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Long Distance Memories

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One of the joys of moving homes is that it forces you to go through all your stuff. (I say “joy” slightly sarcastically because going through old stuff is also incredibly annoying!) Today, I pulled out this old drawing that I mailed to my now, husband, then boyfriend, from Canada to Germany. At the time, we had been in a long-distance relationship for 8 months, not knowing when we would see each other again. I was missing him like crazy and kept seeing all these couples walking around googly-eyed, holding hands and simply being together.  But rather than sending another letter venting how much I missed him, I decided to lighten the mood with a drawing.

There are certainly benefits to long-distance relationships. You learn to communicate really well; you have an excuse to send old-fashioned, hand-written letters back and forth; and when you get in an argument, you have some space to cool off. But, that feeling of lacking or “missing”, never went away for me. I remember it well, and am glad we don’t have to suffer that anymore!

It’s coming up on Valentine’s Day this week, and it’s also the two year anniversary of our engagement. So it seems appropriate to look back and be thankful that the lone giraffe eating popcorn in the movie theatre is no longer me!

For those of you who can relate to this poor giraffe: Move back a row and cuddle up next to the aliens. They are a friendlier than you think!

Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

 

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“Time” – Illustration Friday

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This is my quick illustration I made today for the Illustration Friday blog. The theme for this week is “Time”. My inspiration for this drawing is a quote by Dr. Seuss, “How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon”.

This quote resonated with me today as I worked from home and couldn’t get over how dark it was; at 3 pm it felt like 6 pm. On days like this I truly do wish I had a sunshine window covering to help me forget that time is passing.

I also tried a new effect of cutting and pasting a drawing over a drawing and embroidery. I haven’t decided if I like it, but hey, sometimes it’s good to experiment a little.

 

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This is November

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But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.

Couldn’t say it better Ms.Montgomery.

I’ve resolved to make one of these for each month, so voila! This is NOVEMBER. Mustaches, bare trees, boots, shopping bags and acorns. All of these images are my own photography and drawings, layered to represent my feelings toward this month. I try to do it very quickly, and not think too hard about the layout or composition. Basically, this is my procrastination project for the day.

Happy November to you!

 

 

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The Postcard Show

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This is a series of postcards I finished this week for The Postcard Show: Volume 3 at Hot Art Wet City Gallery running this Nov.14-16th.

Since I’m really enjoying the combination of embroidery, fabric and drawing, I decided to use these materials once more. I also had a revelation last week that most of my drawings seem to be about animals or food. Rather than fighting this impulse, I’ve decided to RUN with it.

So the subject of this postcard series is FOOD. And specifically, some of my favourite WHEAT products: waffles, sprinkle donuts, and toast with jam. Fortunately, even those of you who have to abstain from wheat can happily indulge in these drawings. They are gluten-free, I promise.

The intention of the Postcard Show is to create “a narrative through accessible and affordable art” And how it works is, “each postcard is made available to the public through a silent auction with an affordable minimum bid and a buyout bid in order to entice the audience to get involved in the business of art collecting” (copied from the website). All of the art in this auction will be original works of art. And if you are free for the final night of bidding, I would definitely recommend you get in on the action! The finale is on Nov.16th from 7pm-midnight.

 

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Exhibition Reflection: Death of a Beekeeper

Here are a few photo highlights from the Death of a Beekeeper exhibition I was in a couple weeks ago. The first couple photos are taken by Jared Korb, and the last few are my own.  The show was put on by Open Book Art Collective, and if you’ve been following my blog or facebook page, you already know about this group.

I really enjoyed being a part of this show. The installation process was crazy, as we had to set everything up and take down within a 72 hour period. But, in the end it all came together and we had over 100 viewers walk through! We  asked everyone to leave a book suggestion for the next show and are starting the voting process now. If you are interested in seeing more photos, a more extensive gallery will be uploaded on the group website by the end of the week.

Don’t miss the next exhibit which will be taking place sometime in April/May 2014!

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Chinatown Night Market

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This coming weekend August 16/17th and also Aug. 30/31st I’ll be selling some art prints, originals, books and postcards in the Chinatown Night Market. I’ve been looking forward to participating in this market all summer, as my studio space is right in the heart of Chinatown. This year they’ve brought in some “new flavours” to the traditional market, by inviting local artists, galleries and backyard businesses to be a part of the event. And THIS Friday there is going to be a “Dumpling Derby and Cook Off”, which I am quite excited about.

The work above was completed today in anticipation of this upcoming event. It’s a fairly simple illustration, but I wanted to create a piece that acknowledged the context of the market. Plus, I’ve always loved Chinese lanterns, and it was fun to experiment with the combination of embroidery and drawing once again.

If you do have some free time this weekend, come visit! The market runs from 6-10pm and I’ll be sharing a space with Eglantine Shines and China Cloud Gallery, who are selling some wonderful handmade treasures.

Hope to see you there.