Sunday, December 11, 2016

Award

The book I illustrated a few years ago, The Apple in the Orchard written by Sonia Di Maulo has been awarded the 2017 Award of Excellence for Outstanding Human Performance Communication by The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). The award will be officially announced at the conference which will be held in Montreal in April 2017. You can now get an e-Version of the book until December 16, 2016 for free here !




Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Little Leaf

In October 2015, I submitted a little leaf drawing to be printed in a colouring calendar that was later included in the winter issue of Uppercase Magazine. I simply drew the outline of the leaf design in my blog header which I had created in coloured pencil when I first launched my blog. It was a big thrill for me to participate in an Uppercase publication because this magazine brings me so much joy and comfort when I am not able to make personal art due to other responsibilities. It was even more special because my drawing was placed on my mother's birthday in the calendar layout. Sometimes little things made with love become even more meaningful when they are shared. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of this lovely little calendar project with all these other wonderful artists and Uppercase subscribers around the world.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I Found my Dreidel - A Children's Book

I am very pleased to announce that the children's book I illustrated, I Found my Dreidel,
written and self-published by Joel Abelson is now available on amazon.ca and amazon.com
It is a story about Josh and Sarah who are getting ready to celebrate Hannukah and includes illustrations that show step by step instructions for learning how to play the dreidel game.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ephemeral Art Experiments

Creating custom illustration work for technical and educational publishing has been both challenging and rewarding and my career as an illustrator/graphic designer has spanned from a pre-computer era of working with mechanical pens and pencils on a drawing table to the cloud technology software of today. Like many creative people today who are overwhelmed with working long hours in front of the computer screen, I miss my pencils and my paints and working on paper. I long to create personal artwork with hand-made techniques and have more freedom for self-expression. I have felt the need, for a long time, to explore and create this finer kind of art which can be exhibited, gifted, displayed, donated and sold for others to enjoy as well. My inspiration for this work came about when I started drawing the leaves for the trees in The Apple in the Orchard by Sonia Di Maulo. As my experience (and motivation) grew with new skills and techniques, and discovering the resources which are now available to exhibit and sell art prints in todays online markets, I began dreaming of the possibilities. Gradually I began to pay closer attention to the natural world around me and was reminded of the infinite and diverse specimens it provides as reference and inspiration and so I began planning my ideas for a new direction of personal work, botanical art. This is the meaningful work I have wanted to do and I am now finally ready to start.


















To add to the motivation, I recently discovered through Uppercase Magazine and Instagram, several ephemeral artists who create somewhat abstract compositions with found specimens in nature: leaves, stones, twigs, seed pods, shells and one artist creates work from man made found objects as well.  When assembled, these artists take photographs of their work and/or glue them to surfaces and exhibit their creations. I was truly intrigued by the beauty and simplicity of this medium and I decided to give it a try. With my smartphone camera in hand, I started at first just taking photos of various trees, plants and flowers as I tried to discover what my preferences were and then I started my own Instagram account to share my joy. Eventually during our recent visit to Greece, I created my first ephemeral compositions from natural flowers, leaves and olives. This experience has been a lot of fun and it has opened up a whole new perspective on how to approach creating botanical art. It is a meditative activity which forces you to focus on spontaneous playful creativity. It is very different from traditional observation drawing and painting which focuses on botanical forms as they exist in nature. Ephemeral art gives you the freedom to make your own unique arrangements much like zen botanists who create Ikebana and I believe it will be very useful for developing my own botanical illustration art. There is much to learn and much to do!
Please visit me on Instagram in the meantime or follow my blog for more news 

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Children's Book

I have completed the illustrations for a children's educational book which I've been working on for some time, written by self-published author, Joel Abelson in the United States. This book will be released later this year and I will post more news about it here soon. It's a story about two children, Josh and Sarah and a special holiday they are celebrating. This is the first children's book I have illustrated.

This project was an opportunity for me to grow as an artist like never before and I am truly grateful to the writer for his trust and encouragement along this journey which was so demanding for me. I look forward to seeing it in print and sharing more news about it with you!