Spa­niard’s Bay artist’s paint­ings in­spire adult colour­ing books

Spa­niard’s Bay na­tive’s paint­ings in­spire pub­li­ca­tion aimed at adults

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Bobbi Pike holds a re­pro­duc­tion of the paint­ing that in­spired the cover im­age for her colour­ing book.

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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.

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