The Year of the Horse

The Horse is the seventh animal in the twelve-year Asian Zodiac cycle (see dates below). Those born in the Year of the Horse are always in motion on an endless search. The Horse may reach the ‘ends of the universe’, but will, nonetheless, keep moving on. Matilda the Horse and Blueberries by Jean Tori Always…

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The Art of the Chair

The chair is a familiar and artistically inspiring every-day-object, found all over the world. Here is one of Jean’s chairs covered in fabric that she hand-painted.     Jean has always been inspired to paint chairs as they remind her of past homes and journeys.   Here’s an old photograph of a corner of our…

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Korean Folk Art and Laughing Tigers

Living in Seoul, South Korea, during the early 70s, Jean was introduced to Korean folk art. This style of naïve artwork was very graphic in design. Compositions could be simple or intricately decorated with bright colours and patterns, often portraying humour and satire. Korean folk art was based on Shamanism, a religion that believes that…

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The Year of the Snake

The Snake is the sixth animal in the twelve-year Asian Zodiac cycle (see dates below). Those born in the Year of the Snake amalgamate intelligence with charm. Although sociable and charismatic, they are also mysterious and one of the most enigmatic of the zodiac signs. The interesting thing is that the cerebral and philosophical Snake enjoys…

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Leo’s Birthday Adventure Cover Design

Designing the cover of our children’s book “Leo’s Birthday Adventure” was a design adventure of its own. We first chose Jean’s illustration of lighthouses and sailing ship and then added a painted cut-out of Leo the Falcon to best represent the story. We added a Prussian blue background and worked on the title design. Jean drew…

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Leo’s Birthday Adventure Book Design

The design of our children’s book, “Leo’s Birthday Adventure” was somewhat of a challenge for various reasons. One of the issues was that some of Jean’s paintings were smaller in proportion compared to the size of the book. The solution to the sizing issue was to add details around the paintings. This is an example…

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The Year of the Dragon

The Dragon is the fifth animal in the twelve-year Asian zodiac cycle (see dates below). Dragons are the only sign in the zodiac based on a mythical creature. Although, if you were born in the Year of the Dragon, you would say that this animal was once probably very real, roaming the Great Wall of…

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Korean Folk Art – Crane Inspiration

Jean began painting cranes in South Korea. She was inspired by these birds featured in Korean folk art, which were colourful, full of character and often humorous. Here’s a detail of a painting by Jean from 1978, “The Emperor’s Nightingale”.       The humorous depiction of cranes in Korean folk art added to its…

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The Year of the Rabbit

The Rabbit (aka Hare) is the fourth animal in the twelve-year Asian zodiac cycle (see dates below). Those born in the Year of the Rabbit see the world with keen eyes, a calm soul and a kind heart. No matter how serene, the Rabbit is still strong-willed, pursuing personal goals in a precise and orderly…

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The Year of the Tiger

The third animal in the twelve-year Asian zodiac cycle is the Tiger (see dates below). The life of one born in the Year of the Tiger is filled with the love of adventure and an addiction to excitement, definitely not moderation. Always ready to jump into action, this zodiac sign would not mind in the least…

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