Australia illustrated map window at Dymocks Canberra Centre

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Huge thanks to the beautiful Suzy, Meredith and the team at Dymocks Canberra Centre for this wonderful opportunity to squiggle and paste whales and birds and wombats all over their windows! This was a lot of fun and it's so cool to see the characters from my map swimming and flying free.

Check out the map here and head to the Canberra Centre sometime this month to take a peek! Thanks to my Ella Bella for her help, too.

happy new year with A Bear a Day!

Monday, 1 January 2018

A Bear a Day auction starts on Instagram today!

Just head to @abearaday90 for the very first original artwork, which will be live before 9am. You have just 24 hours to bid on each piece (daily artworks finish 31 March).

The bears and I will see you there!

Click here for how it all works.

new picture books to round out 2017

Friday, 29 December 2017

After some happy images to round out your 2017? I have them right here--recent picture book purchases/gifts that have knocked my socks off. I hope they knock your socks off, too. They're all pretty scrumptious.

goodbye 2017 (and a peek at my Christmas decorating)

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

It's hard to believe time could go any faster, yet each year scoots by so fast, we seemingly overnighterly find ourselves at December with bodies stock-still and heads spun 'round on shoulders like an empty tin can. At least that's how my head feels right now. Empty.

Yesterday, I could not remember what 11 minus 6 is, nor 15 minus 8.


It's been a huge year, a surreal year, a soul-crushing year and a heart-thumping-surprise year. How one could be pulled more tightly in opposing directions, I do not know. At once I'm thrilled and dreams-come-true-content with 2017 and yet hellishly disappointed and bereft. Disillusioned and inspired. Fulfilled and sucked dry. Deeply hurt and loved more than ever before.

It's been a decade whittled down and wedged into 12 breathless months. It's been an entire planet compressed and stuffed into each and every one of us, in an all-you-can-stomach smorgasbord of Too Much. Have you, too, felt like you've taken on both the pains and the joys of the world during 2017? And have you, too, drank more coffee than ever before in 2017??? Oh well, I suppose it was better than vodka.

Is it any wonder our brains are rattling--all that caffeine and all those burdens? Is it any wonder, some of us have reached the end of year 2017 feeling... well... sad?

a bear a day

Friday, 1 December 2017

I'm really excited to reveal a little project I've been working on for quite a few months now. You see, I like bears. A lot. Some might say I love them. So, I decided to create 90 bear illustrations as a way to stretch myself with illustration styles, and grow my skill set (highly recommend growing skill sets). Above and beyond all that, though, is that creating these little images made me very happy.

And now, I'm putting my fuzzy little friends up for auction...

One bear.

Every day.

For 90 days.

1 January to 31 March 2018

Original watercolour/ink paintings on A5 or A6 watercolour paper (vast majority on A6).

Auction daily on Instagram—abearaday90 

And... FREE post worldwide!

Anyone can bid on the bears, and yes, postage is free. The entire series of 90 auctions will be held on the abearaday90 Instagram page (click image below to access). You will need to have an Instagram account to bid.

How it works
  • Each new bear illustration will be posted to the abearaday90 Instagram page, commencing 1 January 2018 and ending 31 March 2018.
  • Each illustration will appear by 9am AEDT (at the latest) of each day.
  • The auction will last 24 hours, and will end at 9am AEDT on the DAY AFTER the illustration was posted.
  • Time is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (i.e. Sydney time).
  • All illustrations will commence at $45 (Australian dollars).
  • Bids can be made in the comments section of the illustration you'd like. Simply type the amount you'd like to bid, e.g. $67. Only bid increments of $1 or more are allowed.
  • The highest bid posted by 8.59am on the day after the illustration was posted, will win. Once the clock ticks over to 9am, bids close. I will post a comment to confirm the winner as soon as I am able, and I will direct message the winner with payment information.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Payment must be received by Paypal (only) within 24 hours of winning the image, along with your postage address. If you have an issue with paying, you would need to be in touch within those 24 hours, as if payment isn't received, the illustration will be offered to the next highest bidder.

I hope you have fun with this line-up of original bear artworks. It was a hoot creating them, and there's some real corkers for sale. It's going to be fun to surprise you each and every day for 90 days!

Email me if you have any questions.

the best Christmas gift of all... a book! (or a map)

Thursday, 30 November 2017

More stock has arrived! I have more maps (only 3), more books and all prints are again available. See more below.

I won't even mention how many more sleeps we have till Christmas... but there's not that many!!

If you, like me, are a rabid book giver during the festive season, and if you adore picture books and maps, I'm offering a limited amount of signed copies for sale. This is a rarity, and you won't see it happen again any time soon.

Just email me here--booksATtaniamccartneyDOTcom--with what you'd like to buy. This offer runs till 17 December or until stock runs out, so get in quick.

For single copies, the postage below is applicable (and is at a discounted rate). If you want more than one copy or want books and a map, I will let you know postage at checkout (it won't be more than $30 for quite a few items, and I can bind maps together so it's cheaper). If you live locally, in Canberra, I can bring your order to the ACT Writers Centre Christmas Party on 7 December or I can potentially drop it off if you're not too far from me--we can chat by email.

Merry Everything - $26 + $5 postage
Australia Illustrated - $30 + $10 postage
Smile Cry - $20 + $10 postage
Australia Map I have 3 more maps available! Be quick--they go quickly - $25 + $8 postage

Don't forget to let me know who'd you'd like the book signed to, and provide an address (Australian addresses only). If you're ordering a map, let me know if you'd like it signed on the front (near the title) or on the back.

I can accept Paypal or direct deposit (preferred).

And because it's Christmas, there will also be presents! For every book or map you order, you will receive one of the prints at the end of this post (you choose!). They will be sent with each book (or sent separately if you are buying a map, with free postage). Be sure to indicate the print/s you'd like.

Email me if you have any questions, and HAPPY SHOPPING!

(Click on each cover for more info.)

Choose your print! One print for each item you buy...

LEFT: Mammals Green ... RIGHT: Mammals Pink
(both from Australia Map)

LEFT: Birds Blue ... RIGHT: Birds of Kakadu
(left from Australia Map, right from Australia Illustrated)

LEFT: Daintree Leaves ... RIGHT: Great Barrier Reef
(both from Australia Illustrated)

LEFT: Italian Caffe ... RIGHT: Native Animals
(both from Australia Illustrated)

Australia Map launch wrap-up

Sunday, 26 November 2017

It was an absolute hoot to launch my Australia Map this morning at Harry Hartog in Woden (book launches are, like, sooooo passe). The kids huddled in to be taken on an Aus-wide tour, then it was under the pump to answer 20 questions about Australia (with lots of prompting). They actually did really well, and won some furry prizes and some prints of animals from the map.

Merry Everything window reveal!

Monday, 13 November 2017

What a gorgeous morning we had at Harry Hartog Westfield Woden, at the unveiling of my Merry Everything! window. We enjoyed a countdown and reveal (thanks to little helpers Ayla and Zoe) and then bubbles, gingerbread and candy canes. An impromptu book signing saw almost all book copies evaporate, and it was fantastic to catch up with some lovely people.

SCBWI ACT art exhibition

Saturday, 11 November 2017

SCBWI ACT is delighted to showcase the work of local SCBWI artists in our first ever exhibition! It will be held at Smith's Alternative here in Canberra, from 28 November to 10 December, featuring Leanne Barrett, Grace Bryant, Gemma Harrison, Genevieve Hopkins, Jennifer Hulme, Joy McDonald and myself.

We'll have prints available for sale for the length of the exhibition, and I will also have books (Australia Illustrated, Smile Cry and Merry Everything) and my Australia Illustrated Map for sale. The opening will be at 6pm on Tuesday 28 November. See more here.

Huge thanks to Grace Bryant for organising, and to Smith's Alternative!

Australia map launch!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Australia: Illustrated Map Launch
Sunday 26 November 2017
Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden, Canberra

Have you ever been to a map launch? Me neither! Hope you'll join me on this epic adventure--it's going to be a hoot!

Explore Australia with this ginormous illustrated wall map, featuring the flora, [kooky] fauna, sites and sights of our beautiful land.

There'll be activities for the kids, goodies to gobble, a travel quiz with prizes and yes--a real life MAP SIGNING! (who'd have thunk it!?). Kids will also have the chance to draw and write on a map, showing where they have lived and travelled to.


October happenings

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

more on this, below


Just kidding.

I've actually become a bit of a Halloween 'scrooge' now that the kids are older. Not because I don't like it. I do. It's fabulous fun. Our suburb here in Canberra caught a little Halloween fever a few years ago, with mini ghouls haunting the streets, but it seems to have died down now. Nevertheless, I leave a creepy bowl outside our front door with freakish treats inside.

I guess I'm a bit over Halloween because it's just 'another' thing to do, you know? And to think, I used to decorate the entire house. AND Easter. And I'd hang streamers and puff up balloons at the mere whiff of any other festive occasion. Now, all that energy is reserved for Christmas.

If you've read my blog, you'll know I'm a Christmas Nut (perhaps a Brazil nut--sometimes Macadamia), and I've been particularly impatient this year. Not sure why. I want to try a new advent calendar and I also want to totally reinvent my decorating scheme. I'm going for silver and green, black and white this year. Here are some finds from Provincial Home Living and Adairs. Can you believe how gorgeous? Look at that leafy ribbon! and I'm [almond] nuts over the pine cone tree/ornaments, and the wreath. Gasp.

And here is one of many pompom garlands I've been dying to make. All white. And the little mini trees--I found them on ebay. I'm using them for this year's advent calendar.

Merry Everything! window unveiling

Monday, 30 October 2017

Merry Everything! Window Unveiling

Monday 13 November
Harry Hartog, Westfield Woden, Canberra

It's a Merry Everything Christmas at Harry Hartog Bookstore, Woden, with the unveiling of a festive book window featuring adorable animals from the book! Come along for the big reveal--candy canes and gingerbread for the kids, a glass of bubbles for the big kids!

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