17 September, 2016

Hippopotamus on a T-Shirt

Still on the Hippopotamus theme, I've designed some items which are now in my shop online at Redbubble

These designs are based on the children's classic, There's a Hippopotamus on our Roof eating Cake. Story by Hazel Edwards and illustrations by me.
I have enjoyed designing in a new format and Redbubble has been a great site where I can display my works. It's been a lot of fun!

Here is a peek at some of the hippo inspired works. There are prints, posters, cards, notebooks and t-shirts, available in most sizes and colours, from newborn onwards. The design can be printed front or back. There are many other designs at my shop, but hippos are a favourite!

Hippo T-Shirt

Hippo T-Shirt

Hippo Hoodie from the back
Hippo Notebook

Hippo Poster

10 July, 2016

Hippopotamus at Glen St Theatre

Who would have thought that everyone's favourite hippo would be residing on the roof at Glen St Theatre, Belrose, Sydney?

He has been starring in the popular new musical especially for kids, called Hippo! Hippo! A new musical adventure!

The school holidays are on in Sydney so it is a great time to see this fun show which has been adapted from the books written by Hazel Edwards and illustrated by me. The first book of the series is There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake,  published in 1980 and continuously in print.

I'm taking some young family members this week. We are all looking forward to seeing the hippo singing and dancing!

24 April, 2016

A Musical Hippopotamus

Coming to many venues throughout Australia, in the next few months, is Hippo! Hippo! A Big New Musical Adventure!

Showing in popular areas in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, this fun production would appeal to all young children and adults who have a soft spot for a friendly pink hippo. 

It is based on the classic children's book 'There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake' written by Hazel Edwards and illustrated by me. 

The musical has been created by Gary Ginivan who has produced many exciting shows based on popular Australian books.

I'm looking forward to seeing the hippo star in his stage debut!  He'll rock it I'm sure!


16 February, 2016

Kawase Hasui

Hasui Kawase (1883-1957) was a Japanese artist who produced a magnificent body of work.

Kawase worked on landscape and urban prints based on sketches he made during travels around Japan. Earlier ukiyo-e masters such as Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). were influential in Kawase's work

Kawase was a realist and used Western compositions in his paintings . He made travel and landscape prints from woodblocks and watercolours. His paintings are beautiful in their natural tones of light and shade..
 He also painted works in oil, and produced traditional hanging scrolls.

 His artistry was much appreciated worldwide and in 1956 was named a Living National Treasure in Japan.

21 January, 2016

Hans de Beer

Hans de Beer is a favourite artist of mine.  He has written and illustrated many books for children.
His very well known ones feature Lars the little Polar bear and his adventures.

I have other books that are beautifully illustrated by him.  He has a muted approach with watercolour and delicate inkwork in his art work. His animal characters always show great empathy without going overboard in the facial expressions.

Ollie the Elephant
Little Polar Bear
Illustration Hans de Beer
Ahoy There Little Polar Bear
Prince Valentino

 All his works are worth looking at for his fine drawing and reading for the amusing and heartwarming stories written by Hans de Beer and other authors.