Wednesday, 16 May 2012

'new bloom in the star garden': a glorious giveaway

"If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers. . ."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

To all my friends who proudly wear their hearts on their sleeves and take time to stop and smell the roses, I'm so pleased to be able to share this new piece with you.

'New Bloom in the Star Garden' is a tribute to my very favourite book in all the world, 'The Little Prince', by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. 'The Little Prince' is a novella about a little boy with golden hair and a heart big enough to fill the universe. He leaves his home, Asteroid B-612, to explore other planets, including Earth. His adventures are filled with an array of colourful characters, whose personalities are loosely based upon the tyranny of grown-up thinking, or the personification of human motives and emotions (eg. narrow-mindedness, greed, vanity, pride, diligence, humility, kindness).

The Little Prince soon discovers that not all grown-ups or important people make wise decisions, and he inevitably shares these lessons with us just as he learns of them. The Little Prince himself is the embodiment of child-like wonder and curiousity, and learns to open his heart completely to the possibility of, and the responsibilities that come with, love and friendship.
It is, quite simply, unspeakably beautiful. You can read, or re-read it here.

I was very pleased to see, on a trip to the Bologna Children's Book Fair last year, that 'The Little Prince' has now been extended into a sweet little animated series, following the Prince's adventures after his return to Asteroid B-612. So far as I can see, the spirit and integrity of the original text has been maintained with the continued story, (which is only right of course), and it's had me thinking ever since- how would I choose to continue the story, if I could? 
I imagine the Little Prince has returned from one of his adventures with a packet of poppy seeds, in the hope that they will grow on his little planet and keep his beloved Rose company while he is off on adventures. With his little yellow sprinkling-can, he carefully plants and waters these seeds, and after watching some 27 sunsets, falls into a peaceful, happy sleep.

And the next morning, 'exactly at sunrise', this is what he saw: a real little rose-girl, more beautiful than the poppies that blow in the breeze around her, on Asteroid B-612. Perhaps the Little Prince will take her with him on his next trip to Earth, so they can be together for always?

'New Bloom in the Star Garden' is now available in my Etsy Shop.

If you'd love a chance to win your own copy of 'New Bloom in the Star Garden', you can go to the Grumpy Star Studio Facebook page for all the details.

Don't have Facebook? That's alright, all you need to do is:
1. Sign yourself up to subscribe to or follow the blog;
2. Post a comment here, in as many or little words as you fancy, why you'd love to win them.

One lucky winner will be drawn on Wednesday, May 23rd. Two runners-up will also receive a Set of 20 Art Postcards as featured in my Etsy Shop.  
Good luck!
Mel x

Thursday, 10 May 2012

dead-busy and knee-deep in coloured pencils

Hullo petalcakes,

Just thought I'd do a quick share with you of my progress with the commission piece featured in black-and-white in my last post. Any guesses yet about the story that might have inspired it?

Have an awesome rest-of-the-week peeps and squeaks!
Mel x

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