Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Sketch....another wise guy and some late winter fun!!!


I love love love owls.....almost as much as I love I created this super colourful watercolour and ink owl for Sunday Sketches today and also wanted to share our snow fun with you all ....

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We had a blast creating our last snowman for the season...(we hope) fingers crossed hoping that Spring will be right around the corner and we can start some fun gardening!!!

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Illustration Friday - Swarm

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I love bees...need I say more....

Bees were the first thing that came to mind when I saw this week's theme on IF....

Meet Tasha...the Queen Bee....she wasn't going anywhere from her hive...she was going to stay still her busy workers swarmed around her they kept her warm with their fluttering wings....and the scent of sweet honey made her hive even sweeter....

This would make a cool new outfit for Lady Gaga....wouldn't it?

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Learn something new every day....

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A wise old owl once told me to never stop learning...and that is what I try to do each and every could be something as simple as learning a new word...or something as fun as trying a new art technique...

This year I am focusing on a lot of learning....from web site design to getting into the nitty gritty of Art Licensing I will be doing a lot to grow not only as a person...but as an Illustrator and Designer....

I will keep you all posted as I learn new things and will share my experiences with you along the way....This week I am revamping my website with the design stuff I am learning and it is no easy the meantime I have pointed my sites to my blog and will re-launch my site when it's all ready for public

Happy Learning Everyone!!!

What are you thinking of trying or learning today?

My word of the day of


1. (Fine Arts) A circle, or disk, or any indication of radiant light around the heads of divinities, saints, and sovereigns, upon medals, pictures, etc.; a halo.

2. A cloud or atmosphere (as of romance or glamour) that surrounds a person or thing.

3. (Meteorology) A rain cloud.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Everyday should be a celebration!

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I think everyday you should celebrate life, family and we need a reason to be grateful...just waking and enjoying the simple things in life are reasons to celebrate....

My reasons to celebrate every day
  • being married to my Sweetie
  • being a Mom to our son Cole
  • doing art with my Son
  • waking up to my Dream Job
  • drawing each and every day
  • learning something new each day
  • cooking food for my family
  • sitting and enjoying a latte with my husband
  • talking about our dreams and imagining the future

just a few of the reasons I am so grateful for my life....
there are so many more....

I am grateful each and every day......
What are you grateful for today?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A full Sunday of Antiquing and some new inspiration .....

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I love love love spending a full Sunday wandering through antique shops and flea never ever know what you may is like a diver heading under water and finding large trunks filled with all sorts of things and sometimes you find hidden treasures.....I am a sucker for all things that are hand this cute hand carved bunny that is a is so adorable and the work that went into it makes me happy....just knowing that it was hand made makes it me!
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I also collect these silly things all the time....and today I snapped up this cool set that was also hand carved....amazing!
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and for some art projects I picked up this dictionary from is amazing with the cool illustrations in it...I think it will make some really neat additions to some mixed media work....and how silly that in this day and age ....there will be no printed dictionaries....pretty crazy!!! so this is a gem!!!

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oh and I fell in love with this artist from Copenhagen.....Bjorn Wiinblad....these amazing plates really inspired me today....this one above is January.....and I love it!!! I want them all....he created one for each month and I love his illustrations!!!

Bjorn Wiinblad was born in Copenhagen September 20, 1918.  He studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Rosenthal China of Germany and Nymolle Pottery of Denmark are among the more famous companies that commissioned him to design for them. His works can be found in museums all over Europe. He has also designed scenery for the Royal Danish Ballet and illustrated books and posters. He now resides twelve miles outside of Copenhagen in the town of Hjortekaer.

20 September 1918 - 8 June 2006
He lived a long and wonderful life...and it just goes to show you that you can enjoy a long and happy life if you do what you love....

I am very inspired by his work and by the amazing day I had with my two boys....

Happy Weekend!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Illustration Friday - Layer


Meet Wally, Raulph and Joey...they love to perform special shows at the Tropicana Theater. Under each layer you will find some hot spicy characters that go great with almost everything you eat....

I love onions!!!! just peel the outer layer and're ready to create something yummy and good....

Happy Friday....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

My Latest inspired pieces......another Giveaway .......and the winners of my OWOH Event......

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I have been in the Studio working away and created some fun new wearable art pieces....using one of my favorite little owls....I created these clay pendants and added a leather necklace to them....and today I will also be hosting a giveaway for one of these cute all you have to do is leave a comment here and congratulate my OWOH winners....and tell me where I can find you.....I will draw for this necklace in one be sure to pop back and see if you have won!!!

Drum roll please....and the winners are.....

Here are the 10 winners of my Sweet Guardian giveaway for the One World One Heart Event...thank you all for participating!!!

you can e-mail me your snail mail addresses here...

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A little birdy told get back to work in the Studio!

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It is so hard to get back to the groove of things after our vacation....especially in a tropical place...but the truth is I got so much inspiration from my here is the first piece I created since I got back from paradise....A special Bird that is titled....."extend a branch"

I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed creating it....

Happy Wednesday!!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!! I'm back from a Heavenly Vacation in the Dominican Republic....

Happy Valentine's Day 2011

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My wonderful husband (above with our friend Sofio...whom we met on the beach....) whisked me away to a dream vacation for my Birthday and Valentine's Day....We had the greatest time celebrating and enjoying all of the amazing scenery in the Dominican Republic.....We have some amazing shells that we got from this sweet man who travels 60 km a day to walk around with a hundred pounds of shells....his brother is a scuba diver who collects and polishes these beautiful shells....he was a really sweet man and we chatted with him much inspiration on this Island...from the beautiful people, scenery and history....there is plenty to make you get all the inspiration you need to start a whole series of an artist and illustrator....

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My brother and my sister-in-law joined us and we laughed and shared some amazing times!!!!

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the greatest company to have on any vacation....what a wonderful time !!!!
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below is my favorite Mexican inspired restaurant....I had some tasty treats at this place....

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This island is filled with inspiration where ever you look....even in our room...our sweet Maid Ester left us some flowers and sweets almost every day........

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not sure if any of you are fans of Passion Fruit....but I am!!! and I think I ate all of the fruit off the Island daily....this was one of my midnight snacks....the Passion Fruit in the Dominican was heavenly perfection....I so miss this.....
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This fan palm is one of my favorite trees there....I am in awe every time I see beautiful!!!!
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and the local art really inspired me.....aren't these pieces fun with the colours and the styles....just perfect in every way.....

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and you all know me...and food inspiration....I really enjoyed all this place had to offer with the culinary treats....very great food indeed.....
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my favorite breakfasts by the beach every morning.....we would sip our lattes and enjoy these tasty treats ....I guess eating breakfast by the beach makes it even more yummy!!!!
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and the flora and fauna.....I could barely blink in the event I would miss something totally spectacular....what a wonderful way to celebrate a Birthday and love......
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Awwwww.....nice to share these with you all.....I feel very blessed to have had this amazing experience......

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Not too happy to be back and away from the salty sea air....but I am so looking forward to seeing what you all have been up to!!!

Time to catch up with your blogs and say hello....

Thank you all for the visits while I was away....


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January 31st 2011 - Happy Birthday to me! and OWOH .....January 31st to February 17th 2011!!!! a special way to celebrate with all of you!!!

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A photo of me when I was a wee little girl and I started to draw!!!!

Family and amazing friends mean the world to me...and to be able to share my Birthday with my amazing family and friends is all I ever need to fill my heart.... January 31st was my Birthday!!! and I have been celebrating all weekend and week long....little outings with friends, the loves of my life and my amazing family....and memories....

Speaking of fun my Birthday cake my Mom and Dad picked up for our special Birthday dinner Sunday....This cake is my favorite cake in the world...just the smell of it takes me back to so many of my Birthdays growing up....and to think that the same Baker at the same Bakery has been creating these for my Birthdays year after year.....really blows my mind....

Today is a milestone Birthday and I feel very blessed to have family and friends in my life that really make my life full....

I also feel very blessed to have met so many amazing blog friends...and I share my cake with all of you today also....

Thank you all for being so sweet....

I am also participating in the OWOH FIFTH and FINAL One World One Heart help celebrate my Birthday and the last OWOH event I will be giving away several prints of my Sweet Guardians....all you have to do is leave me a comment here with a way to get a hold of you.....

You will be able to pick a special Guardian that will be shipped to you so you can frame her and enjoy her....

For those of you that are new to my name is Diana Evans and I am a full time Illustrator and Designer....I am published in the Children's Market and love to create art each and every day....I love in Ontario, Canada and learned about art from an early age from my Dad....I followed him around as he created amazing paintings and metal sculptures....Illustrating and painting full time has been a dream of mine all my life...and finally one day about 5 years ago I had an opportunity to follow my dreams and create each and every day.....I hope to meet many new blog friends through this wonderful event.....

I host all sorts of fun things on my blog...from daily art to free downloads you can print and create come follow me on my journey!!!! I also run a few fun shops main Etsy Custom work shop and my original art stamp shop....

I will be drawing for a bunch of these prints...they are 4inches x 6 inches and fit in standard frames...and I may also include some fun stamp giveaways from my stamp shop....and perhaps even a special custom piece from my Custom Stuff Etsy be sure to say hello!!! and let me know how to reach you!!!!

Winners will be announced Feb. 17th and I will email the winners as well as post it on my be sure to pop back!!!!

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