Over the summer I submitted a logo design for the Critteraid logo contest, and guess what? I won! Critteraid is a local animal rescue that does some amazing work for our furry friends, taking in cats, dogs, horses and more. Their emergency response division, CDART has helped many domestic animals during our crazy forest fire seasons. It is an honour to have my logo design being used for such a wonderful cause. Thank you to all involved with the Critteraid organization! ♥ Christina
I am super happy with my experience this year at the annual Lake Country Artwalk. It's been two years since I've participated in it and this year I decided to go in with a couple of friends, Alissa Woodside and Noelle Nadeau-Khoo. Between the three of us we created a beautiful display that we were all proud of and made some amazing connections with wonderful people. This year was a great success and reminded me how much I love doing this event (I'm still smiling just thinking about it!)
It was a lot of work and I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks again to everyone who made it out to the show! ♥ Christina
Last week my sister came over to my house for the day to hang out. We exchanged birthday gifts (our birthdays are 2 days apart), talked about life, her trip to Disneyland (lucky bugger!) and ate some yummy sandwiches out in the sun. It was awesome!
While she was here I asked her to take photos of me painting. She's an awesome photographer and I wanted to have some fun, creative shots that I could use for my website, Etsy shop and printed materials. I am absolutely thrilled with how they turned out, and am extra happy that I could spend the day with my sister.
Hope you're spending time with people you care about too! ♥ Christina
After 2 years I am applying to be at the Lake Country Artwalk again and I'm really excited about it. I had definitely needed the time to gather myself, become confident in my work again and be certain that I wanted to keep going with it. I didn't stop making art, just slowed down to figure out some things.
Preparing for Artwalk is a lot of work. You have to create new artwork (probably 10-15 pieces), determine how you are going to display the work, find display items, create marketing materials (business cards, banners, etc) and co-ordinate with work/husband/artwalk to make sure everything runs smoothly. Thats all before the crazy jam packed 3 days of set up, constantly talking to people, and standing for hours without much of a break (because if you step away you could miss someone who really wants to buy your work!). Its a busy event, but I love it.
This year I am applying to share a space with two other fabulous artists, Alissa Woodside and Noelle Nadeau which should make this year a little less stressful and more fun. If you don't know their work, Alissa makes abstract expressionistic artwork that draws from narrative and Noelle's abstract paintings are created intuitively with a meditative process.
Hopefully the Jury will like what we're doing and accept us. Cross your fingers! ♥ Christina
Earlier in the year my co-workers decided to do a one a day challenge. Creating one piece of art everyday for a year! We decided to do something small, 6x6 inches, so it wouldn't be too overwhelming. I was able to stick it out for 2 months. It's tough, 365 days of solid art making.
Here's what I learned:
Doing something creative everyday fuels creativity
I had been in a creative lull before starting the challenge, I hardly did any art for a couple of months and when I started the challenge I wasn't sure I'd be able to paint or draw everyday. After starting the challenge I started feeling better, pulling out of the winter blues I often get, and once I started I found that it was easy! Ideas came to me all the time, there was no lack of inspiration.
Art is a practice, if you don't do it everyday you loose the opportunity to grow.
If you want to be good at what you do, you have to practice. Everyday. In two short months I found my skills improving. I was re-connecting with my tools, learning their limitations (as well as my own). It was rewarding to see myself learn and grow so much.
Challenging yourself with friends really works to get your but in gear
Having a support group, other people in the same boat really keeps you accountable for your end of the deal and keeps you motivated. Posting everyday and seeing everyone else's art definitely worked for me to sit down and do the work.
So, with all these great reasons to do it, why did I stop?
I admit, it was tough to juggle my one a day with my other responsibilities, My husband and puppy were definitely feeling neglected, and the dishes were most certainly piling up more than normal. The other reason, the big giant reason, was that my ideas were starting to expand. I was craving bigger surfaces. The 6x6 size just wasn't cutting it anymore. I started pulling out 8x10's, 11x14, 16x20! I'm just so excited to be putting ideas out there and I've got lots of things I want to accomplish in the year ahead.
I know, I failed the challenge, but I feel that I've gained so much more. Have you ever given yourself a challenge? I'd love to hear what you learned from your experiences.
Have an art filled day! ♥ Christina
Welcome to one of my favourite months, May! I love May for so many reasons, the flowers are in full glory, the rains are refreshing and nourishing, and I start spending more time outside. (It also happens to be my birthday month, but that shouldn't make a difference...) I am greatly inspired by flowers in bloom, as you can probably tell, and I feel super productive lately. I love it!
This month has also given me a chance to show work at one of my favourite little places in Kelowna, the Marmalade Cat Cafe. It's such a wonderful place to meet a friend to grab a coffee or have lunch (I really like their chai mocha, yum!) and I'm thrilled to have my art on display there.
I hope you find May as exciting as I do! ♥ Christina
In March I had my first opportunity to stretch my logo making skills. I've never really done much in the way of logo design. I've sketched ideas and designed my own logo, but this was the first time I designed something for someone else that was actually going to be used.
Natural home and garden.ca. is a blog with great articles about natural building and gardening practices. I really wanted to capture a magazine feel in the logo I created, as well as reflect the core sensibilities of green living that the site has. I also knew I wanted to use organic shape and natural colours. I had a few ideas but this Leaf House really stuck in my mind and when I sent it to my Client, he was trilled! I'm super happy that I was able to create something that he instantly loved, it's the best feeling in the world!
Have a wonderfully creative day! ♥ Christina
In my family there's always tonnes of visiting to be done around holidays and this easter was no exception. We were invited to two fabulous turkey dinners with all the fixin's. My sister made a to die for yam dish with coconut and we had a gorgeous brine bathed turkey that my Mother in Law prepared. I ate way more than I should (as usual) and got to catch up with a lot of people I hadn't seen in a while, it was a perfect Easter holiday.
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend too! ♥ Christina
I've now got 13 pieces over at Ballantyne Gallery including this one, Spring Celebration II. The gallery hosts a variety of talented artists who work in all kinds of media. You will certainly find something to fall in love with so check it out and tell me which ones are your favourites!
Have a lovely day! ♥ Christina
ps. I will be having more available through Ballantyne, so stay tuned.
I went to the Greenery a couple of weeks ago with my Husband and picked up some new plants. I just love succulents and my arms were filled with pots I wanted to take home (somebody's got to adopt them!). Somehow I restrained myself and put a few back, but they're still calling to me, so another trip is definitely in order.
My obsession with succulents began when we started our little garden a few years ago and I realized how awesome they are. You just stick 'em in the ground and voila, off they grow! This is the best kind of plant for me and my "oops I forgot to water" way of life. Not only are these types of plants easy, they sure are beautiful and they have inspired many a piece of art.
Do plants inspire you to get creative too? ♥ Christina