What's new #4 2016

As you all know by know, I am an absolute nightmare when it comes to updating this blog. Ha ha! Blame it on my inability to sit still for too long. As you all know I am always working and always trying to find new projects to do and new ways to improve on others. 

So, here's what I've done so far this year:

1. I'm near completion on an illustrated book I've been working on with a friend for a long time. She and I will look over the finished illustrations and designs as soon as everything is completed and will be putting it together for sale online hopefully some time in early 2017. 

2. I've been continuing my work at The Royal Academy of Arts and Education in partnership with Community Living North Halton, Linbrook School and St. Mildred's Lightbourn School. This year was great in terms of expansion of new programs, and a new space for parties and events. Teaching students from Community Living has been some of the most fulfilling and joyous work I've had and I've enjoyed it immensely. Coming up with projects for Linbrook and working with the confident girls of SMLS during after school programs has been a blast. As usual birthday parties at the Royal are a laugh riot and loads of art-filled fun for all involved. Lessons as usual are amazing and the students I've had the pleasure of meeting have blown me away with their amazing talents. I am so proud of every single one of them. I'm also pleased to annouce that by popular request we've started Adult Paint Nights! We did our very first one a month ago and we're having another few coming up pretty soon. Contact the Royal for more info on that.

3. I worked with RBC bank in Georgetown to create a window display advertisement for them. It was a whole new experience to bring my straight-edged simple design work from the digital realm to the traditional realm and it was so much fun to do. I am thankful for the managers of the branch for giving me the opportunity to work with them to create the bank ads.

4. I displayed some work again recently at the local art gallery known as Beaux Arts Brampton and have finally joined them as a member! YAY! I was lucky enough to be able to go help one of the gallery's other members, Shanon, with a printmaking workshop as I was free that day. It was such a blast! The exhibit I contributed to was called "In Progress", which Shanon curated, where each artist brought in a blank canvas at the beginning of the exhibit and finished the painting by the end. It was a wonderful and incredibly amazing experience.

5. I worked with Peel Arts Collective to create a logo and am hoping to surprise them by working on a few cool things to help them with this awesome new project with more designs for their image as a new company. I've also contributed some illustrations and will probably be contributing some more art work to their site soon.

6. With the good news also comes some bad news. A week ago I lost a lot of digital data in a tragic hard-drive failure. A lot of things I was working on were lost or damaged beyond repair because I couldn't save them on time. BUT! It's okay, because a lot of things are still safe and I will be adding more to the site and to the social media pages soon! I've already begun posting previews of some photographs of work I've done throughout the year along with a few new advertisements on instagram.

7. I've also started working in partnership with my mother on a small project we hope will become huge one day in the future and will be creating a temporary page for that project here on the website for the time being. In the meantime you can check out information on that here and here. I am currently managing her social media pages, advertisement, design and pretty much all things artsy, along with helping her with actual cooking and sales. I know, me in the kitchen! Surprised aren't you? I'm actually quite good ;) 

8. Last but not least I've worked with a lot of great private clients this year to all of whom I am grateful for not only thinking of me but also for being such joys to work with. You have all been wonderful, wonderful people. Thank you so much for the opportunity to work with you all.

There are, of course, a lot more things to say and many more still to do. In the meantime I will continue to focus on my work and wish you all my best in all of your own endeavours. 

Lots of love,

Maira G.

Maira Canales