From the Author
I stumbled on the art of Els Dirickx on a Sunday showcase at a little market down in Sydney's Southern Highlands. The fascinating artwork caught my eye and I thought the concept of creating these energetic and emotional scenes from mundane everyday objects in the world would be amazing to children. It would seem like magic; like their imaginations coming true. She calls it Reverse Art
, and it's a special concept. It takes something with potential energy, and gives it kinetic force. And it feels real because it comes from something organic and tangible.
So I asked Els if she had ever considered doing a children's picture book as her art would be a perfect fit. "Oh I'd love to,"
she replied. "But I'm no good at writing stories."
So I suggested I would write the story for her and she could supply the art. It wasn't long before the book was in production, and as a story began to manifest in my mind, the puzzle pieces fell into place perfectly. What if a little boy and girl, sister and brother, wanted to show magic to their dad?
What if they could see in the bark and the leaves and the rusted old car door the art and they were trying to convince their dad it was there? Could they convince their dad there is magic at their farm before the sun sets?
And so the story came to life - Can You See the Magic?
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About the Author
Chris Stead is a an award-winning journalist and editor from Sydney Australia who enjoys writing Children's Books for his kids on the side. Building off his 20-year career in media producing and publishing magazines and websites for some of the world's biggest brands, in 2014 he founded his own company Old Mate Media. He now publishes his own work, and those of other aspiring indie authors and illustrators, through the Old Mate Media label.