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I’ve been nominated for the Awesome blogger award by The Fluff Is Raging.  Thank you Niall McArdle.  Though not sure why…

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Perhaps because I live 10 mins North of Hillarys Boat Harbour.

http://www.westernaustralia.com/au/Things_to_See_and_Do/Sun_Surf_and_Sea_Life/Pages/Beaches.aspx

Although I don’t like sand or surfing but spend hours in coffee shops gazing over the ocean at Mullaloo

I suspect, it’s because (like Niall) film and particularly Australian Films like The Sapphires  The Dressmaker  or  Red Dog are a passion of mine.

The Rules:

#1. Copy and paste the image with the rules.

#2. Share one thing that you thing that makes you truly awesome.

#3. Nominate other bloggers for the award. 

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SOCIAL BRIDGE ~ Jean Tubridy connecting with you from Ireland

 

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Artwork 2 of 4 from the ‘Play’ series, sketch in progress. 

Jessica McCallum © 2011

 

ELEPHANT WALK                                                                      

When I was a child

I remember thinking

that chain around

the elephant’s leg

wasn’t strong enough.

 

Elephants are tough!

If he wanted, he

could free himself just

by lifting that mighty foot

shaking the metal loose

and walking away…

 

Why does he stay?

 

No-one could stop him

If he chose to go,  take

his own path. No more

performance on command

– he could find some green.

 

Walk through jungles again!

 

Elephants are tough so

why does he stay, stroll

through sawdust, put up

with that lady who leans

into his ear, whispering…

 

It’s because he loves her.

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2011

 Written to the art of Jessica McCallum for her 2011 Exhibition:  “All the pretty Ones Are… “

 

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #JessicaMcCallum  #ArtAsTheSpark  #AllThePrettyOnesAre  #AnimalArt  #ForTheLoveOf  #ElephantWalk  “ART:Play2  #Poem  #Poetry

 

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Around my blog world today:

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Jurassic bark: ancient Irish trees brought back to life

Free Picture Book Thumbnail Templates for Writers and Illustrators

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Rupert Murdoch Takes Over National Geographic, Then Lays Off Award-Winning Staff

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FORMS OF RHYTHM

ROBERT C.L. CRAWFORD

 

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #FrancesMacaulayForde  #JurassicBark  #MurdochLayOff   #PictureTemplates  #MyBlogWorld #FormsOfRhythm

 

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“I do remember being affected by words from a teacher who sat at my college’s French table. She said, basically (and in French) “being shy is worrying too much about what other people think of you. Shyness is a form of self-absorption.” It wasn’t pleasant to hear, because I am a shy person. Her view put a whole new spin on my feelings. It did a lot to force me out of my shyness.”

Paul O. Zelinsky has illustrated thirty-odd books for children, written some of them, and been awarded numerous honors, including the Caldecott Medal for Rapunzel and three Caldecott Honors.  

(Quoted from SCWBI Insight July 2015)

 

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #SCWBIInsight  #PaulOZelinsky  #InspiringWords  #Illustrator

 

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The last couple of hours have been spent enjoying my favorite songs playlist on YouTube (and more) and adding them to my Pinterest board called ‘Ear Pieces’.

Previously it was favorite ‘Tummy Treats (must be something to do with lunchtime) and before that updating my ‘Poetic People’ and ‘Children’s Book Writing’ boards.

It’s very seductive!

 

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #Pinterest  #PoeticPeople  #TummyTreats  #EarPieces  #Children’sBookWriting  #MusicMemories

 

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@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #Audiences  #KeepWriting  #Inspiration

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Vincente Romero © 2007-2009

 

As I’m focused on picture books for children through my 12 x 12  challenge, I’ve also just enrolled in a class on The Art of the Picture Book illustration class with Shadra Strickland.

(Of course, I could never be as good as Vincente Romaro who’s paintings I’ve just discovered!)

So for a ‘tester’ project, I’m going to use a poem I wrote many years ago (and I mean many) in the early 60’s called “The Prima Ballerina”.

I hope to show you how I adapt it to a PB and slowly, how I have a go at illustrating it too…

 

The Prima Ballerina

She lives in a world of fairy tales,

all fantasy, happiness and woe. 

 

Floating across the stage in tulle,

fine silk or organza.,

 

softly pirouettes through the mist,

or dies upon the snow. 

 

This is the world of Ballet

of the Prima Ballerina.

 

So lithe and slim, so beautiful,

so graceful and serene. 

 

On stage, supremely untouchable

yet so frail behind the scenes. 

 

She’s the Queen of the ‘Corps de Ballet’,

the star with the golden feet, 

 

dancing her way through ‘Petruska’,

‘Swan Lake’ or the ‘Nutcracker Suite’.

 

The audience, transfixed with awe,

watch silently, as in a dream,

 

for gripped by suspense and beauty

 – such as they’ve never seen! 

 

They observe the scenery so real,

the superbly made costumes,

 

but their eyes are fixed on the ‘Bluebird’

and all it’s fine blue plumes.

 

And when the ballet is done,

And encore after encore taken.

 

And baskets and bouquets

of flowers dispensed….

 

There’s a feeling of despair and longing

at the end of such unforgettable enchantment.

 

Frances Macaulay Forde © 1968

@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #1968Notebook  #POEM:ThePrimaBallerina  #poetry  #Ballet

#Children’sPictureBooks  #Illustration  #TheArtOfPictureBook  #ShadraStrickland  #12x12Challenge

#ARTIST:VincenteRomaro

 

 

 

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Read (only) some of my favorite WA Children’s Writers:

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SHAUN TAN:   Author,  Illustrator, Animator etc…

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DIANNE WOLFER: Author

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NORM JORGENSEN:  Author  JAMES FOLEY: Illustrator

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MEG McKINLAY:  Author

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WENDY BINKS: Author & Illustrator

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MARK GREENWOOD: Author

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Frané LESSAC:  Author & Illustrator

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GABRIEL EVANS:  Author & Illustrator

to name just a few,  so many more on  SCWBI WA.

Speak Up

It takes more than placement to tell a story. 

More than illustration or clever juxtaposition

to speak to our children.  The voice of our words

connects while young eyes search for meaning,

only then are hearts able to hear our stories.

Frances Macaulay Forde © 2015

 

@FrancesMForde   #FrancesMacForde  #SCWBI-WA    #ShaunTan  #DianneWolfer  #NormJorgensen  #JamesFoley  #MegMcKinley  #WendyBinks  #MarkGreenwood  #FraneLessac  #GabrielEvans  #WritingForChildren  #Illustrators  #Poetry  #WAWriters

 

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I grew this Hibiscus bush from a cutting when my garden was being cleared for re-modelling.  Look at her now – isn’t she beautiful?

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FMF © 2014

 

These magnificent blooms usually last for weeks but unfortunately, due to a recent 44 degree day have been deep fried, until I don’t recognize them, at all!

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FMF © 2014

 

So sad is the sight, I couldn’t bear to photograph their demise but hope they’ll come back… be resilient in pink profusion once more.

I’ve even painted them a couple of times and used the results to illustrate my postcards.

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@FrancesMForde  #FrancesMacForde  #FMF:PoetryPostcards  #PoetryPostcards  #POEM:EightPots  #Poetry  #Flowers  #Hibiscus  #PaintingFlowers

 

 

 

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