Monday, December 20, 2010

Holiday Wishes!

Yesterday I finished my last commission piece before the holidays, and this morning I woke up to snow!
Just in time for the solstice! It is finally starting to feel like it's time to celebrate!

.... now, to finish tidying the house before the guests start arriving!

May it bring warmth, wonder and unbridled inspiration...

Tsavo Tootskie Wonder Dog & Melissa.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

HUGE SALE @ my etsy shop!

In case you don't live here in paradise- and can't make Sundays show... but still want to get in on the deals,
I am having a huge sale, this weekend only at my etsy shop! And there is a bunch of new listings too!

You will find big BIG savings, and there is still time for them to get there for Christmas!

So check some things off the list for your loved ones....or maybe a little something for your self ; )

Friday, December 10, 2010

Season Wrap up!


10 am till 3:30 pm

Location: Maritime Heritage Centre on Historic Pier Street

in Campbell River.

This will be my very last event of the season- so in celebration,

I am having a SALE!

All small prints, framed and unframed will be marked down, so come and get that one you've been eyeing! It will be your last chance until May 2011!

It is a short show, so come early!

Can't wait to see you!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Last Chance Christmas Fair

Come and get your holiday shopping done this weekend at the Last Chance Christmas Fair in Courtenay.

From 10-4 this Saturday and Sunday at the Florence Filberg Center ( located at 411 Anderton Ave) you will have a chance to make this year a shop local Christmas and get your hands on some unique and beautiful hand made gifts.

I will be debuting a brand new painting, and there will be a huge selection of large and small prints framed & unframed, and on canvas too! From stocking stuffers to original art, there is a little something for everyone!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Announcing the Winner!!

Congratulations Lorene!

You are the winner of the Christmas Tour Give Away!
Enjoy your new 'Spring Blossoms' eco-friendly print!

Friday, November 19, 2010

#8 is where it's at!

All weekend long.... art... gifts.... stocking stuffers..... and festive good times around our fair city...
Come by stop #8 on Campbell River's 11th annual Christmas Gift Tour!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Todays Paper

Don't forget to check todays Mirror (Campbell River) for your Christmas Tour map! It's on the inside of the front cover... start planning your route and get some names checked off your holiday shopping list!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

11th Annual Christmas Gift Tour

Get it done early, and make it a shop local Christmas!

Amu Designs would like to invite you to come by the studio next weekend - November 19, 20, 21st!
The Studio will be open Friday 12-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4.

Come on down and get your hands some unique, thoughtful, and earth friendly gifts!

There will be framed and unframed prints in various sizes, prints on canvas, originals and some great stocking stuffers too! You will find something for every decor and budget, and something for all those hard to buy for people on your list. There will even be a chance to win a little something for yourself!

Visa and Mastercard accepted.

The studio is located @ 1466 Leed Road (in Campbell River)

Look for the red and green balloons!

Can't wait to see you!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

This weekend the framed original 'Mayfly #2' found a new and loving home where it will be hung to taunt its fishy friend the Cutthroat Trout!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Campbell River Mirror- wednesday september 22nd

If you live in the Campbell River area, check out the Arts & Entertainment section of wednesdays mirror, for an article about me! With a colour picture too!

If you want to see me, and my work in person , come down to the Haig-Brown House on sunday, and see some new work, big prints and new and exciting frames! And you can get a casting lesson too, along with many other fun activities! If you ask me, there is no better way to spend an afternoon, than enjoying the river side beauty of this special place. Festivities will take place between noon and 4pm this Sunday September 26th.

Check out the Haig-Brown Blog!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Campbell River Museum

This week in the studio, I had a visit from Catherine Gilbert, of the Campbell River Museum! She interviewed me for an article she wrote for The Museums blog, where you can find out a bit about me, and the upcoming Haig-Brown Festival! Check out the article on the Museums page!

Catherine also has her own column, on Campbell Rivers Community Blog, where you can look for another article about me, in the coming weeks! So exciting! Catherine's column is full of reliably entertaining, and interesting local info, that you are sure to enjoy! So - check out Catherine's Blog too!

Catherine took this photo of me in my studio, with my newest completed piece! Prints will be available soon!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Originals Only

Come on down to the Marina Park in Comox for another weekend of art-tastic fun at Vancouver Islands Biggest Fine Art Exhibition - Originals Only!

The show is open Saturday and Sunday from 10-5.

I am booth # 15 - near the food. Hope to see you there!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Nautical Days was a great time. The sun shone, the people smiled, and many pieces made their way to new and loving homes. It was a blast, and I am already looking forward to next year!!

Enjoying the set up early, the first morning.

Tsavo the wonder dog introduces herself to Elvis, and gets invited on stage for 'Nothin' but a Hound Dog'

Friday, July 30, 2010

Nautical Days!

Well the month is almost over, and you know what that means?? Nautical Days is here!!

Saturday July 31st, Sunday August 1st, and Monday August 2nd
10am - 6pm 10am - 5pm 10am - 5pm

This is a big favorite in the Comox Valley - located at the Marina Park in Comox. It is scheduled to be Fun, Fun, Fun with a tone of things to do for all ages, and.... admission is FREE!!!

There will be a little something for everyone, including: a pancake breakfast all three mornings, Bullhead Fishing Derby, Pet Parade and Kids Function Junction. Sunday features an Interdenominational Church Service, Sailing Regatta, and Dragon Boat Races featuring 20+ boats from across BC. Monday is a big day with the Nautical Day Parade ending at Marina Park, the wacky Build, Bail and Sail race, vintage Car Displays, Bathtub races, and of course the Art and Crafts Market!!!

The Market will be located on the grass at the north-west corner of Comox Marina Park located at the foot of Port Augusta Street which is the main east-west street in the centre of the Town of Comox.

I will be there with some new Originals, prints, and framed pieces, as well as prints on canvas, tiny magnetic art, and greeting cards too. There is an ATM on site, and we also accept Visa and MasterCard.

Can't wait to see you all there for some fun in the sun!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Triple up for luck!!

The eco-friendly print 'New Sail' is featured in 3 awesome treasury collections this week! So COOL!! Summer time must be inspiring everyone to set sail!

New Sail is also available as a 3 piece set, titled 'The Story of a Ship' check it out in my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Celebrating Canada!

This year, Amu Designs will be celebrating our majestic country, with the rest of Campbell River, at the Canada Day Family Fun Marketplace - held in Ostler Park on Thursday July 1st from 11-6 on the beautiful water front! See you there!! Nothing like a mid week festival to let us know it's summer!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Segue was chosen by Abby from Bird on Wire Studio, for her

Rainbow-eautiful! treasury!

Saturday, June 26, 2010


Amu Designs new original painting, Erosion is now available! Come see it in person at The Pier Street Market Tomorrow (sunday) from 9-2 and we now except visa & mastercard!!!

the elite eight

I know it's finally summer, but 'spring blossoms' had a cameo this week! This eco-friendly print made the elite eight on! cool!

The eyes have it

My Eco-friendly Cutthroat Trout print is featured in a new treasury- The Eyes Have It! It is such a cute idea, and a great collection!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Art & Bloom Festival

Heading out to The Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens this afternoon, to get set up for this weekends Art & Bloom Festival!

This is one of the most enchanting places in the Comox Valley for sure, and it is one of my very favorite events of the year.

The Rhodo's are in bloom and the winding paths and ponds are a very inspiring place to meet the Valleys Talent.

I will be debuting 2 NEW originals, and prints of a 3rd new piece too. You can find me in the Sunset Gardens!

The show runs May 22, 23, 24
open Saturday and Sunday 10-5, and Monday 10-4

Hope to see you there!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

don't forget Dad.

This weekend we were all busy celebrating our Moms, while Jamie of Jamies Art was thinking of Dad! Featured in Jamies Take Dad Fishing treasury was Amu Designs, very own eco-friendly Brown Trout print!

This is a treasury after my own heart, and worth a look for sure!

Friday, May 7, 2010

3 in 1

I was in not one, not two, but THREE treasuries on etsy today! There are some really beautiful and inspiring pieces... totally worth checking out, here is a little snipit!

from the treasury Dreams and Life posted by Simple Tilly
from the treasury Sanctuary posted by Winter Garden
from the treasury La Rochelle posted by To Hold
Thanks everyone!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Enjoying the Moment

OK- so I am a very neglectful blogger... but when I think about it, I am convinced this a good thing! It just means I am too busy enjoying the moment to reflect on it - in the moment...

The reality is, if I could spend 12 hours a day in the studio painting, it probably still wouldn't feel like enough. And so I have been making the best of the hours I do get, to zone in behind the brush, before market season hits- TOMORROW!!! (I will be at the lovely local Pier Street Market from 9-2)

While the subtle light of winter danced through my big fir trees and kissed the faces of the canvases tucked tightly on the easel, I am grateful for all the hours spent lost in the colours, textures, and subtle nuances of each piece...

The winter has a lot to show for it's self as we move into spring, with 3 custom commissions all hung on the walls of their new loving homes, and 7 more nearly ready to leave the loft...

Here is a piece that will soon be available in print...... The original will be making it's debut tomorrow at the market, so come by and see it!

It's title leaves a little to be desired, it is currently masquerading as 'Mayfly#2'. If there are any anglers out there (or creative bug lovers) with a catchy suggestion for a name, I would love to hear it!!

See you at the Market!

Friday, February 5, 2010

WOW! What a day!!

Yesterday, two of my pieces were chosen for TWO separate treasuries! Holy moly!

Thank you to Francoise Lama-Solet, for giving my eco-friendly Spring Blossom print it's treasury debut, in her most romantic collection Screaming for Spring, it is a continuum of feminine beauty, it's as though these items were all made for each other!

And another big thanks to Gemalicious Beads for including my Eco-friendly Cutthroat Trout print in the treasury DREAM FISHING insomniac's wish. This fanciful fishy collection is one after my own heart! I love it, and hope you do to!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Wild and Wonderful!

I am ever inspired by the mindful work of wildlife photographer Robert Scriba.

His amazing shots of the beautiful and majestic wilderness are only intensified by his appreciation of the natural world and the journeys of the creatures he captures on film.

Check out his photography, and get your hands on his book
'Seasons Of The Grizzly'

...don't forget to have a look at his blog, an informative and personal look at the powerful and delicate balance struck between a man and his wilderness.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I wish I was sailing

Yay! My 'New Sail' eco-friendly print was selected by Abacus Bead Creations, to be a part of the beautiful I Wish I Was Sailing Treasury! What a lovely collective!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Love Cards

Looking for just the right sentiment, to express yourself on the soon to be observed Day of Love? You may stumble upon it at

... I highly recommend a look. You'll like 'em.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Well this is WELL over due, so I guess I should start by wishing you all much merriment and creativity in 2010! (It's already flying by so fast, I better get my wishes in while I can)!

Things around here have been off the hook with festivities of food, friends and family sandwiched between markets, shows, online bustle, custom commissions, developing exciting new things for this years market season, refining and arranging my humble studio.... oh yeah, and painting!

There is a whole new series of paintings coming this spring, and I can't wait to share them with you, but I don't want to spoil the surprise, so I am going to share some pictures of my studio in progress!

It is such a lovely space with all the natural light filtered kindly by the big old douglas firs just outside the window, and a place to put everything, and to let my imagination roll! It is a dream come true!