Friday, November 18, 2011

Noon- 5 today

The Campbell River Christmas Tour kicks off today!

Come down and check out my "gallery" of works, get a sneak peak at what I have been working on, and be the first to see some brand new pieces!

There is sale prices on all Original Art, and a chance to win $200!!!!

I am #9 on the map- come and say hi!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

$200 Cash Money!



This years Campbell River Christmas Tour is going to be better than EVER!!! With a chance to win $200!!!
Who doesn't need an extra 200 bucks?!!

In addition to the chance to win the big bucks- you can also keep a few of your own bucks in your pocket with reduced prices on all originals for the very first time- this weekend only!

Amu Designs is located at 1466 Leed Road - #9 on the map -which you can find in this weeks paper, or drop by Corners Picture Framing to pick one up.



Here at luck number 9- you will find a selection of Unique, thoughtful and Earth friendly gifts for every budget. Eco-Friendly Paintings & Prints (framed and unframed), stocking stuffers, and gift certificates too!

The tour is open
Friday, November 18th- noon- 5pm
Saturday, November 19th- 10am - 5pm
Sunday, November 20th -10am - 4pm

Visa and Mastercard accepted- Hope to see you here!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Charles DIckens Christmas Craft Faire

Join me this weekend and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

Make it a Shop Local Christmas at the
Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire!
Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Road, Courtenay BC

The Florence Filberg Centre is wheelchair accessible, and parking is free.


Friday November 11th 3-8pm
Saturday November 12th 10am-5pm
Sunday November 13th 10am-4pm

Come and experience the sights and smells of the holiday season! No need to take part in the last minute holiday rush - get your Christmas shopping done early in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere filled with the sights and smells of Christmas!

Not sure what you are looking for? With 2 floors of outstanding juried arts and crafts, featuring giftware from over 60 different artists, you are almost certain to find that perfect gift here!

Admission: $2.00 (Children 12 & under free)

FREE Daily Draw Prizes! Ticket included with every admission!

Win 1 of 3 $100 Gift Certificates to Quality Foods!

For more information about the Faire, including artisan photos and directions, please visit us online at
http://www.dickenschristmascraftfair.com

Saturday, October 15, 2011

moments

We encounter moments, from time to time, that sum up a character. Things that are uniquely defining. Sometimes these moments last an afternoon, and sometimes we catch just a glimpse - where the lightness of a heart is perfectly reflected in the sun on a cheek, or the curl of a lip says more than the biggest laugh.

These are the moments we remember...

Every once and a while we are lucky enough to catch one of these moments on camera- giving us the moment to hold in our hands, to return to, to take with us. And some times, when a moment speaks the truths of all the moments before it- we have it painted.







Each of our special moments is so unique, it is difficult to generalize about the cost. There are some guidelines here if you are considering custom artwork. If you have something specific in mind, or just want to throw some ideas around, please don't hesitate to contact me for an estimate.
melissa@AmuDesigns.com

Monday, September 26, 2011

More of our furry friends

Dogs- perhaps my new favorite subject matter... although that is a pretty bold statement, and fish are hard to rival.

This is just a little look at a small, sweet piece painted in homage of a dear friends dear friend (of 16 beautiful loyal years).



Rosie

6x9
Acrylic Ink on wood panel

For more info on custom pieces click here!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Quinsam Coho kind of day

20x16

It is the season of the Salmon, and there are few more beautiful than the Coho, in it's glorious coat of spawning colour.

Come by and see my newest original, at Sundays Haig-Brown Festival, taking place at the spectacular Haig-Brown property, alongside the magnificent Campbell River! The festival takes place between 12 & 4 Sept. 25th, and offers free admission, casting lessons, fly tying demo's book readings, live music, local produce and a look at our communities commitment to our environment and watersheds.

The Quinsam Coho original is a vivid oil- created responsibly with our watersheds in mind.

Painted on canvas, with eco-friendly oils, using NO toxic solvents or pigments containing heavy metals. This piece honours a beautiful creature that continues to do so much for our wildlife, forests & rivers, and it is looking for a home on your wall!








Friday, September 23, 2011

Fly fisher's friend

In the spirit of "World Rivers Day" this coming Sunday, I thought I would post some paintings of our little friends (and fish snacks) the beloved Mayfly.

Indicative of a healthy eco-system, these winged beauties are unique amongst their insect counterparts for several reasons. One of those is, they are the only insect that molts after they get functional wings.

Before the molt, the wings are almost furry- resembling that of a moth, and in their short and final stage are more transparent and veined.

Come by the Haig-Brown House this Sunday (between 12 & 4) to celebrate our beautiful rivers, and see these Mayflies in person!

Here are three commissioned paintings of Mayflies... two of which are available as prints (on paper or on canvas) at www.AmuDesigns.com !


Mayfly #3

Mayfly #2

Myfly #1


Thursday, September 15, 2011

The set up

This is my 3rd official season working as an artist in the Comox Valley, and I must say, it is an enchanted life!

Enchanted, and filled to the brim!

Market season goes from May- December for me, and last year having done somewhere in the neighborhood of 23 shows, I felt a bit like a roady by the end of it. So this year was all about streamlining my set up.

The goal?
Light weight, compact, aesthetically pleasing, durable, and unfazed by wind.
A tall order.

As it happened there are some like minded folks out there doing some really cool things- and the rest? Well, I made it myself (with a little help from my favorite furry friend)!







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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Big Dawg


It has only been since getting my own dog Tsavo, that I have come to understand the profound love and kinship that exists between a person and their dog. It is a bond I never anticipated would effect me in such a deep and altering way.

In the short year we have been together, Tsavo has taught me more about myself than I ever expected. When she came into my life, she brought with her endless compassion, an unfaltering commitment to the moment, and boundless enthusiasm.
There is no other relationship like it.

Knowing now, of the love shared between a dog and their human companions, I am even more humbled by the privilege of being a part of immortalizing such a kind and loyal friend, in this very special custom commission.

Big Dawg

For more information on custom commissions, and an art piece featuring your own loyal friend, please see my website for more info.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sun Soaked and Over Due


Well, I know this has been a long time coming... and I could come up with countless explanations, but I wont bore you with that! The good news is I have been hard at work in the studio, and I have some pieces to share with you!

I am going to head into this with a piece that some of you have seen, that is very special to me called 'The Arrival'

It features a barn owl- a mysterious and powerful being, a messenger and protector on lifes long journey and beyond.

is available as a hand enhanced print (it has 'gold' leaf on it!!!)
as a 16x20 on paper or on canvas

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Hello Spring!!!

I am finally ready to emerge from my (productive) hibernation, and let you all in on what I have been working away on in the studio over the winter.

Come and see me in the Artists Glade at The Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens this weekend for the Art & Bloom Festival!

This gorgeous garden is an inspiring locale, with a multitude of treasures to behold, including rhodo's, ponds, fountains, and a labyrinth - not to mention some of the islands talent. There will be music, garden art, pottery, paintings and much, much more!

The show runs from 10-5 today (saturday) and Sunday, and 10-4 on Monday.

Click here for directions.

See you there!!