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Monday, February 24, 2014

Inka Gala Event March 8, 2014 in Calgary

 On March 8th, 2014, Kimmapii Kids will hold the first annual Inka Gala event in Calgary, to raise funds to continue delivering satchels of school supplies, hope and possibility to the children in the rural Peru. This will be a fun event celebrating the culture of Peru and the wonder of the Inka culture. We will have Peruvian food, beverages, music, a multimedia presentation, a silent auction (my painting and 6 gift cards are in the silent auction), and a Peruvian marketplace with unique Peruvian items for purchase. All supplies are bought in Peru so it helps buying local and our dollar goes so much further!
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Muchas Gracias


Sunday, February 23, 2014

"Screen Time"

"Screen Time"
8" x 10" Oil on board
I painted this in response to how much time I was spending in front of the TV enjoying the 2014 Winter Olympics. I have been painting dogs and this just fit in. My inspiration came from a photo of a dog clock my sister Shannon sent to me. The photo also struck my funny bone (sorry I also enjoy puns!).

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bronte 2 - A pet portrait

"Bronte 2"    SOLD
8" x 8"
Acrylic on Canvas
This is the second portrait I have done of Bronte. She is so expressive and full of loving character, she is a joy to paint. Every year my friend Joan takes a picture of Bronte by the Christmas tree and sends it out as an e-card to spread Christmas cheer. With my artistic license in hand, I play with colours and discard the Christmas tree. You can tell how impressed she was of this event...trusting but weary.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

"Toast to Maui Sunset #2"

This version is with "unrealistic" colours and of course a lot of colour. It was fun to go through the colour wheel deciding what I would like to do (love the artistic license!). I also chose a larger format this time to give me more freedom to play with the colours.

"Toast To Maui Sunset #2"
14" x 18" oil on 3/4" panel with black painted sides

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Phoenix Rocks! 3

These are the last of the thank you gifts hidden outside in the front and back yard as well as the bowl of "flavoured jelly beans" in the bedroom by the candy machine. It was certainly fun looking for and painting rocks. As it was over the Christmas vacation, Phoenix was very quiet and I enjoyed being outside painting these.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Travelling Brothers" - Tyson and Shawn

Our daughter's birthday is on Feb 7 but we celebrated tonight as a family; she is working out of town on her birthday. The photo I based this painting on was taken by Brianna Shoucair of their friend Tyson hiking in Tofino at sunset. We found the photo mesmerizing as there was a yellow orb on Tyson's back. The orb could not be from the sun as it is on Tyson's back facing away from the sun. I have read from many different sources when orb's show up on photographs, it is their loved ones that have passed; travelling with them. Kristen and I both thought of Shawn when we saw the photo...2 of her favorite people travelling together.

"Travelling Brothers"
Oil on canvas 16" x 20" with 1 1/2" painted sides
Not For Sale
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Happy Early Birthday Kristen!!! XXX OOO

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Phoenix Rocks 2

This is the second set of rocks painted as a thank you gift left out in Joan and Ross' Phoenix home over the Christmas holiday. I was absolutely delighted to find the rock shaped like an iguana's head. They had dried cactus "driftwood" by their fountain so I just added the head to make this garden monster.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Phoenix Rocks 1

These are rocks that I painted and left as a thank you gift for our friends Joan and Ross. We enjoyed a warm week in Phoenix over Christmas while we waited to celebrate later with our kids as they were both working.