Yesterday was a beautiful day so I walked around downtown and ended up on the Parliament Building Grounds. Victoria, as the capital city of BC, has a beautiful Parliament Building, including this really cool fountain! The wind was blowing and the water was blowing with it, which made for beautiful photos. Also loving the turquoise tiles on the fountain. Did a few sketches of the buildings, and the statues on the roofs.
All the kids dressed up for Valentines Day! Remember when all it took for excitement was some powdered sugar hearts and a pink shirt? These girls are all decked out for the holiday, and enjoying the mild weather. They were all super excited about the valentines day cards they gave out in class! Apparently now a days a card isn't enough, and they all come with candy and stick on tattoos attached. Lucky kids!
Valentines Day is coming quick, and it's time for something unique this year. How bout a "build it yourself" cut-out and fold valentine in the shape of a blue elephant or a deer? (Ya, that's unique) Or, if you're giving it to someone less than good at the whole cutting thing, you could always assemble it before giving it to them. Surprise them with a cute "little hello friend" at breakfast! There's even a spot to write a message, awwww. So wuvvy duvvy.
Both these designs are available for u to print out and create at my etsy shop SayHeyCrystal.
Not only are succulents one of my fav plants to have around, but I also adore them in bouquets! Unexpected, understated and under appreciated. Their subtle colouring and patterned designs add an artistic element to bouquet arrangements. These are some beauties I found online. Maybe it's Valentines that's got me thinking about flowers, especially since I used to be a florist, but think about adding something interesting to your flowers this year and wow that Valentine of yours! (Future husband...take note!)
Leopard drawing - working on this leopard, an endangered species, that is so incredibly beautiful and trying to capture that on paper. Pencil, watercolour, ink, graphite and conte. This piece is going to be sent to a friend artist who will add to it with charcoal. We are experimenting with combined pieces of art, so we'll see what happens.
Went for a walk by the airport and happened to catch the Canada Search and Rescue aircraft (a Buffalo) taking off! This is my favorite aircraft, and I think it probably has something to do with the great color. Of course, it's a wonderfully sturdy looking plane too.
On a side note - anyone remember the Disney cartoon "Tale Spin"? And the awesome red and orange float plane Baloo flew? yeah...want one of those.
At Art Knapp in Vancouver I put together this sleeping beauty window display as my last act working there, just before moving to Victoria. Jewelry hanging from the trees, rose petals on the ground, and a prince with a rose. Truly tragic, romantic and a great story.
This saturday my dad and I cleaned out the old bird feeders on their shed, so this years birds could build nests. They were super full, but really beautiful. Here are a few shots of before the cleaning, overlayed with some watercolour texture.
One of my fav books is "The Wood Wife" by Terri Windling (You can read about it on her site right here.) Reading it for the first time was like finding magic in the most unexpected place. I'm a west coast girl, love the ocean air and mountains. But reading her book made me fall in love with the desert as well. It has a sort of romance, mystery and in her book, magic. I think it's the mix of real life, and "almost" real life/strange happenings that I really love, a mix that feels like it could actually happen...out of the corner of your eye.
Well, I decided to do a painting of a coyote, since it features in her book. I tried to capture an intelligent look in it's eyes, and desert colours. I've got this original mixed media pieces (pencil, watercolour, charcoal, acrylic and conte) up on my DailyPaintWorks site for sale as well.
For Valentines this year, I've concocted a recipe for flower noodle soup. Nope, not edible, but just beautiful. Don't want to waste the noodles? Just give them a photo of it! I have photos, postcards and the entire book "Inedible Recipes: Beautiful Food" right here on my indiegogo page for you. Take a look, and see what else I've created, strange and wonderful things! It's certainly an unusual and original gift for any food lover!
As you all know, I've been promoting my indiegogo project book, "Inedible Recipes: Beautiful Food" a lot on my blog and elsewhere. My good friend Tanya saw the photos and was inspired to do her own version of the colourful almond recipe!! Only hers is edible and delicious!
The original photo of NON edible almonds!
Using edible sparkles (who knew there was such a thing!?) she created Pixie Dusted Almonds! You can head over to her blog, Squirrelly Minds, to read the whole story and get the recipe. (It involveschocolate...so you'd better go now!)
Finished this piece last night, noble tiger looking into the light. I used pencil, watercolour, acrylic, conte and oil pastel. This piece is up on Daily Paintings for purchase, and I will be doing some more tiger paintings/drawings in the coming days. Enjoy!
New photos for my food art project!! I'm loving these white striped green onions. The bright patterns on the straight green onions are wonderful for making interesting graphic photos.
These orange peels (Tangerine I believe), were super fragrant! I decided to paint the backs this lovely shade of green that was inspired by the green tissue in mandarin orange boxes.
These deconstructed peas make interesting patterns as well.
All these photos and more are available in my new book! "Inedible Recipes: Beautiful Food". You can check out the indiegogo campaign site where you can get your very own copy (PDF, Softcover OR Hardcover) as well as other perks involving the photos.
Jarek Kubicki is a phenomenal artist - and his website is chock full of delicious artwork (including free wallpapers for us to download. thanks!)
These pieces are from a series "Rumours About Angels", an intriguing name for these monotone pieces that are both mysterious and beautiful. His use of mixed media shows his mastery over a number of different materials. All his work has a dramatic feel, with high contrast shades and delicate details.
Jarek also has a neat portfolio on facebook for his speed painting. Take a look here.