Spaniard’s Bay artist’s paintings inspire adult colouring books
Spaniard’s Bay native’s paintings inspire publication aimed at adults
Bobbi Pike has only painted for the last few years, but her colourful work is already attracting lots of attention.
“Within five minutes, there’s always a great big sigh or a pressure release.” Bobbi Pike
Bobbi Pike has only painted for the last few years, but her colourful work is already attracting lots of attention. Now stripped of the reds, greens and yellows, her art is in the hands of others for reinterpretation thanks to a new colouring book.
“The Colours of Newfoundland and Labrador” features dozens of images largely drawing on Pike’s journeys across Newfoundland by motorcycle.
“That’s where I got my love for Newfoundland,” she told The Compass during a recent interview. “I’ve toured all over the island … I’ve probably done 95 per cent of it.”
On her bike, certain scenes would evoke emotions that helped Pike release stress. A neck injury now prevents her from riding, but setting up her easel to create offers a similar comfort.
“Within five minutes, there’s always a great big sigh or a pressure release. My 19-yearold son is often sitting in the living room with me and he hears me with the big sigh and says, ‘Mother, what’s wrong with ya?’ ‘Nothing. That’s a good sign.’”
The book is dedicated to Pike’s parents, Gertie and Weldon Seymour. It also includes an image of Dwyer’s Grocey, a store operated by her grandparents Jim and Myrtle Dwyer in Spaniard’s Bay.
She can remember as a child watching her mom draw in the side column of magazines and being amazed by it.
“After I lost my mom (in 2013), that’s really when I discovered my own talent,” said Pike, who started painting shortly after her mother’s death. “So who’s to say she didn’t pass it on to me when she left?”
Many of Pike’s paintings were traced digitally to create what appears in the colouring book. Since its initial publication earlier this year by Creative Publishers — a TC Media company — the artist has had several opportunities to see what others brought to her work.
Pike admits she wasn’t prepared for what people would bring to the drawings through their own colour choices.
Beyond this book aimed at a more adult audience, Pike is looking at producing a similar one for kids with less detailed images.
Pike also has three children’s stories she one day hopes to illustrate.
Bobbi Pike holds a reproduction of the painting that inspired the cover image for her colouring book.
Bobbi Pike signs a copy of her new colouring book “The Colours of Newfoundland and Labrador” for Kaleigh and Keeanna Hiscock at Chapters in St. John’s.