I was first introduced to the work of Sally Harless when the Etsian whose calendar I had been buying the past few years decided to skip a year and I happened upon Sally's as an alternative. I was initially attracted to it by its size and that it left enough room to write something in each day "box." It wasn't until it arrived that I fell in love with the mysteriously odd yet lovely artwork.
Our calendar hangs on the inside of our front door but my son frequently asks me to take it down and he sits and pages through it like a favorite picture book. And indeed the work is worthy of publishing as a book as each illustration invites you to ask, "what's going on here?" "what port of call are these foxes looking for?" "where did that turtle learn show tunes?"
Well, it's almost June now and the calendar is no longer for sale, but many of the pages are offered as prints in Sally's Etsy shop, Sadly Harmless, along with others of a similar vein. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that book (Chronicle, are you listening?)
You may catch Sally at an art/craft fair this summer or you can visit her online at Sadly Harmless.
(Images: Sally Harless/Sadly Harmless)