I had an interesting conversation with someone who was checking out my work during a “Meet the Artist” event in town last week. It is not the first time I have been asked if I am working with a “paint by number” illustration or just coloring someone’s drawing from a coloring book since “adult coloring books” are all the rage these days. I create my illustrations from ideas I have seen on the internet or a word someone may have mentioned such as a “tugboat” or “dirty laundry” or events that have happened in the past such as a squirrel hiding sunflower seeds in my gardening boots or the sheep getting into the cornfield when we had a hobby farm. So many triggers can inspire my next illustration but ultimately they are a combination of ideas that come into my head that I put into a piece of “happy” art. They do not always work out and those I save to remind me not to try this or that again. I start with an idea, rough it out in pencil, fine tune it in ink and then comes the color which I love. Each illustration takes me from 15-20 hours to complete and then comes the scanning, making cards, prints and more. I have just updated my gallery to include the last few illustrations. I had breakfast with my friends from the coast last week and was asked if I had ever been to a Winery called “The Dirty Laundry Vineyard”. I haven’t, but it inspired me to create this latest artwork. Hope you enjoy. I call it “Summertime …. and the Living is Easy”
RespectFEST 2017 is about celebrating respect & diversity in the North Okanagan as part of Canada’s 150th Birthday. It is a week long celebration that will provide opportunities to learn about, and interact with, people from all different races, cultures, religions, and backgrounds. One of the events planned is ART ABOUT TOWN. Local artists are encouraged to team up with a downtown business to display their artistic talents. I am happy to be teaming up with Nature’s Fare Markets in Vernon and will be displaying my art in their Bistro and also having a “Meet the Artist” event in their store on September 22 from 11am-3pm. I hope you will stop by and say hello. My artwork will be on display for the full week and at the “Meet the Artist” event I will be giving away one of my illustrations for you to take home and color. To learn more about “RespectFEST” check out their website: https://respectfest2017.com
Although summer weather is still going strong, here is my latest illustration showing a squirrel getting ready for winter. I have called it “The Stash” from a real life event when I lived on the coast. We had a garden shed that had my big rubber boots inside. I went to get them one day and when I went to put them on they were filled with sunflower seeds. I did not have the heart to throw them out as that squirrel worked so hard to hide them. I thought acorns would work for this illustration. All illustrations in my gallery are available as cards at locations found in my “Shop”. Have a great September!!