Sunday, February 28, 2021

 Interesting times indeed! Spring is just around the corner and everybody is still masked and secluded. But soon patios will open. 

My author/illustrator career has slowed down as publishers learn to navigate their new situations. I am happy to be working with the wonderful Pajama Press in Toronto on two books. I want to thank Kari-Lynn Winters for putting my name forward to illustrate her clever and funny story. It's a special gift to be able to work with such a good friend.

Speaking of people I care about I'm sad and happy to be finishing my book with Groundwood. But all things come to an end and soon the book will be out. I hope to be able to show off the cover art soon. 

Finally to my new second career as a purveyor of t-shirts, tea towels and cards. Who knew this would happen but it definitely falls in the category of 'where might you go in a pandemic'. I've had good reactions to images I put out there so I decided to follow through and suddenly I have a second business. Many years ago I co-owned a greeting card company so I'm aware how time consuming that can be when you do it all yourself. Even with a business partner who worked just as hard, I wrote and drew all the cards as well as shipped and ran the warehouse.  So suddenly, in my west end apartment, I have a mini warehouse. Still not sure how happy I am about that but there you go. Here's the latest image, (for people not in Canada, this is my take on 'Rosie the Riveter' as Dr. Bonnie Henry - our Provincial Health Officer/Hero)  yet to be decided where it will work best - t-shirt, tea towel, greeting card or all the above? 

Monday, February 8, 2021

 There's a couple of stores in Vancouver that I love. Well it might have to do with the fact that they're carrying my merchandise but I think they both have great products, definitely worth dropping by for a look around. Supporting local artists at times like these is worth celebrating too. They're both practically Vancouver landmarks. Kimprints (on Denman St. and in Gastown in Vancouver) have a whole range of products I've made, from t-shirts to tea towels plus tons of other cool stuff. Then a great store called Canadian Crafts on Robson St. has been kind enough to carry t-shirts, tea towels and more. If you drop in, tell them I sent you!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

 In case anybody thinks I'm not doing books - fear not! I have two coming out soon with Groundwood and, some wonderful people I've just started working with, Pajama Press.   In the meantime I've done another illustration with the idea of putting it on various products like cards and tea towels. This is my neighbourhood in Vancouver. In the summer it's pretty much a resort town. I grew up here and love to see the city growing and changing. I know a lot of people don't like that but I think Vancouver has the perfect balance - wilderness 10 minutes one way and a nice selection of cafes 5 minutes the other way. What more could you want. Of course right now we're still not open yet due to the pandemic but I'm pretty well convinced that's not going to last forever. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

 Suddenly tea towels are my new thing! It's one of things I'd never noticed before but then when you start doing them, they're everywhere. So for the art lovers, one of my all time favourite paintings - with a twist. Arnolfini Portrait. I've always been drawn to this portrait, the colours and detail and fun (with the artist showing himself in the reflection of the mirror behind the 'about to be married' couple). I just thought it would be fun to have a little update with them both doing their social media while being painted. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

 Dr. Bonnie is still going strong. Along with the t-shirt I now have a tea towel and greeting cards. 

There's a whole industry out there of Bonnie things. I guess it's one good thing to have come from all this. Hope everybody is managing ok now. We're just on the verge of another wave and people seem to be finally getting it - mask up, stay in and limit friends. I really don't get the people who don't want to put on a mask. Luckily they're in the minority so I'm sure we'll handle this soon. 

Friday, October 30, 2020

 Happy Halloween! It's going to be an interesting one. 

I actually like witches but you can see these are honest to goodness bad witches because they're not even covering their noses. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

 Thanks CBC! Here's a nice list to be on with my new book (Harbour Publishing, Lilliana and the Frogs).

If you're in Vancouver and want to get a copy, check out one of my favourite independent bookstores, - and tell them I sent you!