Boats and Shows


riday already? Oh man. And I haven't finished the rough of the last in the problem series 'Share the Bear'. OK, I didn't even start it. It was that kind of week.

Tuesday was a fun day, nipped down to Rockland on the coast of Maine to try and get some publicity shots of moi with the

Isaac H Evans Schooner

, for the drawing cruise (got to do a press release). The ship was up out of the water in her cradle getting her bottom painted. 'im Indoors came along and did the photography bit.

1. I HATE having photos taken (yeah right you say, because 2 weeks running pics of me on the blog).

2. 'im indoors has not got the best eyesight so it is always a bit of a crap shoot. I make him stand on the spot and then I set up the shot and hope for the best. Given that he is a good 8" taller than me it doesn't always work out. This is what I got ..

Well not too bad I suppose. The ship looks good! Can't wait to be on the water again. Here's one of the crew with Capt Brenda.

Ooooohh (how DO you spell that?), the really fun news of the week is that I will be putting on a solo show of my Ice and Fire photographs at the John Rohman Gallery at EMCC in Bangor in Nov/Dec this year! I am excited as this is my first solo photography show. Yikes! Now I have to frame things.

But mostly it has been work work work. I am not complaining. I just wish I could get to finishing one of my projects now and again, but ya gotta eat right?

Here's another of the Owl illustrations just to prove I haven't been out rollicking around on ships all week ...

BTW, these are drawn by hand and then coloured in Photoshop.

While down on the coast we popped in to see a friend at a

fine art auction house

in Thomaston. In the May auction they have a previously unseen Andrew Wyeth up for sale. Our friend said he expected it to make 2 to 3, maybe even as high as 5. '$5,000?' asked 'im indoors. And then turned bright red when he realised it was $500,000. Bless him. As he says it is just paint and canvas. Right?

I did carelessly lose a day this week.I was meant to go down to the meeting of the Maine Illustrator's Collective in Portland with

Russ Cox

, (an illustrator from the next town over from me). I was working happily away when 'ting ting' and there's Russ on the phone wondering where the hell I am. I was convinced it was the following day .... so needless to say we didn't make the meeting. Lumme! And my online calendar even sent me a reminder that I happily deleted! Now - I am a mega organized person and in the quiet of the night I lay looking at the ceiling and wondering if this was the beginning of the decline into the pit?

On the bed side cabinet at the moment ..

LMNO - PEAS by Keith Baker (Fun!)

Kenny & the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi

Speeches, Essays and Conversations - Virginia Hamilton

Dear Dumb Diary 2&3 - Jim Benton

Time is running out on me in the build up to the New England SCBWI conference on 14-16th May in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. I have homework to do for Illustrators Intensive (luckily I can utilize Minusaur I think). I want to work on a piece for an illustration exhibition in Boston ... the theme of the exhibition is 'North' and I want to do the whole thing in oil for a change. And I have to have it done by 13th .... ARGHH!

Then there's ... well, never mind, you get the picture.

So next week it's nose to the drawing board/screen/whatever and no slacking!!

Oh - hang on - I am off to Boston to see Mark Knopfler on Tuesday ....



The Wacky Brit. (or Brat as some people might say.)