Welcome to the first month of the 2014 Calendar! So sporty and confident, just like me when I go skiing...
It's true, I'm an amazing skier. I never complain that everyone else is going too fast, or that I'm cold! I never even complain that "I am not going down that one, absolutely not, no no no!" while standing at the top looking down a run and I certainly never tell anyone repeatedly that my fingers and toes are numb. Truly, I am a joy to ski with...
You probably detected a hint of sarcasm there.
Ok, I admit it, I'm no Lindsey Vonn. But, I do know a good ski out fit when I see one and I know my limits and respect them fiercely. Safety first! While you enjoy rocketing head-first towards the powdery abyss below, I enjoy taking in the view as I make horizontal cuts at the mountain while enjoying the scenery and knowing with full confidence that I will not spend six months recovering from a torn ACL. There's nothing like devoting a solid 40 minutes to not falling while breathing in the majestic beauty all around you! And of course, if things are looking dicey, I'm not afraid to ask for help. I once called the police from the mountain top to inform them that I was preparing to hurtle towards a serious injury in the hopes of getting airlifted out of a mogul situation. Sadly, I did not get airlifted but I did get a vail ski patrol escort down to lunch.
If you ask me, skiing is all about risk awareness and avoidance, truffle fries after a hard day (hour) of hitting the slopes, and most importantly skiing - like most situations in my life is mainly about the outfit.
Can't wait for you all to see each month! I had so much fun creating this edition of my calendar. I put a lot of thought into each illustration, trying to capture the feeling that each month holds, infused with the memories and experience... The saturated stillness of July heat, the frenzy of a new September, the romance of a February night, the perky energy of April... I could go on.
I will look forward to sharing my inspiration for each image with you as we move through the year. Don't you want one now? Can you hardly wait to embark on this book-club-calendar journey with me here on the blog? It will be so enriching! Hurry and buy one!
Happy February! Or as it will now be known, croissant love month. Why not?
I really don't know how this image ties into anything that has to do with winter or the month of February. I guess she's wearing red for Valentine's day. But regardless of her seasonal relevance, I really like her and her croissants.
Which is rare.
Usually I hate the illustrations I create after I finish them. I'm such a tortured artist. But I actually like her! And am pretty excited about this month!
Get out there and start the weekend right, go wild with pain au chocolat