Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Gems: The Festive Sweater

It's that time of year for holiday food, fun and festive attire. My bejewelled beauty with the angry embroidered Santa always comes in handy and here are a couple others that you may appreciate...

 image found on oddities123.com

image found on oddities123.com

image found on oddities123.com

image found on babble.com

And for all you Home Alone fans, honourable mention for awesomeness:

image found on niketalk.com

Hope you have a wonderful holiday 
and a very merry christmas ahead!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Capturing Imagination at INSPIRE! November 13 - 16

The time have almost arrived for INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend!


I am so excited for this event, with over 400+ authors, a great line up of exhibitors, and exciting programming, I just can't wait! Plus, the return engagement of the CANSCAIP art exhibition, Capturing Imagination: The Art of Storytelling sponsored by Neal Brothers Foods! Looking forward to seeing my duo, Pom and Merret, at the show!
For tickets and information visit  www.torontobookfair.ca 

Hope you can make it out to this awesome event!

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INSPIRE!  Toronto International Book Fair 
November 13 - 16
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE (North Building), 255 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Angora Rabbit, Is There Any Other Kind?

If you haven't been exposed to the Angora Rabbit you are really missing out. I was showing some co-workers recently and these are just too good not to share…

Yes there's a rabbit under there :)

Photo Source: www.amusing planet.com

Photo Source: wikipedia.org

Photo Source: funny-pictures.picphotos.net

Photo Source: www.ign.com

I kinda want one...

Friday, October 31, 2014

My Little Pumpkins...


Happy Halloween Everyone!
Hope you have a fun and safe evening!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Start of a New Sketchbook...

Finally time to move on to a new sketchbook and wanted to start it off right… 
I choose Goats in Trees.




I'm unsure the original source of these pictures but gotta love these goats from Morocco...

*** For more Amazing Goats, click HERE

Monday, October 27, 2014

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Capturing Imagination: The Art of Storytelling
An exhibit of children's book artwork  
by CANSCAIP illustrators
I had the opportunity to go check out CANSCAIP's Capturing Imagination Art Exhibition and, I must say, they did a fantastic job. So many amazing illustrations, some of my childhood favourites, as well as emerging talent... I could have spent hours absorbing in each piece.





Super Pom and Merret the Ferret got the pleasure of hanging out with so many other wonderful children's book characters and it is such an honour to be a part of the show.

For those who were unable to see the exhibition at Humber's L Space Gallery, you're in luck!...
Capturing Imagination: The Art of Storytelling will be travelling 
to the Toronto International Book Fair 
November 13 - 16
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE (N. Building)
For more information visit www.torontobookfair.ca 

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

CANSCAIP's Packaging Your Imagination 2014

Last weekend I took part in CANSCAIP's annual conference, Packaging Your Imagination. Each year, CANSCAIP puts together a wonderful conference, bringing together amazing speakers for a full day of inspiration and this year was no exception.

With Welcome Address by Teresa Toten, Sessions with Cybele Young, Ashley Spires, and Holly Kent, as well as a great keynote by Susin Nielsen, I had such a great time.

Artwork by Cybele Young.  Please visit www.cybeleyoung.ca to see more!

Artwork by Ashley Spires. Please visit www.ashleyspires.com to see more Binky the Space Cat!

I always like to buy a book from one of the speakers I see. This year I got a bit carried away… :)


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Congrats to CANSCAIP for a wonderful 30th year of PYI!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Capturing Imagination: The Art of Storytelling - On Now until October 17th!

The Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP) in partnership with Humber College School of Creative and Performing Arts, are pleased to present

Capturing Imagination: The Art of Storytelling
An exhibit of children's book artwork  
by CANSCAIP illustrators
Capturing Imagination: The Art of Storytelling is a celebration of contemporary and classic Canadian children's book illustration. 

The exhibition features artwork including preliminary sketches for a behind-the-scenes looks at the creative process, showcasing a range of seasoned professionals and emerging artists

I am proud to announce that I will be taking part again this year with three works with my beloved Super Pom and Merret the Ferret. Be sure to come check out this terrific show for art lovers and book lovers of all ages.
Capturing Imagination: The Art of Storytelling is open to the public 
October 1 to 17
Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm
L Space Gallery  (L Building: Room L1002)
Humber College, Lakeshore Campus 
21 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. (Kipling/Lakeshore)

For more information, click HERE


*Please note, the show will also be on October 18 & 19 for those attending
 CANSCAIP's Packaging Your Imagination conference.

Hope you can come check it out!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

This Week's Horoscope...

For all those whose enjoy a good horoscope, I would really recommend Now Magazines Astrology section by Rob Brezsny. Always fun horoscopes, I love checking them out each week.

Here's mine for this week:

Pisces Feb 19 | Mar 20  On a German TV show, martial artist Jackie Chan performed a tough trick. While holding a raw egg in his right hand, he used that hand to smash through three separate sets of four concrete blocks. When he was finished, the egg was still intact. I see your next task as having some resemblances to that feat, Pisces. You must remain relaxed, protective and even tender as you destroy an obstruction that has been holding you back. Can you maintain this dual perspective long enough to complete the job? I think you can.



(Found the video that goes with it so you can see Jackie Chan in action :))

For all the other horoscopes for this week, visit www.nowtoronto.com .

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Backpacks, Books and a Penguin...

Hello Everyone,
After a busy summer season, it's time to get back in action and do some posts! The feeling of September is definitely in the air so for all those gearing up for the school year ahead, this one's for you.


Happy September! Chat again soon - Cheers, Holly

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Victoria Day Weekend 2014

This weekend I was lucky enough to spend the Victoria Day long weekend up in the Muskokas. Such beautiful scenery and rock formations I couldn't help but do a couple quick sketches while I was there…



Both images were sketched in pencil and coloured using watercolour pencils. I would love to play around with the second one a little more, adding colour and building up the scene a little more, so you may see this drawing again in the future :)



Hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend and cheers to a great week ahead!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Awesome Kmart Commercials

Just in case you haven't seen this one yet…


And while you're at it, check out these small Hass Avocados…


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

:P



Hehe, very cute. Love it when cats do this...

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Shop STUDIO HUDDLE: Holiday Show and Sale 2013

The holiday season is on it's way and that means it's almost time for STUDIO HUDDLE's annual holiday shop!




This is a great event that I love taking part in each year. There will be beautiful handmade pieces for everyone on your list (and they've included pieces for every budget!). This year I will be including a selection of Carrier Budge Greeting Cards, as well as a some prints and illustrations.

Come and see what some of Toronto's best makers have made!

Opening Shopping event:
THURS. DEC. 5th, 2013 | 4pm-10pm

STUDIO HUDDLE 
97 Niagara St., Toronto, ON, M5V 1C3

Shop open:
December 4th-Dec 22nd.

Hours:
WED-FRI: 4pm - 8pm
SAT & SUN: 11am - 6pm

For more information about the Shop STUDIO HUDDLE Opening Event, click HERE.
Hope you can make it out!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Upcoming Events: CARDED Exhibition 2013

Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside presents:


CARDED: REMARKABLE GREETING CARDS BY CANADIAN ARTISTS, ILLUSTRATORS AND DESIGNERS
NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 12, 2014

I am happy to be taking part in this wonderful show coming up at the Cambridge Galleries Design at Riverside. CARDED features hundreds of one-off, limited edition, and production cards for different occasions. Plus two special feature displays from the Canadian Heroes Series by illustrator and graphic designer Wendy Tancock and the Doug’s Garage Calendar Collection by artist Doug Guildford.



OPENING RECEPTION:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 6:30PM

CURATOR’S TEA AND TOUR:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2:00 – 4:00PM

Meet the designers and celebrate the CARDED exhibition with a spot of tea, a sweet and a tour of the exhibition led by Esther E. Shipman, curator at Cambridge Galleries IDEA | EXCHANGE Design at Riverside. Fabulous china teacups and saucers have been collected in anticipation of this event! Admission is free, though cash donations for the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank are encouraged. Exclusive sponsors of the Curator’s Tea are master specialty bakers Grandmother’s Bake Shoppe and Mary MacLeod Shortbread of Toronto, and artisanal tea purveyor Red Teapot Studio of Cambridge.
December 7, Gallery hours 10:00am – 5:00pm Tea Service from 2:00 – 4:00pm
Curator’s Exhibition Tour 3:00pm


CARDED Pop-Up Shop
Not to be missed – a Cambridge Galleries IDEA | EXCHANGE exclusive – unique cards and prints by CARDED exhibitors available for sale throughout the exhibition. Proceeds from the CARDED Pop-up Shop will support the artists and future curatorial projects at Cambridge Galleries IDEA | EXCHANGE.

Curated by Esther E. Shipman 

IMAGE ABOVE: Wendy Tancock, Pure Maple Syrup, Canadian Heroes Series, 2013. Image courtesy of the designer.

DESIGN@RIVERSIDE
7 Melville Street, Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
T: 519.621.0460 x 200


Gallery Hours*:
Tues – Thurs 12:00pm – 8:00pm, Fri 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sun 1:30 – 4:30pm

*Holiday hours in effect December 23 – January 2, 2014 



For more information visit www.cambridgegalleries.ca, call 519.621.0460 or follow on Twitter @CGalleries. Admission is free; all are welcome.