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