Fortune, an art teacher at Hudtloff Middle School, wrote a children‚Äôs book called Kaila‚Äôs Garden.
Tracy Fortune, an art teacher at Hudtloff Middle School, is the author and illustrator of a children‚Äôs book called Kaila‚Äôs Garden.
The book is about Kaila, named after Fortune‚Äôs niece, who loves to draw. Kaila lives in a tall apartment in the city and wishes she had a garden to enjoy. When her class goes on a fieldtrip to an art museum, she discovers a beautiful garden painting. As she steps closer to the painting, the gate in the painting opens. Without thinking, Kaila climbs into the painting where many adventures await her.
Fortune decided to write the book as part of a creative project in her master‚Äôs degree program at City University.
‚ÄúI chose a children‚Äôs book because I like the idea of children discovering about art in unique ways,‚Äù said Fortune. ‚ÄúBy writing this book, I was able to add an adventure element to my artwork.‚Äù
To illustrate the book, Fortune took photographs of her own garden, Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. and Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, B.C. She then altered the images in PhotoShop to make them to look like paintings and combined them with ink drawings. She created the layouts for each page using InDesign.
‚ÄúWriting, illustrating and self-publishing this book was a lot of work,‚Äù said Fortune. ‚ÄúHowever, it was very rewarding to see the finished product and to share it with others.‚Äù
You can preview and purchase Fortune‚Äôs book at www.lulu.com.