Kamloops Artisan Market July 15 & 29

I will be at the Kamloops Artisan Market this Sunday, July 15th and July 29th.  As we are surrounded by wildfires I am praying for clear air and maybe some light showers.  I will be donating 50% of my sales this Sunday to the Red Cross British Columbia Fires Appeal.

I will have a small selection of prints on hand.  I’m still trying to figure out the best options for printing let me know if there is a specific size you’d like.

Check out my Society6 Store for more prints and merchandise!

Stay Cool Kamloops!

Art in the Park, Children & Messages

Art in the Park has come and gone in a whirlwind.  I had a great time meeting people and catching snippets of the wonderful performances.  Along with being my first vendor experience, it was also the first time my work has been displayed outside of the safety of a gallery where people expect to be moved and challenged.

I don’t think of my art as kid friendly, and was surprised when several children took interest in my tent.  My work is colorful and there is Cat Woman and Wonder Woman to draw them in.  There were several moments when I saw the power and potential of art, even if only small contributions.

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My Fatimah

‘My Fatimah’ was displayed front and center, in part, because she is my greatest work, but also because she has a story to tell.  A little girl, who appeared to be around 5 years old stopped, captivated by the colors and flowers.  Her father struggled to explain the painting, so I tried to elaborate in simple, positive terms.  Soon he steered her interest towards the children’s activities and they were on their way.

A few minutes later she had dragged him back and Dad continued to patiently discuss the painting with his young daughter.  This time I left them on their own as I was engaged in another conversation.  The inquisitive, contemplative look on her face could melt the coldest of hearts.

I noticed children of color were drawn immediately to the table which prominently displayed two bright paintings with people of color.  They reminded me how important it is to see yourself reflected in the world around you and inspired me to continue to explore the many colorful variations of the human form.

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Smash Hit

Several little boys and girls noted how strong Wonder Woman looked and mothers told daughters they can be big and strong too.  One girl asked why Wonder Woman is wearing pants. “Because it’s more practical for fighting bad guys.” I answered in a proud feminist tone.  Now I find myself reconsidering the plunging neckline of my next Cat Grrrl.  This series is intended for an adult audience, and we women have as much right to express our sexuality as to not be objectified, but maybe she will be displayed above kid eye level.

One cannot overestimate the power of art and media.  These are constant subliminal messages telling us of our worth and the value of others.  Unlike advertisements, art has the freedom to counter the dominant narrative.  We can hold a mirror up to society and reflect the beauty of diversity within our communities.  We can shine a light on injustice and offer visualizations of a better world that can be passed onto our children as maps for building the future.

 

 

Portrait Painting

I watched a show a few years back about the brain and some interesting brain injuries.  One that stood out to me was a man who could no longer recognize faces.  He could see the nose and the eyes and all the features that make up a face, but he could not put them together to identify the unique individual.  Turns out, we have an area of the brain with the sole purpose of identifying faces; the fusiform gyrus.

I suppose this is the same section of the brain that makes me turn just about anything into a face, from cars to patterns on shower curtains to my yoga bolster.

For many years I avoided painting faces, sticking to more abstract where I could create freely, without restriction.  When I finally ventured out of my comfort zone a world of possibility opened up.  There is a depth and connectedness that occurs when faces are created.  We’ve all experienced that feeling of being followed by a person in a painting.  Catching the eye of certain characters will speak to my conscience like the stern look of a parent and inspire me to get back on track.

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So now, I’m venturing deeper into portraiture and offering custom portrait paintings.

If you are looking for something a little different, perhaps a commemorative painting of Grandma, a family portrait, Fluffy or a sensual painting of yourself, this is a fun and unique option.  Capture your spirit in ways the camera can’t and create a family heirloom that can be passed down for generations.

Latest Cat Grrrl Addition

It’s no secret.  I love cats.  I’m like a gushy little girl every time I see one, similar to the look in Cat Grrrl’s eyes- even if I only get a cold, judgy look in return.

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This latest Cat Grrrl painting is my favorite thus far.  Maybe because it encapsulates that love and devotion we cat people hold for our little familiars.

 

 

Cat Grrrl Series

I’ve been a little cat obsessed lately.  I can’t seem to stop painting variations of my Cat Grrrl.  I have a whole series of tableaus sketched out on my iPhone.

 

This is a pleasant diversion from the heaviness in the bulk of the work I’ve created this year.  These are heavy times indeed, but spring is here and it’s important to have fun and enjoy simple pleasures so we remember what it is we are working for.

Check out the evolving series on the Cat Grrrl page and follow the progress on Instagram and Facebook.  I always love hearing from you, so leave a comment and tell me what you think!