Collage Project Day 5

Things are starting to come together. If you look closely, you can see four postage stamps in there…so I know for sure that this piece of art is worth at least 73 cents. For this stage, I continued adding visual images and I also painted the in-between parts in watercolor – mostly blues and greens, which unifies the piece. Also, as you can see, my Manhattan skyline starting to take shape – made from pieces of gold glittery tape.


Collage Project – Day 4

I went a little crazy here. Looking at this photo, I realize that some of the images aren’t actually part of the collage yet but I’ve just placed them down on the page to see if I like the placement. If yes, then I glue them in. China is a pretty big theme in TIME SNATCHERS so that’s the reason for the Chinese elements. Same with New York City.

Hopefully this will all come together somehow…

Collage Project – Day 3

Here’s the third installment of my collage. Sometimes you have to go backwards before you go forwards… After I glued on the gold strips (which, believe it or not are supposed to eventually turn out to be the skyline of Manhattan) I didn’t like them so I ended up removing most of them. That’s the beauty of collage… you can change things around and in the end no one will ever know.

Collage Project – Day 2

Here’s the start…. I know, it just looks like a pencil sketch right now (or half a pencil sketch since there’s not much happening on the left side of his face) but somehow I’m going to turn this into a collage. I used a number 6 pencil for this – nice and soft.

Collage Project – Day One

A couple of blogs ago, I mentioned that I’d like to do something with my concept sketches for TIME SNATCHERS. Well, after thinking about it some more, I thought it might be fun to try a collage, working in some themes from the book. I haven’t worked in collage much… I’m more into drawing and painting…but I thought it would be fun. And we all need some fun in our lives, don’t we?

So here goes nothing. Seeing as I generally do things slowly, this could take a while. But you’re not in a rush are you? Good. I’ll post my progress on this blog every few days over the next couple of weeks.

Here’s what I’m starting with: some cut-out magazine photos, glue stick, paint, paintbrushes etc.

Stay tuned…




Just got in my first dust jacket for TIME SNATCHERS! Very exciting. Now all I need is the stuff that goes in between… I guess I’ll have to wait a bit longer for that. Here’s what the jacket looks like…


I love the cover for Time Snatchers. It’s dynamic and intriguing and it’s okay to be in love with the cover of your own book, isn’t it?

I have to admit, I did try my hand at a couple of concept sketches. I like them too although I don’t think they are really cover material. The images in these sketches are actually taken from different scenes in the book so once you read the book they may make more sense. I will post these sketches soon (as soon as I can figure out how – the files are quite large) so you can see.


On The Way To The Bookstore

On a frigid day in February, I packed up my sketching pad, pencils and camera, laced up my boots and trekked through the snow to the corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Hillsdale Avenue.

Luckily I found a great (dry) vantage point to sketch – the alcove of an office building directly across the street from my intended subject: Mabel’s Fables, the iconic North Toronto bookstore.

I spent the entire afternoon in my little alcove, taking photos and sketching the exterior of Mabel’s. As I sketched, I reflected on what had brought me there on a cold winter’s day.

A few days before, I had learned that Peter Carver, acclaimed children’s book editor, teacher and mentor to myself and many children’s writers in Canada, was about to retire from twenty-five years of teaching Writing for Children at George Brown College. Well, not exactly at George Brown. You see, for many years Peter had taught the class on the second floor of Mabel’s. And for at least ten of those years I, along with other fans of Peter’s, had been taking his class over and over again (it’s an inside joke that none of us ever really graduated).

So, when I heard Peter was about to retire from teaching and would no longer be coming to Mabel’s, I thought that an appropriate way to say thank you would be for Mabel’s to come to him.

And I’m happy to say that, in a way, it did. I completed the painting, “On the Way to the Bookstore”, in my home studio over the course of the next three months and presented it to Peter on the eve of his last class: June 16, 2011.