Oh Canada!

I illustrated "Canada" In honour of it's 150th anniversary coming up in 2017! It took me a good few weeks to put it together and feel like it was done! A lot of research went into it and  i feel the palette I chose works well with the energy and flow of the piece echoing the richness  of the the natural beauty we are surrounded by! We are so lucky to be part of this tolerant, peace loving country!

I was one of the Juror's to select "Sidewalk Flowers" written by JonArne Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith for the Governor General's Awards!

Talk about a priceless "Wordless Picture book". I was very honoured to have the opportunity look and read 126 amazing Picture books written and illustrators by Canadian talent. what a great to spend part of my summer. It was hard to decide to because it was generally excellent material and hence a lot of competition. We selected 20 of our top choices initially. Later we brought it down to 10, then 5 then finally down to the Finalist, when the other 2 juror's and myself met at the Canada Art Council in Ottawa, in late August. Somehow we all had roughly the same  view and the selection process wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. The Finalist was " Sidewalk Flowers" written by JonArne Lawson and Illustrated by Sydney Smith. What a treasure this book is. It's a wordless Picture book. It's mostly monochromatic and gradually becomes brighter in palette as the story progresses. The style of art is nostalgic/ retro, just poignant and beautiful. The  touching story flows perfectly from frame to frame. The style of illustration is loose but descriptive. I love the way the illustrator captures the mood of the story creating a sense of drama through scale and perspective. As for the story-there is a very touching message, perhaps open to interpretation for the viewer. Thumbs up for this book. Again, proud to be part of the judging process and to be a part of a country so full of talent! I am excited about attending the Award Ceremony at Rideau Hall, Ottawa- hosted by the Governor General of Canada himself on December 2nd 2015!FullSizeRender-1 FullSizeRender-2 FullSizeRender-3

This is what I have been up to the last 3 weeks- Making Art that sells- Home Decor

A course run by two very talented, fabulous inspiring women- Lilla Rogers- Owner and creator of the amazing "Lilla Rogers Studio" and Margot Tantau, Art Director of CBK Mid-West. the First of all I want to say that this course has been a great vehicle to force me out of my comfort zone. So far we have done - week 1 Metal, Week 2 fabric and week 3 glass. I was a little sceptical about my ability to do the mock-ups. But I have to say I came through having learnt so much!! It pushed my photoshop skills way beyond when I first started. Working with a mood board forced me to think in a colour scheme and a look that I applied to each assignment thus far. I will go in to the process in more depth after week 4. week 1-

Week 2- Fabric

Week 3- glass

"Be in the Moment" Licensing Art by Farida Zaman

" Be in the moment". An affirmation that I have been  work on for a while. As easy as it sounds not so easy to practice.  Once you get the hang of it, a brilliant state of being.  I am currently working on a series of art to go with a variety of affirmations as part of my collection of new work for Surtex.  Perfect for calendars, cards, notebooks even wall hangings. I am working in my classic water color style, in bright hues. The peppermint green background contrasts with the foreground. Enjoy! Hoping to see this on Licensing products soon!  

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