Monday, May 22, 2017

First

If I die first my fiancé says she will sprinkle some of my ashes in the shoe section of Holt Renfrew

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rainy day art (My hedonistic day off!) lol

Had the day off and did some painting!
Recently discovered the philosopher Alan Watts. Good painting music (not really music, but more like lectures on Eastern philosophy for Western civilization)
For some reason listening to something academic helps me concentrate when I do art. Left brain/right brain connection? Who knows. Anyways, here are some pretty things I made to look at haha! :)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Cuuuuute new card for Mother's Day!

Link here:

"Turning 30 crisis"

I thought I had defeated the big 3-0. As it crept up I told people I was already 30. It didn't bother me because I had accomplished so much for someone my age, I told this to my close friends(too modest to make such a statement to strangers). My career was kick ass. I had been a fashion designer in 3 countries and designed for huge fashion brands. I switched into costumes in the film industry and I was doing awesome. I was engaged and really happy. I tipped my head back, closed my eyes, felt the sun on my eyelids, and smiled.
But then my birthday approached in the same way you realized the first time that "water resistant" is NOT the same thing as "water repellant"....I started to feel the REAL 30 creep in and the soggy feeling start.
Up the cuffs at first, and then pouring in through all the seams like a dark cold night on set when you have nothing else to change into because you didn't know your jacket wasn't built for this. You thought you were ready, but now you realize you weren't at all.
First, there was the eye cream. Do my eyes look dark? You guys... I think I have circles under them? What is this microscopic line....WTF is that an eye wrinkle? Then there was the concealer. The clothes that made me feel matronly because the neck was too high. I put on my push-up bra and winked at myself in the elevator. Next my hair started to feel like a heavy mop. "Goodbye my love!" I sang dramatically and laughed as the hairdresser with blue hair chopped me some new bangs: taking me back if felt like at least five years. I laughed but a silent darkness fell off my lap like the long locks of hair she cut off. If nothing else, at least the bangs covered the one big happy/surprise wrinkle on my forehead. The first of many laugh wrinkles to come in the decades ahead.
Post haircut, running down Granville Street using my antique pink crepe silk jacket as an umbrella to keep my new bangs dry I smiled up at the rain. I'm not too old to forget an umbrella. An optimist. And if there is one thing I've learned at the ripe old age of 30, don't kick the shit out of yourself, life will do that for you! The things that are most beautiful about a person increase with age(usually, or eventually with the help of prescription meds once you become elderly and the people who take care of you drug you).
I'm not repellent to the real ness of aging. I'll let the rain of life pour down on me. Bring on the wrinkles. And the eye cream. But also the wisdom to be playful, silly, and sometimes forget my raincoat so I can put my head back, feel the raindrops on my eyelids, and smile.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My LGBTQ greeting card company!

Hey guys!
I have a new item on my Etsy shop!
People are really loving this one so I thought I would mention it here.

Also also also!
A few new designs:
I want to whisper sexy things in your ear. Like, "grilled cheese" card

Congrats on the en(gay)gement card


I'm glad you swiped right card


F*ck you glitter bomb card
Ship your enemy glitter! The herpes of crafting!

Why just burn a bridge when you can set the whole town on fire card

Let's cuddle card

And this one has original artwork by yours truly!:)
Lesbian "love you" card

There are tons more designs you can check out here:
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/brandymarsdesigns

Monday, January 23, 2017

First Etsy Review!

Got my first ever Etsy review and pretty freaking jazzed!
https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/469310802/i-want-to-whisper-sexy-things-in-your

Sunday, January 8, 2017

the film maker

Done for today. Need to tone more orange and less pink. 
But overall happy with it. 
I think with another 8-16 hours it should be kicka**

Here's an earlier photo of the painting of my brother.
As you can tell I'm painting over an old painting from when I lived in Montreal lol

aaaaaaaand 
haha
 this is where it started
Was playing around with skin colour and liked the warm tones in this photo of him.
Obviously didn't intend to paint the entire face but then I liked the eye so much I kept going.
Anyways, that's kind of how art goes
(and if I'm being poetic, life)

Friday, January 6, 2017

shading

I've been trying lately to only paint things that challenge me.

First was fur. 
Then my white/golden dog. 
Next, something with a ton of intricate shading.
And then, a dude. 

It's easy to stay in your comfort zone. 
But it's really rewarding to conquer something you aren't familiar with.
And then to high five yourself.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Valentine's Day Sale

Give your boo something this Valentine's Day they can't get anywhere else! 
A personal commissioned painting! 
Offer ends Valentine's Day