Friday, July 15, 2011

Childhood Hero

As a child my favourite author was Roald Dahl, I read all his books, became absorbed in the adventures of Charlie, laughed at the Twits and rooted for The Fantastic Mr Fox against his battle with Boggis, Bunce and Bean! I loved his silliness and his made up words. I've seen all the films adapted from the books and now as an adult I still love them, so much so that I've used them as inspirations for my bears.

Last year when attending the TBAI I used George's Marvelous Medicine as my choice for the gallery piece!


My "take" on a beary George!

And this year for the Bartie Bristle Excellence Awards I found myself turning to Roald again, this time Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (I have to admit here that Gene Wilder's Wonka was my main influence for this piece)


"Willy"

Both of these pieces I'm really fond of, so much so in Wonka's case, I've kept him! which I don't often do. I think that my next bookish inspired piece should be Fantastic Mr Fox, I wonder what Mr Dahl would of thought about my work, I hope he would of approved of my "take" on his books.

4 comments:

  1. I am also a fan of both the Charlie movies - the Gene Wilder version is a classic! One of my favorite quotes, so to speak, is the beginning of one of the songs - "Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three." Your Willy Wonka is a pure delight - don't blame you one bit for keeping him. He'll be good company to keep you in that imaginary realm.

    ~ginger

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  2. Good for you! I'm so glad that you are keeping little Willy--he's a treasure. Well done!

    Warmly,
    Cheryl

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  3. Looking forward to what you come up with for fantastic Mr Fox. What a collection - these are very special pieces indeed!

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