As you may know, I am getting ready to release my Book of Birds, compiling the first 60 birds that I painted in the time of covid. I received the first proof from the publisher and decided to go back to the drawing board in terms of design. My naïve plan was that this would be an easy little book of beautiful photos, accessible and affordable.
But when I saw the first proof, it didn’t really represent my vision at all, and we are going to redesign. We will expand the book, take the titles off the paintings and give each panel a title page with more information about the paintings and add a chapter on my creative process. And make sure that my signature appears on all the paintings. In this first round of editing, only 14 of the 60 paintings retained their signatures, and we are going to resize everything so that signatures are included. This is the first series of paintings where I really used a signature as a way of saying I was finished and ready to ship the art to the new owners. And I am going to change the title to simply, Book of Birds. Unless I get a brilliant idea for a better title!
Discussions with publisher
This should allow me to get the book looking the way I want and leave the book as a Print-On-Demand (POD) with complete distribution by Friesens. When I first saw the proof, I thought I would have to bite the financial bullet and go with a custom printing in Canada, which would cost around $15k. This would then allow me to print on heavier, gloss paper and add some custom features like a fancy, spot gloss cover (the bird image raised and shiny) and fancy endpapers. But the downside is that I would then be the one processing all the individual orders and shipping. . . it would be a big job!
New Chapter on Creativity and Creation
My designer felt that I should not become a bookstore operator and should stick with the original plan of having Friesens do everything in terms of sales and distribution. And she didn’t mind the 70 lb matte paper that is provided by POD.
My new chapter on the process of creativity and creation talks about my journey in both general and specific terms, and it is a joy to interview myself and articulate the details that feel relevant and possibly inspiring to others. I am illustrating this chapter with sketches and doodles that were also created as part of the bird project, plus some others from my many other artistic initiatives. And though I have expanded the book and it feels good, I am also reining myself in from creating too much new material.
Here is the working list of my subject headings. . . I think there will be something of interest for everyone. I will keep you updated, and I sincerely hope the book will be ready for September 23, when I head north to Sudbury, Ontario to play Mathieu Lussier’s Oddbird Concerto with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra.
CREATIVITY AND CONNECTIVITY
TIME AND SPACE
RESTRICT YOUR OPTIONS AND REPEAT YOUR ACTIONS
RULES AND AUTHENTICITY
FILING AND BOOKKEEPING
SIGN ON SIGN OFF
RESPONSE AND COLLABORATION
BOREDOM AND GUILT
SPINNING WHEEL OF CREATION
HOW NADINA PAINTED 60 BIRDS