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James Mayhew is author and illustrator. He is famous for the Katie books and the Ella Bella books, both series introducing young readers to fine art, ballet, and museums. His list on amazon runs to three pages of interesting reads for the young. How he describes himself: He is well-known […]

Advent Challenge 10 – James Mayhew


In our family, guinea pigs are known as Pinny gigs, because we all love spoonerisms and we think it suits them. Even if you are not a rodent fan, you will LOVE the pinny-gigs drawn by Holly Surplice. They dance, play musical instruments, have parties and get carried away by […]

Advent Challenge 9 – Holly Surplice


  “It’s as if the artist grasped the mud beneath her feet and conjured up the magic of Africa – here is humour, pathos and personality.”  HAZEL SOAN Wildlife Artist of the Year Judge Nick Mackman creates the most beautiful ceramic sculptures of animals. Clay is notoriously hard to work […]

Advent Challenge 6 – Nick Mackman And Nick Garbutt



I had someone else planned for today , but I have been following Louise Tate on facebook for some time and noticed today that she has her own advent challenge going on. She is doing an Animal Christmas Alphabet. As she has only gotten to day three and I have […]

Advent Challenge 4 – Louise Tate Illustrations







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Going on holiday with a sister who has just started a charity painting initiative, could be viewed as a busman’s holiday. As it turns out, it was more of a brushwoman’s holiday… The beauty of Vandy’s approach to these little paintings, is that experimentation is required and there is no […]

Holidaying with brushes