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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May 31, 2010

X-Wings: these kids got wings to fly!  ~Sold~

This is my brother and his friend Rubin, probably before I was born in Port Alberni, BC.  I am not sure which dog that is, (we always had dogs growing up)… maybe Pokey?

I wanted to include something those boys would be dreaming of, up in the sky where I had a large area of board I wanted to fill.  My little ponies, fluffy bunnies and owls seemed all wrong.  X-Wing fighter?  Perfect.  Thanks Adam for the suggestion.  So true, my brother was really into those.  And thanks Jasmin for buying this one!

I just want to take this opportunity to say I love my brother, that I looked up to him as a little girl, stealing his penny collection, his AC~DC, The Cars, and Led Zeppelin tapes, pretty much idolizing everything he did.  I wanted to draw what he drew, listen to his music (obviously) and follow him and his older cute boy friends around.  I remember showing him lyrics and poems I wrote for Megadeth in hopes they would publish them in a song.   Boy my brother would be proud then, and think I was really cool.  Um, now that’s just embarrassing.

Even though, I worshiped my brother from a young age, I don’t think that’s come across in our adult relationship.  Instead I have been busted on numerous occasions being a little snot, dis’ing his style, raging on him for raging, (some temper issues in the fam. I guess ;) and criticizing his lifestyle.  It’s a roll I learned as little sister, which is a hard habit to break.

But I am trying here, to say… I love you bro with all my heart, and I hope even though I never made it as a lyricist for Megadeth, you still have a special place in your heart for your snotty nosed little sis.


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Horn Rims & Weiner Dogs

May 27, 2010

“Horn Rims & Weiner Dogs” ~Sold~

Acrylic, pen and polyurethane on wood paneling.

I took this painting to a good home today, a fellow artist, broke and struggling within the confines of art school (hope she doesn’t mind me saying that).  I also ran in to Ken Gordon today, who brought Ashley McNeil (above patron and artist) to my art party at the MOCL.  Further more, I saw my art class supervisor for the honours program Lynda Gammon, just yesterday, first time in a long time (I graduated in 2003).  What does any of this have to do with this painting?  Nothing really.

But Lynda and I talked about how there are all kinds of artists, coming from all kinds of angles, and just because you’re not showing in galleries in NYC doesn’t mean you’re not an artist.  Ken talked about how Ashley is feeling like her paintings are lacking in depth, even though she has the skill, to Look and see and draw from that.  Looking and seeing are essential.  Ken sees a bar stool and can play out a theatrical bar stool *smash* interpreting the political angst in Afghanistan.  I see relationships, tensions, love, stories in photos and between drawings and animals I draw, and just in flaws and marks I make.  I am sure Ashley is on the tip of finding what speaks to her.  Don’t give up Ashley!  School is intimidating, but what’s worse is how we fight ourselves and prevent ourselves from making stuff, and stop looking and seeing magic.  It’s there Ashley in you, I am sure of it.

Cheesy and long winded, yes.

But man, art school was SO HARD, because I was very very bad at taking criticism.  I cried a LOT.  Looking back, I think they were just trying to get me to talk about my work.  I didn’t get that my work wasn’t speaking to them, or that I needed to explain it.  Was it empty?  No, it’s full of stuff, it’s just hard to explain, especially without knowing the jargon, without knowing myself very well, without much confidence, and with 3 professors staring at you blankly, waiting, arms crossed, laser beams shooting out of their eyes.  Thank god that’s over.  And since I’ve been out of art school I have seen very few laser beam eyes, but I do avoid them.  I try only to see people who like my art, and so far those are the only ones who have found me and showed up at my openings.  Phewf.

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Chinese & Wallpaper

May 26, 2010

“Chinese & Wallpaper” Acrylic on wood paneling from an old trailer.

For sale $250, contact me if interested :)

Mom has fond memories of this night… it was a wallpaper party gone wild, chinese food and good times were had by all.  Brent Purdy and Don Kemp are pictured here, lounging and eating.

I painted this on some old paneling Adam salvaged from a trailer he is renovating and flipping with his bro.   I am still working out the logistics of using this material since it has a finish on it already.  I did paint directly onto the board without sanding in some places… where I did that I put a coat of polyurethane to stop the paint from coming off.  I may have to sand it completely next time, then re-finish the areas I want to leave darker.  But tish tosh, who cares, well maybe someone wanted to know…

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The MOCL Art Party!

May 25, 2010

The end of the party was drawing near, when I finally remembered my camera!

Anyways, I have such amazing friends.  I was totally impressed by a wicked turn out on a long weekend, friends old and new, and lots of purchases.  Really, I am so grateful.  A sappy happy bordering-on-annoying-you-grateful, and thankful for all the support :)

That’s Mara and Jasmine and Andreas there.

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Wall Flower

May 24, 2010

Wall Flower: Wallpaper, acrylic and gold paint on wood.

My dear Karen Messer was the second winner of the Mother’s Day contest I had.  I took my time, saving this one for the show I am having at the Ministry of Casual Living right now.  The opening was awesome, a totally surprise, since I worried no one would show and I would sell nothing.  Not the case at all.  It was a total success thanks to new and old friends.  Ahh, hard part done.  It’s up until the 27th if anyone wants to check it out.

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Train Travel

May 11, 2010

15″ x 20″ Train Travel.

Emily from Bernstein & Gold commissioned this one from me, for herself of her best friend Lisa.

Emily told me she asked her friend first, if it was weird she was going to have a painting done of her, if that was okay… of course she was honoured.

I don’t even ask my best friend for permission, I just go ahead and take liberties.  Us girls LOVE our girlfriends so much, and I have a million pictures of my closest pal. Regan is lucky I haven’t painted any incriminating photos of her, yet ;)

Ahhh the POWER mwah ha ha ha ….

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May 10, 2010

16″ x 22″ Acrylic on wood. Buster!

Sarah Ginger Kittens Smith commissioned this painting for her hubby Gord, also my pal, for his surprise be-day party this year.  Grace took the picture and filtered it to be high contrast and clearly, bright and colourful.

Buster, is LOVED immensely by all of the above.   Especially by Gordon.

One time Gordon came by my house.  Outside on the porch, I had stacked a bunch of paintings that made me shudder with annoyance.  They were old projects from art school, I wanted to throw out.  Gord took them all.  I was touched.  Ever since then I have wanted to give him something a little more meaningful and that doesn’t make me cringe.  I hope this will be a favorite of his for a long time.

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May 09, 2010

Cute Little Sailorette, 15 5/8″ x 22 3/8″

For a bit of mother’s day appreciation, I had a contest on Facebook to win a painting of your mom.  It was ridiculously hard to chose a picture!  There were so many good ones,  I chose 2;  this one, and a picture yet to be painted for my friend Karen.

Shelly’s mom passed away recently, so this painting is extra special.

My love to all your mom’s out there.

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Pigeon Holed

March 24, 2010

~Sold~ 13″ x 7 3/4″

Copies for sale at Love’s 535 Yates Street.

My Girlfriend Geneva chose the topic transformation for our drawing collective, and I had coincidentally just finished this painting.  Man I was mad at this image, it was a stupid ugly gold headed bird, so I sanded its head with fierce vengeance.  I am much happier with it now.

I have been struggling a bit in the art department the last couple of weeks.  Lots to do and little motivation.  Ideas, but no gusto.  I think this is cause I have been working full time as apposed to my usual part time half days.

I think I will be adding a photo element to my blog.  I have been taking my camera with me on my bike ride to work everyday, and I think it could be good to post a daily photo journal… we’ll see.

Maybe this afternoon.

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Sick of Love

March 12, 2010

12″ x 19.5″ Acrylic on wood.

Copies for sale at for sale at Love’s, 535 Yates Street.

Hmmm, this painting, still not sure about it.  But I know there are a few people out there who like it, a lot.  So I am putting it up to the test.

What was I thinking… about love, about how I should stop thinking about love (all the Xs), maybe I was bloated that day, don’t know.  The bear started out just as some paint roller or brush marks that looked vaguely like a bear.  I stretched out his arms and legs and so on.

I gave it to my friend Kezia a while back as a gift.  She’s got a whole collection of my stuff now.

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Raven Tongue

March 09, 2010

9″ x 12″ Pen & pencil crayon on paper.

Here it is!  My first drawing for the purpose of a t-shirt, and the one chosen in the end!  Mostly I was just drawing off the top of my head, but I was also thinking of those burnt out looking pine beetle trees.  It’s a sad situation, but I am hopeful nature will bounce back in full force.  The Raven is saying something… translate as you wish :)

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Tickled Pink

March 03, 2010

9″ x 12″ on paper.

I rarely draw on white paper these days.  A white canvas, or leaf of paper stares me down, blank and cold.  The toughest part is the first mark…

Someone asked for a t-shirt design and I wanted to try something new, not square form.  So I started from the middle and worked my way out.  Not sure if a t-shirt will evolve, but no matter.  I also worked this one into the drawing club collective them of the week: Tickled Pink.

By the way, the Derby Poster got the go ahead, and should start appearing around town this week!

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Funny Feeling

March 01, 2010

Funny Feeling 11″ x 12″

Copies for sale at For Sale at Love’s, 535 Yates Street.

For our drawing club collective the theme was narrative, so I wanted make a picture that told a story… I started with the 2 bears having a conversation, then literally worked outward from them to develop the plot.  I’d be interested in anyone’s interpretation of what’s going on here?  It’d be good to see if anyone is watching and reading :)

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Bunnicon 2

February 28, 2010

Grace’s holy bunny for her birthday a year ago, finally got a good picture of it.  She’s in New York, playing sex in the city with her girlfriends… can’t wait to hear stories when she’s back.

Gotta make more of these with different animals to celebrate all them forest creatures!

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