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Well it has been a busy few months, full of things like moving, cleaning, preparing for this wedding, gardening, hosting family, painting... And, most importantly, avoiding this blog.

Some serious catch-up is needed. A few really fun projects have been recently completed, which I am excited to share. Here is one:

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My friend Ryan sent me this snapshot last week, asking if the illustration was mine. What a compliment to be recognized by one's illustration style! I had just finished a series of images for Presentation House Theatre's 2012–2013 season. This is the season image:

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music and art

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There is this band, Steel Audrey. They just released this album of six really great tracks. Trust me, they're good.

Also, the album art is kind of wonderful, if I may say so myself.

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Steel Audrey's songs have bold, narrative lyrics. Our character-driven approach to the artwork has a rough-around-the-edges kind of feel, and I think well reflects the spirit of their songs. Give them a listen and let me know what you think.

my new favourite painting

I was in Pennsylvania last week, and spent one rainy muggy afternoon at the Brandywine River Museum just outside of Philadelphia. The museum houses some incredible paintings and illustrations by the likes of Howard Pyle, N.C Wyeth, Harvey Dunn, etc. One exhibition showed all 16 original illustrations that N.C. Wyeth painted for R.L Stevenson's Treasure Island. You guys, these originals are huge 3' x 4'ish oil paintings, each one a masterpiece. Can you believe he completed them all in under four months, with apparently very few preliminary drawings?

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I fell in love with this one, illustrated for the endpapers of the  book. I could have gazed at it for hours.

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Of course I bought the book.

For more educational accounts of Wyeth and his work, check out this biography, and this personal memoir by his son Andrew.

wizard!

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Look what I got in the mail yesterday!

I can't tell you how excited I was to receive the assignment to illustrate a portrait of Harry. Not only was it an excuse to watch all the Harry Potter films in two days ("research"), but I just love painting faces. Especially faces with glasses. And Harry has such rad glasses.

My client was the United Church Observer (thanks to Caley Moore, the editor I worked with), and the article (by Lauren Bird) can be found here.

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