To celebrate Modernism Week (even though I’m not able to take in Palm Springs’ famous festivities this year), I give you an original illustration of mine inspired by the 300 Bowl Building in Phoenix. The words “bowling alley” do not do justice to the soaring lines of this Googie-style building at Christown Mall. More appropriately, the steeply pitched twin roofs make this a veritable “bowling palace!” It’s a classic, and one of not many remaining examples of this fun and funky architectural style in the Valley of the Sun. For those of you lucky enough to be in Palm Springs Feb. 14-24, Happy Modernism Week!
Above is an illustration in my Desert Gang series celebrating the holidays desert style. Surprisingly, wildlife abounds on the desert trails in the Phoenix area, and this series pays homage to the creatures I come across while out hiking. The lovebirds — inspired by the flock of wild lovebirds I hear in my neighborhood every day — are a fitting addition to the lineup of characters for Valentine’s Day. The Vespa-riding rabbit couple was inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in the 1953 classic romance “Roman Holiday.” See the trailer here: