A Tribute to Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone

My latest art is a tribute to Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. These incredibly talented sisters’ (twins, in fact) beautiful illustrations made up most of my earliest childhood memories. I can remember reading Dean’s Gift Book of Nursery Rhymes and feeling as though I was being slowly drawn into each and every illustration. I have never found another artist that has affected me in the same way. So, here’s to you, Anne and Janet!

“Boy with Bindle”

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The Secret Weapon

They came one night when all was sound

and stood their troops upon the ground.

When dawn did come the humans saw

their top position was no more.

The invaders from a distant land

now had every Earthling in hand.

Although in victory they felt secure

their celebration was premature.

There was one Earthly weapon, you see

One well-known to you and me.

It would be our oppressors’ ultimate undoing

t’would leave them weak, soft and cooing.

When they were no more than putty in hand

from the invaders we wrested back our land.

They vowed never to return and to their ships, made haste

when their leader turned back – his fingers interlaced.

With pleading eyes he said, “I beg of you…a parting gift?

I know it’s not deserved and you’re rightly quite miffed.”

The Earth folk decided, with peace and goodwill in mind

we chose to gift them with some of our kind.

For alien or otherwise, there is no being (or ’tis a being to pity)

can resist the friendship and love of a kitty.

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“Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us.”

– Jeff Wayne, The Eve of the War

“It’s okay, we’ve got kitties.”

– Flufflepot

Banana Bread Recipe

Hello! I’ve been pretty busy lately – both at work and with my art. I am now working part-time though, so I’m looking forward to churning out lots more arty goodness! Here’s what I’ve been up to…

I had a banana bread recipe published on one of my all-time favourite sites: They Draw and Cook. If you haven’t been there yet, it is the most incredible Website filled with mouth-watering recipes and stunning artwork; two awesome combinations (in my humble opinion).

Click the recipe to see it on the site.

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I drew a mermaid and went crazy with colour.

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I drew a portrait for a friend who is turning fifty this week and looks about thirty-five! I hope she likes it.

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Minecraft and Stuff

Update 18/5/2012: I have had several requests from people wanting to use my Minecraft invitation, so I’ve put a link up so anyone can download and use it. It’s free to download, but if you feel generous (and can afford it) you can make a donation. 🙂

Click here to download: Minecraft_Invitation Minecraft_party_invitation

My son Daniel is turning eight on Saturday and has requested a Minecraft-themed party, hence the above picture of the invitations I whipped up on Illustrator the other day. I had to do a lot of research in order to find out what the hell a Minecraft-themed party might look like and this has led to me knowing stuff about Minecraft – something I’ve been actively trying to avoid on a daily basis for many months.

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I have been utterly bombarded with talk about Minecraft – how awesome it is – and received endless updates on every single thing that happens on Minecraft (or has happened or might possibly happen) for months on end (aka since Daniel started playing it).

Two minutes later…

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Scenes like those led to me saying things like this…

Bazinga(I got my Bazinga shirt here.)

To say he’s obsessed with Minecraft would be an understatement and, apparently, he’s not the only one. I really didn’t get the appeal of the game at first, but as I have been forced to learn all about it I am starting to see why he loves it so much. It actually allows him to be extremely creative; it’s a little like playing with blocks, but on an epic scale and with some pretty cool twists…

While researching for my son’s Minecraft-themed birthday party I found this video of a guy who had built an incredibly impressive house, but when he tries to install a fireplace, things don’t quite go to plan. Trust me, it’s hilarious.

As games go, it’s definitely one of the better ones and I really like that it allows for so much creative freedom. Okay, so the blocks aren’t tangible, but the learning and the imagination required is the same. Also, I don’t go crippling myself stepping on blocks or spend half my life picking them up at the end of every day and that’s always a bonus.

I’ll post a photo of the cake next week!

*Update*
The Minecraft cake turned out alright, I just dyed some dessicated coconut green for the grass.
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Zen Snowman and Happy Holidays!

I thought I’d do a Christmassy picture of a snowman. As usual, it took on a life of its own and became a melting snowman.

Mr. Snowman’s basking in the sun and enjoying every last beautiful moment. He doesn’t resent the sun, the sun’s just doing his job and Mr. Snowman always knew he was temporary.

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I still have the emotional age of about nine, so it stands to reason that I really love Christmas. Last Christmas I woke up at 5:30 am and the house was silent. So I did what any good mother would do and woke up my kids…HELLOOOO? PRESENTS!!!

I don’t celebrate Christmas in a religious sense. What I do celebrate is being with family and close friends, eating too much deliciously bad (for you) food, and the giving and receiving of presents. Man, I love presents. For me, Christmas Day is not complete unless somebody buys me a comic book. When I was growing up my parents would always buy me The Beano annuals or other comics and I’d spend the whole day lounging about, reading them and eating lollies.

I’ve taken to making my own bonbons the last two Christmases. This year I searched all over, but couldn’t find anywhere that sold the cardboard rolls that are the foundation for the bonbons. So I had to improvise. My very green sister would be so proud of me, as I used the leftover cardboard rolls from the Christmas paper. I crammed them with all sorts of lovely goodies and can’t wait for the kids to open them at Christmas lunch. They are going to crap themselves with excitement!

My darling son and niece put their heads together and built this Santa decoration out of Lego (Lego is an obsession in our household).

Whatever you’re celebrating (or even if you’re not) I wish you all a happy and safe holiday season.