Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lost In A Painting

On Friday I received 8 new paintings by one of my newer gallery artists Melissa Jean. They are all so beautiful but there is one piece in particular that I can't stop looking at. Every time I glance over, I can't help getting lost inside it. Being surrounded by art & artists every day, this is not something new for me but it's such a wonderful feeling. Isn't that what art's all about?

This painting for instance... Can't you just feel the water around your ankles and then the sand between your toes when the water rushes back? Can you see the sweet little bubbles created by the water coming and going? The movement and clarity of the water glistening in the sun makes me smile. I know the lake water is cold but I can't help wanting to dive in for a swim. It really takes my breath away.

From Coney Beach, 24x24 acrylic on canvas by Melissa Jean

This is one of the moments that makes me thankful for what I do everyday. Bringing joy to so many people with art... what could be better?

Is there a piece of art that you get lost in? A piece that takes you away? It can be anything... Art is everywhere! 

Take a  moment today... Get lost in some ART!

You can view more of Melissa Jean's paintings here.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines! HEART ART

Mosaic Heart Sculpture (San Francisco) by Laurel True

The most delicious EVER Imperial Cookies from High Tea Bakery

LOVE Sugar Cookies from High Tea Bakery

Souvenir Amoureux, acrylic on canvas by Melan

Love's Promise, Fine Art Photograph by Carla Dyck

Une Soiree Romantique, oil on canvas by Kim Veilleux

Heart My Book, Fine Art Photograph by Sarah Moldovan

Stained Glass Heart Suncatcher

Red Love, paper garland of hand cut hearts

Lego Heart Necklaces

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

I've been promising more wedding photos since my sneak peek back in the Fall. Since there are almost 1000 photos to choose from I've decided to split the day into... The First Look, Fun Photos, The Ceremony & Reception etc.

First, I'll share a little about my Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed & Something Blue... (maybe not in that order)

Something Blue
In university I joined Alpha Delta Pi Sorority which will always be special to me for so many reasons. Alpha Delta Pi is about scholarship, leadership, philanthropy and lifelong friends. Because our colours are blue & white, on my wedding day, I wore my diamond shaped badge with sapphires and pearls pined to the under layer of my dress as my "Something Blue".

 My ADPi sorority gals and I at our wedding reception.

Something Borrowed
On my wedding day, my mom let me wear her diamond stud earrings. Although there's isn't much of a history behind them, it was simply a pleasure and a privilege to wear them. Thanks Mom!

Something New
My wedding dress of course! Finding a wedding dress wasn't easy. My first thought was always "Will Ryan like it?". Everyone would always try to reassure me... "Of course he will... He will love whatever dress you wear". Well, I wasn't so convinced... Every time I pulled out a bridal magazine or turned to "Say Yes, To The Dress" he made comments about how all the dresses were too poofy, too sparkly, too lacy, too frilly or too plain. How would I ever choose something just right?

One day, it happened! One of my bridesmaids, Corie, and I set out to a particular bridal store downtown. To our surprise, we came upon several more bridal shops right in the area. After trying on about 10 dresses, in the first shop, I was discouraged again. But Corie and the consultant were not ready to give up on me. They encouraged me to try on just one more dress. And guess what...? It was the ONE! It could not have been more ME. It fit perfectly and seemed to meet all the must haves and must not haves on my list. HOOORAY!!!! You'll have to wait for the "First Look" photos to see Ryan's reaction :)

Something Old
I had two beautiful and meaningful pieces for something old.

The first one, my Nana's flower shaped diamond ring. I remember my Nana (Dad's mom) always wore beautiful rings and jewellery and I feel so honoured to have worn one of those pieces.

The second piece of something old was from my mother in law. It was the string of pearls she wore on her wedding day, given to her by her mother. These pearls are especially meaningful, because she passed away a little more than a month before our wedding. She so so so badly wanted to make it to the wedding.

After she passed, the pearls were chosen for me by Ryan and his siblings on her behalf. I know she would have been so delighted and touched to see me wear them on our wedding day. They were an absolute perfect compliment to my dress. Maybe one day I can pass them on to one of her future granddaughters.

Ryan's Something Old
After his mom passed, Ryan and his siblings (their father passed away a couple years prior) had the difficult task of sorting through their parents personal belongings. During this process, is when they decided to gift the pearls to me. Ryan also found some gold and silver cuff links that belonged to his Dad with the letter "D" (for their family name) engraved in them.

Although his parents were not physically with us on our wedding day, they were present in our hearts. His cuff links and my pearls also served as very meaningful mementos.

All Photos (except the two of my sorority gals and I - Thanks Megan!) by Mairen at Luckygirl Photography

What special mementos served as your Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue? I would love to hear stories about your special day!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

An Owl Family Photo sHOOT

The other day while I was photographing Tara Tuchscherer's new ceramics for the gallery website, I could not resist having a bit of fun with her ceramic owls. These creatures of hers have so much personality, I just love them!!! So I thought they were also deserving of a little photo sHOOT!

The "New" Kids

"Fall In"

"Eyes FRONT"

 "Everybody say mouseee..."

"All together now..."

"All the small kids get to the front..."

"Ready... Set... Serious faces..."

Little Peanut


A fun photo shoot in the gallery! Maybe in the summer I'll take the family outside for another. Here are a couple of Tara's other ceramic works with prairie influence...

 You can view more of Tara's work on the gallery website here.