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What do the frogs care about Isis, Donald Trump or Chairman Morgan?  In my back garden the frogs have been busy making the world great again…

Overnight,  the garden pond is suddenly bursting with spawn.  EGGS! EGGS! EGGS GALORE!  What could bring more pride and joy to a Mother Hen’s heart?

 

Life advice from Bluna. Advice No 1: When in doubt, run!

Digging around in my old sketchbooks recently to prepare a show, I was amazed to come across some old drawings.  The whole cartoon thing has been incubating for much longer than I realised…   I don’t know about you, but  I love peeking in other artist’s sketchbooks, so here’s a peek in mine.
I’ve just finished reading Stephanie Calman’s Confession of a Failed Grown-up, which I found hilarious if horribly truthful.    Not by chance she’s also the daughter of another of one of my favourite cartoonists, Mel Calman.  As far as my sketches are concerned, I am most definitely not grown-up!
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Like so many things, looks better unfinished and sounds better in French ?
And here’s the finished etching from the Bluna “Life Advice” series that went with it, available from www.cartebluna.co.uk

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In the land flowing with Bollinger & Mumm

I  like to think of  Mr and Mrs Mole together again among the stars…

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If you don’t already  know them, here’s a link to check out some of the wonderful drawings Ronald Searle made for his wife Monica as she underwent chemotherapy for a rare cancer.

Les Tres Riches Heures de Mrs Mole

 

Now Ronald Searle is with the Immortals

 

The French awarded Ronald Searle the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, the highest honour of the French state, usually reserved for French nationals only…  while the English establishment treated  the country’s greatest graphic artist much less generously…
Not that he probably cared.  Still, it’s kinda revealing, n’est-ce pas?
Anyway, in my book, he’s up there with Goya.   Would so loved to have had his take on all the latest crazy educational offerings from Michael Gove.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/harrymount/100059284/ronald-searle-was-britains-greatest-graphic-artist/

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