit of a thought experiment. "Every silver lining has a cloud." [Quote from Avon, "Blake's 7".] Created by attaching a torn Ingres paper cloud to my hotel window, complete with a silver lining made with a tinsel pipe-cleaner:

Week 26 Clouds II
Week 26: Clouds II

No more baked beans for you! Oil pastels on Ingres paper:

Week 26 Clouds III
Week 26: Clouds III

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 25

The theme for Week 25 is "Dots". I present Fairy Fatality Bread. 3D assemblage art using white foam core board for bread slices, coated with rubber art cement and edible sprinkles. Cardboard template fairy shapes were cut freehand. Wands made from toothpicks and glitter stars. All served on a dotty plastic saucer, cordoned off by miniature police incident tape (photocopied Word document on overhead projector transparency).

Week 25 Dots
Week 25: Dots

Large red card dot on Ingres paper. Cartoon figure in black Artline Ergoline finepoint.

Week 25 Dots II
Week 25: Dots II

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 24

Week 24 Octopus
Week 24: Octopus

Here's my watercolour, watercolour pencil, blue highlighter and permanent black Sharpie blue-ringed octopus on gesso-primed white canvas, accompanied by a newspaper article about my very exciting capture of one at Pearl Beach in 1973. "The Daily Telegraph" did an extensive phone interview by reverse-charges - via the only public phone box in Pearl Beach - but the eventual story was watered down after several more octopuses were caught on the NSW Central Coast on the same day. Must have been breeding season?

Mixed media collage - on an ink blot. The piece of inverted writing paper has a faint image of planet Earth printed on it. The seaweed was created from a puddle of green watercolour paint blown upwards with a straw.

Week 24 Octopus II
Week 24: Octopus II

I had been wondering if I could create a symmetrical inkblot octopus. It failed dismally, but I stewed on it for a day or so and then I realised I could salvage it with some collage over the top. That pack of silver/mauve "satin" metallic card was just $2 in a bargain store. Bargain indeed! The eyes are cut from a brown foam animal sticker and self-adhesive "jewels".

And, now, Dad Joke Warning (below): "I'd give seven tentacles to be amoctodexterous":

Week 24 Octopus III Amoctodexterous
Week 24: Octopus III

Week 24 Octopus IV
Week 24: Octopus IV

Things you do when you should be packing boxes of books and action figures for the interior painters' imminent arrival: A piece of iPhone photography. I uncovered a cache of stuff last night, including these glass octopuses (above). They are suspended from transparent glass bubbles with fishing line. Originally bought at Fremantle Markets, Western Australia in the early 90s. Took me waaaaaay longer to set up this shot that you'd expect. They kept swimming away!

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Teachers' notes for One red shoe

The Teachers' notes I wrote for Wilkins Farago Publishing are now online. I hope lots of school libraries buy their own copy of the picture book, One red shoe, and get good use out of it!

The notes can be downloaded as a PDF here.

When I was testing the book out with our Stage 3 students, even the Stage 2 students were intrigued, although they only really discussed the red symbolism throughout, not the stronger themes about war/unrest in the Gaza Strip, but they came up with this digital slideshow:

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

52-Week Illustration Challenge, Week 23

Week 23 Feast
Week 23: Feast

Mixed media collage. Making use of a leftover test monoprint, discarded to my "bits & pieces" collage box in Week 19 (Fish). Turned upside down, new highlights and shading were added with Faber-Castell watercolour pencils. 3D fishnet created from decorative Claudia Elyse scrapbooking aluminium mesh. Shark created with satin-finish metallic card and permanent black marker, then glued to the front of the mounting frame. Shark's mouth cut from a small piece of gesso-primed watercolour canvas, finished with Faber-Castell watercolour pencils.