Rose & Lea Art Show Pop-Up!

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Well, we did it! We had our very first Rose & Lea Art Show Pop Up this past weekend (August 28 – 31) and it was a great success! We had planned and prepped for this art showing for the past 4 months and it came and went in a blink. Phew! It was so much work but so worth it. We loved every single minute of it!
It was held in Vancouver @thisopenspace (previously Chinatown Experiment) and featured our original paintings and prints. All paintings and prints will be available on our website shortly.

The whole concept of our weekend show was to bring our blog to life. From the art, baking, music, beauty, to every single detail of the weekend – it portrayed us and our lifestyle blog.

We had such an amazing time and learned so much. It’s only the beginning! We truly appreciate everyone who came out to support and who showed us love over the weekend. You helped make our first event one to remember.

RoseAndLeaPopUp1The first picture above (top left) was the morning of the show and the first paintings to go up. Natasha being the amazing photographer she is wanted to capture this moment for me and I’m so happy she did. It is the first time I’ve ever shown my paintings publicly and the first time in a gallery setting. So it was a nice memory to capture.
We created this particular signature series of textured heart paintings called ‘All About Love‘ on 8×10 canvas that come in a wide variety of colours and designs. (We do custom requests for specific colours.)
They look awesome when grouped together for impact which you can see in some photos below!

Bottom left photo is of my painting ‘Cobblestone Lane’. It is made with a thick texture acrylic medium, some glitter and beads. Bam!  So much prettier in person when you can see all of the texture and details. Super feminine.

IMG_6898g Setting up some more paintings. This yellow one pictured is called ‘Tokyo Summer‘ and the one next to it is called ‘Lilac Wine‘. Both are names of songs. Lots of my paintings are named after songs which is very fitting since all of our art is made to music. It’s very true, music is definitely the soundtrack to our lives.

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The lovely ladies at Ode To A Bloom Floral Boutique created all of the beautiful floral arrangements for the event.

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During the set up. Pre-party. 

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RoseAndLeaPopUp5IMG_70f856Shortbread Cookies in Pink and White & Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting. Baked By Natasha. Recipes featured from our blog.

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Natasha adding the final touches just before the Opening Night Party starts. Doesn’t she look like she is on the cover of an entertaining book? 

Collage2Photos of us posing by our signature textured heart paintings ‘All About Love’.

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IMG_7060gKevin the DJ, set the tone for the night and got the party started by spinning some records.

IMG_7133ggVancouver blogging duo Dana & Sarah from A Petite Party.
We love their blog! Check it out and click here to read the write-up that they posted about the party. Thank you ladies for coming and for including us on your blog! xo

IMG_7192g3Even though it was a closed invite only Opening Night Party, a few walk by’s ended up joining the party! Sometimes the more the merrier, ya know what I mean! This guy was visiting Vancouver from Colorado for business and wanted a pic with ‘Rose & Lea’! – Sure why not!

IMG_72105The beautiful Kiran (Owner of Blink Brow Bar) and her husband Gary.
What a truly lovely couple! You can read about our previous visit to Blink Brow Bar here. Every woman should have gorgeous brows and Blink Brow Bar is the best. We highly recommend getting your brows done there!

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Paintings90The Red Roses Painting ‘Bad Romance‘ (20×20″) is one of the pieces that created the most interest during the weekend showing. I think because it was so dramatically different then all of the rest of our light and happy floral paintings! I wanted this one to be dark and give the feeling of love gone wrong. I’m pretty sure I succeeded at that don’t you think? 

IMG_734g85×5″ Original Lemon Prints by Natasha.

IMG_7333gNatasha has become an amazing photographer and gets compliments constantly on the photos she takes on our site. She captured this photo of me during the show. So artsy!

IMG_695111IMG_7063gPopUp9We want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who came out and supported our show. To all of the special ladies who came, you are the absolute best. It means so much to us!  

A big thank you to my son Nicholas for helping us set up for the party and for being our photographer during the evening. We love you! xo

Also to Yash and his team @thisopenspace and to the lovely ladies, Debbie & Joanne at Ode To A Bloom Floral Boutique. We couldn’t have had such an awesome show without all of your help! xo

Check back soon for listings and photos of all of our paintings and prints that will be available.

Laura & Natasha xo

1 Week To Go…

ChinatownExperimentUpdate2There is only one week left to go until our Art Show at the Chinatown Experiment in Vancouver.  

Just wanted to give you guys an update and a little behind the scenes look at what we’ve been up to. We have pretty much finished up all of the final details of the Opening Night Party and we’re so relieved about that! We have an amazing DJ Kevin, who will be spinning tunes all night. Bring your dancing shoes ladies! 😉 

Also, we couldn’t be happier to be collaborating with Debbie and Joanne of Ode To A Bloom Floral Boutique. They will be designing some gorgeous arrangements for the event. Their Floral Boutique is located in our neighborhood and they have the most beautiful flowers ever! We can’t wait to see the finished product at the event surrounded by all of the floral paintings. 

Their Boutique is so extremely charming, we just had to include some photos. Check it out below:

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Thank you to everyone who has RSVP’d to the Opening Night Party. If you haven’t RSVP’d yet and are planning on attending, please send us an email at roseleablog@gmail.com and let us know. We want to be sure to include you in the count for goodies.  

Rose & Lea Pop-Up Store Hours:
Grand Opening Party: Thursday, August 28th – 7 – 9:30 pm
Friday, August 29 –  Open: 11 – 7 pm
Saturday, August 30 – Open: 11 – 7 pm
Sunday, August 31 – Open: 11 – 6 pm

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Looking forward to seeing you all!
Natasha & Laura xo 

2 Weeks To Go… (Chinatown Experiment Update!)

ChinatownExperimentUpdateLess than 2 weeks to go until we pop-up at Chinatown Experiment for our very first Art Show! We are so incredibly excited and cannot wait to ‘Bring Our Blog To Life’ in a pop-up store front. We will be combining every piece of our blog and ourselves (Art, Baking, DIY, Beauty & Music) and putting it all into this show. 

The past few months have been spent creating, brainstorming, prepping & planning. And painting. Ohmigod, how can we forget painting?! The star of the show. Day in and day out, painting, creating, and painting, painting, painting! 

We still have some spots available (no charge obviously!) for our Grand Opening Party on August 28th from 7 – 9:30 pm. This isn’t your average ‘Art Exhibition’ – we are making it a full blown party atmosphere! It’s going to be such a fun evening complete with gourmet baked goods (baked by us, of course), bevvies and live music. Join us for a night of celebration! Email us at: roseleablog@gmail.com to reserve your spot. (Thank you to everyone who has RSVP’d!) We can’t wait to see you all.

Be sure to follow us on instagram for more sneak peeks and behind the scenes photos leading up to the show! @roseandlea

Natasha & Laura xo

Rose & Lea Pop Up Art Show @ Chinatown Experiment.

IMG_6246ggg3We are so excited to finally share with everyone that we are having our very first Art Show

The lowdown:
Where:
 Chinatown Experiment, 424 Columbia Street, Vancouver, BC.
When: Friday, August 29 –  Open: 11 – 7 pm
Saturday, August 30 – Open: 11 – 7 pm
Sunday, August 31 – Open: 11 – 6 pm 

We are having our VIP Grand Opening Party on Thursday, August 28th from 7-9:30 pm. 
(Official invites & more details will be sent out shortly.)

We have been working consistently for the past months planning, prepping, painting, and painting some more! 
For now we are just giving you some sneak peaks at a few of the pieces that will be available at the show.

IMG_61643Now some of you may be saying “I had NO idea she painted!” That is because I have always solely painted for myself and family. That’s it. I’ve always painted out of pure enjoyment. That and the simple fact that any art I’ve come across and fell in love with was way above my price limit so I decided I’d just paint my own pieces instead. I was never into painting with the intention of one day sharing them with the world and selling my work! Gasp! Just the mere thought of that would send me into instant panic and hives. 

As my kids got older, they would tell me I should sell my pieces. Family and friends would say the same. I would laugh it off as being something I could never do. It was just never something I gave a 2nd serious thought to.

We started our blog about a year ago and we instantly had plans and goals of what we ultimately wanted our blog to be. And we still do. Probably more so now as we go along. Creative minds never turn off, it can drive us crazy! haha! Amongst our numerous plans for our blog, we’d like to open an online shop featuring our original paintings and prints. Also, we would love to collaborate with some fabulous brands and designers.

And that is where I figure I got talked into selling my paintings! I think somewhere between the we’re gonna do this and we need to do that, there was the, ‘We should start our shop with Laura’s paintings!’ Then Natasha also came up with the idea of the perfect way to launch these paintings…  downtown at a Pop Up Shop. Specifically at the Chinatown Experiment Pop Up Shop. I had never heard of a ‘Pop Up Shop’ prior to actually being invited to one this past Spring. For those of you who haven’t heard of such a shop before, it is simply an empty store/shop that is rented out to various entrepreneurs on a weekly basis. It’s a brilliant marketing & advertising means for business’ that are just starting out, or for online stores to travel to different cities setting up their products in these shops so customers can see the products in person. And ultimately it’s a effective way for the business owners to meet and greet with clients, network and get valuable feedback in person. It’s basically putting a face to your brand. 

So here’s the thing… I wasn’t about to do this whole Art Show all on my own! I have talented, artistic kids who are more than capable of creating some beautiful things. So Natasha rolled up her sleeves, pulled up a chair beside me and began to create some magic! Day after day, night after night, we sit at our kitchen table which has now turned into a painting table in our ‘painting studio’ which I believe used to be our kitchen.
She will claim that she’s no painter, I disagree. I also know that she is an amazing sketch artist! So she has created some beautiful pieces for the Art Show as well. I’m beyond thrilled that she is going to share her pieces at the show. They are amazing! My son, Nicholas is an incredibly talented artist as well. Since he was 2 years old he was able to draw better then some adults! He has been our photographer on many shoots for our blog.

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I like to work with various mediums mixed with acrylic paints. For some specific paintings I use a very thick medium mixed with my paint in order to create a rustic appearance. I find it gives the painting some life and added interest visually. I am constantly experimenting and mixing up textures until I come up with something I’m happy with. 

My inspiration for textured painting started years ago when I seen and fell in love with a painting by an artist named Sam Park. It cost thousands of dollars, of which I didn’t have, so I settled for a brochure of his paintings. I brought the brochure home and studied it and pined over it and was in total awe of his work. Since I couldn’t afford one of his paintings I decided to paint my own version. It was a tall order to even attempt and I didn’t even come close to resembling his but I was still happy I had something similar.  

One day I will definitely have at least one of his paintings in my home!

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IMG_6269g2As you may have noticed from the pics most all of my paintings are of flowers and hearts. That seems to have been my main focus these past months. It’s just the mood and mindset I’ve been in. This series of paintings totally reveal my feminine, girlie, happy, carefree and light kind of presence. 

These paintings are a pleasant change as I have been known, (and have paintings from the past to prove) that I can paint some fairly dark and more subdued pieces. Years ago I remember I was painting a large piece and Natasha came in the room, looked at the painting and asked if I was in a bad mood? I said no. She left the room, I stepped back and looked at it and it consisted of black, dark purple, and dark blue. If I recall that was coincidentally right after my divorce! 

Art depicts feelings and life at that moment.  

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Every single piece of art is created with our favourite music playing. And that ranges on a song to song basis! A good ol’ country song could be playing one minute then an indie artist the next. If there is no music, there is no creative inspiration. It truly fuels everything we do in art and in life.

outtakesPeople have been telling us that we need to post more photos of ourselves and need to be more visible on our blog and social media outlets. Soooo….we are including these oh so glamourous out takes of us for all to see. Flattering don’t cha think?

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These are just a few of the textured heart and flower 8×10″ paintings we created. The textured heart ‘It’s All About Love’ Collection will be available in various colours.

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This original textured 8×10″ heart painting in Pearl is so elegant and so much prettier in person. Say “I love YOU” with a heart painting. Awww, now that’s sweet! 

We will continue to post info, behind the scenes progress of the event, and updates leading up to our Art Show in August. Join us on Twitter & Instagram for more photos and behind the scenes goodies! @roseandlea

We hope to see you all there!
Laura & Natasha xo