When I drove across Canada with Andrew, our youngest son, I fell in love with the stunning bold azure skies and flat golden land of the prairies. I call the prairies, Canada’s yoga mat. It was one of most peaceful and meditative sections of our drive.
Illustrations were birthed from combining Max’s life experiences and my fond reflections of the Canada’s yoga mat. Upon completion of the story, I could see illustrations in my head. Tentatively, I began to wade in with acrylic paints, but quickly realized that this medium would not work, so I took a deep breath and deferred to pencil crayons, watercolour paints, brush markers and collage. When I struggled depicting scenes due to my amateur skill, I chose to focus on what I could draw in a scene. Then came the repeated consistent images of hands which were a point of frustration. Hence, with the suggestion from Leslie, I collaged them with beige crepe paper. As the saying goes, “Where there’s a will there’s a way!” Are these illustrations professional? No. Yet, I am proud to say they reflect the optimistic determination, tenacity and resilience that Max exudes.
Thank you, Max, for the inspiration!