I wrote my story/poem before I illustrated the 6 frame story challenge. My 6 words were: Forest, bear, magician, mushroom, sing and boat. So my poem went something like this:
In an enchanted forest by the sea,
A charming young bear lived up a tree.
He encountered a magician one fine sunny day,
Who sat on a mushroom and began to play….
And sing songs, till they laughed and they wrote
Letters to each other, sipping tea on their boat.
Watercolours are a portable medium, and since I travel a lot, it allows for me to work where I go. Watercolours dry immediately, I work small, and my paints and paper fit easily in my bag wherever I go.
Travel does inspire me. It widens my perceptions of things, and brings new references and contexts into my work. For instance, my journey to Powell River, British Columbia, last year, was the inspiration for the 6 Frame story challenge. I first encountered these gorgeous forests right by the Pacific ocean, with the tallest trees and bears roaming around, where I went mushroom picking and sang songs with my guitar……and that blew my mind. I spent the whole month of September this year back in Powell River, communing with the ocean, trees and bears.
I open my sketchbook and travel!!!
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