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Edmonton's Snow Valley Staff BBQ and Annual Tent Sale


Edmonton's Snow Valley Ski Club Edmonton's Snow Valley Ski Club had a staff party this past weekend and even though it’s still August, there was lots of exciting talk around me about snow and skiing/snowboarding. I tried not to listen since I’m rather enjoying our warm days while we have them, thank you very much! … But I didn’t hold it against them and had another enjoyable evening drawing and chatting with staff and their families. My son is also excited about the upcoming ski season at Snow Valley. He happened to pick himself up a new ski jacket at Snow Valley’s Annual Tent Sale earlier in the day while I drew some of the shoppers. drew a really adorable three year old boy who had recently met some of the Edmonton Oilers. He told me that his favourite player is “YAKUPOV!” …. His mom said he’s his favourite because he likes saying, “YAKUPOV!” Of course I had to draw him wearing an Oilers jersey
Snow Valley Caricature
I have to admit, and other caricaturists may agree with me here, that sometimes we caricaturists are something like bartenders. We chat with people and we lend an ear. There’s something quite personal about staring at every feature on someone’s face that at times, brings out all sorts of personal stories. These things are just part of what makes doing caricatures so enjoyable for me and sometimes quite special. I had one of those kind of conversations today. Sorry to not blog the details.... Gonna have to leave it at that.

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Laurel Hawkswell

FACE PAINTING at company picnic and birthday party.


On the weekend I was at two events, a company picnic and a birthday party. 

This girl’s face looks pretty cool even if I do say so myself! It’s a bit freaky how her nose kind of disappears amongst the blue and white dots. Have you noticed yet that I love swirls and white dots! Can you tell that I had a blast doing it?! 

This girl’s arm was fun. She said, “Surprise Me” and so I asked her what kind of things she likes. Yup, she likes dogs. She was really happy with it and so was I. I have it written right on my face painting sign, that if they don’t want to pick from one of the image choices on my board that they can just say, “Surprise Me”. I try and do something different each time. I’ve discovered some new, fun stuff that way and gives my imagination a workout.

facepainting is often bodypainting in the summer

Facepainting in the summer is not just facepainting, it's bodypainting too.... that's why I love summer! I was at Bon Accord Harvest Days annual event when I did this gecko. This lady's favourite colour is orange so she that's what she got. I love painting this guy and there's something to be said for the "dot". The "dot"? See the few dots on this guy, it adds a lot to him and it's just a few tips of the paint brusch. I'll celebrate while the weather is good by painting on arms, legs, backs and ... the occasional face!

Newspaper clipping I found today

wow where does the time go? Here is an clipping I found today.  I remember It was fun time and the kids had a good time too....  I never did take a photo of the 'family portrait'

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