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!?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Free colouring sheet!

I've made a woolly mammoth colouring sheet  Free download, print and scribble/colour/decorate/stick wool and create your very own cuddly mammoth!

Just click on the image above and print it from your computer. It will print on a 'landscape' A4 page.

Would love to see your creations, so send me your photos and I'll add them to a gallery on my facebook page!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

On the loose!

A lovely day was had at Hunting Raven Bookshop on Thursday. Celebrating the launch of my new book by decorating their window as part of Bloomsbury's 'Illustrated Windows' project. Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth are officially 'on the loose'!
Me with BIG Little Lou
The inspiration behind some of Little Lou's toys and their illustrated counterparts.
Stars and bunting!
Cupcakes made by my mum.
Lots and lots of wool...
All done! Outside with some of the ladies who work at Hunting Raven Books.

Little Lou And The Woolly Mammoth, Hardback book
Format: Hardback/Paperback 

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 
Publication Date:
08 May 2014 
Picture Books 

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

It's tomorrow!

My first book in the UK is published tomorrow! To celebrate I am decorating the window of 'Hunting Raven Books' as part of Bloomsbury's 'Illustrated windows' project.

My shared studio have written a lovely blog post, read all about it here

Available in all good bookshops and online. If buying online, why not try Hive who give a percentage of sales to a local bookshop of your choice.

Monday, May 05, 2014

3 more sleeps!

3 more sleeps until my book, Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth is published! To celebrate I'm decorating the window of Hunting Raven Books on Thurs 8th May, as part of Bloomsbury's 'Illustrated Windows' project. For more info click here

Available online here

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bunty Portrait

I had the pleasure of painting one of the giant Gromits seen around Bristol last summer as part of Gromit Unleashed. Mine is called 'Bunty' and was covered in scenes of Bristol and plenty of bunting! It was inspired by the colourful, summery, street party culture of the city:

My sponsor, Unum, commissioned me to paint a 'portrait' of Bunty to remember him by. They now have the original A2 sized painting in their office, but there are A3 digital prints available to buy through the Gromit Unleashed website and in their Bristol shop:

This was going to be a blog post to advertise the prints for sale, but they went on sale yesterday afternoon, and this morning they have sold out! But no doubt we will arrange another print run soon, so keep an eye out or sign up to the Gromit Unleashed newsletter for up to the minute info!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth

A lovely parcel from Bloomsbury arrived in the post today...
Beautifully wrapped and complete with a sweet little card from everyone, but what could it be!?

My new book!
Little Lou and the Woolly Mammoth, in hardback and paperback. I'm delighted :-) Might even bake a cake to celebrate.

Publishing on 8th May, available for preorder on Amazon.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Being a big fan of jazz dancing (swing dance/'lindy hop') myself, I was delighted to listen to this short interview with one of my favourite illustrators, Shirley Hughes, talk about her love of dancing during WWII. BBC Radio 4 - A Last Excuse Me Dance

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The Book Hive

I went to see 'The Book Hive', in Bristol's central library this weekend. The library is celebrating it's 400 year anniversary, so there are 400 books to mark the occasion. It is an interactive installation, the books flap and tease you with their contents, before snapping shut. And then taking a peek again. Some were more shy than others, and some were more lively! Real characters :-) Created by 'Rusty Squid'.