Adam Owl & Leslie Cat

September 08, 2012

Adam Owl, and Leslie Pussycat get Married!  Ink drawing scanned and coloured in Photoshop. 4″ x 6″ on brown recycled card stock at Metropol.

Our invite inspired by the Edward Lear poem, The Owl & the Pussycat, which clearly suits us.  We got wise old Adam playing guitar, the ocean, catty old me, a pig with a ring in its nose, dancing in the moonlight, and that’s right, a turkey.  Jasmin recited it and Skye played the flute at Song Farm, (too much pressure at the wedding I think).  I cried none the less.  So sweet!!

The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note.
The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are, you are,
What a beautiful Pussy you are.”
Pussy said to the Owl “You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing.
O let us be married, too long we have tarried;
But what shall we do for a ring?”
They sailed away, for a year and a day,
To the land where the Bong-tree grows,
And there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood
With a ring at the end of his nose, his nose, his nose,
With a ring at the end of his nose.
“Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling your ring?”
Said the Piggy, “I will”
So they took it away, and were married next day
By the Turkey who lives on the hill.
They dined on mince, and slices of quince,
Which they ate with a runcible spoon.
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand.
They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.

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September 06, 2012

Mara & her Dad, approximately 18″ x 20″ (I should write these things down).

Awwww, Mara, and  her father, I love everything about this picture.  Their eyes, his sweater, their bevies, and even the background details.  Maybe it’s cause I have a soft spot for dads, I don’t know.  I am long overdue posting this, and happy to have it on the top now.  Mara has been so supportive of my art from the beginning, even coveting my abstract work from my 1st year of art school.  I look forward to making her a painting as a birthday gift for her 29th, as soon as she picks out a picture…

Thanks Mara!

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September 04, 2012

Wedding Portrait for Christine, acrylic on wood, approximately 24″ x 24″.

Christine Boutillier.  Wow.  I am so boosted up, grateful, and thankful for her patronage.  Seriously.  I wouldn’t be making a living here if it wasn’t for her confidence in me.  She has taken my art under her wing as well as introduced my work to her friends and clients.

This was the first of many paintings I am set to do for her this year.  It was for a special friend of hers as a gift for renewing their vows.  Such a cool dress, showcasing her beautiful  legs, toes, and gorgeous little girl.

This was a commission and a trade at her spa Mille Fiori… for myself I had a manicure, pedicure, eyebrow wax and lash tint, just in time for our wedding in May.  I felt like a queen.  I never treat myself to stuff like that, and it feels great!

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Headless Wonders

September 03, 2012

“Headless Wonders” donation to the MOCL $20 art sale.

Ohhh boy, I am behind on my posting.  Please, cut me some slack…  I was pregnant, tired and lazy, I was on Mat. Leave, had a baby, moved to the country, I was busy making stuff, yadda yadda yadda.  I am back now.  It will take a while to catch up, but this is a start, right?

I posted on Facebook that I was donating this to the MOCL $20 art sale, so my good friend Gord arrived 15 minutes early to buy it before the event had even begun.  I can’t remember what size it was so I estimated, it was small anyways.  It’s my mom and her friend John goofing off, likely my Dad is the photographer.  I made her dress with wallpaper which I painted over in yellow and gold.  Because I was going to sell the work for $20, I decided to leave out the stress and time consumingness of painting their faces.  I’d like to do that more often.

Adam Love, my husband now (oh ya, I got married too), printed and framed one of these up big in his store Love’s Gallery.  It sold to a really nice couple who befriended my Wiggy Love Facebook page.  Cele said lots of nice encouraging words.  Love her, and don’t even know her :)

More to come soon!!

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Wonder

August 17, 2011

Trade commission… NFS, ‘Wonder”

Kiona found my work at the Moss Street Paint-In this year, and commissioned this piece for food from her hobby farm in Duncan.  She gave me a tonne of pictures to choose from, one with the boy pictured here, and there was another with him holding a frog.  I melded the concepts together.  The painting is a gift for her husband’s birthday.

We dropped the painting off to her on our way up island… what a beautiful family and homestead!  Me want, the rustic house, the duck, chickens, garden, dog, goats, adorable children, oh man, so awesome!

Here’s the photo I used:

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Grace

Gift of “Grace”

For Grace’s birthday in January, I painted this of her and her mom.  Grace, fun, gorgeous, childlike.  I adore her.

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Inside the Outdoor

December 17, 2010

~Sold~

I see Don and Danny, the guy who looks like Greg, maybe Chris Purdy Claudette?  I get such a kick out of seeing my parents’ friends living it up, enjoying their youth.  It could be us now.

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Road Trip

December 11, 2010

“Road Trip” for Sarah from Grace and me  17″ x 24.5″

This just looks like a happy place.  Who doesn’t love a little old red truck, a tie-dye blanket and road trip?  There’s little detail of the landscape, but it feels Canadiana enough, jean suit, water, trees and sky.

Sarah is a phenomenal show girl, with class and sexy hutspah which will make your jaw stop, drop and drool.  And beyond that, she is an amazing woman with a feminine prowess, confidence, beauty and kindness.  SO glad to have become closer to her, fellow scorpion self over the last few years.

xo

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Trouble

December 05, 2010

“Trouble” SOLD, 26″ x 31″

Oh mom, you are (or at least were) Trouble, with a capital T.  Dad took this slide from below, looking up to no good.  She’s smoking ‘Sportsman’s’ she tells me, and she fully admits, yes, she was probably up to no good.  I was going to paint a raccoon over her arm, but decided the look on her face was giving her away well enough.  This is also painted on a used piece of door-skin from the mobile home Adam and Chad had gutted and reno’d for resale.

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Blinded

“Blinded”, 21″ x 31″

This hunk of wood paneling had white paint on it to start.  The bluish white glow reminded me of this slide of Regan Purdy’s ma, and decided it’d be perfect for the painting.  I do want to include more animals, and objects into the photos I work with, so was happy to see how the owls would fit.  In her left hand, there was a towel which was shaped perfectly to slip in an owl.  The darkness behind just suits a creature of the night, and also, her daughter Regan’s sort of totem animal is an owl.  Boom.  Done.

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No title yet…

~Sold~ , 25.5″ x 38″

I am stuck on a title for this one. ‘Up Skirt’, I thought… Adam suggested ‘Cross Your Legs,’ and ‘Works of Art’.  I am open to other suggestions.

I like how the woman on the left looks serious about a conversation and with the legs leaning out of the picture on the far right (probably my mom).  Gail in the middle is focused on the cameraman (my dad) and on the right, she just seems confused.  I do wonder what they’re talking about, and if it was my Uncle Henning who painted the abstract above.  I love it.  Where is it now?

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Art! Enter!

Art! —– Enter!

Adam’s store is beside the parkade on Yates Street.  Clever, he mimicked their sign replacing “Park!” with “Art!” and “Do Not Enter!” with “Enter!”.  Awesome.

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Inside Love’s

A picture from the show December 3rd, I’ll add a few more for fun.  Ashley McNeil Painted the portraits you see here. UUUHhHHHmazing!

And she’s selling them for way too cheap by the way.

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In the Face of Love

November 27, 2010

My upcoming show at Adam’s new store, we’d love your support and hope to see you there!

By the way, Geneva and Ashley’s work is amazing!!  They don’t get nearly enough exposure.  The show will mostly be happening just for the one night, with maybe a few straggler paintings up for the week, depending on wall space.

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Cuteness Overload!

September 09, 2010

Really, this is too cute.  I love these little guys!  28″ x 39″

Jared spotted my art in Rebel Rebel, and seeked me out to commission this.  I have to admit, when I first saw the photo I was a bit scared.  It wasn’t very detailed, kinda grainy, and the screaming baby… I thought it would be super hard to paint.  BUT, the photo was absolutely charming and I embraced the challenge.  Turns out, it went smoothly and not as much trouble as I thought, phewf!  Who would have thunk it?  3 boys, not too much trouble ;)  However, it took me 2 months to finish it, yikes!

Jared is screaming in the laps of his older brothers, and I’m sure he’s been tormented by them consistently to this very day ;)  Siblings, gotta love it!

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They Do.

Commissioned by Jay Brown, for his brother’s wedding, 16″ x  20″.

An engagement smooch, on the beach, wind blowing, waves crashing, ahhh romance.  I used some gold paint to try and capture the sun shining on the strands of her hair, and the glint in her necklace.  I have no idea if these folks liked the painting at all… maybe it will be like the fruit bowl they accidentally “break”, or maybe I will see it in the thrift store amongst other dejected art.  I really hope not.  It was tricky and I was happy with how it turned out, myself.  It was a whirlwind of a wedding I hear, so I haven’t heard from Jason about the reaction (if he was even there when they opened it).

Sometimes it’s really scary to let art out into the world.

 

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