Kimberly J Tilley

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The Bird that Woke the Whales

One morning during our 2018 Summer road trip, we took a whale watching trip. The morning air was filled of fog. There were some birds about. And then a pair of sleeping whales were spotted. As a good samaritan, as if the bird knew we were out there to observe the large mammals, a young seagull poked at the larger whale and the two whales sunk below the surface. Not sure if we would ever see the pair, we patiently waited anyways. But we did not have to wait for long. Like a torpedo, the little calf, with great force came splashing up out of the water towards the boat. Followed by mother, with a more graceful approach.

I have added three of my favorite images from this event to my Society6 shop. Here you can purchase the art prints, or the images on items for your home or office. I did add texture to the photographs. I think that the smoothness of the whale skin and the sleekness of the bird wings becomes more of a focal point among the fog and water.


Wake-Up Call
‘Wake-Up Call’
A juvenile seagull flying over a pair of sleeping humpback whales.

‘Rise and Shine’
A young whale calf leaping out of the water.

A female humpback whale breaching.

New! Coloring Books

A project is finally finished! I have spent the past couple of months digging through all of my digital photographs since the year 2007 for this project. I believe, I had caught the coloring book bug because many amazing female artists that I follow had made coloring books. It inspired me to find a new way of bringing my art into the home of others. It was also a good way to spend many rainy weeks.

I created the coloring book series with the self publishing distributor, They are softcover books for the flexibility one might need to color. Before making the books, I had printed out a few pages at home. The intent was to test the artwork and to have others color in the art, to see if it was too difficult, but that part did not fair so well. People did not pull through for me on that. I got back two completed colored pages, and two in-completes.

sample coloring pages

Printed out artwork for coloring in, and the results.

There are six coloring books in total, and each has a different number of pages. The coloring book series is titled, ‘Color In Nature’. There is a book for just butterflies, flowers and plants, birds, landscapes, wildlife, insects. YES there are SPIDERS in the insect book. I do not think they are creepy (except that one house kind that is yellow. It just gives me the creeps for some reason). Some subjects I had to stop myself from adding to, because there would be way too many pages, or I would have had another book to create. I didn’t know if coloring in landscapes would be appealing to people because they might require time for the detail. It was also not easy to choose out photographs for that book. It is my most difficult coloring book if anyone is up for such a task.

When the books arrived I colored in a page in each book. I used colored pencils, markers and pastel crayons. The kids were not home, I didn’t know where the regular Crayolas were. The pastels were a bit messy, so I did only one and I am leaving a blank paper on top of that image. The markers did not bleed through the paper, which was a nice surprise.

The artwork is full bleed on the pages. There is no double sided coloring pages, so you can cut out pages if you like. You can buy my coloring book series on blurb through this link: