BIG NEWS! I am SO excited to share with everyone that ‘Portaits of Iona: An Artist’s Perspective in Paint and Prose’ is finally available! WHOO HOO! I am drop-shipping a carton of books to the Iona Craft Shop as we speak, so they’ll be for sale on the island in a matter of a weeks. (This is what could be deemed a true grass roots effort!)
The back cover reads:
In January 2016, in the middle of what would turn out to be 15 months of travel, artist and writer Kari Gale flew to the UK without a clear sense of where she was headed. To her surprise, she ended up living on Iona, a tiny island off the coast of Scotland, in a shepherd’s bothy overlooking the sea. Iona is sacred for many reasons: its history, land, sea, and sky. In ‘Portraits of Iona,’ a collection of more than 35 illustrations, Kari shares with you what captured her eye and her heart during the ten weeks she lived there. Through ink and paint and simple stories, the magic of the island is revealed. If you haven’t visited Iona, you will be inspired to see the island with your own eyes. If you have, ‘Portraits of Iona’ will help you see the island anew, and carry a piece of it with you.
The books are available on Amazon here for purchase if you can’t make a trip to the island! They will be also be available on my site by the end of next week.
In other news, my tiny house is coming along quite quickly! You can see some progress photos here and here. My contractor and I are finishing installing siding, and the sheet-rockers I hired finished their work this week as well. I have been blessed with an amazing contractor who pretty much knows how to do everything. I work with him every day, and try to accomplish the tasks that someone with my skill set can manage: insulation, running to Home Depot (almost every day) and holding things up. I do a bit more than that, but essentially I am a human clamp. We hope to move onto the building of all the built-in cabinetry the following week. I’m in the midst of finalizing my choices for ALL the things…appliances, flooring, wall color, cabinet finish etc. because essentially I am decorating one ‘room’ so everything needs to play well together. I’m a bit hazy with decision overload but I can’t tell you how fun it is to be able to create a space that will be all my own.
We are working hard to get as far as we can on the house by the end of the month before I leave for Peru. My sister and I will be walking the Inca Trail at the beginning of October and I am super excited to get the chance to do some intensive drawing in Cusco.
So that’s the latest news! It feels good to put this project to bed! I’m looking forward to discovering my next inspiration! Peru is calling me…