Anne Spudvilas, who spent time at Varuna early this year, is a multi-award winning illustrator of children’s books who also works as a courtroom artist for the Melbourne media. Her first picture book The Race was awarded the Crichton Award for Illustration and CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Honour Book. In 2000 she won CBCA Picture Book of the Year with Jenny Angel, which was also shortlisted for the NSW Premiers Award.
In 2008 The Peasant Prince won the NSW Premier’s Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize), the Australian Book Industry Award for Younger Readers and the Queensland Premiers Award and CBCA Honour Book.
Anne’s designs were used by Australia Post for the 2006 Australian Christmas stamps.
She created this charcoal drawing of the view out of the master bedroom window at Varuna: “these are the trees seen up behind the little office building in the side garden.”
Here are some comments and images by Anne describing her stay at Varuna:
“I was at Varuna in the first two weeks of February, when the weather changed from a record breaking week of heat, mid 30’s upwards, down to 15 degrees and chilly fog within a matter of hours. I’ve been in autumn on previous occasions and it’s always beautiful to watch the weather changes from the aspect of the clifftop walks. I had such an array of weather conditions and the bird life and butterflies on this visit were so prolific. I think being at Varuna at the end of summer and after so much rain was very special.
This was the day we woke up to record breaking 28 deg after a week of heatwave, and by lunchtime it was about 15 – the fog stayed for two days, very pretty:”
The scenery of the Blue Mountains can’t be described or photographed to capture the amazing space and colour:
Love this currawong, he looks as though he owns the whole Jamison Valley:
This beautiful detail on the trunk of a eucalypt along the cliff top walk could hang on any gallery wall as an artwork:
With the writers who stayed in the second week I was there, at the beautiful Carrington Hotel in the main street. Always
worth a visit, it’s hard to decide which sumptuous room to sit in, a nice place to work when you feel like a walk and a
change of scenery:
Sheila the wonder cook – her nightly visits to cook up a storm in the kitchen have us all waiting in anticipation, something different every night, always fabulous:
You can contact Anne if you’d like to purchase her charcoal drawing (700cm x 500cm) as a memento of Varuna by clicking here.