Worcester Stands Tall

The giraffes are out and about.

If you walk around Worcester these days, you will see lots of giraffes created by lots of artists.girafficorn alison turner

This one is called ‘Girafficorn’ and it is my favourite giraffe.  The artist who made it is Alison Turner and you can just about see her hiding behind her giraffe.

One of the giraffes you can see on the streets of Worcester is painted by me. It’s called ‘The Dreaming Giraffe’.IMG_0707

In November 2017 Claire and I went to the Royal Grammar School Worcester to do two workshops with students. We printed, painted and designed lots of giraffes. You can read a bit more about it here.IMG_7354

I asked the children to come up with two images of a giraffe: one standing still, sleeping, dreaming and the other one doing something silly like doing a somersault or cartwheels, dancing, jumping…IMG_7296

The pictures the pupils produced were amazing !!!IMG_0262IMG_7300Here are some of them.IMG_7356IMG_7344IMG_7334IMG_7314IMG_7309IMG_7301IMG_7297IMG_7295

In April I painted the large giraffe and collaged the pupils’ original images onto the final sculpture. Here are some photos of the work in progress:IMG_0253IMG_0254IMG_0256IMG_0259IMG_0264IMG_0265IMG_0268

It was great to work with the pupils from RGSW on such a great project for such a good cause.

Please read more about Worcester Stands Tall  and how you can support St Richard’s Hospice.IMG_0683Slide1

Drawing with Children

mothIn the evening, through the open window moths fly into my studio. So I paint moths.

Summer is coming and it means lots of school visits and a couple of festivals. I like drawing with children. It is very rewarding seeing children being excited and proud of their work. I love the moment when children get completely lost in their pictures. Here is a page from a book written by Jack.

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Jack is only 5 years old and he doesn’t know all the letters, but it doesn’t stop him writing books. The text says “Once there was a dragon called Petr Horacek”. It is good to have an exotic name. I can get in books!

Jack goes to Portway Infant School in Andover. Portway is a school which I visit every year. The school is slowly turning into my gallery. Pictures I have been making with children over the years hang on the walls. I love the friendly atmosphere of the school and I like the nice smiley teachers. Of course where there are nice teachers there are nice children. Once again, I had a great time at Portway this year. Thank you for making me so welcome.

IMG_0407Here is an another picture. This one is from ‘The Mouse Who Ate the Moon’.mouse

Here is a spread from ‘Look Out Suzy Goose’.IMG_0408

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We painted fish for ‘Puffin Peter’. Here is one of them.IMG_0410This painting is from Harry. It is inspired by my book ‘Blue Penguin’. I love the picture.IMG_0411As I was leaving Portway Primary School a  little boy came to me and gave me this drawing. He said: “This is a picture of your mum, so you will never forget her!”IMG_0409Thank you!