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1. A little poetic mystery



Out with Marjorie the other week, pootling to the Post Office which is two miles away. On the way back, I spotted a notice pinned to a gate post and, as one does, stopped to investigate.


However, it wasn't a planning application for a new housing estate (although that is in the pipeline for this area). It was a Thomas Hardy poem. Rather random, but lovely. 


 The Walk


You did not walk with me

Of late to the hill-top tree

By the gated ways,

As in earlier days;

You were weak and lame,

So you never came,

And I went alone, and I did not mind,

Not thinking of you as left behind.



I walked up there to-day

Just in the former way;

Surveyed around

The familiar ground

By myself again:

What difference, then?

Only that underlying sense

Of the look of a room on returning thence.



  
Pondering this and wondering 'who, what why and when?', I cycled on. And came then stopped.


Another country poem, pinned to another gatepost, with the brooding Wrekin just showing in the background.



A sonnet, by John Clare.


A Spring Morning

THE Spring comes in with all her hues and smells,
In freshness breathing over hills and dells;
O’er woods where May her gorgeous drapery flings, 
And meads washed fragrant by their laughing springs.
Fresh are new opened flowers, untouched and free
From the bold rifling of the amorous bee.
The happy time ofsinging birds is come,
And Love’s lone pilgrimage now finds a home;
Among the mossy oaks now coos the dove,
And the hoarse crow finds softer notes for love.                        
The foxes play around their dens, and bark
In joy’s excess, ’mid woodland shadows dark.
The flowers join lips below; the leaves above;
And every sound that meets the ear is Love.



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2. A Rainbow Is A Rainbow!


A rainbow is a rainbow, 
with whom you ride it is all that matters! 

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3. Hanging out with the yellow gang


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4. Sarah Frances Hardy - Guest Post on DRESS ME!

I'm thrilled to have my friend Sarah Frances Hardy stop by with her new picture book, DRESS ME! Take it away SF!

     When I was coming up with ideas for a companion book to my 2014 release Paint Me! (Sky Pony Press), I looked back through some old unfinished manuscripts for inspiration. I had a couple of dress up books that weren’t quite working, so my agent suggested that I do another “me” book with a dress up theme. Brilliant!

     And right up my alley.
     As the mother of three girls, I’ve read lots and lots of dress up books to my daughters. And most of them are very princess-y, fluffy, and sparkly. Now there’s nothing wrong with little girls getting dressed up. It’s fun. I get it. And I love a party dress just as much as the next girl ... it just seemed like many of the dress up books on the shelves showed girls trying really hard to *look* pretty. They didn’t show little girls trying to express themselves in other ways--ways that showed girls *doing* things. And they didn’t show girls happy just being themselves.
     To make it worse, when I talked to my friends who are parents of boys, they gushed about filling their boys’ toy chests with super hero outfits, doctor scrubs, and hard hats. Most of my friends with daughters haunted the sales racks after Halloween for leftover princess ball gowns, tiaras, and boas.
     So I wanted to create a book that encouraged little girls to expand their dress up repertoire and to have fun experimenting with who they can be instead of how they look.
     In DRESS ME!, my main character goes through many transformations, from wearing a monster mask to trying out different careers (and yes, sporting a mustache!) before getting all glammed up.
     The glam look, she decides, just isn’t for her.
     She finishes out the day running off in her jeans and her sneakers as “just me!”.
     A happy ending to a very fun dress up day!

Thank you so very much for having me on your blog.
     Sarah Frances

About Sarah Frances:
     Sarah Frances Hardy is a children’s author, illustrator, and professional painter. A former lawyer, Hardy studied art at the Parsons School of Design and has had her paintings featured in galleries and commercial establishments. She is the author and illustrator of two books: Puzzled by Pink (Houghton Mifflin) and Paint Me! (Sky Pony Press). Hardy lives with her husband and three daughters in Oxford, Mississippi.
      Please visit her website at www.sfhardy.com.

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5. Details, Details...









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6. Why You Should Create Art Everyday!

In this video I give reasons why I think you should set a schedule of creating artwork each and every day...oh - and I have fun drawing this hedgehog while I'm at it.

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7. ***Tipsy Painting Party***

All new Tipsy Painting Party at Maggie's Underground on Tuesday June 16th from 7-9!!!!! 
😉🍷🍻🍸🎨🎨🎨🍹🍺🍷
I'll be hosting a step by step workshop on how to paint your very own painting. And what's better? You can sip on some cocktails while you learn!!! Tickets are $30. You can purchase them through the banquet department of Maggies. Ask for Courtney (732) 363-8124 x10
145 Country Club Drive, Lakewood, Nj 08701

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8. MELT by Sean Chris Strydom

Melt

Submitted by Sean Chris Strydom for the Illustration Friday topic MELT.

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9. WARNING: freaky ventriliquist dummy alert

If you follow my blog you may well know
that I draw anywhere and everywhere.
But where better than somewhere that combines your other interests. And I bloody love stuff. Old stuff. Which is why I love the antique auctions.
Which is why I love an antique auction house. Today I was at Adam Partridge's auction house in
Where else can you sit on an antique chair and draw surrounded  by spooky ventriloquist dummies and tiny chaise longue? 
 
And then there's the vast array of fabulous and insane subject matter. It's everything I love in one afternoon.
 And if I'm drawing I'm not bidding.
Although, I always end up bidding too. Not on the spooky dummy though. Not this time anyway.

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10. Don Hertzfeldt: “Artists shouldn’t be making art on the side, it should be their job”

The award-winning independent filmmaker drops some truth in this "Vanity Fair" interview.

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11. PG LIVE - gillian flint at bright

These are some of the latest pattern work from Gillian Flint. Gillian is an illustrator represented by Bright Art Licensing who works in greeting cards and children's books. Bright will be exhibiting at PG Live next week (2nd/3rd June) showcasing lots of designs and patterns for licensing from all their fab artists.

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12. Women in Animation Announces Annecy Animation Events

The organization has planned multiple panels and presentations related to the role of women in the animation industry.

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13. DreamWorks Hires Live-Action Helmer Jason Reitman for ‘Beekle’

The director of "Juno" and "Up in the Air" will make an animated feature based on the Caldecott-winning children's book.

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14. The Mushroom Gatherers


Something from earlier in the spring, back when green, growing things seemed as farfetched as mushroom gathering maidens.

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15. FABRICS - andover

 I wanted to pick out a few of the new fabrics being released by Andover in 2015. The first is this super cute dog collection called 'Patch' designed by the Makower Studio which will be on sale in September 2015. Next up is Sophia a delicate lined floral from Makower which will be launched next month in June 2015. And also from Makower are these bright designs from

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16. Fidelia Bridges

Fidelity Bridges, Milkweeds, 1876. Watercolor and gouache on paper
Fidelia Bridges (1834 - 1923) was known for her meticulous botanical studies, many of which were painted outdoors in nature.

Both of her parents died when she was in her teens. She never married, but had a small circle of friends, including Mark Twain, for whom she served for a time as a governess of his daughters. 

She lived by herself in a home in Canaan, Connecticut, overlooking a stream and a flower garden filled with birds and butterflies. A writer of the time described her this way:

"She soon became a familiar village figure, tall, elegant, beautiful even in her sixties, her hair swept back, her attire always formal, even when sketching in the fields or riding her bicycle through town. Her life was quiet and un-ostentatious, her friends unmarried ladies of refinement and of literary and artistic task who she joined for woodland picnics and afternoon teas."

Fidelia Bridges, Calla Lily, 1875
She was inspired by reading John Ruskin's Modern Painters, which preached truth to nature. She found her way to study under William Trost Richards, who became a lifelong mentor. Her early studies in watercolor and gouache, such as this one of a calla lily, show a patient and observant eye. 

Bridges was one of only seven women who became members of the American Watercolor Society in the 19th century. She worked for the Prang company in her later career, and her work was often reproduced on greeting cards.
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17. Jump into Fun

Sneaky peek of my next collection with Robert Kaufman fabrics due out in Sept. '15

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18. Productivity tip for writers: see how long you can stay offline

Know the difference between actually being productive and the illusion of productivity, especially when you're online.

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19. Artist of the Day: Sam Vanallemeersch

Discover the work of Sam Vanallemeersch, Cartoon Brew's Artist of the Day!

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20. Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Paul Pope

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Paul Pope is one of the indy comics/small press stars to emerge from the 1990’s. Premiering in 1994, his self-published comic THB is the futuristic story of a girl living on Mars with her super-powered, inflatable bodyguard. It’s hard to categorize Paul Pope’s work. I see that THB often gets lumped in with other genre indy comics of that era, like Jeff Smith’s Bone and James A. Owen’s Starchild. I see his work fitting better in the alternative/small press sphere, at least stylistically speaking. Maybe that’s just a testament to the uniqueness of Pope’s work; his fluid line work and stark sense of design.

Paul Pope has been living and working in New York City for most of his career. He’s created comics for many of the major comics publishers, including the multi-Eisner winner Batman 100 for DC Comics.

Recently, Paul Pope created the graphic novel Battling Boy for First Second, with the follow-up titled The Rise of Aurora West.

You can keep up with all things Paul Pope on his website here.

For more comics related art, you can follow me on my website comicstavern.com – Andy Yates

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21. DESIGNER - red cheeks factory

Nelleke Verhoeff is an artist/illustrator from the Netherlands. From her base in Rotterdam Nelleke makes all kind of illustrations, wall art and patterns in her own wimsical, colorful and poetic style. Under the started studio label 'Red Cheeks Factory' she creates giclee prints, postcards and surface pattern designs. Nelleke is mostly inspired by people, she loves to watch their facial

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22. #BookADay: SHADOW CHASERS by Elly McKay (Running Press)

‪#‎BookADay‬: SHADOW CHASERS by Elly McKay ( Theater Clouds on FB), published by Running Press. I love Elly's absolutely gorgeous paper-theater lightbox illustrations.

Synopsis: "Once evening paints the summer sky, shadows will come out to play. You must move fast, because as quickly as the wind blows, the shadows will be on their way. Chasing after our hopes and dreams may take many tries before we finally catch them. This magical nighttime story shows that the journey is just as remarkable as the destination."

Elly's new BUTTERFLY PARK just came out from Running Press!

You can find Elly on Etsy, on Twitter , on her website.

More about SHADOW CHASERS on the Running Press website.

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More info: Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge | Archives of my #BookADay posts

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23. Anime Studio Pro Targets Industry Pros with Launch of Major Upgrade

Anime Studio Pro has introduced frame-by-frame animation capabilities to complement its existing cut-out animation system.

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24. Giveaway!


To celebrate the start of the Sketchbook Skool kourse called "Storytelling" next week (Starts June 5th!) Sketchbook Skool is doing a Krazy Giveaway!

The brilliant artists in Sketchbook Skool's Fakulty have donated an amazing collection of their original art and signed copies of their books to the Skool, and you can win a gift basket stuffed with it! How? Simply by helping to spread the word about Sketchbook Skool in this raffle, hosted by Rafflekopter.

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For each action you take in the raffle you’ll receive an entry to win a gift basket. You can do one action, or all six. The more you do, the greater your chance to win! Here’s how:

    • 1 Entry: Follow Sketchbook Skool on Instagram.
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    • 2 Entries: Tweet about this giveaway.
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To view the Raffle widget and participate, join the raffle in the widget above!

You can sign up for Storytelling right now (and bring a friend, it'll be fun!) by clicking here

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25. Convention Weekend - SFAL

Spent the past weekend in Kansas City at the fourth annual Spectrum Fantastic Arts Live convention.
Lots of great art, lots of amazing fabulous people. (I took lots of pictures. You can see my more comprehensive album on facebook here).

I also came back with....stuff..... (Originals here by Omar Rayyan, Greg Manchess and Scott Gustafson) and lots of great memories. And more faculty for future TLCWorkshops!

Successful venture, all in all!

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