Holiday Shopping? Read this!

The holidays are so close that I can hardly keep up! I've organized some important information here for you about order-by dates for my made-to-order merchandise and for prints. Plus I've got some deals to be had for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

Merchandise Order-by Dates: Canada & USA

November 29th (Canada) and December 7th (USA) with USPS. I don't offer priority shipping with FedEx for merchandise because the cost of shipping is nearly twice the cost of your product. This is something I can't get behind, but if it's after November 29th or December 7th depending on your location, we can arrange something if you shoot me an email. Please note that if you're desperate, the last day for any other arrangements will be December 11th. Reminder that merchandise can not be picked up at the studio and must adhere to these order-by dates.

Note: International orders will not arrive before Christmas according to my manufacturer, so order at your own risk.

Painting Order-by Dates: Canada, USA, & International

Regular parcel for paintings by December 11th within Canada and USA. Expedited parcel for Canada is December 20th, for USA is December 15th, and for international will be December 8th. Please keep in mind that these are the last possible days to order, and if you order after these dates, the likelihood of receiving your package is time is decreased. I generally ship through Canada Post, so these dates come directly from them (leaving me about one business day to prepare your parcel for shipment). Painting pickups can be made at the studio until December 21st. 

Print Order-by Dates: Canada, USA, & International

The last day I will be shipping prints out before the holidays is December 7th. Please ensure that your order is placed prior to December 6th. All prints ordered after this date will be shipped after the holidays. Print pickups can be made at the studio until December 21st. 

Black Friday

Use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to receive free shipping on orders over $75. Code will be valid from 12:00 AM PST November 25 to 12:00 AM PST November 26.

Cyber Monday

Use code CYBER15 to save 15% on orders over $75. Use code CYBERMONDAY to earn free shipping on orders over $100 plus get a surprise free gift with order. Codes will be valid from 12:00 AM PST November 28 to 12:00 AM PST November 29.

Request Express Shipping Quote

If you'd like to request express courier shipping for prints, paintings, or merchandise, please fill out the form below. Include your Province/State and Country, as well as your preferred courier service and I will respond with a quote within one business day.

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Dear Squarespace, please fix it.

I had a panic attack in my studio. 

It's funny how we rely so heavily on certain technologies working that when they don't, the world feels like it's ending for that brief, almost melodramatic but a very real issue at the time, moment. 

My site and store is operated through Squarespace, and for the most part, I'm happy with their services. One of the features I "can't live without" is their Commerce app for my iPhone. It allows me to check and process orders on the go. I use it frequently when packaging up prints in my studio where I do not have a computer. I can check order numbers, contents of the order, addresses, and essentially get everything ready for pre-shipment. This is also really useful for when I'm at a shipping office because I can easily double check addresses if I'm printing the postage myself. It also allows me to instantaneously update the order status, provide the tracking number, and email the buyer. I can also check fulfilled orders, allowing me to keep an eye on international shipments and other tracking situations such as parcels that get stuck in transit. Phew!

Imagine if that product stopped working properly.   

I was packaging up Slow Kiss prints in my studio when I suddenly noticed I couldn't access all my pending orders to determine who got what print. No matter how many times I refreshed the app, logged out and back in, restarted the app or my phone, or even reinstalled the app, it just didn't work. I couldn't see any orders beyond yesterday. 

I tried reaching out to Squarespace via Twitter (they were predictably unhelpful) and email (they respond at an ungodly slow rate) with no avail. I tried anything I could to trouble shoot it. I looked up the only name I knew would have a pending order (thank you repeat buyers like Jessica!) and it was still listed as pending — just not in my pending tab. I decided to see if I could check fulfilled orders for names to continue my search. Nothing. The fulfilled orders tab had a measly ten orders from three months ago in it. 

This whole ordeal created such stress and anxiety that I had a panic attack in my studio.

Moral of the story? Maybe don't rely so heavily on technology. Nevertheless, this is a public plea to Squarespace to fix their app so it continues to work the way it used to, and allow users like me to remain calm. 

#whitecubereject

I was talking to a close friend recently about how I feel as though I've turned into that person who wants to constantly use the hashtag "blessed". Annoyingly optimistic and falsely humble, the tag is generally reserved for yoga poses on mountaintops or being showered with gifts from a lover. 

The truth is, I do feel blessed.  

I am currently at the stage in my art career where my day job is no longer a necessity. It's a scary but exhilarating feeling. I have people who love my art, want to collect my work, are excited by the accessible options I've created, and who are genuinely interested in my process, the work, and the meaning. It's amazing. I am floored on a daily basis, and dare I say it, blessed to have this happen.

Simultaneously, I am being consistently rejected by the white cube which seems to systematically determine if you, as an artist, are worthy of the attention of the art world. You know the one. White walls. Concrete floors. Says "gallery" on the door. Caters to the elite. That white cube.  

The words, "we regret to inform you" followed by whatever generic rejection the gallery has prepared is so commonplace in my inbox that it's stopped stinging to read. It would be nice to be recognized by the white cubes of the world, and their accompanying institutions: awards, grants, and large ticket collectors. 

Being an emerging artist in the age of instagram being the worlds largest art dealer makes things interesting. I could cater my work to the white cube — pushing limits, being better, making less pretty paintings than I do. Or, I could cater to the group that actually makes it possible to do what I love. I think it's pretty evident which route I've taken. 

While it would be wonderful to have a show (and boy do I have ideas for some elaborate, interactive, and fun for the public shows), I have begun to wonder if I should abandon my pursual of the white cube completely. There are always pop-up shows and self-funded rental spaces. I could carve out my own space in the physical art world the same as I have done in the digital. I could focus on publications and crowd funding. I could grit my teeth and keep applying for shows and open calls. Or, I could throw in the towel and embrace what I have.  

Chances are, I won't. I'm too stubborn. Let the fight continue. 

Internet "Fame"

This is an awkward post for me to write. I've wanted to talk about my experience as someone who has blown up, gone viral, or is instagram famous, but frankly I hate all of those terms. Blown up sounds bigger than it is, viral sounds like a disease, and famous makes me cringe. Famous. The word makes me nauseated. When people introduce me to others or interject that I'm famous now, I mentally exit the conversation. 

I don't feel any different. I don't have verified accounts. People don't recognize my name.

The videos, however, are another story. My rise to internet fame, for lack of a better word, was quick and volatile. I've still trying to pick up the pieces of what happened. It feels like I've filled out countless interview requests and still failed to properly tell my story. In November of 2015, I posted a terrible (I mean seriously awful) stop motion video of myself mixing up an entire palette. I was excited to share my process, but as it often works with the internet: no one cared.

I stuck with posting static imagery of my palette until the spring, when I started posting clips of mixing colours. After some experimentation, I found my signature style: the paint appears that it is floating above the ground on my glass palette and the camera is intimately close to the mixing.

Unbeknownst to me - likely because I'm an adult and unless I want to find out what colour pizza my alternate vampire identity persona is when it's raining, I don't frequent Buzzfeed - a young illustrator on Instagram had posted a few videos of her mixing paint. It was featured on Buzzfeed, and generated interest in the ASMR community. 

As a direct result of the already unknown buzz surrounding paint mixing, my videos caught attention and were reposted, shared, and flaunted around the internet. I realized that they were catching traction when I would start my shift at work with 100% battery life, and later come back on a break a mere two hours later and have 37% battery life from the notifications just draining everything. The videos became a hit to the point where Mackenzie Kruvant of Buzzfeed wrote her own post about my videos.

After that, it snowballed. In order, from what I can piece together, I was featured on a late night talk show in the Netherlands called RTL Late Night:

Skip to about 0:38 to see the segment about me.

During that same week, I was featured on NBC's Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda, the Daily Mail, and the Huffington Post. Kathie Lee and Hoda even attempted to mix paint after showcasing my videos, which to me, proved it's a little harder than it looks. 

It was a hint overwhelming at the time, but I've learned to roll with the punches - sometimes, verbal punches tossed at me from people who feel I'm wasting paint or "doing it wrong." Since then, the Buzzfeed, Daily Mail and Huffington Post articles have all been reposted and reshared in other languages. I've had a good giggle at some of the mistranslations. 

After the initial influx of attention, everything calmed down a bit. I was able to refocus and have had followers who are passionate about the work I'm creating. That was the most magical for me. I'm still floored by every kind comment and message I get about my work or about the paint mixing. I started to sell prints of my paintings - something affordable and easily accessible for those who want art but can't afford original work yet. I've been successful, proving that you can turn your fifteen minutes into something tangible.

Interestingly enough, the attention didn't stop. There was still interest and often from those who were looking to take a different angle. I was approached by Gique, which focussed on science and art merging; Sweet, which approached it from a really unique standpoint as the first straight-to-discover via Snapchat publication as well as educational; and New York Magazine, which speaks for itself in tone. Other repost-original hybrids popped up, including The Fashion Hub, which focussed on the spectrum of colours. Most recently, I was contacted by the German segment of Broadly for this totally bitchin' interview in German that went into much more detail than anything previously.

When people ask me what it feels like to be famous now, I just have to laugh. It's a little surreal and I'm very humbled that I am getting a little traction for my work. It's absolutely wonderful to have the opportunity to sell my work across the globe. Of course, I get the people who have made it their goal to make me feel terrible about my work or about my so-called popularity. For awhile, those comments hurt. Now I preach RuPaul: unless they're paying your bills, pay those bitches no mind.