We moved 2 weeks ago to our new home and got a call from the new residents offering to pass along some mail. I am SO VERY happy we picked it up. In the pile of flyers, there was a letter from the Ontario Arts Council. A GRANT! I have been awarded a $5000 Visual Artist grant to assist in creating and developing new work and to continue work in progress. I am so delighted. It will allow me to further develop this technique and set aside some time to experiment with animation. I would like to add animation in my theater scenes. It could have all sorts of possibilities and potentially could be used in e-books for children. Simon has built me a special table for working in this way. Stay tuned!
Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for your generous support!
I put together a surprise envelope to give away during the move. (2 prints, cards and postcards) If you would like it, let me know what you would like to see in my little theater this spring… underwater explorers, aardvarks, a game of hide and seek, floating chairs… ?!? Anything could wander through. Tell me here: http://www.facebook.com/theaterclouds
Lily will pick a winner on Tuesday. Happy Egg Hunting everyone.
Over the weekend we moved to our new home. Koen has a room of his own and I finally have the studio I have always dreamed about… multiple windows, room for my different theaters and storage for all the bits and pieces. Oh… and a widow’s walk to eat my lunch on in the summer! I am having fun planning it out and working on a cover for a Miles Kelly book today. Here is a view of my new studio.
During the move, I found a few things I thought I would put together into a package for a giveaway this weekend on my facebook page… a couple of prints, cards, and postcards. My facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/theaterclouds
PS – They are doing a second printing of my book! Wooo.
Some great coverage in The National Post!
Today I am working on the manuscript for my next book with Running Press. It has been about a year since I last worked on it. It is nice to have had some distance from it. I can see it with fresh eyes and new ideas. I will be starting to work on the illustrations next week.
I have been running myself a bit ragged lately because we have been in the process of selling our house and buying a new one. Soon I will have a studio and Koen will have his own room. We purchased a big old Victorian house with lots of charm and lots of work that needs to be done. We will have to pace ourselves. I haven’t been able to get over my cold and now my ribs are hurting from coughing. Off to the doctor!
Hope all of you are doing well. Spring is sure rejuvenate! xo
PS- Have you seen the trailer for my book? You will find it at the top.
Thank you to the Rocking Horse here in Owen Sound for hosting the book launch for If You Hold A Seed. What a fabulous time! We sold out. They have just gotten a new shipment. Westside nurseries contributed seed packets for the kids to grow. Thank you.
I was so delighted to read this starred review in Quill and Quire for If You Hold A Seed… http://www.quillandquire.com/books_young/review.cfm?review_id=7910
Here is a snippet: The sparely written text, about waiting, hope, and fulfillment, is richly elaborated by the pictures, which show the beauty of the changing seasons, the varieties of birds perching or nesting in the tree, and the developing interests of the boy as he studies a caterpillar, romps with friends, and reads in the tree’s shade. Each page promises many rewards through repeated viewings, and the book seems destined to become a classic. - Gwyneth Evans, Quill and Quire.
Look for the book in the National Post this weekend too.
I thought I would share this. I am putting together an idea for a publisher. Here is the sketch and final version.
This is not about paper arts but I have to share it! The very talented men in my family have collaborated on this beautiful piece and I am so in love with it. My husband, Simon is a woodworker. He works at EcoInhabit, doing the fine woodwork for Eco homes. He also makes beautiful boxes, furniture, installations and my theaters. He recently became interested in collaborations with other artists and created a challenge for my Dad. He made this beautiful base and asked my Dad to make a pot that would respond to the design. My Dad, Steve Irvine designed this metallic pot in response. I love how it looks like a rocket and transforms the stand into flames. It also allows people to see the crosses on the top of the stand. Ever more in awe of both of these men. I hope you will check out my Dad’s amazing work. He makes ceramic pinhole cameras which are out of this world. I’ll post one of them here too.
A camera by Steve Irvine that combines both ceramic and metal parts. Overall it stands 46 cm tall, and it uses a 4×5 inch piece of photo paper for the negative.