I am really excited to be The Fort Gallery's newest member :) :) Tomorrow, Sunday Dec 5th from noon-5 is a group show called "Small Wonders". It consists of small paintings by the galleries 20 members. Above is a small painting I created for the show. In the show I have 11 other small originals and my "Birds of a Feather 2011 Calendars" Great show to stock up on art gifts for Christmas ;)
Today is the eve of World Aids Day, and is the annual We Care Red Ribbon Gala. The Gala will be held at the Museum of Vancouver and will have a Silent Auction of artwork donated by local artists.
AIDS Vancouver provides amazing services to the community, working to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and to support those living with the disease. All funds raised from this event go straight to helping those in need.
This is one of the paintings that will be auctioned off at the event. It is called Looking Back 12x36 acrylic on canvas by Linzy Arnott. I hope the event is a huge success!!
Last night I got to paint at the Paint for Peace event in New Westminster. It was a lot of fun! There was a great turn out and a lot of very talented artists! It was a great event to raise money to build an orphanage in Cape Town, South Africa in 2011. After the artists painted live for a few hours the artwork was auctioned off.
I have always wanted to paint elephants so I thought this would be a great excuse to finally do it :) My piece was black and white with a herd of elephants. Here is the final piece. It measures 24x48"
Here are some pictures of the painting in progress. The one directly below is as far as I got, and then finished the painting at the event in front of a live audience. I was a bit nervous about panting in front of people but everyone was so nice and friendly, and there to support a great cause. I had a great time!
I am really excited about this event! This sunday is the 3rd Annual Paint for Peace, I will be there with over 40 other artists painting live. The paintings will be auctioned off for an AMAZING cause - All funds raised are going towards building an orphanage in South Africa in 2011. There will also be live entertainment!
In honour (and preparation ;) for the holidays quickly approaching I am doing a print sale in both of my Etsy shops. 25% off all prints AND I am giving away some cool gifts just in time for the holidays!
Gifts to be won:
1. $50 Gift Certificate to use in either of my shops
2. Birds of a Feather 2011 Wall Calendar (click here to view)
3. Your Favorite Print (3 to be won)
I had a lot of fun creating some cute Christmas cards, now time to test them out! This giveaway is for 4 Christmas Card designs. Each card is 5x7 and comes with envelopes packaged inside plastic re-sealable sleeves. The set would be a nice little gift or perfect to send out to special friends :)
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here by Wednesday, November 17th. DONT FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR NAME :) The winner will be announced on or before Friday, November 19th.
Im am SOOO EXCITED to have my brand new studio!! Already I am having a hard time spending time anywhere else :) I still have a few things I am going to ad: an "idea board" with my millions of ideas and inspiring pictures. But so far I really just cant stop painting in here :) It is SOO awesome being able to create art with no worry of making an unremovable mess on the carpet. WOW! No more prepping the floor with huge plastic sheets and paper towel!!!! And no more hands and knees scrubbing trying to remove "accidents" out of the carpet. I LOVE IT!!!!
A HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you to my AMAZING husband and my AWESOME mother in law for all their work ripping out the carpet and underlay in the room so I can make a beautiful mess on the cement floor :D I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!!
Yay! They just came in today! Lulu did a really awesome job on them! they look really great! Printed onto beautiful premium heavey weight paper, coil bound :) All of the paintings in the calendar were for my show "Birds of a Feather".
To see more about the calendars and purchase info click here
Today I am inspired by IDEAS. I am REALLY REALLY excited about an idea I have... this one is NOT going to get lost in a sketchbook somewhere on the shelf :) This one is happening! I had a dream almost a year ago about this and I was SO incredibly inspired! Then I began to doubt myself and thought "one day" I'll do it. It has been rolling around in the back of my mind for so long, in the "to do one day" pile. It got stuck there because I doubted if I could actually pull it off, I think I used the excuse that this project would be really time consuming... well guess what! There will NEVER be enough time! We just MAKE time for what is REALLY important :) And if something INSPIRES you so much you cant sleep because you cant stop thinking about it... then you NEED to just do it!
Last weekend I had a conversation with a friend, and in a non related way it triggered this idea again and in that moment I knew exactly how the whole project was going to happen. And it's big. I cant talk about this project yet, but you will hear about it VERY soon!
I always thought it was my major downfall having too many ideas that I would never be able to do them all... I once heard a cool quote "If you didn't do everything you planned to do in your life time, you didn't plan enough!" Love it!
To anybody who would like to add a comment, (and please do!) tell us what inspires you? Do you have a cool project you have been putting off? Is today the day you will loose some sleep and start working on that inspiring idea and make it happen? What motivates you? What inspires you?
This series is one of my favorites to paint. They are painted entirely from dripped acrylic and liquid leaf, with drips of metallic gold and bronze. This was the first one I did, took a total of three months to complete and over 70 layers of dripped paint. I finished it last summer. I was living at my grandmothers house when I was working on this painting, one night she came downstairs and exclaimed, "What did you to to that pretty canvas?!?" That's when I knew I was on the right track :)
One of the reasons I LOVE working with liquid leaf is how it reflects in different light. In day light it shimmers like a metallic, and becomes transparent showing the layers underneath. In artificial light it becomes darker and if it is thick enough it will dry still looking like wet paint.
This was the next one, 30x40 canvas acrylic, liquid leaf and a whole lot of bronze and gold :) This one can be found at Artworks Gallery.
This one I called Remember When It is 18x36" on canvas. It can be found at Casa Home Decor in Vancouver.
This painting measures 36x36" on canvas. I love how abstract this one is, the weeping willow tree is barley visible. This one can also be found at Artworks Gallery in Vancouver.
I love this time of year, the colors are so incredible! I love watching the leaves changing color. The air is crisp and fresh and I am always intoxicated by the colors in the sky. I love driving over the Golden Ears bridge early in the morning, the fog is so amazing, it allows you to see only the tips of the colorful trees and the top of the mill... probably one of my all-time favorite views. Something about it pulls me, I could spend hours there just staring.
This painting is called As The Seasons Change it is 36x60inches acrylic, liquid leaf and metallic gold on canvas. My husband wants me to rename this painting The Crying Clown, he is so awesome :D
This is a new piece, "Never Forgotten". I finished it a little while ago as I was reminiscing about an old friend who was killed in a car accident when I was in grade 11. October 2nd marked 7 years since the accident. His name was Rob, we called him "Newky" for short :) My family moved in across the street from him and his sister when I was 5. I have so many great childhood memories thanks to Rob and Sam... playing on the farm, sneaking into the corn field behind their house, climbing trees, playing house on the trampoline, having picnics under the tree of the grumpy old farmers house and getting kicked out, sneaking over to their house to listen to Backstreet Boys and play Girl Talk :) My childhood would not have been nearly as exciting without them. In highschool he was always there for me, looking out for me, he was like my big brother. It was a cold sunday morning when my sister came downstairs to tell me Rob had been in an accident the night before just down the road, and didnt make it. The last time I saw him was just days before and I didnt believe her. I didnt want to believe her. He was so loved by so many, everybody who met him was instantly drawn to his kind heart, he made instant friends everywhere he went. He made a difference for so many people.
This painting is in memory of my friend Rob. It measures 12x48" and was painted with acrylic, liquid leaf and metallic gold on wood cradled panel and finished with a layer of resin. The resin looks like a layer of glass over the painting, I have wanted to try resin for a while and finally did it. If you look closely you can see the birds flying in the sky. The colors remind me of an old photograph, an old memory. You are forever in our hearts Rob.
2 months ago today I married the man of my dreams :) It was the best day of my life, it was so beautiful and everything was beyond perfect! It was more than I ever dreamed! We were surrounded by close friends and family under the trees beside the water in Port Moody. It was a gorgeous sunny warm day.
My sister and maid of honor flew in all the way from Virginia with her beautiful 1month old baby Emma and her husband. We had family come from everywhere, Washington, Vancouver Island, Alberta, it was so amazing to have so much love around us.
We had so much fun and danced the night away! I am so proud, happy and honored to be a Huggon! Russ makes me so excited about life and I cant wait to spend every day with my best friend and true love. Happy 2months hubby :D
I have been a busy bee today! Finally dusted off the old sketch books and started bringin to life some fun ideas :) You can see todays progress at my BRAND NEW etsy shop called Magenta Tree: www.magentatree.etsy.com
Finally started my Secret Obsessions series which will include fashion items, so far I have finished a few cute dresses, I have about 50 ideas yet to create for this series :D Also started my Inspiring Quotes series. When I was a kid I would collect quotes that I loved and that inspired me, I love how they are going so far... but I think I have far too many amazing quotes to ever put them all on canvas :)
AND I have started my Christmas Card series, have my fist 5 done! So fun! It always amazes me when holiday decorations come out into stores, I ALWAYS think it is WAY to early! So I am not going to be selling them just yet... Halloween first, then Christmas :)
The Birds of a Feather show runs until October 11th, you have just under two weeks to make it in if you havent seen it yet! Here is a little preview :) The show is at: Wallflowers and Beyond Art Gallery in Port Coquitlam. wwww.wallflowersandbeyond.com