- Gay McKinnon
- Hello, and welcome to my art blog from Tasmania, Australia. I've spent time as a plant geneticist, teacher's assistant, painter, glass artist and book illustrator. I'm usually in the studio, the classroom or the lab. If you'd like to see more, please try the links to my folio page or email me at email@example.com. Thank you!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Good news - Bologna
I came home to good news - before leaving I sent off five illustrations to the Australian Society of Authors, and they've selected me to be in their group submission to the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition! The ASA are paying for the courier and insurance to send the selected entries to Bologna. The works have yet to go through the final selection by the Bologna judges, but I'm thrilled to have been selected by the ASA as a first step.
The picture above is one that I sent to the ASA, and also formed part of an entry in the CYA illustrated book competition earlier this year. One unimpressed judge found it 'earnest' and 'not going anywhere' although my style was 'freat' (I hope this was a typo for 'great', although I don't mind being freat), while the other thought it was 'wonderful, unique art' reminiscent of Shaun Tan (wow!) Move over, Shaun!
Meanwhile, it's back to the drawing board - SCBWI are offering the Tomie dePaolaAward for an illustration of the opening paragraphs of Johanna Spyri's 'Heidi'. If you want to have a go you can find the link here: http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Tomie-dePaola-Award