Here I am with my working girls, doing research for my latest project ‘Bye Bye Honey Bee’ picture book. More than 20kgs of honey from this hive in the last 6 months. Based on what I now know about bees, I think honey should be as expensive as caviar!
'SES Man With Spotted Pardalote' Oil on Linen 105 cms x 105 cms approx
I am very happy to announce that my painting ‘SES Man With Spotted Pardalote’ is a finalist in the Hawkesbury Art Prize. Thanks to Marc Carroll for agreeing to pose for me and for not falling asleep too often during the boring (for him) painting process!
Katie gets her Bachelor of Science Degree 2008
My daughter Kate Baker has recently had her science paper ‘A High-Density EEG Investigation into Steady State Binaural Beat Stimulation’ published in the online science publication PLoS ONE. The paper was co-written with five other students in the final year of their Bachelor of Science degree at Swinburne University four years ago. Congratulations to all of you – especially Katie!
I have read parts of it and have to say three things – 1. I am definitely sticking to children’s books and painting 2. Katie you must have got grandfather Lloyds’s megasmart brain. I am totally awed! 3. It was really fun and weird wearing that skull cap thing with electrodes reading the goings-on in my brain. I have no secrets left…
I am happy to be a ‘friend’ of the National Year of Reading. Visit the website www.love2read.org.au to see who all the ‘friends’ are and to keep up to date with special events.
My painting ‘The Outside, Inside’ was short-listed for the Norah Heysen Centennial Award held in Hahndorf, South Australia in late 2011.
My painting ‘Seafaring Boy’ was shortlisted for the ANL Maritime Art Award 2011 in Melbourne . Even though it did not win the main award it was also shortlisted for the People’s Choice award.
Leo Baker 2011
It is a rare thing for me to post something about my family on my website, but I thought I would make an exception in this case.
My son Leo Baker received his Churchill Fellowship yesterday at a formal presentation by the Governor of Victoria Alex Chernov AO QC, at Government House, Melbourne. Leo was the recipient of The Churchill Fellows’ Association of Victoria Churchill Fellowship to investigate methods for sustaining production and creative culture in the Australian animation industry. He will be visiting major studios such as Pixar and Disney, as well as smaller independent producers and film/animation schools. He will be traveling to Japan, USA, Canada,UK,France and Germany,commencing his trip in September.
Earlier this year the animated film The Lost Thing that Leo had been working on for several years as the sole animator won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for director/writer Shaun Tan at the 2011 Academy Awards in USA.
I am extremely proud of Leo’s achievements and know how hard he has worked. I wish him well, and safe and exciting travels!
Last saturday, 23 July I had the pleasure of being the guest speaker at Victorian branch SCBWI’s Winter Gathering at Di Mattina’s restaurant in Carlton. My talk was on the rise of celebrity culture and how it had influenced me to write and illustrate The Star.
There had been a minor hiccup for this particular meeting as the original venue could not be used (the floor had collapsed!) and there was a last minute change to Di Mattina’s. All was well except for the fact that at the door immediately next to me the staff started to bring in trays of afternoon tea, coffee, cakes as I was half way through my talk. The audience’s eyes were well and truly on those cakes! However I soldiered on. It was great to catch up with other authors and illustrators and hear what Hazel and Regine had to say on e-books and book design respectively.
Several people asked me to post my talk here on the website. I have now done so and you should see a heading on ‘talks’ at the top of the home page.
News just through that The Star has been put on the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Notable Books for 2011.
It is nice to receive a nod from the CBCA, and also to be in the company of so many other excellent authors and illustrators. Congratulations to fellow Ford Street author/illustrator David Miller for Rufus The Numbat which was also a notable book.
I am very happy to be participating in a radio interview on Tuesday, February 8th February with Bernard Ryan. Bernard’s show ‘The Blurb’ is broadcast every Tuesday between 3 and 4 on Radio 94.7fm The PULSE, Geelong.
We will be discussing ‘The Star’ and anything else that comes up in conversation. Stay tuned!