WOW – COVER SQUIRREL!
Thank you MaryEllen Green, Arts Editor, and Grant McKenzie, Editor, of Monday Magazine.
That squirrel is so big! I feel like a Lilliputian in Gulliver’s Travels!
Back in May 2012, I received an email from MaryEllen Green, the Arts Editor of Monday Magazine, asking if I had any upcoming art shows. She said she’d love to see one of my squirrels on the cover of Monday Magazine, and wanted to tie it into a show in future.
MaryEllen and Grant McKenzie (Editor of Monday) had seen Geisha Girl Squirrel on their travels for lunch, down the street fromÂ Monday Magazine headquarters, toÂ The Clay Pigeon Restaurant. This isÂ a fabby dab lunch, breakfast, and dinner spot, kitty corner to theÂ Royal Theatre (at Blanshard and Broughton St.). They were both curious about the QR Code painted on the painting, and not having aQR codeÂ app on their smart phones they becamse curious, and more curious.
At the time I had work up at Sooke Harbour House, and was awaiting confirmation on whether I’d been accepted into the TD Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Paint In. I let her know about the Sooke show, and that I’d keep her posted in upcoming events.
Once I received confirmation that I’d been accepted to the Paint In, I emailed her right away. It worked out just great. I got to see so many people, many of whom had read the article, and came down to see my work, along with over 160 artists at the largest outdoor art show on Vancouver Island.
The interview itself, was a fun, cake induced afternoon.
MaryEllen came to my studio, and we drank tea and ate some lemon lavender cake from Delish Bakery. She asked me so many thoughtful questions, it really helped me to navigate the kinds of things people want to know.
“How to you paint, what materials, and why squirrels?”
I’ve come to better understand by reading other artists interviews, and now my own, that people want to connect with an artist on as many levels as possible. The more you can describe your art, the process, and inspirations, the more people can identify with a piece or add it to their own narrative.
I am absolutely delighted with both the cover and the article, and it has helped me to articulate even better my vision for future artworks.
From every part of my heart and all of me, I amÂ overwhelmed with gratitude and joy.
Read article here: http://www.mondaymag.com/news/162947676.html