Thursday, February 26, 2015

Winter at Mystic Seaport & Ezra Jack Keats Honor

It's been a while since my last post, but I've been busy finishing up the artwork for my next children's book! It is my first book as author and illustrator, called The Storyteller, due out in 2016 (more to come soon)! I'm also thrilled to announce that I received the Ezra Jack Keats Award Honor for New Illustrator for Grandfather Gandhi! Keats was an incredible illustrator, and I am so honored to be in his company in this way.

I also had the chance to go back up to Mystic Seaport with Dalvero Academy this past weekend, for a snowy and beautiful couple of days. The first day was COLD, so my hands only emerged for brief amounts of time before I ran back inside. The Charles W. Morgan looked like an ice-stranded Arctic vessel in the frozen Mystic River.

This was our first time seeing Mystic Seaport's newest acquisition, the Mayflower II! Built in 1957, it is a historical replica of the original Mayflower, created in England as a symbol of partnership between our two countries after WWII. She's an odd looking ship, but a lot of fun to draw! I'm looking forward to learning more about her as the restoration continues.

The next day we were treated to the most beautiful snowstorm, with snowflakes the size of butterflies settling over the quaint New England houses. A small flock of hooded mergansers (some of the most adorable little ducks) flitted all over the frozen river.

As the snow cleared away, all of the color began to return to the landscape.

Blue sky and sunlight finally broke through the clouds.

Still trapped in the ice, The Morgan seemed like it was coming to life too.

Hopefully this is a sign that spring can't be too far off, and the ice will be melting soon.

For more of Evan Turk's travel illustration, check out the link below: 
Evan Turk Travel Illustration


Kathy Shepler said...

This was a wonderful post, Evan. GRANDFATHER GANDHI was my first love last year! ...and the images of Mystic Seaport in snowy garb - just stunning!

...from sunny California :)

Evan Turk said...

Thank you Kathy, I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and the drawings! :)

Hoping we'll catch a little of that California sun soon!