13 June 2020. Welcome to Cruinniú na nÓg, Ireland’s national day of free creativity for children and young people.
This reading was created to make the book available for all children Ireland during the National Day of Creativity for Children – Cruinniú na nÓg 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Together with Sligo Central Library, I’m holding an ocean-themed illustration workshop at 14pm, join in for some tricks and ideas on how to illustrate ocean-inspired creatures! We will take inspiration from the book Murphy the Seal.
“Murphy is a happy seal pup living in the wild Atlantic Ocean. One day he’s out swimming with his sister and hurts his eye in a storm. When he wakes up he is an animal hospital. Will Murphy get back to his family in the wild Atlantic Ocean?”
This book is inspired by a real seal rescue and seal release of a seal pup in the village of Strandhill in County Sligo, Ireland when a rehabilitated seal pup was reintroduced back in the Atlantic Ocean.
This is my artwork Gardening for the Exquisite Portraits Exhibition. For the Illustrators Ireland 2020 / 2021 group exhibition, despite covid, over 40 illustrators and authors teamed up and created a giant exhibition. It is now showcasing at the Lab Gallery in Dublin.
During the lockdown many artists faced being without material as travel restrictions was in place. In addition, Many artists was forced to use whatever materials they had available. To create the giant sized artwork I had to do extra coats of acrylics onto thin Christmas wrapping paper.
Hacking the home to make play part of everyday.
How many times do we get told: “Don’t play with your food”? In this experiment and game, that is exactly what you’ll need to do!
Look in your kitchen cupboard after some pasta shapes. Paint them in different colours and patterns. Make sure you paint about four of each colour or pattern. Then divide the pasta shapes equally between the players. The youngest player gets to start by placing one of the pasta shapes on the table. The next player has to match the colour of the pasta shape already on the table. You are allowed to match at any of the two ends of the pasta shape. Keep joining the pasta shapes by matching the colour or pattern at the ends. The winner is the person who puts down the last matching pasta shape. You can also create patterns with the shapes and for something even trickier: Make shapes where the colour matches as well! May the best kid win! Hasta Pasta!
A kit list of objects/materials needed to create your design.
-Paint, watercolour, washi tape or colour markers.
Thank You, for visiting and all the best.
You can download the kids’ prevention illustration here:
The Winter exhibition which is organised by artist/illustrator Brian Gallagher hangs at the United Arts Club, Dublin from the 14th of November until the 6th of December. I have two pieces exhibiting. Inspired by the Atlantic ocean and its treasures and meals around the dinner table; The Donegal Atlantic Lobster Christmas Recipe and the Oyster loving Octopus. All Welcome!
Illustration for Queen Maeves Surf Open.
The Irish Warrior Queen, Maeve, is said to be resting in a cairn on the top of Knocknarea. Now, I know you are supposed to look at the waves when you are out in the water. However, I often find myself looking in overland. Especially days when there’s a very particular piercing light over Knocknarea. I think Queen Maeve is looking out for the surfers from up there. Moving far away from home is never easy but the community in this little beautiful place in the North West Coast of Ireland have opened their arms and hearts. May the waves be with you. X
P.S. After requests I have put the prints in the online shop, and you’ll find them here.
The Great Irish Science Book!
For the last couple of months, I have had the pleasure of working with Luke O’Neill, who as it happens, not only is a Professor of Biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin but also super good at explaining complex things! Together we have written and illustrated a book that will take you on the greatest journey of them all. From the very big to the very small travel through the wonders of the universe, the mysteries of the human body, and the tiny world of molecules. A thrilling and engrossing book packed with fascinating phenomena, vibrant illustrations by yours truly, and heaps of fun facts.
Thanks to the team at Gill Books it is now available for pre-order at Easons Ireland & DubrayBooks: www.bit.ly/EasonTGISB and www.bit.ly/DubrayTGISB
I am delighted to have a little pop up at the House of Illustration Summer Fair in Granary Square, Kings Cross, London. The event is taking place on Saturday the 30th of June.
One day I’ll have time to have a breakfast like this! Illustration of Vanilla and Cinnamon Chia pudding with agave syrup.
Rumour has it Murphy has taken a swim to warmer waters and has been sighted in the Italian city of Bologna. (Admittingly far away from the sea!) More specifically at the “Ireland” stand at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair!
Murphy intends to enjoy the warmer climate for the duration of the fair: 26th – 29th of March 2018.
So. It’s that time of the year again, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is soon on! In recent years Illustrators Ireland has been participating showcasing members books. If you pass by the stand make sure to browse the illustrated bookmarks – here’s my bookmark.
Recently I was commissioned by Galway City Council to create a campaign illustration as part of their European Green Leaf programme. Galway City received the designation for 2017 from the European Commission.
Galway was selected as Europe’s most environmentally friendly city, among hundreds of European cities with populations under 100,000.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on a project that will benefit our and future generations. It is great to see council and government organisations communicating their vision using original illustration by local artists and actively supporting local business.
My brief was to illustrate Galway cityscape, local flora and fauna. A really enjoyable project.
Congrats Galway! Updates on the project at Galway City European Green Leaf 2017.
Something I would love to do is to create a fully animated version of my book Murphy the Seal. So I decided to have a play with some of the illustrations from the book to create a book trailer.
Here’s a little sneak peak:
Meet Murphy the Seal, the third children’s book written and illustrated by Linda Fahrlin in the Atlantic Art studios on the North West coast of Ireland.
In the Wild Atlantic Ocean lives a happy seal pup called Murphy. Murphy enjoys playing with his little sister and usually swims close to his Mum and Dad. One day Murphy and his sister are playing chase with a fish. The water is whirling around them and the current is getting stronger. Murphy tries to swim against the current but it is too strong. Follow Murphy on his adventure in the Wild Atlantic Ocean. How will Murphy get back to his Mum, Dad and Sister? This book is inspired by a real seal rescue and seal release of a seal pup. The village of Strandhill in County Sligo, Ireland was invited to join the event when a rehabilitated seal pup was reintroduced back in the Atlantic Ocean.
“Last year we were very fortunate to see one of the seal releases by Seal Rescue Ireland. The release of the seal pup inspired the children’s book “Murphy the Seal”, as we talked about what could have happened to the seal. We decided to call him “Murphy” after the sea lion we used to see at Taronga Zoo when living in Sydney.”
Murphy the Seal is available in English and Swedish at the following stores (to name a few):
Amazon.com (Swedish translation)
Adlibris.se (Swedish translation)
Bokus.com (Swedish translation)
So, a seed was planted and it grew into a children’s book!
Tom and the Watermelon is the second children’s book made in the Atlantic Art Studios of the North West Coast of Ireland near the Wild Atlantic Way. It’s illustrated and written by Linda Fahrlin and available in English and Swedish.
“When we had a friend visiting from overseas last year, we decided to take a drive past Glencar Waterfall and finally took a turn for The Organic Centre in Co Leitrim. Well there, we purchased some organic Watermelon seeds. Once home we planted them and imagined how big they would grow! The visit literally planted a seed and our dreamings became a book – Tom and the Watermelon.”
About the book:
Tom and his Mum go to the Garden Centre where the gardener gives Tom a magic seed. Follow Tom and his Mum on their adventures in this feel-good children’s book where anything is possible.
Author & Illustrator: Linda Fahrlin
Tom and the Watermelon is available here (to name a few places):
Adlibris (Swedish translation)
Amazon.com (Swedish translation)
Bokus.com (Swedish translation)
Do you like adventures and a bit of magic? Then this book is for you. Follow Maeve and Max who lives in a town that has everything. There’s just one thing missing. Colour. Will Maeve and Max be able to create a happy colourful place to live in? Find out in this new book written and illustrated by Linda Fahrlin.
Here’s the beginning of the illustration for my bookmark at the IGI stand in Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Every year the Illustrators Ireland has a place at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, this year it’ll be shared with a few other organisations from Ireland like the Children’s Books Ireland and publishers.
The Children’s Book Fair in Bologna is on 26 – 29 March in Bologna, Italy.
Every now and then Murphy and his family can be seen sunbathing together on the tidal sandbanks in the Wild Atlantic Ocean.
“He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover, he would have placed himself in a false position.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This year I was delighted to hear that the book to illustrate was a new edition of three selected works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes.
Today 24 entries were selected to the longlist and although my illustrations were not selected I really enjoyed reading Sir illustrative texts, interpret them and translating the words into illustrations. You can see the longlisted entries here:
Here is one of my illustrations and the text I had to work with was: ” Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the high wharves which line the north side of the river to the east of London Bridge.”
This little bird has just flown off from my drawing room towards the Biennale of Illustration, Bratislava, to be part of the Migrations Exhibition.
Before creating the artworks for the pop-up exhibition organised by Illustrators Ireland & OFFSET my “sitter” wrote a little text about herself:
“Graphic designer, typographer, writer, teacher, swimmer with a mild fear of sea creatures — real and mythical. Loves making and reading beautiful books, vibrant colour and affogato. Avid baker of sweet things, coffee drinker and Mum.”
So to help overcome her fear I made her Queen of the River Liffey in Dublin. This is the illustration in full:
Proud to be a member of Association of Illustration U.K! You can have a look at my portfolio over at AOI here.
“The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit trade organisation promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards.” AOI
You, me and the Liffey! Sneaky peak of detail from my artwork for “The State of Us” group show opening in Dublin this Friday. Huge A1 format to fill and I got as carried away as the artwork was by the mailman. ✏️🐟🐠
Today was a storytelling day. I really enjoyed reading Magic Mountain to 4 classes with heaps of great questions. Walked 4k’s between blue skies and green fields in sunny weather. ☀️Good food 4 dinner, and good company 4 the soul. All good things comes in 4rs.
The earth is happier if we all recycle 🙂
Series of illustrations for the initiative “Cents for kids”. Client Red Dog Design & DAVY.
This week the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is on. On the fair, you can find Illustrators Ireland at location PAD. 25 stand: B/87. At the stand, browsers can pick up this illustration I made in the shape of a bookmark.
Although I’m not going this year I plan to go visit next year. There will be so much to look at and so many talks to listen to that it’ll take a year just to plan how to spend the time 😉