Desk View

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Where I spent most of January planning, plotting, drawing and working, mostly on the illustrations for my second picture book. I'm still pinching myself I’ve been given the opportunity to illustrate someone's story, not once but twice now and a third book is patiently waiting. Illustrating picture books has been a longtime dream and a goal I'd been working towards however the opportunities came before I felt ready. I wonder though, do we ever feel ready? Perhaps not. It’s been important for me to remind myself, to stay open to learning and growing. Otherwise, I think fear would've become paralysing. In the face of a challenge, all we can do is show up and do the work as best as we can.

x Evie

Polish Christmas Tree

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Recently while going through old photos I came across images from Krakow's Ethnographic Museum, a place my husband and I visited about 18 months ago. There was a section dedicated to Christmas with this beautifully decorated tree and given it's that time of year again it's been on my mind.

My photos aren't great, they were taken with my phone however I wanted to remember them here, maybe you'll enjoy them too. If you're lucky enough to be in this part of the world I highly recommend a visit.

Happy holiday season wherever you may be!

x Evie

Hear Me Out Exhibition

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Last Friday was the one-night-only art auction/exhibition, Hear Me Out which I mentioned a few posts ago here. It went off with a bang on a steamy and stormy Melbourne evening, raising over $4000 for ARCVic which will go towards running more regular group sessions with those suffering with anxiety disorders.

Above is the artwork I created as well as the anonymous testimony it accompanied. Photos of both generously supplied by the organisers, Oli and Mike, thanks guys. Big YAY! and huge thanks to all involved, especially Oli and Mike for their top-notch organisational skills and dedication to the event.

Keep and eye out in 2018 for possible future HMO events!

x Evie

Shout Out To The Girls : Cover Peek

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I've shared a little about this book on my Instagram and Facebook page already so thought it was time I did on this blog too. The physical book isn't out until early next year however it can be pre-ordered now from Penguin's website here. Above is a peek at the cover, revealed last week. All royalties from sales go to The Smith Family, an Australian Children's charity.

Shout Out to the Girls: A Celebration of Awesome Australian Women, published by Penguin Random House Australia, 2018. 

Conceived, curated and written by female staff members – from publishing and editorial, through to sales and marketing – at PRHA. This book is the ultimate celebration and heartfelt tribute to fifty talented, brave, individual and groundbreaking Australian women, past and present, and their extraordinary achievements.

Women from all walks of life including filmmakers, athletes, Academy-Award winners, rally car drivers, molecular biologists, adventurers and more! With illustrated portraits by local female artists, included myself!! I was beyond thrilled to be asked to join in and feel extremely privileged to have been involved. Now I can't wait to see this book in print and learn about these incredible Australian women.

x Evie