SNAP MAGIC – EDITED BY CATHERINE McCREADIE, former senior editor of children’s books, Penguin Australia (now working freelance at Penguin and Allen & Unwin).
Inaugural SCBWI Queensland Gold Coast Regional Meeting
Report: Sheryl Gwyther, SCBWI Assistant Regional Advisor
Another SCBWI Queensland regional members’ meeting was held on Saturday 24th August – time time, at Tallebudgera Valley on the Gold Coast. It was splendid to see authors and illustrators traveling from as far away as north of Brisbane to south of the Queensland/NSW’s border.
Twenty-five writers, illustrators and librarians, SCBWI members and non-members talked, listened, shared morning tea, lunch and then afternoon tea, networked, shared recent successes and other news, and generally had an excellent time at the home of Angela Sunde, SCBWI support team member.Our guest speaker, Judith Rossell presented a powerpoint of her work, especially her recently published picture book, Oliver. Of great interest was her journal of drawings she worked on at her May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Residency in Brisbane. The story is set in Victorian England and her pen and ink drawings are sublime.
SCBWI Assistant Regional Advisor, Sheryl Gwyther also presented a slide show, Dinosaurs, Research and Writing … turning a trip through time into a novel, talking about the journey of her children’s novel, Secrets of Eromanga. Thank you to Angela Sunde and husband, Rob Brown for their generous hospitality, and to Judith Rossell who generously donated her fee back to SCBWI Qld. And thank you to our wonderful members who once again proved that they are the best bunch of people this side of the Black Stump. 🙂
As facilitator for the recent Brisbane One Word One Day (OWOD) illustrator event held at The Edge at the State Library Queensland, Helen Ross (SCBWI QLD), shares her photos of the ten talented artists who participated on the day, which included six of our own SCBWI QLD (Brisbane) artists.
If you haven’t heard of OWOD, it is a wonderful nationwide event run by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) in partnership with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) and Micador (supplier of all the art supplies), that raises funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation from the sale of the art created on the day. On Wednesday 26 June it was Queensland’s turn with a group in Brisbane and Cairns.
This event is open to members and non-members of the ASA and so it was wonderful to see so many SCBWI Queensland artists participating at Brisbane’s event.
Each state has its own word to be inspired by which is released on, or just before the day. Queensland’s was ‘snappy’.
So while these talented artists were working, I was interested in finding out what came to their mind when they heard they had to paint to the word, ‘SNAPPY.‘
Katherine Battersby: Katherine loves snapping/snappy plants and wondered who, other than herself, would be thrilled to be given a snapping/snappy plant. (Light bulb moment) – MONSTERS!
Sheryl Gwyther: Sheryl immediately thought of SNAPPER – FISH– CHOMP! CHOMP! Lots of snappy.
Lynn Priestley: Thought of cameras – sheep taking photos – as everyone does when visiting a tourist spot. A little tongue in cheek humour.
Angela Sunde: Inspired by the fact that her cat, Toby, has suffered an injury. So Angela thought of Snappy Toby (play on words – Snappy Tom, Tom Cat). Toby is snappy and birds are snapping at him. ‘SNAPPINESS’ all around.
Peter Taylor: Peter thought of fictitious, mysterious beings and ‘The Book of Kells’ (medieval manuscript).
Anil Tortop: Anil at first wondered, ‘What does it mean?’ Then thought of a snappy dance.
A few pics of the talented SCBWI artists mentioned above, at work (click for close-ups):
Other artists involved included:
Philip Blythe: Philip thought of underwater, platypus and turtle.
Ann Marie Finn: Ann Marie immediately thought of CROCODILE. Then pondered as to what he would be snapping at, and then pictured him in the jungle.
Lucia Masciullo: Lucia also thought of a snappy crocodile but inspiration came from Cheryl’s demonstration (on the day) of using play dough. Lucia wanted to see if it would be as fun as it looked so she abandoned her original plan.
Katherine May: Thought of crocodile and tortoise and wanted to continue in the style that she has been working in for a while.
THE FINISHED CREATIONS from our SCBWI Qld members……
BACK L – R Philip Blythe, Anil Tortop, Ann Marie Finn, Katherine Battersby, Lynn Priestley and Sheryl Gwyther
FRONT L-R Peter Taylor, Lucia Masciullo, Katherine May and Angela Sunde
These wonderful pieces of art were created in just four hours!!!! How inspiring!
And a special thank you to Cheryl Boody, artist and rep for Micador, for the wonderful array of art supplies.
If you haven’t already, could you please LIKE the OWOD Facebook page and ask all your friends to do so. The more support we can get on there, the more interest we can get for bidders.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?
ONE WORD ONE DAY ART AUCTION
Once the art is completed Micador will take it to Melbourne to be photographed where it will be kept for the live auction to be held at ABC Southbank on 4 September (Indigenous Literacy Day). There will also be an online bidding option.
Thanks everyone for making my day such fun! I will keep you updated with any AUCTION news.
NB: Permission has been given by the above artists to have the above photos available for this post. If I have included any incorrect information, please let me know, and I will rectify immediately.