Here are a couple of recent sketches. The bottom one is from Peggy's Cove. Thanks to everyone on their input on the subject of sketches and paintings. You all really helped me think through a tangled subject. Alicia Padron made a comment that put the whole thing in perspective for me : "I feel that strange familiar is looser. I can tell in the branches and the contours.But to tell you the truth, I am drawn to Peggy's Cove more. The subject and the story telling is so emotive and strong" This makes me think that the answer lies in a balance. Thanks Alicia.
On a bit of a sour note, I lost a contract yesterday. It was a business decision and there was nothing to be done about it. Still, I'm reeling a bit as the next few months were planned around this contract and now everything is uncertain. The plan was to do this book for the next four months and mail a send out about two months in, at the end of the book I was going to suggest a second book to them. This can't happen now, I'll post more about the reasons later.
Instead I've started working on the Brother's Grimm story Twelve Brothers I've wanted to do for some time. I spent a part of this morning tearing the apartment apart looking for the Moleskine with my sketches. I'll do this book for the time being and work on the next send out as well. To make myself feel better I bought a pile of books yesterday. Which I think I'll read this morning.
P.S. Well it was in the papers today so I guess it's OK to talk about it. Raincoast, who I had a contract with has stopped publishing Canadian titles and will only be distributing books from non domestic publishers. The reason is the high Canadian dollar. Ugh.
Here's a link to the story in the Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080107.wraincoast0107/BNStory/Entertainment/home