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She Cuts Up Her Novels For Song Of Sahel Art Auction!

Some of you will recognize this distinctive style. It is that of Marta Pelrine Bacon’s. She is the mystical lady who has allowed us to use her art to create the ‘look’ of Plum Tree Books. I have plastered Marta’s drawings all over our pages.

Marta tells me that she cuts up her novels to make her art. Well! That is one way of relieving editing angst! Working in pen and ink, I think Marta shows a distinctive and exceptional style. Marta is also a budding novelist. I hope she doesn’t cut up all her novels, as Plum Tree Books will have nothing to publish!

This is such a happy picture. Have you ever seen a bunny sleeping in a tree? If not, why not? Marta’s work is magical and you will see much more of it in some of the children’s books we will be producing. Now wouldn’t this drawing look wonderful on the wall of a child’s nursery? What a unique gift!

And have you ever seen colour such as this? Maria Antonietta Terrana is Sicilian. She paints scenes of her homeland, tantalising us with her colours and impressionistic views of her world. I jump into Maria’s paintings. I am captivated by the stories she tells through her pictures. I smell her salt air, taste her food, sit at her cafe table and watch her Sicilian world go by. And her sunflowers! I am keeping them a secret, until we reveal our next project! Move over, Van Gogh!

Maria’s light and dark hands reach for the same thing. I think this a great metaphor for our project, Song Of Sahel, which is about: the have’s and have not’s; those who dream; those who do not!

Both of these marvelous paintings will be available for auction here.

The event will be hosted HERE and for Facebook, HERE over the coming weekend. Download the music HERE and HERE

Participating Bloggers in the Song Of Sahel!

The Secret Keeper

DiAnne’s Place http://ebbiesplace.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/song-of-sahel.html?spref=fb

Susie Bertie  http://sooziebird.blogspot.com

http://patriciasands.wordpress.com

Shirani Rajapakse http://shiranirajapakse.wordpress.com/2012/08/05/a-gift-for-life-join-me-in-the-song-of-sahel/

Claudio Fiore http://claudfiore.blogspot.com/

Tonia Harris http://passionfind.wordpress.com

Dee Ann Townes http://deannative.posterous.com

http://feetfirstbook.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/from-my-window-the-song-of-sahel-sos/

http://vampiremaman.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/those-who-dream-those-who-do-not/

Tony Mutton AKA DarKasean http://darkarsean.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/1216/

Patricia Sands http://patriciasands.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/2291/#comment-2211

Marta Pelrine-Bacon: http://mapelba.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/plum-friday-self-sabotage-and-support-systems/

Joss Landry: http://josslandry.com/385/

http://www.shevata-cccole.blogspot.co.uk/ C.c.Cole

This Kid Reviews Books: http://thiskidreviewsbooks.com

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About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books. www.drniamhchildrensbooks.com

14 comments on “She Cuts Up Her Novels For Song Of Sahel Art Auction!

  1. Gudi Schepokat
    September 11, 2012

    I love this life giving art supporting Sahel… what a vibrant auction!And look forward to being at the launch party this week end!

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  2. Tonia Marie Houston
    September 11, 2012

    I’m big fans of both the artists featured today. Many thanks to them for donating their time and talent to SOSSahel. I’ll be sure to share all this brilliance.

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    • ontheplumtree
      September 11, 2012

      Thank You Tonia for your support. They are both wonderful artists.

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  3. Juliette
    September 11, 2012

    Thank you for the wonderful job at getting the message out – and thank you to all of the artist for contributing. I am in awe of what I’ve seen so far (it will keep me smiling all day). I’ll see you all at the auction!!!!!

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    • ontheplumtree
      September 11, 2012

      Thank You, Juliette! The poetry in the anthology is awesome too…so is the music! This has been months in the making.

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  5. the secret keeper
    September 11, 2012

    They are both so beautiful. Marta and Maria have such different styles obviously, but so playful for Marta and the colours for Maria. Both have a great interpretation of creating art. I love both of their styles. How beautiful their donations. Going to reblog.

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  6. the secret keeper
    September 11, 2012

    Reblogged this on the secret keeper and commented:
    Move over Van Gogh!
    Maria’s light and dark hands reach for the same thing. I think this a great metaphor for our project, Song Of Sahel, which is about: the have’s and have not’s; those who dream; those who do not! These are just a few of the painting to appear available at the Auction of Sunday Spe 16th and don’t forget the Event and unveiling of the Anthology Song of Sahel. Both benefit the people of Sahel. Come join us. Check for more information by follwowing back to original blog page. Thank you. the secret keeper

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  7. thiskidreviewsbooks
    September 13, 2012

    Cool art! I tweeted it!

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    • ontheplumtree
      September 13, 2012

      You are so kind, Erik! I am looking forward to all this coming to an end somewhat so as to focus on other things once again, like our youth-tube corner.

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