cherry blossoms

Ever since moving to Toronto 6 years ago, I have been meaning to go and see the High Park cherry blossom festival. Yesterday morning, accompanied by my friend Andrea, I finally laid witness to this elusive spectacle of pink on blue. Every tree had a dozen or more admirers gazing dreamily up into its candy corn branches, and snapping away with their cameras, cell phones, and ipads. We happily followed suit!

I incorporated a couple of blooming cherry trees in one of my children’s book spreads (see below). In this scene, a confidant red fox wanders into a meadow in search of dinner while squirrels, rabbits and voles go about their business.

 “Sorting Through Spring” is the second of four books I”ll be illustrating for the Math in Nature series written by Lizann Flatt and published by Owlkids Books. I was surprised to learn that “Counting on Fall” is already listed for pre-order on Amazon!

And what perfect timing to be working on a spring themed book…all I have to do is look out my window for reference. I’ll be working on the winter themed book right after this one, funny enough; cutting out snowflakes in the heat of summer!

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2 Responses to “cherry blossoms”


  1. 1 kevincwwong April 15, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Really love the colour palette! (Also, what a treat to see the sketch of the lively fox!)

  2. 2 Lizann Flatt May 10, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    What beautiful blossoms. And I love the peek at your work-in-progress. It’s looking terrific!


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One of the many pieces I'll have on display at the Northern District Library this October. More details to follow. ✨Here's a peek inside my new book out this fall! ✨

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Scene from my new book with @kidscanpress, written by Margriet Ruurs called "Birthdays Around the World". 🎁🌎🌍🌏 Borrowing this floating forest perspective from Van Gogh's painting, "The Walk". If "Counting on Fall" had an accompanying sound button, this page would be all honks.
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