Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Brillustration at The Barn Gallery

Myself and Bristol illustrators, aka Brillustration, created a Christmas mural at The Barn Gallery, Wiltshire. All in a few hours! (With the help of mince pies and delicious mulled wine courtesy of the gallery).

It was a lovely day out and good to spend time together creating art just for fun and giggles!

Mark Sperring, children's author from Blackwells, Bristol, brought along all our published books, and sold many a Christmas present with plenty of personalized book signing!

Fairy by June Goulding
Bear and owl by Sean Jullian
Everyone drew a penguin! Guess who's?
Brillustrators from left to right: Laura Elliot, Me, Mark Sperring, Lauren Tobia, Sean Julian and June Goulding.
We were also featured on BBC Wiltshire! Broadcast in the afternoon and on their facebook page :)

Monday, October 06, 2014

Black and white sketches

I've been sketching lots of kids and doggies! I think I'm in a puppy cuddle kind of mood...
Giant doggy!
"Hello Autumn"
Circus pyjamas

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Brillustration: Affordable Art Fair Take Over!

I joined Bristol Illustrators (aka Brillustration) at The Affordable Art Fair last weekend. I ran a workshop on the Saturday with Sean Julian, teaching little kids and big kids how to draw characters including bears, dinosaurs, woolly mammoths and robots.

Brillustration: Affordable Art Fair Take Over!

And on Sunday, Brillustrators joined in 'en mass' and drew all over the walls, inviting the public to draw with us, we soon had a busy crowd of artists.
A little robot by a little artist at my saturday workshop.
My tiger!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Story time at Hayesdown First school

I was invited to read my new book 'Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth' at Hayesdown school in Frome recently. I had such a lovely time! The event was organised by Hunting Raven Books, I read my book to 2 classes and signed some copies too. I also left behind some woolly mammoth activity sheets for the classes to decorate.

I'm really enjoying reading my book aloud to children and seeing their reactions to the mammoth and little lou. And chatting to them about what else Little Lou could find at the end of a woolly thread, and their own favourite cuddly toys.

Thank you to Hayesdown first for having me and to Hunting Raven for organising the event. It was brilliant! And I hope the children feel inspired to draw their own woolly creatures :)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Cute reviews!

I just love this cute review at Muff and Teacake,

"At the moment the bedtime routine with my daughter frequently seems to be spent in the company of a very cute squiggly mammoth! My daughter loves her latest book, Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth by Paula Bowles.  I must admit to being just a little captivated too… "

And Nayu's Reading Corner

"Lou rarely sits still, both the story and the illustrations have a sense of activity and moving about which readers might want to act out. Lou's expressions match a child's innocent curiosity as she follows the wool. I joined her in being scared of he mammoth, but not for long because something happens to make it utterly adorable and had me squeeing with delight. I want a woolly mammoth like it is at the end! And I'd like a book 2 which is sort of hinted at on the last page."

And Read it Daddy

We won't spoil the twist in this yarn-entwined tale but it's rather lovely, in fact the whole book has that warm fuzzy cuddly feeling about it - a bit like a gigantic woolly mammoth in fact. Just never feed it dustballs otherwise you'll never get rid of it :)
Charlotte's best bit: The mammoth first appears, and he's HUGE! Eek! A little bit daunting for a little girl 

Daddy's Favourite bit: Warm, fuzzy, charming and funny - and celebrates a child's endless curiosity perfectly 

Thanks guys for the kind words, glad you're all enjoying Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Make your own Mammoths!

Had a lovely time at my studio's open day at the weekend. I read my stories and did a craft session with the little ones, 'Make your own Mammoth'. They coloured and decorated their own woolly mammoths, I love them! I also took blank sheets of paper for them to make their own woolly creations....

This is a conceptual piece by an imaginative 4 year old, titled 'The Sea'.
Another imaginative piece, titled 'Kite'.

Some masterpieces there, I think you'll agree!?