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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!