It's National Dog Day at the Polar Bear Post Card Project -- and thusly the Alaskan Husky, working dog of the far Arctic north, makes an appearance with the requisite bear! Like the polar bear, these animals are uniquely suited to their environment and the working conditions of Arctic living. Congratulations and 'thank you' to President Obama for his two recent national monument designations in Maine and Hawaii. We hope indeed that the table is set for the 1002 and a similar designation later this fall #WeAreTheArctic #NationalDogDay
Guardians of the Arctic. Resolved. Defiant. And in steadfast opposition to the changes they don't fully comprehend.
Happy 100th birthday to the National Park Service! And the polar bear rangers are ready to go for any further expansions or additions to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska's coastal plain.
While participating just a wee bit in some post-vacation back-to-school shopping, I did spend at least a little time sitting in a chair near the dressing room to draw this lovely little bear trying out a new dress. My particular input is usually most helpful with considering Garfield/Ode thrift store tees and camouflage-patterned cargo shorts -- and thusly not usually helpful at all!
Much like the summer heat isn't much good for the Arctic, my recent summer vacation wasn't much good for the Polar Bear Post Card Project... That being said, after nearly two weeks on the road and being mostly out of touch with the world at large, my family and I are back in the saddle and buckled down for work, school, the xc running season, and whatever else that fall will bring. As my very first picture book editor used to say, "Onward and Upward!"
PS While the Polar Bear Post Card production may have stalled, I DID have an excellent vacation!
With seemingly non-stop bouncing around from one 4-5 day gig to another -- and a soon-to-be-finally-taken summer trip with my family -- I've been falling greatly behind a bit in my posts... That being said, this recent one of "Snowy the Bear" was inspired by a friend who works for the Modoc Hotshot fire crew out of northern California. Brilliant Taylor, and thank you! With a little more time this could be really nice -- and the sentiment is certainly headed the right direction. And there you have it, a mascot for climate change in the grand tradition of Woodsy Owl, Smokey the Bear, and the US Forest Service National Symbols Program (www.symbols.gov)
Not at the beach... but down in Los Angles for the 45th annual SCBWI Summer Conference. Soaking up writing and illustrating inspiration and trying to paint a few polar bears while I'm at it!