In 7 days time the Vancouver Winter Olympics will begin!
I am so excited - it’s amazing how it has become a real part of my family’s vocabulary. We have the obligatory flag on the car, a poster in our front window and of course, all five of us have the mittens!
I am happy to announce that I will be face painting at the 'Paint The Town Red' event to welcome the Olympic Torch when it arrives at Lynn Valley Village Plaza on Wednesday 10th February. I will be there from 10am until 1pm painting young and old with images of Maple Leaves, mascots and Inukshuks and anything else that people might want on the day. The Torch will have travelled for 104 days across the whole of Canada on it’s journey to light the Olympic Cauldron on the 12th to mark the start of the Games. I will also be painting at the same location on Sunday 14th Feb as part of ‘Valley Fest’, a 17 day celebration of the Olympic Spirit for the people of Lynn Valley with huge LED screens broadcasting highlights of the day’s sporting events as well as food, beverages and other entertainment for all members of the family.
In preparation for these events I have been practicing my Olympic themed paintings as well as some that are a bit more ‘out of the box’! Using the blue and green graphic logos as inspiration and also the pink Cultural Olympiad logo to create faces that are a bit different. Face painting is such a great activity to have at a sporting or community event. By having your face painted, you feel included in the festivities and it acts almost like a mask, encouraging you to lose a bit of your inhibitions and cheer, dance, celebrate without feeling silly as it’s the spirit of the event that unites people and that’s a feeling I want to promote!
I hope I get to see some of you at the Lynn Valley Village Plaza. Bring your friends and families and enjoy this special time for Canada and the World! I am donating 50% of my fee back to the event as this was something I really wanted to be involved with. Talk soon and check back in regularly for the latest photos of my experiences in the gallery.