I have always loved ice cream in all forms. Nothing beats some nice cool ice cream on a hot Californian summer day. For this artwork I focused on the simple ice cream cone. I picked mint and soft serve in a waffle cone. I don't have much to say about a background story for this artwork, it just looks yummy!
I was thinking one day how much I love to learn about people's lives. I am really interested in someone's background stories and their history. I think this is why I am always drawn to autobiographies and documentaries. You can learn so much from what someone has done during their lifetime. One day as I was sitting listening to a panel of artist talk about their life journeys and how they got to where they are now I thought of an idea to illustrate people's stories in a timeline style. The first one I ever created was for my father-in-law and mother-in-law's 25th wedding anniversary. I illustrated just a few of the events in the 25 years they have been together. My goal is to have other people ask me for their life timelines illustrated. I believe it is a wonderful way to learn about someone, share significant events and create interesting artwork. A life timeline would be a wonderful birthday, graduation, anniversary and wedding gift to yourself or others. What events would you illustrate in your life timeline?
I go way back with the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. I adopted my cat Sophie from there when she was only 5 months old, that was 12 years ago. I think she would still be there if I had not chosen her, since she is such a shy little thing. I love to give back to the shelter and when they opened a new cat section a few years ago I created a mural for one of the new rooms. Recently I was back at the shelter to donate towels and a cat bed when I was asked if I could do a second mural in the kitten room. I was so excited to get the chance to paint a whole new mural. I chose the underwater theme to represent Seal Beach and thought up funny cat characters, like the Mercat, to live in the pretend world. I did the mural in two days with the help of some volunteers. I listened to jazz and just got into the flow of painting, it was very relaxing. I also was in the room with a few kittens. They slept in the corner, just happy someone was in the room with them. If you would like to see the mural in person please visit sbacc.org to get directions and hours. You may walk away with a new kitten friend as well.
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I just uploaded a new video to my You Tube channel. The video is a collection of moments from my spring break off from teaching art. During spring break I completed a few projects, took lots of walks and worked on a mural for Seal Beach Animal Care Center. I took short videos throughout the week and put them all together so you can take a peek inside the life of an illustrator. Click on photo below to go to the video.
Heather Norris is an Art Educator, Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Fine Artist.