Ben’s Little Big Adventure describes a small boy’s quest for a midnight snack. Only trouble is, everything in his room seems to have scaled up to the proportions of the earth’s great wonders, including the furniture and even his cat. If only Ben’s toy helicopters, cranes and hot air balloon had real engines, for they would make his quest a little easier. With so much to climb and navigate, will Ben ever find his way to his prized biscuits and jam? Ben's adventure begins as follows: Everyone knew about Ben’s fad. In fact, Christmases and birthdays were filled with the same gifts: toy models that in real life could travel further and faster than Ben ever could. Ben thought they were magic for their engines could do the impossible: cars that could break the sound barrier, boats that could traverse the oceans and other great wonders like planes, steamboats, lorries rockets and trains. Not forgetting motorbikes, airships, gliders, fire engines, liners, cranes, tanks, trucks and shuttles. Oh, yes, and helicopters as well. How Ben loved these magic machines with their wondrous engines. He imagined flying in them, diving in them, scooting in them and floating in them. But if only they were real… Ben played with his toy models all afternoon. He’d aquaplaned over the Everglades, go-karted across the Sahara and quad-biked over the Prairies. He’d even drifted over the icecaps. But no adventure would be fun on an empty stomach and Ben’s needed a snack. There was only one problem: his bed seemed to have grown. And his lamp. His shelves too. In fact everything, Ted and all. A fun picture book for children ages between 3 and 7 which include lots of full colour illustrations completed in oils. Book’s statistics: 8x0in, 900 words approx and 32 pages full of colour illustrations. Also available on Kindle.
I have written numerous articles and books on oil painting and teaching art, as well as children's books. Inspired by my experiences of teaching and my oil painting blog, I have devised Oil Painting Medic books offering solutions for aspiring artists who hit a brick wall. Why do My Clouds look Like Cotton Wool? and Why do my Ellipses look Like Doughnuts? are the first two instalments, offering suggestions for common issues such as colour mixing and perspectives. My three illustrated children's books telling the story of Katie's Magic Teapot and Ben's Little Big Adventure have been illustrated in oils and are suitable for children ages between 3 and 7. All my books are available on Kindle, but as yet, print versions are only available from Amazon's Createspace.
I have also written a teaching guide to oil painting, How do I Inspire my Painting Class?A wealth of information on oil painting can be found on my oil painting blog, Oil Painting Medic, sharing hints and tips that I have learned from my numerous commissions in portraiture, animal art and landscape painting.