Portland, and beyond
But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book…
– Jack London from THE CALL OF THE WILD
It’s the Dog Days of summer, the time when Jack London left San Francisco for the Klondike to search for gold. A perfect time to talk about the Children’s Book Council and their celebration of the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week. The CBC invited me to be a part of a collaborative poster, (one of twelve artists). A recent rereading of Jack London's, THE CALL OF THE WILD inspired my art. The story kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire reading. I wondered if my shepherd Ruby wishes she could run wild in our "summer midnights"? Yes, no doubt.
London returned to California homesick and depressed but started writing about his adventures. He published a series of short stories which later became THE CALL OF THE WILD.
For this collage art, I painted on an old book cover using photocopied text from the THE CALL OF THE WILD as the "pages." A neighborhood of kids is as immersed in the story as I was, with a small dog eyeing the noble and wolf-like Buck.
See more about the making of this art at From The Sketchbook at the CBC. Thank you to the CBC for inviting me to be a part of this collaborative poster. Check out the other mini-posters and download the CALL OF THE WILD at the CBC.
I'm donating a percent of the sale of my original art from THE CALL OF THE WILD in support of Side x Side, a local arts organization. Find the CALL OF THE WILD art along with other original pieces in my art shop.