some U2 art after the concert

So last week I just happened to have tickets to the opening night of U2′s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour in Vancouver.  Now that certainly seems blog post worthy!  Though I am not sure it is worth even trying to write about it….there really are no words to explain the experience adequately!  Let me just say it was AMAZING, all I had hoped it to be and even better than the last two times I saw them live (and that is saying something!!).  U2 is quite simply MY FAVOURITE BAND EVER and I love that I have loved them since high school.  How perfect that with this tour and the new album, we are transported back to Bono’s life during his own teen years.   I loved all the new songs they chose to share at the concert and they somehow choose the exact perfect compliment of older songs!  My  friend Gina and I were singing with all our heart, with our favourite band and it really did feel like we were sharing the eXPERIENCE with them (how they managed to make a crowd of 20,000 feel intimate I am not sure, but they certainly did)!  I loved too the social commentary that they highlighted during the show (another reason I think that I have loved them for so long).  And then there was the show itself, the bells and whistles that made the songs come to life with live band members interconnected within moving graphics!  Again, the words cannot describe the experience, but for a sense of the magic you might check out this link.

the whole band moved between several stages, so creative!

Bono sang his heart out for almost  two and a half hours

Needless to say, we were still singing as we walked alongside so many happy fans out on the street after the concert (and after a super SWEET encore!!).  By the time we got to our hotel only a short distance away, we were still buzzing.  There was no way we were going to sleep anytime soon.  Gina plugged in her U2 tunes and we pulled out some snacks and some art supplies and we sang some more and made some art.  Here’s some of it, quite clearly totally inspired by U2.  Whenever I look at these I smile and start humming or singing all over again.  Maybe they will get the same response from you?

my fellow U2 fan is painting up an inspired storm of U2 magicsing with us!so many lines rolling off my tongueso many great lyrics in their songs!

 P.S.   A big thank you and photo credits for the concert images in this post go to Gina — she even captured us singing with the band on video (but it somehow does not sound as good in the recording as we did live….we might have to work on that a bit before we officially join the band).

fill me up

I just finished a little piece for the second annual A Small Gesture Art Show and Fundraiser happening this weekend in Nanaimo.  If you are in the neighbourhood, please pop by Iron Oxide Art Supplies tomorrow night and Saturday to have a look.  Maybe you will find the perfect little piece of art to gift your mother (or yourself).  This painting would be perfect for someone who loves the little things.  I have included several of my favourite things in the piece — tea cup (with clear direction to be filled before anything else happens), envelopes (can you see them, from mail received), a doily (they always make me smile), aqua (the sides are painted aqua too)…and a hint of pink (a colour my girls introduced me to the joy of)…..I hope it makes you smile!

first things first, fill 'er up


new cards….just in time for mother’s day

Hello to all of you who love stationary as much as I do! I have good news from my studio today — I am bundling up some new card designs to take to Artzi Stuff (in Nanaimo), Pier Gallery and Village Food Market (both on Gabriola).  There are some sweet ones if I do say so myself.  The bike would be perfect for an anniversary card, the “good friend” one could do the same duty but would also be perfect for a mother’s day card.  The camping surfers scene would be perfect to send to someone with your summer news.  There is a new oyster catcher (since I received so much good feedback about the first one) and “trust the universe” is a reminder we all need to hear once in awhile. Then there are those feathers topped by party flags, they would be perfect for any sentiment I think!

new cards are  here!

good friendso good together

I will also be replenishing all three shops with some of my other favourites, just in time for mother’s day.  If you don’t have time to make your mother/grandmother/mother-of-your-children a card, then why not consider one of these?  Whatever you do, please honour the mothers in your life in some special way….they deserve it!

pile of cards perfect for the mothers in your lifeP.S.  remember, all my cards are printed on 100% recycled paper, so they are a gift for mother earth too!


be in awe

Today I am heading out to the beach to join a Young Naturalists group (kids and their parents) for some exploration and fun.  I know that they will be keen to share in the discovery that low tide brings.  I know that they will be in awe.  I know that I will hear many cries of “Look!”.  And I bet there will be laughter.  How lucky am I to have a job that invites such moments into my days!?

LOOK mary oliver P.S. this quote from Mary Oliver, so grateful for her words that leave me in awe!


new art for the gallery

The Pier Gallery Artists Collective is opening up a month early this year and so I have been working hard to finish some paintings.  This weekend, from 11-5 both Saturday and Sunday, my art will be for sale alongside the incredible creations of over two local dozen artists.  Why not pop in and see what we have been up to?  You might just find the perfect mother’s day gift (for your mom or for yourself)!  Speaking of, here are a couple of my new ones that might just fit the bill… will have to come to the gallery to see the rest (including some new card designs)!

tea party games night  --- cuz the ladies like to let loose now and again!

from breakfast on -----fill the day with it!!

And now I must start painting for Artzi Stuff – just last week they sold the last couple paintings I had left in there! Perfect timing since I really love to create at this time of year….though balancing it with work and homeschooling and puppy and all the other stuff is a bit tricky!