Back in July, 2018 Cordelia Norris, of Luna Creative design & illustration, and her husband, Joseph Cadotte, of Old Sins publishing collective, sent out a call-for-entry. They were seeking black & white line drawings of North American nesting birds, with their hatchlings, for an educational colouring book anthology. The juried entries were to be limited to birds who spend some or all of their time in the USA.
The impetus for creating this book was the terrible knowledge that migrating families were being forcibly separated at the Mexican border. While the book isn't political, “the analogy is obvious - nestlings need their mothers and fathers to care for and protect them.” (Cordelia Norris)
Now five months later, our colouring book anthology, with thirty-five line drawings of varying styles from realistic/scientific to decorative, and representing the artistry of twenty-eight illustrators, is off to the printer!
My daughter, Anna, and I submitted works for inclusion . . .
We hope you will enjoy giving colour to these bird families!
This book is designed to have wide appeal. Each of the thirty-five illustrations, featuring nesting birds with their young, is accompanied by informative text, so you can learn about the unique characteristics of the birds as you colour.
Our colouring book is now available for online purchase in Canada through the following vendors: Amazon and Chapters Indigo. For your convenience, there are direct links to the book in The Bookstore. Your gift to someone you know extends to those you have only heard about. Twenty-five percent of proceeds on every sale will go to The Young Center, a non-profit organization providing legal and social services to children separated from their parents at the Mexican border.
As you spread the word through social media, please use the hashtag #familiesinflight ( : Thank you! : )
"Hatchlings is a gorgeous educational coloring book celebrating family bonds among the remarkable birds of North America.”
(from the back cover of, Hatchlings A Coloring Book Anthology, © 2018)
I'd like to purchase Hatchlings!
A Peek Inside
The page photos aren't of high quality, but you'll get the idea.
To purchase this, and other books written and illustrated by Suzanne,
find them in The Bookstore.
I am now offering realistic portraiture. Portraits are digitally painted using a Wacom tablet and stylus, in concert with software that offers tools to simulate traditional watercolour and coloured pencil, along with others to create the finer details.
The Delight that is "Bowie" the Pug
Here's "Bowie" to kickstart the venture: In the words of his human bff, "Bowie is really sweet and couldn't hurt a fly if he tried. He is pretty cheeky and will get into stuff he knows he shouldn't, like grabbing a shoe and walking really slow across the room with it as if walking slowly means we won't see him. : )
He likes to stop and smell the flowers on walks and his favourite activities include eating freezies, rolling in the grass, and snoozing. He is most excitable in the morning and gets lazier as the day goes on.
We always say he's a romantic or sentimental because he really likes music. He will sit by my husband when he practices (and will howl along with the harmonica), and will typically have a favourite toy that he takes to bed every night."
Here's a question for you: Which version of Bowie do you like best?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments.
How does it work?
Clients provide me with photographs as reference and a brief written description that will give me insight into their loved one's character. I ask them to indicate the photo that reveals their preferred pose, with other photos allowing for clarification in areas of shadow, as well as further insight.
The final product is provided as 300 dpi digital files in two formats:
Exchange of funds/images is accomplished via etransfer, followed by an email containing a Dropbox link.
This story tracks the life of a young Pileated Woodpecker family living in a Beech-Maple forest of Southwestern Ontario.
Recalling the brood, first observed in late May 2016, there were always only two nestlings peering out of the tree. Early on, I saw the mother fly away with something quite large and round in her bill. Was it perhaps a nestling who did not make it? In contrast to this, on June 12th, while the two were quite content to remain where they were, I heard a strong and clear, yet slightly weaker, version of the parents' call, coming from somewhere close to the nest. Following the sound, about 15 feet off the ground I discovered a little one clinging to an adjacent tree. Had this one fallen out prematurely, or was she stronger, with an accelerated development? The next day I observed her high up in a different tree not far from the first. Could she fly?
This painting portrays the fledgling that I observed clinging to a tree trunk near the nest on June 12, 2016. In between vigorous calls of "cuk-cuk-cuk-cuk-cuk", she would groom and stretch out her wings. The parents would answer her calls, then, arrive with sustenance.
The completion of "Fledgling" was interrupted.
Inspired by the tales nature tells ...