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This past May I put in a proposal to the City of Yellowknife’s call for painting various electrical/traffic control boxes around town.  I sent in 4 drawings like this one below.

When I was designing for this project I had a number of things that I wanted to consider.

1.  The final painting will be seen from a vehicle driving past (I had no idea which box I would possibly get) which meant that the design needed to be large and adaptable.

2. Winter lasts a long time up here, so I felt that the design needed to be something colourful and cheerful.

3. I love painting flowers, so painting something I know really well seemed to make sense.  Plus I could paint flowers that grows in profusion around Yellowknife – Wild Roses (one of my favourites). I got to indulge in one of my favourite colours – Pink!

4. And I wanted to address something that is of concern – aka the Bee population.

In the end there were 15 boxes to be painted.  I got allocated a box right here:

It was most likely the busiest corner in all of Yellowknife, which had its own challenges as you can imagine.

There were a lot of firsts with this project.  It was the first time I have painted outside.  It was the first time I have painted this large.  As well, it was the first time I painted on metal.

There were many challenges to deal with.    I had recently hurt my back, this meant that I really had to be mindful of how I moved while I was painting.  As soon as my back allowed I got to working on the mural.

The weather was hot this July and when I returned from our holidays in August.  I was painting outside in temperatures ranging from a very cool 10C (I wished I had long johns on that evening) to 30C.

Another challenge were the amount of interruptions that happened every time I was painting.  I enjoyed (for the most part) interacting with people as I don’t get to do that day to day in my studio, but I have to say that it took a lot of energy and then it added so much more time. It took me more twice as long (well maybe even more) to get the painting completed than others who’s boxes were in more out of the way places or even a few blocks over on Franklin.

The wind was yet another challenge that I hadn’t considered.  LoL!  It made the paint dry faster and made it hard to hold my image to see where I needed to go next.  Thankfully I figured out the ball cap to keep my hair from being in the way before I started.

The last big challenge was the constant beeping from the cross walks.  This nearly drove me batty.  Thankfully my son Sean borrowed me his noise cancelling headset so I could listen to podcasts and not listen to the beep, beep, beep, beep…

When I got the box assigned to me, I went down to check it out,  I discovered that the traffic control box has two smaller boxes attached to the large main box.  I had intended to wrap the flowers around the box. But this wasn’t going to work so well on this box.  See below a bit of the painting progression. I kept forgetting to take photos each time I finished painting for the day.

This meant that I had to put on my artist-problem-solving-thinking-cap on.  One morning I woke up with the idea of painting the sides of the small boxes pink and putting quotes on them.  Thanks to Janet at Signed for printing them for me and to my friend Henri Brown for helping to put them on!  

I also have to thank Kelly Bluck for coming to watch my stuff so I could take bathroom breaks, which allowed me to stay and paint longer.  🙂 I was limited to 2 hours until she came to my rescue.

I have been told that people stop at my mural and walk around the whole box to read the four quotes on the mural:  “When the flower blossoms, the bee will come.” ‘Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.’  “The Earth laughs in flowers.”  ‘A flower blooms for its own joy.’   That makes me smile.

Head over to my facebook page to see a short video I did of all 4 sides. ‘Like’ me while you are there.  There is a give away coming up real soon.

Here I am at the end.  I am happy with the results and also happy to have it done.  I do hope in February, when winter is in full swing, that my mural will cheer people up and remind them that indeed the wild roses will bloom again in a few short months.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you again soon.




All I can say is WOW!  What an amazing amazing weekend.  The space looked fabulous.  We had an amazing turn out on Friday night and steady people on Saturday. Great sales!  Photos will follow from our photographer soon.

Here are the paintings that I completed for the show:

1041 Greeting a New Day Sunflower 02 SOLD

Greeting the New Day, 11×14, SOLD

1043 Question Mark Candle 03SOLD

How Old?, 8×10, SOLD1045 After the Bee Left SOLD

After the Bee Left, 11×14, SOLD1049 Tiger Lillies 04 SOLD

Sun Kissed, 8×10, SOLD
1050 All You Need for a Kiss 04 SOLD

All You Need for a Kiss, 5×7, SOLD1053 Nastursium 05 SOLD

Nasturtium, 5×7, SOLD1054 2 U the SunSOLD

2 U the Sun, 11×14, SOLD

1057 Monet Monet SOLD

Monet Monet, 11×14, SOLD1058 Tears of JoySOLD

Tears of Joy, 11×14, SOLD
1059 Sundrenched 05 SOLD

Sundrenched, 5×7, SOLD

1056 Nasturtiums II 05 SOLD

Nasturtium II, 8×10, SOLD1051 Hearts Hang Together1 04.11.13*

Hearts on a Line, 8×10, 150.00 Available1052 Wild Rose III 04 SOLD

Wild Rose, 5×7, SOLD1055 Just Add Cranberry Juice 05.15.13*Just Add Cranberry Juice, 8×10, 150.00 Available1027 Blossoms SOLD

Summer Sky, 8×10, SOLD

What an adventure this has been!  A year of research, planning and implementing so many ideas all came together.  And I am SMILING ear to ear!!!!!

Thank you to Hilary for helping me find a wonderful outfit and for the lovely earrings, Henri and Sharolynn for staffing the sales table on a crazy Friday night, Lynn who helped us to set up and take down, Myranda for her creative naming of some of my pieces, Alexander for the photographer and the pretty gluten free cupcakes (which were totally yummy), Cathie for the help with the Press kit and the yummy catered food for our “Evening with the Artists”,  Ian for putting up with my crazy work schedule and how I take over the whole house, and last but not least, Kevin for saying YES when I asked him if he would like to do this with me.  I have so many people in my life who cheer me on and are happy for my success.

06.10.13 Packaged up

Sunday was a glorious day!  I wrapped all the paintings and took them to their new homes.  Thank you to all those who can say they are new collectors of my work!  Your support is certainly appreciated!

See you on Thursday.  Now to sort out the crazy messy house I am left with! 😉 Wish me luck.

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