The nice thing about smaller pieces of original art is they are really versatile because you don't have to have a lot of space for them. Each piece can sit on it's own on a mantle or shelf; or they can become part of a collection and many can be accumulated and hung on a wall together. Larger pieces of art need more of a specific space whereas smaller art can be moved throughout your home or office. That's the other thing, they can be taken into your work space to provide you with a wee bit of cheer throughout your day. We can all use that, right? Below are a couple new originals just waiting to brighten your life.
Recently my name was featured in a blurb for an Australian trade show. It said my inspiration comes from "every day life". It's true, it totally does. My most recent cards designs for instance have been created while my Grandma has been in the hospital. Both cards have been designed with her in mind. One is specifically a card for Grandmas and the other is more of an every day love card.
You see, my Grandma has the cutest smile and life right now is not making her smile all that often. So, when she does it brings me great joy. Each day is precious and each of us in my family are letting my Grandma know how loved and cared for she is and not just because she is not well but because she is all that is love. The binding of our family. She is the one thing in my life that has remained constant and I celebrate her and all that she is by thanking her for loving me like she does.
When creating for Moms we can't forget our Grandmas. They are super important and mine is particularly incredible. Here's a new card, perfect for YOUR grandma...
I know it isn't Christmas any more but the snowflakes are still falling in many parts of Canada and the United States these days. However, this new art piece I have created really has nothing to do with a season and everything to do with raising money for an important cause. Mental health seems to be a hot topic these days. Awareness and education is totally needed to erase the stigma surrounding those who sufferer from mental health issues. From day one I have supported Carol Todd and her desire to carry on her daughter's dream of helping people. Carol and I were chatting the other day and she asked what I thought of making a "second edition" of Snowflakes for a Cause. Carol works tirelessly for the charity named after her daughter, Amanda Todd. After Amanda died, Carol literally threw herself into creating awareness for mental health issues, bullying issues and teaching parents and teens about internet safety and how we can keep our children safe. Carol has made such a difference in this world and continues to raise her voice in many different platforms all in the name of her daughter, Amanda.
It's amazing how one young girl created such a swirl in this world. Her viral video has likely been viewed by millions and her style, like any memorable artist, copied by the masses. I loved the use of her "voice" in her video - the cue cards. So many have difficulty voicing out loud how they are speaking. Amanda has given many the voice of self expression via a video with cue cards. We all just want to be heard, right? Writing out how you feel is often easier than talking out loud and for some, like myself, working through my emotions using art is paramount. Her words and the soundtrack she chose echoed like an anthem throughout the world. She touched so many with her story and now, her Mom uses her voice and it is articulate, strong and full of purpose and hope. So when Carol asked me if I would make a new piece in support of the Amanda Todd Legacy Society I said "Absolutely".
When I created Snowflakes for a Cause I gave the original to Carol. This time, I will offer up the original to all and, like with Snowflakes for a Cause, prints will be also available with full proceeds from all sales surrounding this image going to the Amanda Todd Legacy Society.
If you have an interest in purchasing the ORIGINAL click HERE (there is only one original).
If you have an interest in purchasing an unframed PRINT of this image click HERE.
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Examples of what the print would look like framed are:
My 2015 catalogue has arrived! Yay! I am super happy with how the whole thing turned out. It has three sections - one for my cards, one for my prints and one for notebooks. If you are a retailer and would like a catalogue sent to you, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org