Artist turns her work into new book – Times-Herald


There’s nothing like a vacation in Iceland to convince a woman to do a book of her artwork.

OK, maybe it just happened to Donna Covey. Still, the Benicia woman’s “Color Be Bold … places I remember …” is available, COVID-19 or no COVID-19.

“I had been thinking of putting a book together of all my paintings for a couple of years and several people had suggested it to me,” Covey said.

Yes, it took a little trip to Iceland last September with her husband to kick-start “Color Me Bold.”

“We met a man who was a photographer. He gave me this beautiful book which was a collection of all his photographs entitle, ‘Wise Birds of Iceland.’ Not only did I love his book, I thought it was a great idea to put all your work in one publication,” Covey said.

Ah, but that ol’ nemesis: time. Never enough. Unless there happens to be a pandemic.

“With the shelter-in-place, I had lots of time — day and night — to work on the book,” Covey said, soon realizing “I love using publishing software” for the book design.

Most difficult, Covey continued, was “attention to detail. Dotting i’s and crossing t’s … double-checking and triple-checking grammar and looking for typos in the included text. Making sure that the index pages with reference locations match correctly with the contest pages.”

An example of Donna Covey’s artwork. (Courtesy photo)

The book is 108 pages and has 80 painting images, created in the last 12 years. The paintings are of locations throughout California and Nevada, many in Solano and Napa counties. Former Disney feature animation layout artist  and fashion iIlustrator Trish Coveney-Rees wrote the foreward.

Comments and anecdotes are sprinkled through the book the book, “all evoking memories made by different people throughout the years,” Covey said.

Before 2008, Covey said it was all about “finding my style” when she painted different watercolors and acrylics during her vacations.

“If you looked at those early paintings you would not recognize them as my paintings,” she said. “So those paintings did not make the cut to be part of the book.”

The best advice wasn’t about the layouts or selecting the art, but was from Covey’s editor, Karen Del Purgatorio, “about phrasing or framing the unattributed anecdotes.”

In the end, “I’m very proud of the book,” Covey said. “For people who like my painting style, I don’t think they’ll be disappointed. From an art lover perspective or nostalgic perspective, the book contains color, composition and connections with many memories of special places.”

Covey said there’s always a chance she’ll do another book.

“I never say never. So there might be another book in the future. Maybe in another 12 years?”

Covey offered a “virtual launch” of the book with an introductory offer of $59 for the first 100 books sold. People can order books by emailing donna@djcovey.com or via www.djcovey.com.

 



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