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Forget Aristotle. Forget Kant, forget Nietzsche and Thomas Aquinas. One of the greatest philosophers of all time has to be Dr Seuss. “Oh the places you’ll go” is a handbook for life whether your 7 or 72. This is a little tribute portrait of Theodore Seuss Geisel for a upcoming illustrators ireland collaboration. I had to include some wise words too!

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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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The Carlow Arts festival is finishing up this Sunday 16th June. For anyone within walking or driving distance of Carlow town it’s well worth a visit.

In my last post I posted one of three images I created for the EXTINCTON exhibition. Given the interest in it I’ve decided to post up all three.

These pieces refer to verses 2, 3 and 4 .

Here is a link to the text…

http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/roger-mcgough/let-me-die-a-youngman-s-death/

Of course the exhibit itself is well worth a visit in person and will be running until September 8th (so no excuse!)

Running along side the EXTINCTION exhibit is Beasts of England, Beasts of Ireland, curated by Stephen Brandes, and Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall, curated by Terry Martin.

Beasts  of England, Beasts of Ireland, features work from Ben Long,  Polly Morgan,Stephen McKenna to mention but a few.

Improvisations on the Theme of an Irish Wall, brings 20 artists together from around the globe to make a wall of wood based on an irish dry stone wall. This is a wonderful example of what happens when many people work together. Its witty, visually and conceptually. Not to mention a tactile delight..

I love wood I do!

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“Extinction” is an exhibition curated by Derry Dillon for Visual Centre For Contemporary Art, Carlow. I had the honour to be invited to participate along with 6 other leading irish illustrators in creating work for this show. 

It opened Friday last, 7th June and runs until 8th September.

Each of the 7 illustrators have approached the subject of extinction from a their own unique perspective.

My own piece is based on the poem by Roger McGough, “Let me die a youngmans death”

This poem explains one mans wish to go out with a bang, living the high life and doing as he pleases, burning the candle at both ends as it were and happily paying the price.

It’s kind of dark but it has always made me laugh- probably says more about me than I care to know, but there you go.

The image above is one of a series of 3, this depicts the fourth verse.

Here is a link to the text 

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/let-me-die-a-youngman-s-death/

The full list of illustrators goes like this

Olivia Golden, Stephen Maurice Graham, Niamh Sharkey, Steve Simpson, Phil Mc Darby and The Project Twins.

Saturday saw a myself, Phil and The Project Twins giving a panel talk.

Our very kind audience even threw up a few questions. 

Verbalising what you do and why in that way is a really useful exercise- I wouldn’t mind doing it another time!

 

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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.

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I’ve always felt very sorry for the fox. It is a much mailgned creature. It features in scores of myths and folklore as the sly and cunning character who cannot be trusted. Cleverness is seen as something to be suspicious of.

In early folklore the fox was considered to be the devils spy. Some suggest this is where the practice of fox hunting began. Farmers chased the fox across their land to rid themselves of the devils influence. In favour of the fox – if you caught a fox with a magic pearl you were in luck.

To see one fox on it’s own is considered lucky…keep your eyes peeled no matter where you live. Foxes love the city just as much as the open countryside. Good luck.

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Many have used the blackbird as a symbol in song and verse to represent the oppressed in society. Paul Mc Cartney and Nina Simone pop to mind. 

 

For me the blackbird is a magical bird.There is a very real elegance about the simple shape and colour that I find very pleasing. Petrol black plummage and a deep yellow beak. 

 

In my experience the magpie, crow and pigeon seem to dominate most urban gardens. So it brings me great joy to welcome the blackbird into my garden. 

 

Apparently they are very territorial. There is a belief that a blackbird on the roof of your house brings good luck. Two is even better as this territorial streak usually keeps them apart. 

 

Take time to enjoy the simple things such as this…and good luck!

 

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Professional Illustrator Olivia Golden will be giving night classes at Carrigaline Community College, Co.Cork.

Starting on Wednesday 30th January 2013 (7.15 – 9.15pm) Olivia will be introducing students to the area of illustration.

The 8 weeks the course is designed to establish the process of briefing, research, concept development, execution and delivery of visual material.

Fee €95.

Set projects will help reinforce these key skills whether that be for book illustration, design, advertising or editorial illustration.

We will also be looking at what life as a freelance illustrator is really like.

All levels of ability are welcome. Should you have any questions about the course please feel free to contact Olivia at studio@oliviagolden.ie

http://www.oliviagolden.wordpress.com

studio@oliviagolden.ie

Happy Christmas

Health an happiness to one and all this christmas.
Olivia