It’s spring and we’re starting something new!  Watch for a new colouring sheet every month, drawn by Tofino’s Claire Watson (link to her member page).  Download Birds Eye View and pull out your pencil-crayons (or pastels, if you dare.)

This colouring page was inspired by the gorgeous aerial views of Clayoquot Sound and May’s celebration of our fine feathered friends. Photographers get more opportunity than illustrators to fly and capture the beauty of this place, but unique part about illustrating is we can get closer to wildlife by drawing it in where we want it to be. 

Thanks @johnkelseyphoto and @tofinofishingadventures for providing the reference photo for the landscape! Sadly I can’t ride the back of eagles unless it is in my imagination.

Clair Watson’s Bio:

Being raised on the coast of Vancouver Island, I was immersed in the natural culture of the ocean early in life. I had many opportunities to travel and explore by sea much of the coastline of North America mostly by sailboat or salmon packer in which I developed a deep connection and admiration for this coast. The rugged shores, ocean swells, hardy forest fringes, mountain vistas, starry nights, dynamic daily changes in light and weather, secluded beaches… a rugged, yet fragile landscape makes up the environment I call home. We are all tethered to nature and must respect who and what we are, and this in essence has become the inspiration behind my work. 

I work primarily in pen and ink and watercolour – the ability to control the fine line work detail but then let it go with the unpredictable nature of watercolour is something I can identify with. I have also been enjoying acrylic and tackling the surfaces of Surfboards, Skateboards and hats when the weather is right and I can work outside (the lack of a studio has me getting creative with my small spaces)! My illustrations have been featured to promote many of the popular large events and organizations of the Pacific Rim Coast including the Pacific Rim Whale Festival (2015), Tofino Food and Wine Festival (2016), and the Pacific Rim Arts Society (PRAS) Summer Festival (2015 and 2016). I also volunteer my design and illustration services for Surfrider Pacific Rim and Clayoquot CleanUp, and am on the board of directors for the Tofino Arts Council. Clients and collaborations include Patagonia, HSBC, Natures Path Organic Foods, Tofitian, Tourism Ucluelet, District of Tofino amongst others.

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Claire and her husband Adam reside in the small coastal town of Tofino British Columbia. You can find her Saturdays from late May to early October at the Tofino Public Market in the Village Green from 10-2pm.”