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Illustration Friday: Noise

Well, it’s been about a month since my last personal blog. I must say, I was quite shocked at the increase in views, but also very encouraged by all the thoughtful comments. Thank you!

This past month was a bit crazy, with moving to a new flat and sorting out all the details for that. Thus, I haven’t had as much time as I wanted to devote to illustration. However, I’ve done what I can and have been steadily working on sketches for the Mr.Buttonman picture book.

With all of this sketching, I’ve been itching to bring at least one work to completion. So this week, I decided to do an illustration for the Illustration Friday blog, just for fun. Though I noticed today, that I actually missed the deadline to post it on their blog. I’ll have to be quicker next time! I hope at least you will enjoy it!

The theme for this week was Noise. And here’s Mr.Buttonman being very noisy in the kitchen.

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I was quite pleased with how this turned out. It’s one of the first times I’ve put Mr.Buttonman in such a detailed background. There will be more detailed backgrounds in the picture book so this illustration was a good testing ground.

Have a great Friday and make some noise!

 

 

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“Dear Life” Exhibit at the Vancouver Public Library.

Starting September 2nd my two newest artworks will be on display at The Mote Gallery in Vancouver Public Library Central Branch. I’m very excited to be participating in this exhibit, but sad that I won’t be there for it’s launching. This is a group exhibition of members from the Open Book Art Collective and is inspired by a book of short stories, Dear Life by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro.

I’ve been a member of this collective for over a year now, and this is our third exhibit and the second book we’ve selected as a group. Basically, we’re a group of artists who love literature and who made a book club that also functions as an art collective. If you’re a fellow book/art lover, and maybe an Alice Munro fan, we’d love to get some feedback from you on our latest exhibit at the VPL.

Here are images of the two works I’m contributing along with my artist statements.

**SPOILER ALERT! Don’t continue if you’re planning on seeing the work in person! (Art is always better in real life)**

“A New Reality”. Based on Corrie.

This drawing illustrates a key moment of realization in Corrie that alters the main character’s reality and shocks unsuspecting readers. My aim was to create a situation where the viewer might look twice, as I had to read this story twice.

 

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“The Captain of the Pinafore”. Based on Amundsen.

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 […]and in burst Mary[…]she threw off her coat and displayed herself in a red-and-yellow costume. She […] began to prance around the table, singing at the same time in a plaintive but vigorous young voice[…] I’m the Captain of the Pinafore. And a good right captain too!

This artwork is inspired by the character of Mary, who was a bright star in ‘Amundsen’, though not the main protagonist. For me, she was innocence, joy and an unexpected beacon, in a village of Tuberculosis and depression. There is a risk of not taking characters like Mary seriously. Especially when they burst into closed rooms uninvited. But Mary truly was a Captain. In her display of colour and song, she offered a chance for escape from the inevitable.

 

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Photo Gallery of “Stitch and Line” Art Exhibit

Here are a few photos from the opening night of  “Stitch and Line” art exhibit in Speakeasy Sprachzeug language school in Berlin.  The exhibit showcases work from myself and Sarah Stein ( www.sarahstein.com).  Thanks to everyone who could make it out; it was a fantastic night. I really enjoyed the musical performance of Canadian musician Bruce Millar and meeting so many new faces!

For those of you who couldn’t come to opening night, you still have time to see the exhibit. It will be up until November 7th. 

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An Inside Look

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For the last year and a bit, I’ve been working on this book with my mom, Karolyn Burch. And finally, we have printed our first run of 50 books!

The book contains 30 revised blog entries from my mom’s blog “Notes from my Red Canoe”. You can find the link to it here. The format is a 30 day devotional of “meditations for the soul”. It is reflective of my mom’s personal faith journey and intended to encourage Christians in their faith.

It was really special to help my mom with this book. I’m really proud of her for finishing it, as I know how scary it is to let the world see your heart. She’s been dreaming of this for a long time.

My contribution to this project was editing and doing the book layout, design and illustrations. It took longer than both of us imagined, but we were able to get it printed in time for Christmas 2013.

For now, this is a non-profit project and you can purchase the book on my mom’s blog. Here is the link to her blog:

www.notesfrommyredcanoe.wordpress.com

 

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This was December

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As with most things in December, this collage is late. I’ve been doing these reflection artworks at the start of each month, but it wasn’t possible this time. So consider this piece a backwards reflection on December.

While making this, I was thinking about the events of the past weeks. Also, the strangeness of this season. Everywhere I went I saw a juxtaposition of Santa, elves and reindeer with Jesus in the manger. I heard stories of families being reunited while others were separated and trying to forget it’s Christmas. For some their dreams were fulfilled and others had to swallow their disappointment. December was wonderful and December was hard. It was FULL. So this collage is very busy. Everything has a story behind it and all the images are my own quick creations.

It was a great month, even if I was eating soup for half of it. In the midst of the craziness there were  moments to rest, read and enjoy good company. So, I’m not complaining.

What was your December like? I’d love to hear about it. And if I haven’t had a chance to say it in person:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

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Exhibition Reflection: Death of a Beekeeper

Here are a few photo highlights from the Death of a Beekeeper exhibition I was in a couple weeks ago. The first couple photos are taken by Jared Korb, and the last few are my own.  The show was put on by Open Book Art Collective, and if you’ve been following my blog or facebook page, you already know about this group.

I really enjoyed being a part of this show. The installation process was crazy, as we had to set everything up and take down within a 72 hour period. But, in the end it all came together and we had over 100 viewers walk through! We  asked everyone to leave a book suggestion for the next show and are starting the voting process now. If you are interested in seeing more photos, a more extensive gallery will be uploaded on the group website by the end of the week.

Don’t miss the next exhibit which will be taking place sometime in April/May 2014!

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New Buttonman Series

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I started this series a couple years ago and titled it “Dates with Mr.Buttonman”. He is an embroidered stick-man with a button head (obviously). The first series showed him in various funny situations throughout the calendar year. The illustrations were then compiled into a 2012 calendar and sold at a local stationary store and also online. Check out my website if you’re curious.

The above illustration features Mr.Buttonman on his yearly vacation. I have yet to embroider a pina colada in his “hand”. These new images will be reproduced as individual greeting cards and some postcard books. I’ll be selling the books, along with originals, as a guest artist at the China Cloud Gallery booth in the Chinatown Night Market one weekend August. Stay tuned for more information.

If you haven’t been to the market yet, it’s a great event to visit on a summer weekend. They’ve changed it this year, by bringing in some new vendors alongside the traditional booths.  It runs every weekend from Friday-Sunday night.

 

 

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Word in the Woods

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I just finished these illustrations for a Creative Writing/Women’s Conference in Kelowna, B.C. The event is being held in an outdoor auditorium built in the forest. Isn’t that awesome?! Naturally, there had to be lots of flowers, animals and a log cabin in these illustrations. The drawing and lettering is hand-drawn with ink and colored digitally (except for the B.C Map in the background).

The conference will take place in early August, and is for ladies fresh out of high school and older. If you want more details, feel free to email me and I’ll forward it to the ladies organizing it!