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.
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.
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.
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.
The Spectrum 21 awards were held back in May, with Gold going to Nicolas Delort’s illustration, The End of the Road, and Silver to Scott Gustafson’s Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles, in the Book category. I was just really thrilled to have an illustration included as a finalist among so many fantastic works – such a nice surprise. (The winners in each category can be seen here)
I will have a few pieces published in the upcoming Spectrum 21 annual, including one featured on the table of contents page. Another nice surprise!