Anthropomorphic creatures invading Leslieville

A few weeks ago I painted a utility box in Leslieville with these cutiepies all holding hands. What can I say; I’m a cheeseball. Go check’em out on the corner of Queen East and Jones!

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It’s so cool knowing that these guys are just OUT THERE, hanging out on the corner, being seen by hundreds of different people a day, and all these people are being affected by the painting in some way, however small… Neato, man. Hope it brings lots of smiles!

QWAC 2015, and addressing long absences

First of all, THIS:

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It’s ONE WEEK until the Queen West Art Crawl, my favourite annual Toronto outdoor art festival. Heck yes! I will be smiling away in booth L30. Come say hi!!!! This is also the first year I’ve decided to try something different from the Billions Pass Through this Landscape series at this show. Allow me to introduce you to my whimsical, dream-like watercolours of personal-encouragement!

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Also, I realize that this is my first post on here in 10 months. Woah. Interestingly, that’s around the time I started using Instagram for my artwork. It seems I only have the capacity to keep on top of one form of social media at a time. Anyway, I pretty much forgot I had an art blog, but I’ll try to start using it more again. I’m not going to pretend that I plan on starting to blog all the time, but ya know, once or twice a month would be nice. We’ll see.

See you soon at QWAC!!

xo
-Candace

In the Round

It’s once again been a long time since I posted on here. Ugh, can you tell I’m not fond of blogging? Anyone else want to do this for me?! Seriously. Blarg.

Anyway, I’m much more excited about participating in this fun art show than I am about writing a stupid blog about it. But I guess I gotta tell you SOMEHOW, so here ya go: I’m in a really groovy group show at Graven Feather for the rest of this month. Every piece is created on a 5″ disc of wood. The show looks really cool and you should totally check it out.

Le Details:

In The Round: group show
EXHIBITION November 6 -29th 2014
Graven Feather: 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
Gallery hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 7

Pretty much all the pieces are for sale (at least mine are, but only two are still available, so ACT NOW if you want them… am I convincing you yet?) and every piece is set at only $45. Support a lovely local gallery and a whole lot of creative local artists and maybe head down this month for some holiday gift shopping -whaddya say?

In the Round

In the Round II

Happy November! xo

QWAC STARTS TOMORROW! plus, new small art pieces!

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I’ve been watercolouring my original drawings from this series (and there are new drawings, too!), and now I’m making small prints of them on pretty wood panels for the show this weekend. C’mon down!

The Queen West Art Crawl is in Trinity Bellwoods Park (Queen Street West) in Toronto, this Saturday September 13 and Sunday September 14, from 11am to 6pm both days. I’ll be in booth N29 (near the tennis courts) hoping to see you.

…And the weather forecast just got more promising for this weekend! WOO HOO! Come support local artists in a super cool part of town and hang out in a park with me and lots of other cool cats.

xo!

The Kernel of Strength

Some time ago I attended an authentic movement workshop and it was a powerful, moving experience, largely because I let it be. The beautiful environment with its reassurance of safety and judgelessness, and the guidance and structure of the workshop were all wonderful, but if you’re gonna get in your own way and decide to sit with your walls up, then you’re not going to help move the emotions through and get anywhere, right? So I decided that I was going to offer myself up and move as I felt compelled to move, and not worry about what it might look like. That’s rather the point of such a practice. Not that I didn’t feel resistance in myself: I held back on the noises-front and would love to become freer with that one, but decided that a practice devoted to free movement meant that movement was the place to start. And so that was what I opened myself up to. And in opening up and moving freely, I saw some lovely images drift into my mind’s eye. The one that I ended up painting afterward is this simple image:

Kernel of Strength

I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with a lot of changes in my life at the time, and there was a lot of sadness and fear with some of those changes, and as I lay on the floor in this workshop with tears sliding into my hair in sweet release, it was this image I was seeing.

It is the kernel of strength in the centre of my sadness. It is the untouchable seed that is forever ready to explode with potential. It is what is solid at my core and the sadness around it is merely the situation, the context, NOT the actual centre of myself. However close that swirling blue sea may come, that kernel of strength emits such a buffer of light that it is protected and – I know – ever-present.

And there is such a seed at the centre of everyone. I know mine is there because I can feel it: I’ve tested it and rubbed up against it enough times that its reality has been reminded to me time and again. And it is so good to know that it is there. But others may not have felt it before – perhaps have not had to find out, and both can be good things in their way. But however poised and polished we try to be, at the end of the day we are tough, scrappy, beautiful animals, hell-bent on surviving, and we are made of some strong shit. 

If you feel like you’re drowning in work, obligations, fear, sadness, or whatever else, please allow me to remind you that you are stronger than you think you are, and that you have a kernel of strength at the centre of everything – untouched by all else – and it is inextinguishable, unsmashable, and undrownable. Always.

-xo

candace

New show at Art Yard

Howdy art peeps,

I’m in another group show at Art Yard this month – some of the same other artists as last time (but with different work), and many new artists. I’ve got 10 pieces is this show and I’d sure they’d be happy to be visited by you. The show starts TODAY and ends on June 26th.

Come on down to the reception on Saturday June 21 from 4pm to 6pm if ya wanna hang out with yours truly and a bunch of other cool cats surrounded by a diverse mix of funky art. Aw heck yeah.

Art Yard is at 30 Abell Street (off Queen West, near Trinity Bellwoods) in Toronto. See ya there!

All show deets here.

This is my heart, and it’s green and leafy and growing.

I’m drawing the chakras in flowers! Well, I’m watercolouring them. And there don’t tend to be a lot of green flowers out there, because the rest of the plant is so often all green, and flowers have a different purpose than their chlorophyl-containing plantbody-parts (ssssssssex organs!), so green they ain’t.

So rather than an actual flower for the green heart chakra, I painted some beautiful foliage. It’s a tropical plant and I don’t know the name – if you can identify it for me, please do! – but I painted it from a picture of a lovely plant I saw in the caribbean on vacation. (Mmmmmm, St. Maarten!)

Here it comes in stages!

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You can see the final image on my website. 5 more flowers to go, and then I have plans for them…

Wall to Wall 2: Group Show at Art Yard (with reception on May 15)

Heya! Just wanted to let y’all know that I’ve got a couple pieces up in a new gallery just off Queen West called Art Yard. It looks like this inside:

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But it sure doesn’t look that way on the outside – there’s some crazy construction going on in the area, which has unfortunately been extended so that now it’s still rough looking while this show is happening, but it’s okay! It’s lovely inside! If you’re driving or walking through a desolate construction zone, YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AND SOON YOU WILL BE SURROUNDED BY ART AND WILL GET THE CHANCE TO MEET A LOVELY LADY NAMED NATASZA WHO IS DOING GREAT THINGS INSIDE THIS SPACE!

So c’mon down and hang out with me for the opening reception! It’s on Thursday, May 15 from 7pm – 10pm at 30 Abell Street in Toronto. If you think you wanna come, RSVP here.

A lil’ collaboration

I know this amaaaaaaaaaazing, blows-my-mind artist who works under the name Psychelation (psychelation.com) and he drew a very handsome lion. A very sexy lion, in fact. And it was a commission, and so he was requested to have the lion holding up an all-seeing eye, which he drew of course. But he wasn’t stoked about that part of it, so he made a print of the lion, and I painted a hunk of amethyst in watercolours, and set that into the lion’s hands, covering up the other. I’m honoured to have been able to add something of mine into such an incredible drawing, and hope there will be many more collaborations to come with this flippin’ genius!

lion collaboration

psychelation + mad rabbit