July 15th, 2019

valisa higman's studio: the original grumpycorn cottage

Last month I got to visit the original Alaskan artist cottage that inspired Grumpycorn! It's the studio of Seldovia-born artist and illustrator Valisa Higman (who is very much not grumpy but possibly part magical unicorn).

If you look at the dedication in Grumpycorn, you'll see Valisa's name:

Here's the cottage where Unicorn rows to work on writing the most Fabulous Story in the World.

Valisa does indeed row to work, and you can follow her coastal adventures and the wildlife she encounters on her Instagram account and the not very commonly used hashtag #IRowToWork.

And here's her studio, which is every bit as magical as Unicorn's!

I was in Seldovia for the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival, and Valisa hosted a party on her beach. I drew a picture of some of the festival artists, brothers Thano & Demitri Sahnas and Suzanne Lansford, jamming underneath her pilings.

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