Tag: art

Emerald & Echo

I’m not sure if I say this enough yet I love Instagram as it’s my best asset in finding new and exciting things around town.

I love how a picture alone can say a thousand things all with out sharing words. This is how I was inspired to reach out to Emerald & Echo a Local Artist with a twist.

One of the captivating things about art is that one piece of art can have several messages weaved through its intricate flow from the Artist.

Art is visually stimulating and we know it is very rich and personal as the Artist shares a bit of their soul through the creation of their art piece and yet sometimes there is much more than what the eye can see.

At first what I saw when going through Emerald & Echos timeline were old vinyl records painted with different ethereal feeling colours telling a story of their own.

Yet the magic for me came when I learned this was more than just beautiful vinyl records, this was a medium that was also reducing waste and a product that does not break down in a landfill.

A step further these albums music that is inlaid into its personal grooves sometimes become the inspiration for the art itself.

I absolutely fell in love and knew I wanted a 45 yet these albums are usually sold in sets and collections.

As I have a sweet tooth and love all things pink, soft and sparkly I asked if I could have a ‘Cotton Candy’ inspired piece.

I was thrilled to receive a couple of updates as the piece was being created and I even know which record was used.

It’s Raining this Morning by Patsy Gallant which you can hear here

I am happy to have ‘Cotton Candy’ home and on display with my other favourite cute things.

This is a very special art piece for yourself or as a gift as these are one of a kind and each hold their own story.

Air Ink – Matt Michaluk

One of the many romantic concepts of the car culture I enjoy is honouring the traditions of the past.

Photo by Dwayne Carson

As we explore new ideas through builds by way of speed and design we will always reference the past in one shape or form.

Photo by Matt Michaluk

Pinstriping is a classic example, this art form is the medium of painting lines to draw attention, embellish and highlight the shapes or forms of a vehicle. 
Photo by Matt Michaluk
Pinstriping’s history started before the running engine and today remains a sought out detail to embellish ones ride desired by car enthusiasts.

Photo by Adrien Wagner
Liquorice my Little KIA Soul has been my source of pride and freedom because she helps keep my blog alive by transporting me to events and adventures here on Vancouver Island.

It was only a matter of time for Liquorice to earn her stripes and to have her name properly displayed.

The art of pinstriping is something I have admired for as long as I can remember, it was appropriate now that I honour the tradition too.

I believe here on the Island we are very lucky to have very technically skilled Tradesmen, Craftsmen and Artists close at hand. What always sets these people apart is their passion.

Photo by Matt Michaluk
I was grateful when my path crossed with Matt. As you can see for yourself we have a real solid contributor to our community. How lucky are we…!

Photo by Adrien Wagner
Wether you know Matt in person or not you will undoubtedly know his work as his hand has touched many surfaces.

Photo submitted by Matt Michaluk
For Liquorice, I left all creative licence to Matt with simple direction of names and he went straight to working his magic.

I am really thrilled with the end results and super happy to see the different items Matt has striped.

At the recent Grease, Gears and Grooves event Matt was set up doing on the spot work like this 5420 for Christian Dobell, lead Guitarist and Singer for the The Hell Katz.

Photo by Christian Donell
Matt also did the custom paint and striping of the prize fridge and bench for the events raffle and the prizes for the Car show, both which were hosted by Vancouver Island Chapter of The Roadmen Car Club.

Photo by Gary Keay
It does not matter what you own yet beauty is often found in the details, so may I suggest getting Matt to detail something for you.

Photo by Next Level Audio
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Becca’s Bombshells: The Pin-up Art of Becca Whitaker

It has been a defining year for me and I have had a lot of growth with Boss Mare Betty, not only in numbers and fans yet from what I have learned about myself.

This year came with new changes for me, I took on home-schooling my two boys, my time became even more controlled and in the same hand I seemed to take on more and more.

It was time to take Betty to the next level.

If there is one thing I do know about myself is that I am a very visual person, I really adore all kinds of art mediums and am truly enticed and appreciate looking at things that appeal to me.

I have such an abstract way of thinking and I have allot of bigger than life ideas how things might look, it is hard to take a camera picture to encompass all that Betty represents to me in one image.

It came to me since I am not in an environment that Professional photography is an option for me that I should seek an alternative medium to represent Betty’s image.

This is when I was introduced to, Becca’s Bombshells: The Pin-up Art of Becca Whitaker

The art was clean, very well done and regardless of how much was going on in a picture, such as background, small details of tattoos the pieces were not cluttered or complicated.

I was so hooked..!

Becca has been sought out and drawn gorgeous creatures and the most popular and noted Pin-up’s.

Becca is lovely, warm and receptive and I felt safe sharing my ideas and that she would do the best to represent me. As I did not have great reference material for the collaboration I was looking for I knew I was throwing her a challenge and I knew she would be up for it.

One of the key players in my drawing is not even complete yet and we are excited to use Becca’s rendering as a goal to work towards in regards to Betsy my 54 Chevy Two-Ten wagon.

I found it easy to communicate my desires and Becca was super professional and friendly with me through the process.  After sharing my ideas of what I wanted to have included for sure I sent some reference material and Becca said she would get back to me with a general sketch.

Can you say super excited and I was not sure how I was going to wait.

Nearing the completion of the image I got to put in my 2 cents regarding a couple of details that tickled me pink yet I am still in awe how well this image has come together.

I am really glad I went this route and I look forward to the ways I can share this image with others.

If you are in the market to be re-created or you are interested in purchasing this style of imagery check out Becca’s Page, you will be glad you did.. xx


BmB by Becca W