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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.
On Saturday I had the pleasure of painting at the grand opening of the new branch of the Royal Bank of Canada on Marine Drive, North Vancouver. It was a very wet day so business was slow but I painted some great kids and a couple of ladies who were going out later in the evening with fancy eye designs.
I had the opportunity to meet an Olympic torch bearer who had done his part in the relay and was a member of staff at the bank. I also met Olympic athlete Rukayata Abdulai who competed at the games in Beijing, is a Canadian long jump champion and won the 2009 BC Premier's Award for best female track and field athlete! She's looking forward to bringing home a medal for Canada at the London 2012 Olympic Games. RBC is a sponsor of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games here in February as well as the Paralympic Winter Games and co-sponsor of the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. www.rbc.com/rbcolympians
The day was also an opportunity to raise funds for the Canadian guide dog society which meant that there were dogs and puppies there too with their trainers. I could have painted them if I'd had another kit, and brushes, and sponges! It can be done! Snazaroo paint is great like that.
I had a great time even though it was so wet. Torrential rain kept away the crowds but that meant I had time to spend on some really great face designs. I was even able to practise my Olympic rings and painted 2 boys five times!
So even though it was a bit wet out, I think the day was a success for all involved and for me too. They were all very pleased and I passed out lots of cards. I even had an elderly gent tell me that he was falling in love with me as my face paint was "very pretty" and that I brought "joy to everyone". I blushed and shooed him away! His wife was standing right next to him! She said "it's obvious you're following your passion, I wish you all the luck". I thanked them and had to choke back a sob as they turned to leave. It was very humbling and I realised how blessed I am to have this opportunity. This IS my passion and I want to do so much more. I hope to paint my first pregnant belly soon: let me know if you are due in the Spring and I will paint you for free! First come first served! I'm also working on an ebook of easy step by step designs ready for Easter. I'm still working on the Halloween one, I guess it will be out in the Summer now!
I am thankful for a productive weekend and I hope for more work in this quiet post-Christmas period. Happy New Year!
I have to tell you quickly about my neighbour's daughter Sam. She's a stunner and I'm always pleased with my work that I do with her. She has cheek bones to die for and flawless skin AND she's only sixteen! I was asked to do her make-up for a boat cruise she was attending for a school function and wanted a black smokey eye. Well, I brushed up on my technique by catching up with my favourite make-up gurus on YouTube, making sure I had the latest info and colour ideas.
I started with the eyes after applying Urban Decay Primer Potion (love, love love this product!!!) to prime the eyes and make the colours last the whole evening. I applied a base of fawn coloured eye shadow from my 88 colour palette, all over the lid up to the eye brow, followed by a purple/black over the outer third of the lid and underneath the lower lash-line. I then intensified the crease and under the outer eye with a matte black to create the classic smokey eye. I then wiped under the eye to clear away fall-out and applied foundation, concealer, blush and highlighter to contour the face. I finished the look by applying false lashes and defining the eye brow with a brown brow pencil. Finally, to add festive sparkle we decided to line the top lid with a Glitter Liner gel from NYX in rainbow white glitter along the lash line, over the false lash band. Sam's mum completed the look by softly curling the hair and gently pinning back. (This photo was taken before the hair was done) See more photo's in the gallery. My fav model!!! Thanks Sam x
So Saturday I was painting at the Richmond Oval for the Royal Bank of Canada's Winter Carnival. I got to meet Leo the Lion, the mascot for the Olympic Torch Relay, sponsored by the RBC, and painted up a storm in the speed skating arena. I had a fantastic time and was very well looked after.
At one point a gentleman, a senior member of the banking staff, told me he had a formal event to go to that evening and would I mind painting his head! He wanted the Olympic Rings painted on the top of his bald head, which was a first for me, so I agreed! I felt a bit under pressure as his grandkids, wife and daughter looked on, taking video and photos. But it was fine and turned out really nicely. He was so pleased with his novel art piece that he gave me a tip too, which is always gratefully received! I also had the opportunity to update my rainbow butterfly, whaddya think?
A great day was had by all and I had a fab day too. Thanks to George and Isabel for their trust and enthusiasm in me and my work. You are very much appreciated x