Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Monday, 7 June 2010

Art of anticipation.

Here are a few prints from my circus sequence I did after the crit. They are not in sequence ha!
Funny old term that: time to move forwards and have the delicious anticipation of new work. Although it's difficult to turn the mental images into reality - it's all part of the fun.
Would love to see work from anyone else, from this term. Or new stuff, although I have had a week or so off myself.
Thinking of starting my own blog - 'Pollytechnicon' is my latest name idea. No idea why.;-)
Have fun in the sun all,
Polly x

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Something I forgot

At our last day drinks there was a rumour going round that if you get a book published during the course, the uni has copyright and gets the royalties. I can't remember exactly who it was who said this (I had had a glass of wine!)

Anyway I asked Pam and she said that's absolute bollocks - the uni has absolutely nothing to do with any deals you might get. So now we have cleared that up you can all go and be published!

PS Anyone got any images to post with new work?

Saturday, 29 May 2010


Well, for some reason I can't post the link!
Guy's name is Stephano Tambellini and he really is good - honest.

I loved seeing everyone's work at the last crit - didn't get a chance to say how awesome and really amazing everyone's work was. Feels a bit of a privilege to be on our course on days like that.
Lets hope for more great work next year. Have a great summer everyone.

Awesome artist - Stephano .....

Hello all-
wanted to post up a link to this chap's blog that I came across (quite by accident) t'other day.
He's an Italian storyboard artist called Stephano Tombolli, or something. His proper name is on his blog. Brilliant and very interesting stuff - animation too.
Had a dream (nightmare) about getting grade this week. Not nervous. No.:)
Take care everyone.

Friday, 21 May 2010

"Throwing it out there" - Summer Schools Anyone?

I've just got the full programme fro CSA for their summer schools. For one - I am very drawn to the "Printmaking" course which includes "Drypoint" and other stuff I've never even heard of. I reckon, all being well, I'll go on that (2nd to 6th August). Does anyone know about the "writing for images" course though? This runs same time - so you can't do both really. This sounds really fascinating, but I was wondering if anyone is considering doing this or knows anyone who has.

I am seriously thinking about doing a "Painting, Pimms and a Picninc" day in Cambridge. I know a couple of central locations with free parking and loos (hard combination to find) and fab views as well. I will come up with dates and ideas and also make an event on FB if people look like they want to join with this. I fancy doing more with acryllics and with watercolour. I think the latter is quite well suited to outdoor, but i don't know about acryllics, being something of a novice in that. The idea is to bring a packed snack, some lemonade and perhaps a contribution (of a £1 or so) to a bottle or two of pimms that I can supply, your own equipment and off we go;-)

I think there are some online courses, but quite honestly I'd rather give business or do a barter with mates coz we need the money and favours, and we certainly deserve it. Swopsies for an acryllics introduction I can; a) Teach to professional level on singing (in Russian, Italian, Spanish, French, German and English - oh and Hebrew and encompass any style you may wish) b) teach you good conversational Russian or Hebrew c) Help anyone out on Adobe Illustrator (my skills are stronger on this than Photoshop). d) any gardening advice or assistance (me and hubby are quite keen when work, toddlers or courses don't get in the way). e) Medics Oxygen admin for SCUBA divers (okay, my licence has expired now, but the principles are the same) LOL...he he, any takers?????

Can post our crit pictures up soon too, now that school's out for summer;-)

Saturday, 15 May 2010

For Alison

For some reason the blog wouldn't let me leave a comment so I had to write a new post. Alison the poem's great! I see the next Julia Donaldson!

Hope everyone's final work and essays are going OK. See you on Weds, I don't think I can come to the pub as I have to leave around that time but hope to see you in the Coslett at lunch time. Liza x x x

Thursday, 13 May 2010

poem that I made up last year for a book idea

It's called 'Bad Choices' and it is about dating the wrong people. I think you possibly need some pics to go with it but anyway here go's!!


This is Will,

He’s clean and he’s bright,

But, he can’t find a girlfriend

Try as he might.

He’s not at all that fussy

He’d just like a bird,

There’s some in the paper,

Or so he’s heard.

He’d quite like a blonde one

Or a red head would do,

But even better a brunette ….or two.

He sits on his own and peruses the post

Until he finds,

The one he likes most.

An outdoorsy type… that would be great.

A girl from the valleys would make a good mate.

Blodwyn arrived with a donkey and dog,

She came from outdoors

And smelt like a bog.

The dog was so fat he had to be carried.

And Blodwyn?....

Just wanted to be married.

So back to the small ads

For Will double quick.

He puts a red ring

round a cute sounding chick.

When Tina arrived

She was so small

It was like going out

with no one at all

They saw an old man

who was selling balloons

Will bought one for Tina

And then very soon

She was sailing away

heading straight for the moon..

Will rushed to her aid

But it was too late

So there goes another potential new mate.

The next one was Mary

She came from the south,

Will was hoping like hell

Her feet were not near her mouth

Mary was hairy,

It had to be said.

But only a few hairs

attached to her head.

They were dangling from

her armpits and chin,

with a great wooden post

Where her leg should have been.

Mary was scary

Of that there’s no doubt

Will had to think quick

Of a way to get out.

He had to distract her

With some kind of trick,

She couldn’t run fast

With a leg like a stick.

The next one he tried

Said she’s jolly and bright

Will was not prepared

For such a big fright.

This one was big

She was so very large

It was hardly surprising

Her name was Large Marge.

He took her to dinner

To a nice bijoux place

But she couldn’t stop eating

And stuffing her face

She eat all her dinner

And finished off his

Then she polished off

Chocolates and bottles of fizz.

But Marge had not finished

She had not even started

Marge’s best trick

was the way that she farted.

She really let rip

With an earth shattering sound

The wind was so strong

That her feet left the ground.

That’s it, that’s enough

Said Will broken-hearted.

I’m by myself on the shelf

Before life’s even started.

I’m giving up dating

and finding a mating.

I’m getting a puppy instead.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Last Day of Term/Post Assignment Bash

Does anyone fancy having a "post assignment" bash on 19th? We can keep it early for those who need to get home - or extend it to the evening for those who don't. I would suggest Cambridge somewhere in one of the winebars/restaurants so we can roll drinks into an evening event as needed. Who might be interested?

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Speed Dating

Hi everyone, thought you might like to see the first pic in my mini book on speed dating!

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Hello all, Crit tomorrow - ready or not, hope to be there! Anyone here attempting the Macmillan Prize this year? Perhaps we could start a sub-blog about this and all the various things we have to try to remember etc. I'm new to this, but maybe a few of us have tried before???

Thursday, 28 January 2010

James Mayhew

Hi all, just thought you might like to see James Mayhew's Blog - there's a really interesting post about his dreadful experience with Chicken House publishers. The book in question was always a favourite of mine in the children's bookshop I worked in.

Sunday, 24 January 2010


I've been proper poorly the last few days with a horrible cough and cold. Hope it will be gone by Wednesday...but does anyone know if there is a lecture, or what's happening if anything? Just wondered if I would be missing anything crucial if I'm not better by then.