Drawathon for Nepal

small Drawathon Last week at my children’s school we held a Drawathon to raise money for a school in Nepal. All the children came and drew on long rolls of paper and brought donations to send to a school in Patan, south of Kathmandu. They filled the sheets with beautiful colourful animals, mountains, buildings and flags inspired by what they’d heard about Nepal. small pastels

The first group we had in were 4-5 year olds, and after we’d talked a bit about what we were doing, and looked at photos of Nepal, they rushed at the paper with such enthusiasm I had to jump out of the way! It was amazing to see them lying on their tummies and just drawing, not worrying about getting it right.small roll

Friends of mine had been to Nepal shortly before the first earthquake and had links with the school there, and with a charity that helps the schoolchildren with meals, books and uniforms. The charity also helps them if they complete their education and need further tools or equipment. Sadly some of the children that they met when they visited had since become homeless and some were orphaned.

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My friends came in and talked to the children about the school in Nepal, and we encouraged the children to draw themselves waving at the Nepalese schoolchildren so that we could send photos of the drawings to the headteacher there. A lot of the older children also wrote messages about how they were thinking of the Nepalese children.

small creaturesIt was a wonderful day and we raised over £250 to send to the charity. The children’s drawings are now displayed all around the school outside their classrooms (for as long as the blu-tack holds the heavy paper…)

With fantastic smudgy encouragement from Susie Walker, Hannah Dyson, Juliette Saville, Lucy Birkinshaw, Tessa Walliman, Steve Saville, Sarah Lowe and others! Thank you for the photos, Tessa Walliman.

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Dogs & a Drawathon

TedThis is the School Dog at my children’s school, who I saw this week sporting an Inflatable Anti-Scratch Collar. I’d never seen an inflatable one before – it looked like a big black doughnut.       

And this is a dog NOT wearing an inflatable collar. She’s not gloating though.


Like many people, since the shocking news of the recent earthquakes in Nepal I’ve been wondering what I could do to help.

I came up with the idea of a sponsored Drawathon at the school which will last for one school day, with other artist friends helping too.

All the children in the school will come and draw with us, and the money that we raise will go directly to a school in Patan, which is South of Kathmandu. We’ll draw onto one long piece of paper and have one class at a time working on it. I’m still finalising the details!

drawathon leaflet

Ten Years of Illustrations…

One Lucky Duck Ten years ago I had just started illustrating my first children’s book, One Lucky Duck, written by Alison Maloney and published by Meadowside Children’s Books.

I painted in the evenings and while my one year old had her daytime naps, and her naps never seemed long enough for the work that I wanted to do. I worked on a coffee table and had to clear it all up whenever I stopped.

Most of the books that I worked on after that were painted at a table in my bedroom…until I’d painted enough illustrations to afford a studio in my garden.

Recently I’ve been sorting out my studio, and looking through the artwork that’s been piling up.  I realise that I need to make some space for my new work (both physically and mentally)…I don’t really need to hang on to all these paintings.

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 book illustrationsSo at some point in the near future I’m going to have a Spring Studio Sale and try to create a bit more space.

And I still love the fact that I can spread this many paintings out in one room without having to put them on a bed or worrying that someone will stand/crawl/draw/scribble on them!

1st of the month illustration

Rufi The ‘first of the month’ theme on twitter (#pinchpunchpost @pinchpunchpost) is DOGS – so here is a dog.

This one is a Real Dog that I know, who has noticed that I only draw made-up dogs and has been feeling most affronted. Hopefully this will soothe his hurt feelings a little. And then he’ll enjoy a run in the grass…