Saturday, 12 November 2011
Meanwhile, moving pictures... of another kind
While Katie hibernates, I have been busy with all sorts of different projects. Some are too new to announce. I always worry about jinxing things! But the main thing on my mind has been the two children's concerts, in Saffron Walden and Hatfield. Here are a couple of pictures of the Sinbad and Scheherazade concert at the latter. Here I am painting away to The Sea and Sinbad's Ship - the first movement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. The pictures shift and change to the music. I guess it's another way of bringing art alive for children.
The proof pages (first practise printing) of Katie & the Starry Night are in, and everything is looking just fine, which I'm delighted about. Publication is scheduled for next summer.
Meanwhile, I am very excited to announce that I have been invited back to Edinburgh in early December to launch the Tesco Bank Art Competition for schools at the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland. The gallery is newly refurbished, after being closed for several years. It will be a spectacular sight to see, fully restored, and I'm incredibly honoured to have been asked to do this. Originally they asked Nicola Benedetti, but she was busy. I hope they know I can't play the violin!