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Feeling the Turquoise Love

4 May

MissingOcean005It’s Saturday morning and I should be at zumba. I’m not because my zumba class is canceled, forever. This makes me sad but gives me the opportunity to work on my blog and listen to one of my all time favourite podcasts, The JV Club. Not as physically stimulating at zumba, but an equally productive way to spend a Saturday morning.

PuntaCanaKayaking IMG_4202In April I started (and completed) a painting of my brother and I kayaking on the Caribbean Sea. Inspired by my mom’s photo (above) I pulled out my paints and captured this moment of sibling love. This may be one of the best things I’ve created – I’m so happy with this painting!

Ocean bday card LRThis handmade card from my dear friend Deanne makes me equally happy. I may have mentioned, more than once, how much I loved my trip to the Dominican and how I loved my time by the ocean. I can only presume this sweet card was created after sharing my travels with Deanne . This is one of the prettiest handmade cards I have received (sorry mom). Such a nice surprise!

Ocean Love LRI am definitely feeling the love. And missing the ocean.

 

p.s. – Deanne, the timing of your card couldn’t have been better. Thanks so much friend.

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Study of Ocean Hues

14 Apr

On a wall of my childhood bedroom is a framed description of the meaning and origin of my name. This description states, “a fondness for the ocean will emerge”. For this particular Brianna, this is an understatement. I love water, especially the warm, emerald waters of the Caribbean Sea. In high school I was a lifeguard. In a past life, I must have been a mermaid.

MissingOcean004This February my wonderful parents took my brother and I on a family vacation to the Dominican Republic. It was amazing, my favourite part was spending time near, in, or on the ocean. I’ve been missing sunshine and turquoise waves, constantly daydreaming about warm waters and warmer beaches.

My mom took some fantastic photos of my brother and I kayaking along the coast. These photos are the inspiration of an ocean hued painting I started working on last weekend.

MissingOcean002Inspired by my mom’s photos and Pantone’s 2010 Colour of the Year I decided to pull out my brushes and attempt to capture the waves of the Caribbean Sea on canvas.

MissingOcean001I’m not sure what the final product will look like – but I’m excited to turn idle daydreaming into something creative. I started out using an old credit card to spread paint around an old canvas (top images) and layered blues and greens on top of my original painting (bottom images). I’m not sure if I’ll try to replicate my mom’s photos or do something more abstract. Either way – it is nice to be painting again.

Best Easter Egg DIY

25 Mar

Easter is the only time of the year when it’s perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket. Enjoy these DIY Easter egg treats!

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Happy Easter!

XO

embroidered postcards

3 Feb

To celebrate the New Year my friend Courtney and I exchanged handmade gifts. We’ve been exchanging DIY gifts around the holiday season since 2010. I love our gift exchanges; I look forward to them every year.

I was at a loss of what to make for Courtney this year. I took me weeks to think of an idea worthy of my friend. Our gift exchange deadline was approaching fast and I needed to commit to a project. I decided to make embroidered postcards, inspired by Freckled Nest. I love receiving mail and loved the idea of making something Courtney could share with others throughout the year.

Who wouldn’t love to receive a handmade postcard in the mail?

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Happy New Year friend! I hope you find time to share these monthly, embroidered postcards with some lucky recipients!

Share the DIY love.

ps – Check out Courtney’s lovely post on our gift exchange.

Peacock Inspired Halloween

29 Oct

I spent the evening listening to Vinyl Cafe with the wonderful Stuart McLean. This week’s podcast was a special treat with musical guest Whitehorse and great Dave and Morley stories from Halloweens past. It was a heartwarming podcast with enchanting music and sweet Halloween memories.

Stuart says there is something special about Halloween. He believes no holiday resonates more in the souls of the innocent, the souls of children, than All Hallows Eve. I agree. Halloween is a wonderful day to be a child; you are rewarded for your bravery and creativity with sugar. Lots and lots of sugar.

I don’t anticipate Halloween the way I used to as a child  – but I still enjoy the opportunity to dress up, eat chocolate, and celebrate with friends.  I was very lucky to be invited to a great house party and strut around in my very purple, very fabulous, DIY peacock costume.

Fun side note: One partygoer mentioned that I was not just any peacock; I was a male peacock. Could I make the argument I was crossdressing Saturday night?! Because that would make my peacock costume even more fabulous!

What do you need to be a magnificent, purple peacock? Not much. I wore a blue shirt, teal tights, magenta skirt, lots of glittery makeup and purple eyeliner (all items I already owned). I finished the bird-inspired look off with a DIY tutu made of tulle and felt. I also added a flapper inspired, sequenced headband. I spent $25 and two hours on my peacock outfit, which is the perfect amount of money and time to spend crafting a Halloween costume.

I love the way my peacock tutu turned out! I adore the piles of tulle, felt feathers, and bright colours. It was so much fun to dress up and enjoy some of the Halloween magic I used to love so much as a child.

Happy Halloween!

I’m going to leave you with this beautifully haunting song from Whitehorse! XO

Thoughts on Murals and Such

9 Sep

Murals are fascinating.

Montreal Mural: somewhere near the waterfront

I love the culture behind street murals and graffiti. Murals belong to the do it yourself creatives; there are no rules, no galleries, no elitism, no curating authority. Murals are accessible. They are for the people. They make ordinary and dull public spaces interesting, challenging, and often, beautiful. They can help us reevaluate the way we use and see urban spaces.

Murals and graffiti also challenge the controversial question: Is this art?

NYC Mural: somewhere in SoHo

NYC Mural: near the New Museum of Art

NYC Mural: near The Highline

Since my urban vacation I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the arts. I sit and daydream about artists, musicians, actors, stage designers, dancers, photographers. These people are so intriguing. They dedicate their lives to a cause, to learning, to refining their practice. This requires so much thought and patience. There is so much uncertainty to dedicating your life to the arts.

Montreal Mural: near Saint-Louis Square

Montreal Mural: near Old Montreal

There was a time in my life that I wanted to dedicate my life to the world of art. I wanted to be a painter, to design theatre sets, to become a professional stage manager.

In Montreal I met up with a friend from high school. He is an incredibly talented pianist. He studied piano during his undergrad and masters. I imagine he will continue his studies and complete his doctorate. Whenever I see him he asks about my artwork, which is sweet, but also embarrassing. He is a professional pianist and I barely pursue the arts in my free time. I never really know how to respond.

I enjoyed university and am happy with my chosen profession (communications). I enjoy, and am good at, coordinating communications, marketing, and events. I don’t know if I could have survived a career in the arts. I enjoy routine. I enjoy my expansive shoe collection. I would make a terrible starving artist.

When I told my friend I am a communications coordinator I was met with a blank stare. I sighed. It is hard to describe what I do. I explained to him I am a stage manager for business people. He nodded and smiled. Apparently this is a good job description (at least for people who know what stage management is).

NYC Installation (not a mural but still very cool public art!): The High Line Zoo

People in suits have replaced actors in sweatpants. Maybe my career isn’t as far from my high school aspirations as I once thought.

Coral Crush

15 Jul

I really love the colour coral right now. It is so fresh and pretty! It reminds me of gorgeous Saskatchewan sunsets, tasty apricots, and childhood crayons.

I want to fill my apartment and wardrobe with coral coloured accessories to compliment my new coral coloured painting.

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Coral Sunset.