Friday, 13 August 2010
My warmest congratulations to Piper from Scotland! YOU HAVE WON THE KATIE LOCH NESS MONSTER COMPETITION out of over 300 entries!!!
This is exactly the sort of Nessie I think Katie would have painted. I love the bold shape, the cheery flippers and the fin at the end of her tail.
This will be featured in the new Katie book which I finished yesterday: Katie in Scotland! I went to Orchard's offices to sign hundreds of books being given away as prizes, and letters to the schools and children who entered.
Abundant cake was on offer (thank you Emma at Orchard!) to keep me going, and also to help remind me that it's Katie's 21st birthday this year and I should celebrate at every possible opportunity.
I can't think of anything more celebratory than announcing the winner of the competition! THANKS TO ALL OF YOU who took the time to enter, I'm really honestly so grateful. It was truly wonderful to see the work of so many fantastic artists and so many different and imaginative Nessies. I think you are ALL BRILLIANT.
Some work in progress for my book is posted here along with the second prize entry which is by Gareth, who wins a complete set of books.
Both Piper and Gareth will join 8 other runners up in a special exhibition at the National Gallery in Edinburgh next autumn.
Well done all of you, and especially Piper!
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Hurrah! It's publication day for Katie and the Waterlily Pond. This is the tenth book in the Katie series and publication coincides neatly with the 21st anniversary of the very first book (Katie's Picture Show).
Some parts of the book were a real challange. The one I particularly remember is the scene in the Giverny garden, with the Japanese bridge. It was so hard to "extend" the scene to the left. I looked at other paintings by Monet, as well as the modern garden layout, but it was hard to know what had changed. The bridge now has an elaborate pergola over it (this can been seen in some later paintings by Monet) which changes the view, for example. The path to the left is still there, so I included that. But the trees! I had to leave space for text! Well, the end result is inside the book - take a look in a bookshop and see what you think!
There is no grand launch or ceremony. I'm frantically busy trying to complete Katie in Scotland anyway. But later in the Autumn I am going to the Cheltenham Festival, to the British School in Paris and giving a string of workshops at the National Gallery (details will appear on this Katie site as and when...), so Katie isn't going to be neglected!