Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Tender Hearts

Tender Hearts

Can you guess the plant?
 It looks like a huge thistle, (which it actually is) and yet looks so tasty at the same time. You guessed it, it is an artichoke plant in bloom. I first saw a blooming artichoke when I arrived in Victoria and fell in love with it. Even better that it is edible. However, it is only edible before it blooms into that beautiful purple color.

The globe artichoke is a thistle and the part that we eat is actually a flower bud. The "petals" are called bracts and at the base of each bract is a tender portion that makes up part of the heart. 

The heart, is of course, located at the center and is harvested into yummy, delicious food.
However, I do have fond memories of my mother preparing the whole artichoke. We would carefully peel away the bracts, dip them in melted butter, and scrape away the tender bases with our teeth. 

Tender Hearts is the painting I taught this past weekend in my Funky Florals class. The photo was taken in Spain, which is where I occasionally take a group of artists to experience the wonderful culture. Spain is also one of the largest producers of artichokes. 
 It was requested that I post a work in progress photo as well so here it is:

To all those that did attend the class, thank you for your support, your friendship, and your artistic talent. I love what I do and I am grateful that I get to share my passion for painting with you.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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My New Vida Voices Collection!

Last month I received an email from a company called VIDA, requesting that I become one of their designers. Well, I kinda forgot about it since I was in the middle of another huge project.  Then last week, I received another email and decided to take a look into what VIDA is all about.

VIDA is a global partnership of creators, pairing designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan in accordance with high ethical standards, to create original, beautiful, and wearable products. VIDA also uses proceeds from their sales to create literacy programs for the makers, providing them with opportunities to receive an education that otherwise they would not have.

As I looked more into the company, I liked what I saw and immediately thought of some of my work that I would love to wear as a scarf or shirt myself. So I decided to give it a try. And here are some of the results:

Blossom Cluster Cashmere Silk Scarf
Winter Roses Cashmere Modul Scarf

Red Poppies Sleeveless Top
Hollyhocks Modern Tee

Aren't they gorgeous?!?
And there are so many more items to choose from!
I just absolutely love them!  
I have a ordered a couple of items and can't wait to start wearing them.

And the best part is that for a limited time (until April 10, 2016 - so hurry!), 
you can enjoy 15% towards your purchase using code Welcome15-0403
OR Enjoy $50 off your purchase of $250+ using code Welcome50-0403

Is that not awesome? I am so excited! 

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