When Gregg and Glenn Anderson - the brothers behind Vernon, BC based, Skevik Skis - asked me if I would complete a painting that would ultimately become one of the graphics featured on their products, the answer was easy…of course I would! What a unique opportunity to have my art on something that would be flying down a mountain. Simply awesome!
After a bit of back and forth and sharing of creative ideas, we decided that a maple tree, printed on the maple wood they use to construct their skis, would be the most fitting for this BC company.
At first I found it a bit tricky to figure out how to create a painting that would fit on the long thin shape of skis, not my usual dimensions. I ended up choosing a 1 x 6 foot canvas and taking a slice of the tree, which made for a unique design. After some important measurements to make sure all the elements of the skis would fit, the logo and bindings, for example, the fun part really started.
This was the first time I had painted a maple tree, which seems a bit funny since I am known as “The Tree Lady”. Trees with detailed bark and twisting roots are my favorite thing to paint.
After completing the painting and getting the okay from the big bosses, Gregg and Glenn, I had to sit back and wait to see the final product. I was really happy with my painting, but what would it look on skis?
When I saw the photos of the artwork on a pair of skis, I was blown away. It looked awesome! How exciting to see my art on skis!
Skevik has developed from passions similar to mine, the desire to create, to work with my hands, to make something unique and something beautiful. It has been a great pleasure to work with this awesome, local, BC company and an honor to have them share my art on their products.
Thanks, Gregg and Glenn! Im so exited my Maple Tree image if back in production for a 2nd season... hope its a stellar one! If you would like to order a pair of skevik skis featuring my maple tree image please visit the website www.skevikskis.com
The progression of the painting for Skevik Skis. The original painting is currently available for sale!
'Maple Twist' 18x36 acrylic *sold* Prints & cards available
With the madness of holiday shows done and a relaxing 3 week trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua under my belt Jan-March brought more time in the studio and lots of time to create new paintings! *Yeah!*. I focused a little more on creating more with the Evergreen Trees which many of my followers had been asking for. "Forrest Attraction" & "Evergreen Lofts" have arrived!
Forrest Attraction 24x36 acrylic on canvas $960 for sale
'Evergreen Lofts' 8x24 each $225 each or $775 set. For Sale
Its funny when I get on a roll with painting.. the ideas just keep on rolling and I feel there is not enough time in a day to keep up with all the painting my body and mind want to do! My studio is an array of paintings all at different stages.. its exciting when they all start to come together and I can see and share the finished projects!
'Oak Twist' 18x36 acrylic $720. For Sale.
'Lovebird Lust' 16x20 acrylic on wood. $360. For Sale.
"Magnolia View" 24x29 acrylic. Will be framed in reclaimed window!
'The Lofty Barn Owl 2 & Stellars Jay' 6x36 original acrylics $210 each. For Sale.
'Owls wearing..... ' 6x6 originals on wood. $60 each for sale.
Im looking forward to showing you my new works in Person! Come and see them at the Make It Show Edmonton April 12-14 & Make it Show Vancouver April 19-21! www.Makeitproductions.com
Over the past few years I have been creating more and more commissioned/custom work for special occasions (birthdays, weddings, baby showers) or special spaces (new home, over the couch, over the fireplace, in the bathroom). People often say to me "so.. how does the whole commission thing work'" Customers often say they are nervous to ask for custom work because they are worried it will be expensive or a complicated process. Not true! Let me tell you how it works! First off, if you are looking for a special piece, a certain size, color or theme, then a custom piece might be the way you want to go. We will start the conversation by you telling me which of my current paintings you really like and what elements of them you would like in your painting. Maybe you love the colors in one, the certain tree in another and the look of the sky in another. I can combine all of these elements for you. Or maybe you have something totally different that you do not see in my work.. lets talk about it. Please keep in mind that I do paint in my own unique style so your request must work
well in my particular style (ie it is unlikely I will be able to paint a watercolor portrait of your uncle..lol). Once we have decided on a size, color, theme ect the painting begins! Usually I require a 6 week time frame in which to work because it is likely I have other commissions I am working on and might be getting ready for an upcoming show. (if you need the painting earlier we can talk about this) At this time I require a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due when the painting is complete. What about cost you say!? Commissioned work is slightly more expensive then my 'pre-done' work due to the custom nature and need for back and forth negotiation. The cost is based on size and is $175 per sq foot (to figure this out muliple the dimentions, divide by 144 and multiply by 175. ie 16x20 = 320 / 144 = 2.22 x 175 = $388.50) . If you would like metal added this is 20% extra. Prices subject to HST. Here are a few of the commissioned paintings I have done for customers. To view my album of commissioned work click HERE. If you have questions, comments or want to get going on your very own commissioned painting please contact me email@example.com
Coastal Seasons- 3.5ft x 8ft. acrylic with metal by April Lacheur and Renato Horvath. created for Wave dentistry office in White Rock BC.
Life's a Hoot. 24x48 acrylic on canvas by April Lacheur. Created for a 'learning room'
'Will You' 24x30 acrylic and metal on wood. Created to celebrate a wedding anniversary.
'New Arrival' 18x24 acrylic on canvas by April Lacheur. To celebrate the arrival of a new baby!
As an artist, I often wonder what happens to my work when it leaves my studio, my market booth or one of my retail locations and taken home with my wonderful customers. Its really quite cool to think that people are taking something I have created home to decorate their personal space! what an honor that people enjoy my work so much they want to look at it on a daily basis!
This desire to see what kinds of homes my work has found led me to hold a contest in February (Yapes Paints' 4th Birthday month) that asked customers to share photos of my work (prints, cards, calendars and originals) in their space. Winning prize (a 16x20 giclee canvas prints) would go to the 'best' photo which had to show not only the work but its surroundings.
I was lucky enough to get many amazing entries.. but let me tell u this made it HARD to choose a winner! In the end I asked a jury to help me choose the top 3 photos and had my facebook followers and newsletter receivers vote on which image they liked best.. the winner? Jessica Adams of Squamish BC. Here is her awesome photo:
Original painting 'Out of the Blue' in her gorgeous home!
Runners up were: 1) Laurel with her great photo of her original painting 'Urban Serenity'. LOVE her cute pup in the pic! This painting was commissioned by Laurel and her husband Ty as a wedding gift to themselves (the best kind of gift ;>).. the painting was hung at their actual wedding reception.. how cool is that?!
Runners up: 2) Amy with her great photo of original painting 'Twilight Roots' in her living room.. how great are those cushions with the painting.. and I love the touch of the guitar, headphones.. music! another great source of art!
Here are some of my other favorite entries from the contest:
You can see why I had a hard time choosing!! To see more photos of my work in customers homes visit my new 'Happy Customers' page on my website by clicking HERE
. A huge thank you to everyone who participated in my contest. I would love to see more photos of my work in customers homes.. if you would like to share your photos please email it to me at YapesPaints@hotmail.com and I will include it on my website! ;>
I was thrilled to find I was chosen as last weeks 'Featured Artist' on one of my favorite artist blogs Artsy Shark!
Artsy Shark is a site dedicated to sharing information for emerging artists and has endless articles that have been helpful to me. From info about art business, art licensing, retail shows and wholesale to articles about working with galleries it has been a 'go to' resource for me every since I started to take my career as an artist seriously. Big Thanks to Carolyn Edlund
, author of the Artsy Shark blog for continuing to support emerging artist and featuring artist weekly on her site. Exposure, exposure, exposure is SO important for an artist trying to be seen in a sea of artists and I really appreciate you showing my art to your part of the world! Thanks Carolyn!. To read my artist feature click HERE
and please leave a comment ;>
When the lovely Wendy of the White Rock Dental office contacted me via email saying that she loved my work and would I be interested in doing some commissioned paintings for the new office my answer right away was.. 'of course!' I was thrilled. Wendy had found my business card at the '30 Minute hit' (click here
for all the deets) in South Surrey, a place I frequent to get in my high intensity workouts between nursing work, paintings and all the other things that come along with running your own biz. (check it out you..will love it!) Wendy asked me to do my largest painting to date for her conference room... a 3.5ft x 8ft
painting capturing a 'west coast' feel and tying in with the new name for the office 'the wave'. The result? an acrylic and metal painting titled 'Coastal Harmony'. The metal work is done by my awesome husband Renato Horvath.. we had so much fun collaborating on this piece!
I was also asked to do an original for the dentist's office.. another piece incorporating metal by Renato. A 24x30 painting titled 'coastal serenity'.
Then it was time for some decoration in the waiting room and the bathroom. I had 2 large limited edition Giclee prints on canvas done and they turned out beautifully! 'Valley Views' and 'Among the birch'
A big thank you to Wendy, Dr Gaudet and team for choosing my work for their gorgeous new office! If you are interested in some work (originals, canvas prints, framed prints) to decorate your office I would love to chat with you about it! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. ~ April
New Years resolution #1: Blog more!. Since this is my 1st blog post since April of 2011 it wont be hard to make an improvement! lol.
With the start of a New Year comes a time for reflection on the last year. It certainly has been a great year for 'Yapes Paints'. Here is the year in review: *
I created many new paintings and have expanded my themes to include my popular 'loft birds', cityscapes and have worked with my husband Ren on more paintings incorporating metal which have become more intricate. * I married the person that supports me most in my art career. Ren and I eloped July 23 in Deep cove and spent our honeymoon in Hungary and Greece
!* 39 of my original paintings found new homes this year*I sold my most expensive painting to date for $3600.00 * I painted my largest painting to date which was 3.5ft x 8ft. * I painted for the first time ever on a concrete floor. Check out my leaves and branches on the floor of 'The Eco Floor Store' in Langley
* I took my first ever art class since high school in 'encaustic painting' (painting with wax) and hope to do more of this in 2012*I had my own solo show at Lut Boutique on Main st in Vancouver including wine and cheese opening night! so fun! * I participated in many great art events including the Make it Market Vancouver, The Arnold Mikelson Festival of the arts White Rock, The Bloom Market Fort Langley, The Out of Hand show Victoria and the One of Kind Show Vancouver. *Online store sales have doubled since last year. More people are shopping at www.YapesPaints.bigcartel.com. Yeah! *I met so many wonderful customers. Their kind words of encouragement are what keep my creativity flowing* I have met many other inspiring artists that I hope to continue to to grow relationships with. Looking ahead to 2012 Im excited for new work, new events and continuing to grow my business... but I think thats another blog post all together:> For now some Pictures of highlights from 2011!
Ren and April elope in Deep Cove July 23 2011.
Opening night of my Solo Show at Lut Boutique Main st Vancouver
Painting on the floor of 'The Eco Floor Store' in Langley!
Some of the finished project at the 'Eco Floor Store'
Photo Shoot for the 'Bloom Market' in Fort Langley. Amazing photo by awesome Langley Photographer Desiree Patterson. www.spiritwestphotography.com
I have been meaning to work on my artist statement for quite a while now ... it can be such a hard thing to nail down since it is such an evolving thing... it really has changed so much since I started on my artist path over 3 years ago. Here it is as it stands now... will be interesting to see how it changes over the years!
April Lacheur- Artist Statement 2011
I love the feeling of creating a flowing line with ink and a brush, the excitement and emotion bold colors evoke and the place I loose myself too each time my brush hits the canvas.
It starts with an inspiration from a life experience; something small like a lovely walk outside or something huge like a life lesson just learned. I choose a color signifying the feeling of that experience. I’m not much of a planner when it comes to my paintings. I have the general concept in my mind and let the piece progress organically as I’m working with the acrylic paint. One of my favorite parts of painting is that the end result is often a pleasant surprise. I may also add other mediums including fabrics, metals and papers to my work giving life to some elements such as tree trunks or bird feathers. My work is always finished with clean lines of acrylic ink. My style is unique and has developed over a long time, ever since I was a child. Bold colors, crisp lines, trees with twisting roots, birds with long legs and florals with dancing petals are common themes in my work.
The message in my work is always positive and may be different for every admirer. I use painting as a positive balancing element in my life and I think my true love and passion for it is reflected in my work. I am most well known for my whimsical trees with twisting trunks and reaching branches. They signify deep roots, strong growth and tall ambition.
I show my work in art fairs, galleries, cafes and retail locations around BC. My original paintings are part of private collections in Canada, USA, Australia, Asia and the UK. I plan to continue to create and share my work and am excited to see how my style and skills develop. It’s the start of a long and creative path ahead!
What a incredible weekend I had! This was my first year participating in THE DRIFT on Main st Vancouver and what a cool event! 100 local artist along the entire st in boutiques, cafes and studios showing off thier amazing talent. I was lucky enough to be able to participate this year at Two of Hearts Boutique on Main near 21st. Love love this store. Owners Tabitha and Jenny are all about local. They themselves are local clothing designers and make thier awesome lines TOGS, CICI and Two of Hearts. They also carry handmade jewelry and accessories and regularly carry my art cards, prints and calendars. For the Drift weekend we displayed my original paintings around the store and the girls gave me an amazing sunny spot in the front window to set up my easle and paint for the weekend! I will say i was nervous about this at first but as the weekend went on I was enjoying myself more and more! What a great way to get exposure and meet wonderful new people! My Original paintings 'Good Friends' and 'The Lofty Chick' found new homes and I finished a new peice titled 'Driftin' which i though was appropriate. Check out the pics from this great event.. cant wait till next year! For more info on the drift go to www.thedrift.ca
I have been meaning to write this post for quite a while now... with all the work of selling our house and moving to White Rock time has gone so fast! While living in the Comox Valley I was lucky enough to meet some truly inspiring artists and I wanted to share some of my favourites that I will truly miss!
1) Jennifer Weber www.jenniferweber.ca
Jennifer's gorgeous acrylic paintings make me smile. I met her on the Comox Valley studio tour and had the good fortune to get to know her and share artistic ideas over many cups of tea! Her Peice 'Lilies' is one of my Favourites!
The print is hanging in my bedroom!
2) Lucy Schappy www.lucyschappy.com When we first moved to the valley it was Lucy's work that first caught my eye. Her unique style is well.. awesome.. and so is she! I love many of her peices but' 'April Showers' is one of my favourites (and not just because of the name)!
3) Gail Neuls. www.gailneuls.com
Gail's unique abstact style is one I love! She paints landscapes that are different ( i love different!) and remind me of many place i have been. Her peice Osooyos area is one of my favourites... it reminds me and driving thru the Okanagan like we do every summer!
4) Melissa March www.amudesigns.com
Her realistic oil paintings are incredibly life like! how does she do it? I have been lucky enough to get to know Melissa at art shows in the Valley and will miss her great company!
One of my favourites is 'Chilean Dream'. I have this print in my kitchen and love seeing it everyday!
One of the other gorgeously creative people I got to know is Naomi TeWinkle. Her whimsical paintings can only make you smile! I cant wait to stay in her super cool B&B in Mulberry land! www.mulberryland.com
Another creativley Cool chickita I got to know is Ms Simone Thompson. This girl has many talents including gorgeous photography, handmade cards and memory books and graphic design. She was also patient enough to teach me some of the ins and outs of photoshop and illustrator! www.creativesimone.com
I sure will miss the Comox valley and all of its artistically inspiring people! Dont worry.. ill be back to visit!