The Winged Way -- adopted!
This gal left Xander's Coffee in new hands recently. Hope she's found a good home! (Does anyone else talk about their art like this?!)
Have You Been to Xander's?
This year we are lucky to have had a beautiful new coffee shop open up in town by local Alex Vogel. (I hope I spelled your name right, Alex!) The treats are amazing and the comfort first class. I highly suggest you check it out if you haven't already done so.
Artist Collette Goutier-Stewart and I were lucky enough to be able to move some of our art from our February Skeena Diversity show over to Xander's and it is currently still hanging. I missed getting photos of some of the works on the beams, so you'll have to get in there to check it all out before we take it down! :)
For contact info I left some business cards I made out of saved cardboard coffee sleeves. These were fun and easy to make! I took a piece of carboard the same size as a business card and traced it onto both sides of a clean, but used coffee sleeve. (I drank a lot of coffee this winter!)
Then, I cut out each new business card sized piece, leaving the top curve of the sleeve shape, because I liked it. I used a cream coloured acrylic paint mixed with acrylic gloss medium (to help seal the paint and cardboard) to swipe on across the smooth part of the card. (The back side is ribbed.)
Once all the cards dried I hand wrote each card with a artist quality black fine liner pen. I need to work on hand printing.
Not wanting to put my phone number on there as I only have a cell number, I put my website address and my Instagram account info.
The cards turned out well! You can't really write on the back of them because of the ribbed texture, but they are recycled, so that can make everyone feel good, and they fit inside your wallet like a normal business card! Win-win.
I'm Going to be an Aunt!
It's so exciting to say that. The Warner family will be expanding this summer, so as I visited my family on spring break I made a quick painting for my soon to come niece or nephew's arctic themed baby room. The arctic is pretty flat, as far as I know (I haven't actually been there) so I didn't include any mountains or landscape features. I kept it pretty light, simple, and cute. Also I made a healthy looking mother polar bear and a round little baby one to be the subjects of the artwork. I am really happy with how cute the baby ended up looking. The mom is a healthy looking, smoothed out version of a bear, and in the background you can see pieces of ice floating on the ocean and some stylistic auroras against a white sky. Why white? I just didn't want a dark painting...so I took some artistic license and left it white and bright. Thankfully, Mom and Dad Warner liked it! I didn't get a great photo of it, but here's one:
Any ideas for a title?
A Day at Airlie Beach will be up for auction along with a wide variety of other local artists' work at Jamie and Carol Laird's Art Auction coming up soon this month. The two, who have been giving their time and skills all over the world for many years, are raising funds for their six week trip to India where they will be participating in medical clinics, teaching English and purchasing medicine and school supplies to donate while they are there. Check out their Facebook event page here and their Laird's website here! The art auction begins April 12th and runs until the 24th at the Skeena Diversity Centre. Good luck to you both, Carol and Jamie!
Passionate for creating, I record my artistic projects and ideas for the joy of sharing with you and challenging myself to continually grow as an artist.