Aunty Arty is now on Facebook!

29 October 2014 / Leave a Comment
Aunty Arty is a series of books for junior readers who love art ... written by me, illustrated by Narelda Joy and soon to be published by Jet Black Publishing. Here's a little about the first book in the series Aunty Arty and The Disquieting Muses:

Aunty Arty takes Frieda and her sister Mona into Georgio de Chirico's painting 'The Disquieting Muses'. Will they be able to save their new friend Fibula from Cupid’s lead arrow, sentencing her to a lifetime without love? The statue of Venus is suffering from lovesickness, she’s lost her common sense and her keys, but will she be able to help them?

I've loved working on the first book with Narelda Joy - she's a true creative soul. She lives in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney, but I can't wait to be in the same room as her one day soon. Here's her gorgeous cover:

We've had loads of fun creating this series together ... Her illustrations have transcended anything that I could even have imagined (I may have even burst into happy tears the day she sent through her layouts!). I always felt that it would take someone really talented to be able to illustrate this series well ... in each book the characters enter a well known painting, so it's tricky, in that the characters have to work with different backgrounds depending on the artwork. But Narelda has been able to work her magic in the first book, where they enter Georgio De Chirico's metaphysical painting The Disquieting Muses. I can't wait to see what she does with the next two books we have in the pipeline!

And while I'm on a bit of a gush fest, I must say that Kim Mungcal, Publisher at Jet Black Publishing, has been an absolute pleasure to work with as well. I love his attention to detail, professionalism, and patience ... especially when we're negotiating tricky image permissions with overseas artist estates and having to search for Chinese translators ...

Aunty Arty has just entered the world of Facebook. You can follow her here at:

And this is Narelda, Aunty Arty style ...

And this is me ...


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