i haven't forgotten this space, but it's been hard to make time for it. over the summer i finished (almost) a book for walker books, and started another one for usborne, finished the hundreds of drawings for a documentary about the jewish ghetto of venice, went to the little beach town of peschici for a few days (which was subsequently flooded), watched my daughter start crawling everywhere (and become an aussie! hello passport photo), moved my studio to the living room,
spent time with dear friend emma from melbourne, bought some tickets to go back to australia for christmas.
these are very exciting times!
the space i work in is a hybrid studio / future baby's room. i tread though playmats and toys and scanner and bits of paper and think this working with baby business is going to get a lot harder once she starts to realise the fun to be had with opening drawers full of drawings and potentially hazardous art supplies. but one thing at a time.
i've finally put some pictures on the wall. the first is a print by barbara berrada, the second a little illustration for my daughter. prints can be found here.
some images of desk and walls at the moment. I have a little too much on my plate I think, but am grateful for it.
1. my recipes were featured in anthology magazine recently.
2. a beautiful maker series on this space i recently discovered. this is especially wonderful.
3. what nina wants to listen to all the time.
it's been a busy month, and it's hard to find time for this space, but here are some images from the past few days: 1. the best season, 2. a card i made for the little one, baptised on easter night, 3. reading/looking at new books, 4. ukelele 5, 6, 7. easter sunday feast with multiple uncle jam session.
below: took nina to the amalfi coast for a wedding: a first look at the sea. and finally, my desk right now, swamped with characters for an animation. these are beautiful sunny days and i wish i could spend them all outside with the wee one! but duty calls.
I recently said no to a potentially awesome book project with a major italian publishing house. after making this picture last year as a 'trial' for one book, they had decided to let me work on another text altogether, which i loved even more and wanted to work on badly. but the first weeks of a tiny human life take their toll, and lack of sleep, after weeks, drives you to such exhaustion that cannot be put into words. your body, brain and art suffers as a result. i had to be honest with myself, it could not be done. not at this time.
it was a tough decision, because i've never really said no to any work before, especially not for book illustration. plus, i was already working on a book project. two would just be too much. it made me think about priorities, and that mental sanity has to be on top of the list. without it, i can do nothing. i cannot look after my child, i cannot create meaningful pictures. what i was making was empty and frustrated, and badly executed at that. it made me think that this is hard work that needs the right amount of attention and dedication, and not being able to give that to any one project means that project must not be done, by you, at that time.
learning to say no is hard, but is an incredible lesson in humility, which i need more of, always.
Having said that, i am working, slowly and steadily, in the cutouts of time she allows me, on other things, which i will share here soon. but now i must go read a book to my wide eyed child.
i've slowly started to get back to work. the time left is small still, but it's nice to get my hands dirty again with things that ain't nappies. working on sketches for a book, and below, some vignettes i did for travel and leisure magazine in mexico.