My first book launch came and went and it was a lot of fun. The launch was for A Forest For Christmas, which is the first book I illustrated. The launch was held in Lunenburg, a town not far from Halifax at a cool little gallery and shop called The Black Duck Gallery. They had a cool toy section, I bought a King Kong flip book. I couldn't believe all the people who showed up. There was a constant stream of people and we actually ran out of books and food. It started with a speech by Michael Harris, the author and then we signed for a few hours. The book is about a girl, Emily, who has to rescue her favorite patch of forest from a greedy business owner. I had prints and Christmas cards made and sold a bunch of those as well as a painting. I had another signing the next day, which also went really well. It's pretty exciting right now but I'd really like to be quietly painting. It's been on the news and the reviews have started appearing in the national papers. Pretty strange. I feel very grateful to have been able to do this. This is a great job. I hope everyone is doing OK in all the snow. I think it's snowing everywhere.
The top paintings were taken by Diane Faulkner, who works at Nimbus my publisher. The bottom three are by Keram Pfeiffer, please check out his photos at http://fotouristen.de/user/KPf/fotos