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slow and steady…

28 Apr

…wins the race, right? This saying would especially make sense if the race was without a definitive finish line… 

 

I have been {very} slowly working away at a large-scale personal piece for several months now. I seem to only find minutes, not hours, to add to it, but I am happy with what has emerged on the page.  


  

It has been a welcome treat to have a drawing to go to when I find a bit of free time. I think with a couple more committed studio sessions, it will be complete. If I can keep up this tortoise type pace, then this is hopefully the start of a new series. Imagine what will happen if I channel my inner hare?

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a moose – open & closed

8 Jul

scoopinmoose3 scoopinmoose1My talented and long time friend (since I was 6!) miss Jessica Mayne runs a fabulous ice cream shop and creperie in Canmore, Alberta with her beau Tory. The store is adorably named “The Scoopin’ Moose,” has bright green walls, and is adorned with some fabulous moose friends. I was massively flattered when the two approached me with an exciting commission that not only would beautify their shop, but would also be a functional tool; an OPEN / CLOSED sign that would feature an alert moose on one side and a sleepy guy on the other. Originally we were talking about just a simple drawing that could be photocopied, but I really wanted them to have the real deal! So, we decided on a gorgeous hand-painted wood panel that not only represents the true hand-made quality of their products, but also the down-to-earth essence of their lovingly owned and operated business. scoopinmoose4scoopinmoose7 scoopinmoose5scoopinmoose6There were a few hiccups along the way, including an unexpected move, but all-in-all I think both parties feel that the finished product was worth the wait! I was so excited to hand-deliver the sign to them this week; what a thrill to connect with long-time friends and fantastic clients and also see the place where your artwork will live. scoopinmoos2I’m looking forward to seeing snapshots of the sign hung in it’s proper place, and I’ll be sure to share them with you.  What do you think of this new one of a kind piece? Isn’t it fantastic when friendship, business and art truly collide?

the ‘cat’alyst

17 Jun

My instagram followers will know that a several weeks ago the most gorgeous tortoise shell cat wandered onto my property. Despite leaving for work and other errands she continued to stay. Diligent research over the first week proved that she was no one’s pet, so being an animal lover (and as a person who is learning to accept fate) it was clear she needed to be with me. She is a true gourmand with the food, took incredibly to the litter box, and just needed a bit of stimulation when meowing at windows (probably wanting to hunt birds… or calling to the gents; spaying this week!) She was the (pardon the pun) catalyst for some big changes and I can’t wait to share them all with you. The biggest and best news ever is that we found the most incredible new home for us all, and it includes an absolutely adorable studio space for NMF! More to come soon; until then, here’s a few snaps of my kitty (yet to be named!?) Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.54 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.41 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.04.27 AM