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Some how I came to regard keeping a sketchbook as a luxury, something for my spare time (which to be fair is in short supply).

As a result I’ve not kept a consistent sketch book for a few years now.

Looking back at the sketch books from before, there were lots of ideas but not a lot of expression of the possible final image.

It’s said there’s nothing more intimidating for any artist than a blank page.

I would agree with that.

The weight of feeling that every line must deliver, every action be deliberate, every idea more intelligent than the last.

A great many of us spend considerable time trying to define the visual language that most suits our technical strengths, gives immediacy to our ideas and indeed that reflects our professional ambitions.

Christmas 2013, the man who knows me best gave me a gift of a beautifully bound sketch book amongst other things.

It is the one thing that has changed me, that a decision to just have fun drawing.

I can’t say my output has been prolific or anything like it but it has taken me back to the start.

There drawing was about fun, where without any deliberation an image appeared.

Here are a few pages from that sketch book, everyday things that mean the world to me.

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Of the Garden

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Of the Sea

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Other Places

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The Monster Doodle has become a regular and enriching experience for kids up and down the country.
Instigated and nurtured by the former Laureate na N’og, Niamh Sharkey, these events give children (and sometimes adults) the chance to meet a real live illustrator in their native habitat (in front of a drawing board) and enter into a shared world of imagination.
I had the supreme pleasure of hosting one such event recently in Bantry Co.Cork.
The West Cork Literary Festival and CBI were so good as to ask me to lead the kids in a session.
Bantry being a seaside town provided all the inspiration needed for some very colorful and fierce artwork. Here are a few pics of the results.
There were mermaid princess’s with pearls, jelly killers and one eyed things, stingrays, hammer heads and deep sea surpirses!
Keep an eye out for future events in your area. Who knows I might SEA you there! D’ya get it!?…

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It’s been a while since I posted here. Thankfully I’ve been real busy. One of the most recent projects I can reveal now is this!

Insert Title is Corks newest culture magazine. Manned by “a lovable bunch of weirdos”, as they like to call themselves, it’s brimming with articles on the lastest in Film, Music, Television, Food, Style, and Video Games. This months edition is out now and is available in most eateries, music venues or cultural hubs one might care to visit about Cork city.

I’m featured artist, having produced the cover image and a number of images inside. The Shaker Hymn, a new Cork based band on the rise are the subject of the cover art. I was a little nervous but I’ve been told first hand that they love it- phew, thanks Robbie Barron!  Finally if you’d like to get an insight into the brain of an illustrator check out my interview with Briona Gallagher. Her fine way with words makes superior reading to my own posts here. I promise!

For more about Insert Title see http://www.inserttitle.ie

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I am not sure what else to say about this one. Luke Kelly is probably still regarded as one of the most important folk artists to come out of Ireland in the 20th century. He had a reputation for working hard and playing hard. Forty three is too young to go, but he certainly made his mark while he was here! Some of the titles he is most associated with include Whiskey in the Jar, Rocky Road to Dublin and Scorn not his Simplicity. Call me biased but I couldn’t ignore that wild head of red hair!

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“Continuous as the stars that shine”
William Wordsworth is not an irish writer but he holds a special place in my heart.
So far as I can recall The Daffodils marked the end of nursery rhymes and the start of poetry for me. It
must have been in second or third class when we were exposed to a piece that didn’t appear in any of our text books.
That being my own experience I was amazed when my four year old came home from preschool reciting the first two verses without pausing.

Friday March 28th is Daffodil Day 2014.
For sixteen years I’ve enjoyed taking part as a street seller but unfortunately I can’t participate in that way this year. Seeing the feeling and generosity with which people give what they can to help another is really heartening. I will be buying a daff or two and I wish all sellers a warm, dry and sundrenched day!

My immediate and extended family have benefited from the services and advice of the Irish Cancer Society (and other organisations) and so this is my piece to remember those who lost their fight to cancer.

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NO.2 Writers and Wordsmiths Series

The entrance area of the Crawford Gallery in Cork is home to 3 pieces by the great Louis Le Broquy. All are portraits of great irish writers- Yeats, Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Possibly some of the most famous portraits of modern times and in a style singular to Louis Le Broquy. Like all amazing art – you may see it online, in a book or hang a reproduction in your living room, but there is nothing to match standing in front of the genuine article. Next time you happen to be passing a gallery take a step inside and get up close.
This is my effort at the stupendous Samuel Beckett

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“New York is my lourdes, where I go for spiritual refreshment… a place where you’re least likely to be bitten by a wild goat”, so said Brendan Behan.
Of his many many witty remarks this must the one I can most relate to myself- more the first part and less for the goat reference!

Those who knew and admired his work gathered in Dublin in Grogans pub over the past weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his passing on March 20th 1964.

This is a portrait – one of a series I am working on of Irish writers and wordsmiths of every kind

Hope you like it.

These images will be available on society six in the near future.
I will keep you all posted

Enjoy
Olivia

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Meet BB- he is a teddy bear who lives with his family in bear town. This image is one from BB sa Leabharlann (BB in the Library) and is the first in a series of books to compliment Babog Baby. Babog Baby is the first Irish speaking Teddy Bear. You will no doubt be familiar with Babog Baby as he has been adorning the shelves of major toy stockists for about 3 years now.

I was delighted to be approached by the guys in Galway to illustrate their first book and I am personally really happy with the result.  Just can’t wait to have one in my hand.

Anyone visiting an tOireachtas at the INEC in Killarney this week ( October 29th- November 3rd) will be able to see the book, I will be there at some stage on Saturday afternoon too.
The book should be available very soon. Visit Babogbaby.com for details on when it will be available.

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The Baby Grand Studio at Belfast’s Grand Opera House is now showing the new Pointe Blank collection, inspired by Birmingham Royal Ballets performances of Giselle.

This is a collection of genuinely great work.

A show like this is a great chance to admire the individuality of the artists involved.

Last night the collection was launched in Belfast in the company of contributing artists and an invited audience. It’s now open for viewing by the public.

All the artists involved are members of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland.

The show will also visit Dublin.

It will open Wednesday July 3rd at The Circle Club, Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

My own piece is based on Albrecht the nobleman who disguises himself as a peasant and assumes the name Loys to win Giselle’s heart. The story turns upon the discovery of his sword and hunting horn. These could only belong to a nobleman. His rival Hilarion takes delight in exposing this lie and so causes a split between Albrecht/Loys and Giselle. The story moves into the realm of the after-Iife where revenge and retribution are high on the agenda. Giselle must decide the fate of her one time love…..

Have a look at the Pointe Blank facebook page for more on the story- times for the Ballet and the Pointe Blank Show.

I am hoping to make it to Dublin to see the show in the flesh before it returns to Birmingham. For anyone in the Belfast/ Dublin area, be sure and pay a visit.

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Professional book illustrator Olivia Golden will be giving a course in Cartoons and Comic strips at CTYI in UCC this summer.

The course is suitable for children aged 8-12 years old who demonstrate high academic ability.

It runs from July 1st to 5th, 2013.

To see Olivia’s work visit

http://www.oliviagolden.wordpress.com

For more information on assessment and course bookings visit

http://www4.dcu.ie/ctyi

CTY Ireland aims to allow all talented students to reach their potential both academically and socially by providing relevant and interesting challenges based on ability and interest rather than age.

CTY Ireland was established at Dublin City University in 1992 to meet the needs of high ability students aged 6 to 17 years from Ireland and abroad.