Wednesday, June 25, 2014

IF - Summer

Spring was too busy. Summer is now here and looks busier than spring but I took some time out for an Illustration Friday drawing challenge for the topic "Summer". There are many things that make me think of summer but what comes to mind first is how to cope with the heat. So I thought of WATERMELON! A chilled slice of watermelon is always a healthy way to naturally cool down on hot days. I created this illustration using both vector art and hand drawn texture.

Happy summer everyone !

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fleuve (River) by René Derouin

Today I went to see an exhibit of work by Canadian multi-discipinary artist and engraver René Derouin at the art gallery of the BANQ (Bibliotheque et archives nationales du Quebec) in Montreal.

He is an artist born in 1936 in Montreal and has created an enormous body of work throughout his life, some of which I had the opportunity to see today. Woodcut prints, linocut prints, paper collage with stencil cut-out by hand, and relief sculptures of wood combined with ceramics all mostly large scale. The exhibition is enhanced by short video clips displayed on screens in the different sections of exhibit that provide insight to his projects and is entitled Fleuve (river) because his artistic and life journey begins with his childhood experience of growing up by the St. Lawrence river and is portrayed as a theme in much of his work.

I have just discovered this artist and I would like to find out more
about him and his art. Printmaking was my favorite discipline in art
school and I am very inspired by the art I saw today. 

You can see more of René Derouin's art here 
brief biography here, and information about the exhibition here + here

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Shadows

Some very cold days this winter and a lot of snow but when the sun comes out after the storm, it is a feast for the eyes. The sun illuminates dorment trees and branches in shades of gold and amber and casts shadows in the snow in several tones of cool greyish blue together in perfect harmony as complementary colors.

2013 was a difficult year for me. I had to say good-bye to some special people. Looking to nature, I find a lot of comfort and enlightenment. I am reminded by the seasons that life is constantly evolving and that we can find beauty in everything no matter what changes life brings, sad or happy when we have gratitude. I am grateful for having known the people I lost, I am grateful for all that I have in my life and I am grateful for nature's beauty that exists just around the corner when I want to take a walk. It calms me, fulfills me and inspires my art.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mosaicultures International Montreal

Montreal is a wonderful place to be in the summertime because there is so much to do and see. Visitors and locals can enjoy several artistic and cultural events and this year I am grateful that I was able to visit our world-renowned, Jardin Botanique de Montreal again.

This summer's horticultural art exhibition, Mosaicultures is not to be missed. Spectacular gigantic man-made botanical sculptures representing mythological figures and legends of Canadian First Nations and many other cultures from around the world as well as themes representing the relationship and importance of nature and ecology grace the beautiful gardens. This is the second time I have seen this exhibition in Montreal which was previously held at the Old Port of Montreal and I enjoyed it just as much.

The exhibition runs until September 29, 2013 and you can find out more here:
Mosaicultures Internationales de Montreal

Friday, July 12, 2013

My First Interview

I have met some really great people at the Yes Oui Canscaip group in Montreal who are writers and illustrators of children's and YA books . These folks are very supportive to eachother, attending book launches and conferences and giving valuable industry advice and I am very grateful that I have met them and learned so much from them.

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by my friend Monique Polak who I met at one of the meetings a few years ago. She is an author, journalist, English teacher and superwoman who has thirteen YA titles to her name. Monique is such an inspiration for me and many many others on their creative journeys.

In the interview, she asked me about my experience illustrating my first book, The Apple in the Orchard and about my creative process developing the illustrations of the trees. The story is about trees and apples and the natural way they communicate in the orchard so I had to create three distinct apple trees, two of which play leading roles in the story: Red Harvest and Pale Green. (These are ficticious names created by the author and are not actual species of apple trees).

Thanks for the interview Monique and for making me feel so special - you're the best! You can read the interview on Monique's blog here - Meet my friend Constantina