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1. The Sun and stars Align to Improve Child Literacy & A Visit from a Hummingbird hawk-moth


The Sun newspaper has teamed up with some of the most popular children’s authors and entertainers to introduce a new weekly feature encouraging parents to read with their children.

Specially written ten-minute stories from authors including David Walliams (Mr. Stink), former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) and Derek Landy (Skulduggery Pleasant) will be published in Saturday editions of The Sun.

The Get Kids Reading campaign is part of a wider Read On, Get On campaign with Save the Children that calls on the government, local organisations and parents to tackle illiteracy and get children reading. 

David Walliams

David Dinsmore, Editor of The Sun, said: Illiteracy in Britain should be something our schoolchildren know only from the pages of their history books. Getting kids to read about things they're interested in is half the battle. With exclusive stories by top children¹s authors and free e-book offers, we will be helping parents find ways to make reading an easy everyday part of life.

Justin Forsyth from Save The Children said: We want every child to be given a fair and equal chance to learn to read well. We applaud The Sun for getting behind this campaign, and look forward to working with its readers to restore literacy to its rightful levels in the UK.

Other contributors who have supplied ten-minute reads are Susanna Reid, Rizzle Kicks and David Baddiel. The newspaper is also running a national competition to find the next budding children’s author with the winning story published as the final instalment of the series.

The Sun bus is visiting schools giving away books throughout October and free children’s e-books will be available to download for Sun members.



Disclaimer; I received no financial compensation for writing this post and have no material connection to the brands or products mentioned. 

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Autumn has definitely arrived in Somerset. The dahlias are at their best, and the apple trees are laden with fruit. Yesterday, we received a visit from a hummingbird hawk moth and could hardly believe our eyes! What on earth is it, we asked? A baby hummingbird? A bug? Terry rushed for his camera, and I rushed for the Internet! The moth was too quick for the camera, but the Internet revealed all.


According to the BBC Nature Website Hummingbird hawk-moths are found in Britain all summer long, especially in Southern parts and in Ireland (odd that this is the first one we’ve seen?) They beat their wings at such speed they emit an audible hum. Their name is further derived from their similar feeding patterns to hummingbirds. Hummingbird hawk-moths are strongly attracted to flowers with a plentiful supply of nectar such as honeysuckle and buddleia. The one we saw was flitting between our honeysuckle and a neighbour's buddleia…


The photographs that follow were all taken in our garden…


In the Other gardens
 And all up the vale,


From the autumn bonfires
  See the smoke trail!


Pleasant summer over
  And all the summer flowers,


The red fire blazes,
 The gray smoke towers.


Sing a song of seasons!
  Something bright in all!


Flowers in the summer,
Fires in the fall!

Autumn Fires by
Robert Louis Stevenson (from A Child’s Garden of Verses, 1885)


 Thanks for your visit...

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2. “Rose colored glasses”

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I was just thinking that it’s not the perfect flower I look for in my photography, it’s the perfect feeling, same with my friends, they all have little flaws just like me but when I close my eyes and think of them I only know the sweet essence of their perfection and see how wonderful life is to let me see them … Love you all !


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3. Digital Drawing on Photographs

Allium artwork

I have a little more to share about our trip to France, but for now, here’s a little artwork.

On a recent flight from Boston to Charlotte, I took a break from reading and started fiddling around with an app (Adobe Ideas), drawing on some of my photographs. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these before, both pre and post-drawing.

Floral Arrangement

Fun, eh? Have a favorite?

Floral Artwork

Just finished watching the BBC adaptation of Dickens’ Bleak House. Really enjoyed it. Currently reading Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth (it’s the memoir upon which the show is based). Now watching Bletchley Circle. I seem to be in a BBC/ British kind of mood.

For more posts about  my artwork and others’, click here.


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4. drink in the garden

As usual I was having trouble deciding on a direction for my final assignment. I ended up dedicating this picture to a good friend who taught me how to make a mean margarita.

This is set in her lovely garden surrounded by her flowers.
Check out the amazing work of my fellow students here in the gallery

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5. Watercolour: Painted Flowers

I am going to have to apologise in advance as blogging is going to be a bit erratic in the next couple of months, as I'm dashing around clearing things up and packing. Yes, packing. More on that later ... Meanwhile, here's a little paint doodle I did a few months ago that I've finally cleaned up and created a pattern with:

 

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And here's the original sketch:

 

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I left all the painted imperfections in this time. I normally photoshop them out, but I liked them here, it's oddly childlike and simple but sweet. Well, that's my opinion ... what do you think?

Wishing you wonderful days of sunshine and all things good. Cheers.

 

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6. fragile flowers

and a field of flowers this time....
watercolor and collage
maybe this is my new approach to Illustration Friday, usually I spend most of the time trying to decide on an image :)
Have a nice day friends!

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7. IF: Fragile

I've been working on a series of flowers in watercolor and collage that fit perfectly in this weeks theme over at Illustration Friday.




 

Can you tell I'm having fun with these?

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8. the fourth (and final) kokeshi....

Aoi Kokeshi
©the enchanted easel 2014
DONE!

meet little Aoi, all decked out in brilliant blues! accompanied by some lanterns and plum blossoms, she is the final kokeshi in a series of four.

she is FOR SALE as a PRINT here:

also, all four PRINTS are FOR SALE as a set found here:

four kokeshi series
©the enchanted easel 2014

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9. Painting, collaging, gardening, and sketching

I had a lot of deadlines lately, so I haven't been able to show many sketches of late. I'm also busy writing, which doesn't make for pretty pictures either. Sorry :) Here's my little dog friend as a consolation prize.



To recover my mojo, I signed up for an online painting class by Mati Rose McDonough. It's been so fun and the perfect excuse to just play. Here's one of the paintings I've been working on this week.


Small detail of a work in progress.

And here's some pics from my garden. Happy summer!



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10. Pattern Design: Pop Flowers Collection

I'm still working on different colourways for my Into the Woods collection, but meanwhile, here's another new mini-collection that I've designed for spring and summer. It's wonderfully bright and cheerful, with lots of flowers that pop, and coordinating little florettes (well, that's what I call them) and stripes of curvy leaves ... wonderful for outdoor parties and get-togethers in the sunshine.

 

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POP-FLOWERS-blue-collection-by-Floating-Lemons

 

I've already placed in onto tons of lovely goodies for the home, kitchen, and on gift boxes and matching cards and wrapping paper. Click here for a peek at a Pop Flowers table setting, and on the links below to pop over to the stores where it's on a whole range of sweet products:

Pop Flowers Collection by Floating Lemons for Zazzle

Pop Flowers pink at Society6

Pop Flowers blue at Society6

 

Have fun and enjoy a wonderful week. Cheers.

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11. Adding the flowers was the most fun


Here's a flowery park scene. This is from a fun reading flyer that hopefully will be seen in libraries all across the nation this summer.

The really fun part was adding the flowers, which was the last step.

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12. Flowers

Illustration by Ellen Beier
From a CLICK magazine story, "Flowers on the Rooftop," about a family settling into a sod house on the prairie long ago ...

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13. Watering Flowers

This is an illustration as a promotional piece. I love patterns, and flowers. I am excited for the people in the nice summer areas, ours are hot here  in Florida. So, enjoy your summer.

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14. Garden Helper




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15. It's Spring in TX ...

and the wildflowers are everywhere.
Digital collage by Susan Swan

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16. lots of flowers in CHEERS FOR A DOZEN EARS


CHEERS FOR A DOZEN EARS written by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky,
illustrated by Susan Swan

I love working in digital cut paper, but even more so when flowers are the subject.

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17. Abuelita by Steven James Petruccio

I had a good time creating these characters...a grandmother and her grand-daughter in the garden.


Watercolor painting
by 
Steven James Petruccio

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18. "Flower Power!" by Terri Murphy


Power is harnessed when you're in tune with nature!

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19. collage garden

Playing with watercolors and collage. I like some of the shapes and textures I ended up with, and the color scheme is different for me.



Have a nice weekend friends!

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20. bon appetit

Good morning! Just checking in to show some signs of life.
 Spring is well underway in this part of the world, as long as you have no pollen allergies, the south is the time to be right now.
Above you can see my plate design for a course assignment. I was working with cut paper for this one, and it ended up having a bit of a folksy feel to it. That's one thing that I'm realizing is actually pretty consistent in my work (you probably could have told me that, it's pretty obvious once you start paying attention).
 I'm having fun playing with different materials; this week watercolor is the queen. What's your favorite medium?

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21. A Crown of Flowers

I remember happy hours spent tying the stems of clover flowers into a chain. Looking forward to picnic weather!

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22. April showers bring May FLOWERS!


The Prairie That Nature Built by Marybeth Lorbiecki, illustrated by Cathy Morrison
Here's my contribution to May's theme of FLOWERS. Thanks to June for this month's inspiration. This illustration is from The Prairie That Nature Built, coming out this fall. You can see more illustrations from this book and others on my Studio With A View blog.

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23. "Flowers" - David Opie

This is from my app "Let's go, Murray!"

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24. May Flowers -

Book cover for Feiwel & Friends Wind Dancers series,  "Magic Horses --or Not?"
Watercolor on paper. Painted by Tara Larsen Chang

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25. Spring Flowers

Here's another image from my newest book Cringle, Crackle, Crack, due for release in the US through Holiday House later this year (I think!)


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