Started day in the company of flowers. Listened to the morning birds singing in the trees.
And then, I watched a very large goanna squeeze his way through a gap in the fence!
I wonder what other delights Wednesday will reveal. I hope you all have a lovely day.
As for me, I'm off to do some illustrating.
I have a book called 'Spring Flower Fairies' that was given to me when I was little. I like it just as much now as I did then...maybe even more. It was written and illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker. She was born in 1895 and her first fairy book was published in 1923. It was titled 'Flower Fairies of the Spring'.
I guess beautiful words, beautiful art and beautiful books are quite like flowers; they retain their charm for a long time.
I wonder what Cicely Mary Barker, an author born in 1895, would have thought of the official flower fairies website that showcases her illustrations, characters and books today? I think it is very pretty just like her books.
Above is a picture of the Rose fairy . She was featured on the cover of 'Flower Fairies of the Summer' which was written and illustrated by Cicely Mary Barker. Isn't she sweet?
At the moment everything I'm working on has something to do with flowers. I'm writing about flowers, drawing flowers and in the garden they're springing up everywhere! So, I've decided my blogs for November will be flower themed too.
Guess what I found in my letterbox?
My very own signed copy of Faylina!
I am absolutely thrilled at how beautifully this little book turned out!
I'll try to share a better quality photo soon. But for now, I'm off to do more illustrations.
Exciting news today! Faylina is back from the printers!
Here are some photos of Faylina with Mr Behan from Butterfly Kiss Books.
Another beautiful rainy night here. Perfect weather for illustrating! This week I've been working on illustrations for DL Redshaw's second book in the Faylina series!
As an artist I enjoy working in many different styles with all kinds of mediums.
The illustrations for 'Faylina' by DL Redshaw for Butterfly Kiss Books were hand drawn with ink on paper before being coloured digitally. This method was chosen to achieve the publisher's desired look and compliment the story. After I finished the illustrations they were handed over to the publisher to be formatted and optimised for print.
This process is very different to working with paint and a brush but every bit as enjoyable!
I had a fantastic time creating illustrations for Australian author DL Redshaw's new book 'Faylina'.
'Faylina' is the first book in the series which is being published by Butterfly Kiss Books.
You can find out more about 'Faylina' on 'DL Reshaw Kids Author' Facebook page. I'll also be posting updates here.
Personal blog by RJ Simon. This is where I post random musings and share photos from strolls around the yard, road trips, and life in the Australian bush.
I used to post updates about my writing and illustrating here too, but the website now has a updates section especially for that - all the new updates will be posted there.
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