I have finished the illustration drawings for the newest book by Gene Bradbury. This one will be called “Kitten Kitty Reads a Book” and will be for pretty little kids. The drawings are done and now on to the painting. The book should be out early to mid-summer.
The other book of Gene’s that I illustrated, called “When Cricket’s Snore”, was published last summer. It was a lot of fun to do and so far this one is as well.
With school starting this week and next, it made me think about this design I did a few years ago called “Group Think”.
Each year I do at least 1 calendar with 12 different pictures centered around a character(s) – cat, bird, fish, truck or robot. Many of my drawings for the calendars tell a “story”. That story may not be the same for all who see it and it is fun to see the other stories that other people see in my drawings.
I brainstorm ideas for that character and list those ideas. Whenever I gt an idea I add to the list and use it for reference. I then take those ideas and do a thumbnail or reference sketch to try and capture my thoughts and vision.
The concept of this comes from a mixture of ideas. I like tessellations and have done those with fish on a floorcloth. You get a sense of fish going in 2 directions at once. This is a variation on that theme where the majority of fish are going in one direction but there is one fish with a mind of her own that has to check out going in a different direction and looking for something else. She also looks and acts differently – a lone wolf of sorts, a rebel or misfit. It can any number of reasons for going in a different direction. The fish has individuality and does not just go with the masses.
Do you remember as a kid looking up at the sky and seeing objects or animals in the formations of the clouds? There are so many “hidden” things if you look for them and often just let your mind go so that you can see them.
On a recent trip to Salem, OR for a classic car show, as we approached town you could see a group of electrical towers that look like cats. Here is a picture of the back of a truck that looks like a face.
We can see trees from my bedroom window and in the morning I will often lay there looking at them and seeing faces in the formations of the branches.
Do you see things?
The holiday shows are underway. The show in Port Townsend at the Uptown Community Center is going to be the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 28-29th). I will be downstairs of the community center.
I will have journals, calendars, cards, prints, colored pencil originals and acrylic paintings.
The time is finally here – The Edmonds Arts Festival is June 13-15th in Edmonds, WA at the Frances Anderson Cultural Center in Edmonds. I will be there on the plaza (P15) and I hope you will come and see me. I have some new floorcloths, paintings, cards (new cards with cats and birds) and my 2015 Cat Calendar is ready. It should be a lot of fun – no matter the weather.
2015 is the 100th anniversary of Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim. They have asked me to create one of my calendars for 2015 using the bridge, park and Audubon center as the backdrop. I am in the process of drafting the designs now and will have the full calendar ready by the beginning of August. This is a very exciting for me.
My journals are now available at Imprint Books in Port Townsend. She has quite a selection there. I hope when you are in Port Townsend you will check out this new book store and my journals
Additionally, Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner, has some of my cards. Most of them are bird or cat themed.