This map was commissioned by Coach House Books to celebrate Authors for Indies Day 2016 in Toronto. The map pinpoints every Indie book store in the central Toronto area. What a fun project! I gave them the "Full Tania" - meaning a total riot of colours and they loved it! Yay! You can click the map for a bigger view-
This time last week we had a major snowstorm, but now its all melted and lovely and springy outside. Everyone is so much perkier. The evenings are getting lighter and it's the best!
I've got some more instagram shots to show you- the new Willow book - Willow's Smile! My early copies arrived this week and I was taken quite by surprise! It is out officially on April 1st - yay!
I have been doing a bit of work which is wonderful. This is a snippet of quite a large map I did for the Kit Compact. It's a part of downtown Toronto where Toronto Fashion week is held within a big tent. I loved drawing this map, its the area where I used to work at my beloved library job at the CBC before Finch was born. I have also completed a super fun illustration for the June issue of Chirp magazine! A dream come true! I won't show it until it's published, but I will tell you it was a drawing of lots of plants! Talk about a wonderful thing to draw in the dead of February!
I went to quilt Sunday at the workroom! Why I don't go every month is a mystery, it's such a pleasure. Everyone is happily looking at each others projects and chatting. I went with my friend and we sat chatting in a corner while I arranged little squares and beamed at everyone.
Here is a part of what I am making. My friend up the street showed me this technique where you arrange squares on fusible interfacing, iron it in place and then sew the rows to minimize them moving all over as you go. It looks great and is so easy. Since I've decided it doesn't matter if it's all crooked and wonky, it's going much faster. Plus talk about a great way to use up all the teensy bits of cute fabric I have hoarded over the years!
Getting all patterny again- this time TREES! I have had a couple of jobs lately which has been a blessing! Both involve some greenery and it's such a delight to draw vegetation in the dead of winter! I couldn't resist using some of my practice trees in a repeat for patterns- I never go to far with my repeats but its so satisfying to see them stretched out on my screen.
Now that my book launch is behind me ( phewf!!) I am feeling really exited about life in general! I was so very nervous leading up, but it went great! It is interesting to me that getting over that hurdle, one that filled me with trepidation and one I so wanted to cancel, has oddly opened up new doors. I was contacted this week to do a two page spread illustration for one of my favorite magazines (details to follow) and was contacted for two possible school visits with my book. I am wanting to make THINGS, someone ordered a bird scarf off my etsy shop ( one of two orders this whole year!) and in turn I ordered this off another person's shop to continue the chain. I can't wait to get it! Isn't it the cutest?
I also just this second discovered this blog, August Wren and idea of doing a painting a day for the year. I am a bit late and pretty much every January I start something like this but I loved what she talked about here. Struggling with shyness, with self doubt and whatever else that holds us back but choosing to just power through- it's a theme I have been working with as well and so I feel inspired and less alone! Working from home can be isolating.
So in this theme, and with this goal I will join into the #12monthsofpaint on instagram and here. January's theme is blue! I just happened to make this this morning and it's blue so yay.
I always wondered how artists got an article written about them, and it turns out you just have to ask! The reporter, Hilary Caton was so nice and was happy to interview me for the week leading up to by book launch. Thank-you!
Now I just have to spread the word in real time, meaning I have to hand out flyers to the mums at school and ask cafe owners if I can pop a poster up in a window. That's the hardest part for a shy person! Virtual promoting is no problem! Then I have to have a strong coffee and be brave for the actual event on Saturday ;).