February – free worldwide shipping on prints and an exhibition closes

1. Free shipping

Shipping on my prints from INPRNT.com is free worldwide from now until Feb 1, 2015! I have a few of my favourite illustrations from Dream Boats available there as prints.
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2. Backyard Books closes soon

And, the Backyard Books illustration exhibition closes at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum on February 15th. If you’ve never been, it’s worth a visit just for the giant whale skeleton that hangs from the ceiling and because you can walk all over some of the specimens (picture proof below). Also there are lots of drawers full of treasures. Well, at least the kind of things I think are treasures. Shells, insects, bones…

There is daily programming for children – story time (under the blue whale, of course), puppet shows etc, so it’s a great outing for kids.

The illustration I have on exhibit is a cover rough from my very first picture book, which is still in print and still plodding along…13 years later. The curators paired the painting with a cetacean skull.

 

 

 


 

Backyard Biodiversity Exhibition

I have a piece of art in the upcoming Backyard Biodiversity Exhibit at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC (that’s a lot of Bs).

The exhibition features books and illustrations by CWILL BC writers and illustrators. My piece is the cover comp for my very first picture book, A Pod of Orcas. All the illustrations in that book were referenced from the shoreline around my home in Vancouver, and the author drew her inspiration from the shoreline around her home on Vancouver Island – so I think that qualifies as our backyards.

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The opening event takes place on September 27th, from 12:00-3pm.

There will be readings and art activities.

There is a complete daily program list for the museum, here.

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Lots of news – print sale, airport art & illustration awards

I’m going to cram a bunch of news into one blog post.

 

First, because it’s time sensitive:

Print Sale

Inprnt.com is having a sale, so that means 20% off my prints until Monday, March 31st ’13.  They’re available in 2 sizes, and this is a framed example of the smaller size. (Prints are sold unframed). Please note this is a signed example – as the Inprnt prints don’t pass through my hands, prints bought through them are unsigned.

 

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Art at YVR

I have some paintings on display at YVR. If you’re travelling to Mexico, or Japan in the next short while, you might come across them. Very kind travelling friends sent me some photos recently. These ones are near gate D52 on the international side where Air Canada departs to Mexico, and are illustrations from Looking for Loons and A Pod of Orcas:

 

 

And these illustrations from Dream Boats were recently located near gate 71:

 

 


Illustration Awards

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[Spectrum 21 cover art The Visitor, by Rebecca Guay]

Work from Dream Boats made it into the May/June 2014 Applied Arts Photography & Illustration Awards issue.

Also, five illustrations from Dream Boats, will be included in Spectrum 21, and one of them nominated for an award in the Book category, which is all very exciting. But I’m just really, really thrilled to be listed in there with so many exceedingly talented illustrators. Also, really intimidated. Ok, mostly intimidated. But the most wonderful thing about it all, award nomination or no, is that Yuko Shimizu, an illustrator who I hold in extremely high regard and who’s work is technically, aesthetically and conceptually stunning, said something really nice about one of my pieces. When I saw this, I almost died.

 

 

The ABC of why I wish New York was closer

I have many reasons why I wish New York was closer, and most all of them are art related. Here’s one such example: The New York Public Library’s (free!) exhibition The ABC of it: Why Children’s Books Matter.

Alas, a New York trip is not in the cards for me any time soon, so I’ll have to content myself with the slideshow of photographs on the exhibit designers’ website (Pure+Applied), complete with a shot of a furry wall and Wild Thing doorway, and for the observant child, Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall. There is also an exhibition brochure available for download from the NYPL website (bottom of the page), complete with a cleverly designed page on banned books.

The exhibition runs until March 23, 2013.

more info here: NYPL exhibition press release

Artwork at YVR

Today, I dropped off a few packages of artwork at the Vancouver International Airport where it’ll be on display in one of the terminals for the next few months to a year, alongside the works of a few other Vancouver children’s book artists.

Included are paintings from Looking for Loons and A Pod of Orcas, as well as drawings and a final print from Dream Boats.

Here’s a little peek at some of what will be on view: