Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mini Paintings - Inspired by some of my favorite famous paintings....



Hi Everyone...

On our vacation I had thought about messing around with some mini-paintings....

and you know I had to incorporate cupcakes in them some how...lol

So here are the ink sketches...I will be painting these and posting them in colour....






These are a tribute to some of my all time favorites.....
  • Picasso - "Woman with Book" in my case it is "Woman with cupcake"
  • Grant Wood - "American Gothic" in my case they pierced a cupcake with the fork
  • Leonardo Da Vinci - "Mona Lisa" in my case I created 2....she is one of my favorites....she is waiting to eat her cupcake...
  • Rene Magritte - "Son of Man" I always picture a cupcake instead of the green apple on this one...
  • Edward Munch - "The Scream" ...something I always do when I see a great cupcake...

Well I hope these brought a smile to your day....

Who are some of your favorite painters and pieces...I would love to know...

Thanks for popping in and saying hello!

Hugs

Diana

Monday, July 28, 2008

Some Vacation Photos...a video .....and some wrist candy I worked on....

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to share some photos from our vacation...I love seeing Cole's expression when he learns new things...
The view at the cottage is amazing and I love having my morning coffee just sitting on the deck overlooking the wonderful view....

Here is our munchkin Cole enjoying the wonderful weather....we could barely get him out of the water...lol

Thanks for popping by and saying hello!

I also added a shot of some of the bracelets I made for my wrist candy shop....

I have to photograph them and get them in the shop....

Have a great night and pop by tomorrow as I will be posting my mini painting series I started on my vacation...they are hilarious..heheh
Well hugs!!!
Diana




sunset boating is always my favorite!





Minnie enjoys the lake as much as we do!



videoBrad and his brother Robert (my brother-in-law) skiing together...I had to add this because the way Robert wipes out .....it is too funny!!!! hehehehe

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I'm Back!


Hi Everyone...
I am back home from a wonderful family vacation! We all headed up to the Evans' family cottage in Huntsville for a week of water skiing, tubing and eating!
It was a blast and we lucked out because the weather at home was awful all week....and up North it was wonderful!
I have so much fun stuff to post about some projects I worked on...but till I get unpacked and settled I wanted to share some of the mini-paintings that I created for that give away....
Here are the treats for some wonderful blog friends....
Hope you enjoy them....
It is nice to be connected again and I missed all of you!!!
hugs
Diana

Friday, July 18, 2008

Illustration Friday - "Enough"....and I am off on vacation!




Hi Everyone...

This week's theme on IF is "Enough" and my take is inspired by a girl named Madison...

no matter how many pairs she bought...
it was never ENOUGH!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend... and I will see you all after my break!

Cheers,
Diana







Thursday, July 17, 2008

An Interview and My new Articles on Savvy Auntie....






Hi Everyone....



The talented Dot featured an interview about me on her blog yesterday...pop by and check it out...thanks Dot...I loved all your questions....





I also wanted to let you know about my expertise articles on savvy auntie.

The site was officially launched last week in beta and I am pretty pleased with the look and feel of it....

That's me on the Featured Expertise page..... I am a children's book expert on the site and I write articles and reviews for savvy aunties. I really enjoy working on these articles....

Have a wonderful day and thanks for popping by!
Cheers,
Diana

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Hand Painted Cupcake Shirt


Hi Everyone...
I was shopping around for the perfect cupcake shirt and never found anything that I loved so I decided to start hand painting special order cupcake shirts...
Here is the one I made for me...I added some sparkle that looks fab in the sun...
Hope you enjoy it!!!
I think I will make a whole bunch of designs for this one....
To commission a special cupcake shirt for you, your child or anyone that loves to smile you can send me an e-mail...
info(at)dianaevans(dot)ca
Cheers,
Diana

Monday, July 14, 2008

One more to go....Happy Birthday Dearest Son...we Love you!

Make a wish!

Hi Everyone...

We had a wonderful time for our son's second Birthday Party...

This year we are having two parties...

One with all our friends and their children...this was on Saturday July 12th.... we had 18 people over and it was a blast....

and Cole is lucky that on his actual Birthday which is July 15th he is having another party with family...



He was so excited when everyone sang Happy Birthday and his smile when he blew out his candle was priceless....

I made a special cake for him...Strawberry and Lemon....and then I used a print of the painting I made for him as a cake topper...
and there are a few cupcakes left in the corner.....

Brad and I worked on the decorations....



Cole and some friends in the pool...what fun!











Cole loves his tractor ...just like Daddy's lawn mower...hehehe






Cole opening his gifts...anything with wheels...is a huge hit!







a midnight snack with some friends...







Thursday, July 10, 2008

Will be working on Cole's Birthday stuff....but I will be back ....

Hi Everyone....


I will be a busy bee over the next few days getting ready for Cole's 2nd Birthday Party...


It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since his 1st Birthday....


He is becoming the sweetest little man ever...


I will be making special decorations that I laminate....


I have to make some yummy cupcakes.... and his traditional Huge Birthday Cake....
I am so excited because Cole will be able to blow out his candles this year...since he managed to help Grandpa blow out his at his Birthday....
I will be back once the party is over and the bon fire is out....so in the mean time I thank you for popping by and I leave you with some memories from his 1st Birthday ....
Hugs
Diana


yummy cake ...it barely fit in the fridge...lol
my special monkey cupcakes...

the Birthday boy!!!!








the tables on our deck....







and the BBQ'd chickens....

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Nominated for 3 awards...thank you so much!




Hi Everyone...

What a wonderful day indeed....I have been nominated for the Brillante Weblog Premio-2008...by three wonderful artists






Thank you so much Nancy, Carli and Adrian....I am thrilled that you think I am worthy of this award......



The rules of accepting are as follows:

1) Put the logo on your blog
.2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

I have so many wonderful and talented friends on-line...and I am thrilled to award this to them...


Here are the seven artists I would love to nominate for this award....


Andi Butler she is such a wonderful illustrator and you have to check out some of the books she has worked on...I am so addicted....and she bakes the most amazing cupcakes!!!


Kevin - Closet Cooking is one of the most amazing cooks ever...if you ever need a new recipe and some amazing photos to go along with it...pop by his blog...you better eat before you go...he makes me hungry!


Melissa Langer - pugnotes she is the most amazing with all of her artwork...if you love animals ...especially cute pugs ...you have to pop by and see some of her work...you will love it....


Emily G she is a sweet Swedish girl with a very unique style of illustration...you will love all her bunnies and her great ideas....


Heather Robinson she is one of the most amazing collage artists....I am very lucky to have her art in my studio...pop by and check things out...she has something new each day!


Marianne - Mandalas and More she is such a sweet friend and I love her unique mandalas...these pieces are very special....I also love that she has my art all the way in the Netherlands....


Honor Bowden she is the coolest and hippest with a multitude of talents from web design to illustration to fine art....you will love her amazing ladies....


Have a wonderful night and pop by tomorrow to see some more art...


Hugs

Diana

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sample for Kathy Griffin...


Hi Everyone...
I watched Kathy Griffin in action on some great Comedy shows and then on Seinfeld....one of my all time favorite shows...she is hilarious....
When my Agent contacted me to do a sample for her I was thrilled to say the least....
Here is the sample...
Hope you enjoy it...and thank you for popping by my blog...I love your visits...
Cheers,
Diana

Monday, July 7, 2008

Turtles...turtles ...rah rah rah! Arty Girlz Challenge Blog - Sketch



Hi Everyone....


I am busy with some mini-paintings that are part of my give aways...so in the mean time I thought I would post one of my character sketches and since the theme on Arty Girlz Challenge Blog this week is sketch I am adding it there too...


I did a study on some sea turtles for a potential children's book...



Here is my character...


I love turtles....

Cheers,

Diana

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Some Wonderful Fiber Art from Fannie Narte

Hi Everyone....

It is amazing how blog land can link you to so many wonderful and talented people....

I was lucky enough to meet Fannie Narte...An artist with one of the biggest hearts ever....

She works in various mediums but her specialty is Fiber Art....


Her work is so detailed and so perfect that you can hardly believe it when you see it in person....

She is so passionate about life and all the wonder in this world...it is always great to visit her blog and share in her wisdom.

This week she is having a special blog anniversary....each day that she posts art...till July 13th will end up in a draw for people that visit and take part in her festivities....how cool is that!!!

I was lucky enough to purchase a few pieces of her art in her Etsy Shop....

She also sends me wonderful gifts from time to time and I am so blessed to be able to enjoy her work.....She added a beautiful Collector ACEO and this most amazing art quilt....

Everything she creates has a special meaning and a story behind it....you can't help but get addicted to her magic....

Have a wonderful day and pop by Fannie's blog for more wonderful art...

Cheers,
Diana


Friday, July 4, 2008

Illustration Friday " Sour" Happy July 4th!







Happy July 4th to all of my Friends in the USA....

May you have a wonderful day with family & friends...

This week's theme on IF is "Sour" ....so I created my sour lemon girl....she serves up the best lemonade ever!

Have a great weekend!
Cheers,
Diana
and I had to make you all a special July 4th Cupcake!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Weeding, Weeding...Gone....


Hi Everyone....
I haven't had the chance to finish off some of my illustrations because I have been outside weeding all of our gardens....
I am happy to say that we finished weeding the front garden, the vegetable garden and I managed to trim my box wood garden...




Brad built Cole his own sand box since we could barely get him to leave the beach...
he loves it....

my box wood garden



my yummy vegetable garden ...we are eating all kinds of yummy lettuces and baby greens these days...I can't wait till we can eat some yummy peppers and tomatoes...with basil...
Minnie always keeps me company when I work in the garden...she is so sweet.....



and I love the lavendar...as I work I can smell it and it is relaxing....
I will be working on my give aways this weekend!!!
Thanks for popping by...
Hugs
Diana





Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wonderful Art from Nancy Lefko ....and the names from my draw....

Hi Everyone...

I just received an ACEO I purchased from Nancy Lefko....you have to pop by her blog....her work is so wonderful and so warm....

I just love my new ACEOs....yeah she sent me a bonus ACEO and I am thrilled to have these in my studio....

A few days back I posted about my draw for some give aways...

well today Cole picked 5 names out of the basket.....but the last one had two so I am having 6 give aways....




The following people will get something in the mail from me ...so please send me your address via e-mail.... info(at)dianaevans.ca...

Melissa , Cindy , Emily, Kate , Jess, & Mark


Have a wonderful day!!!

Hugs
Diana


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day! Back from a Long Weekend up at Wasaga Beach

Happy Canada Day!

We just got home from a nice long weekend up at our Family Cottage in Wasaga Beach....
It was a great time and we enjoyed so many wonderful outings and food of course...

I will be doing my draw from my 251st post later this week so pop by to see if you won....today we will be enjoying friends and swimming and some great food...

Have a wonderful Canada Day!!!!!












Cole loves the beach and the water....
























I made some cupcakes in the sand....


Cole checked out a cute 4x4





Brad, my brother Ignatius and Cole played and built some sand castles....




My Dad BBQ'd some whole chickens that he butterflied over the bon fire pit...he is one of the best wood bbq'ers I know...


oh man were these good!








 
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