VIDEO: A Dash Of Hope mural timelapse.

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Happy Friday!
Here’s a quick and fun process video of my HOPE mural.
The video was deliberately made gritty, dirty and scratchy, kinda like the state we’re in but we remain hopeful. Hope is what we need to keep our vision straight and bright. Have a great long weekend everyone! Music made by the talented Paul Chin from Toronto.

Turn up the volume!

Thank you:
Vancouver Mural Fest
Vancity Bank
Robson Street
City Of Vancouver
Goodbye Graffiti

It Takes A village campaign raised over $100,000 for the Vancouver Food Bank in just 2.5 days.

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https://www.ittakesavillage.shop/

WOW! Thank you, Vancouver! The past few days have been amazing to experience as we officially topped more than $100,000 mark (and still climbing) in just 2.5 days since the launch of this fundraiser for the Greater Vancouver Bank. The amount of media attention we’ve been getting has been absolutely stunning. Thank you to all the media that has given this project the spotlight because, without you and your coverage, we wouldn’t have been able to raise so much in such a short period of time. But, we are far from done and we’re still counting on all of you to keep this momentum going.

During these times, there’s been a real significant spike in demand for help from families that are struggling to put food on the tables. We are crazy proud of all the success we’ve been getting. It really does take a village. Big thanks to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC for spearheading the entire campaign and bringing us onboard (Kindred & Scout, Leah Gregg, Aiken Lao, Ryan Leeson, Hubert Kang, Amy Jones, Mike Southworth).

Get your print today (100% proceeds to directly to the Greater Vancouver Foodbank) and hopefully, we’ll hit another major milestone soon. Purchase yours today: https://www.ittakesavillage.shop/

Limited prints by Hemlock Printers. 24″ x 18″
Version 1: Full colour.
Limited prints by Hemlock Printers. 24″ x 18″
Version 2: Whitecaps Blue
Limited prints by Hemlock Printers. 24″ x 18″
Version 1: Full colour.

It Takes a Village featuring Tosaint Ricketts.


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A Dash Of Hope. A pop-up mural in Downtown Vancouver during the COVID19 lockdown.

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Location: 1168 Robson Street, Vancouver.
Digital captures from my Nikon D600 + Nikkor 50mm F1.4 non-ai while taking breaks.

A quick timelapse of my process.

Post-production notes:

The mural took 3 days in total. 1st day was mostly prep work. This included picking up paint and art supplies, priming the wall and sketch work (using a grid system and a good old fashioned chalk).

The grid technique I used for this mural project.

The 2nd day started early at 9am until 6pm. The bulk of the work was done on the 2nd day and on the 3rd day I spent half of the day finishing up details, fixing mistakes, and photographing the final wall.

Because of the COVID situation, I decided to solo the job to minimize any human interaction. The wall was done almost exclusively with spray paint (from Layout art supplies) for speed. I didn’t have access to water and didn’t know how I was going to treat greywater so it only made sense to spray bomb the whole wall.

Fun fact:

The fact that I was soloing the job meant I didn’t have anyone to look after my gear if I had to go to the bathroom, so I decided to not drink anything for the entire time I painted. I was in eco-mode for the entire time which I was quite surprised how well my body adapted. Happy that I didn’t have to resort to adult diapers. ;)


“Everything that is done in the world is done by HOPE.”

Martin Luther King

✨A Dash of Hope✨ is all we need. I’m super pumped about this new mural I did for the Vancouver Mural Festival and Vancity on 1168 Robson Street. Big thanks to Drew Young and the whole Vancouver Mural Festival team for inviting me to be among the 40+ artists to help brighten up the city with our art. It’s a sad sight to see what used to be a vibrant city to be now all boarded up in our battle against this pandemic.

We all just need a dash of HOPE while keeping away from each other and to stay home as much as we can to help continue to flatten this curve. We can do this.

Big shout out to City of Vancouver for the paint and supplies and Goodbye Graffiti for providing a protective coating to our (hopefully) temporary art. Also a big shout out to our amazing studio manager Aiken Lao for holding everything down remotely while I go paint. My apologies for all my late email, text, IG message responses.

Photo credit: Portrait shot by @Tootallthaison | A great talent. Give him a follow on IG.

Thank you to all the people that came to say hi from a safe distance, all the strangers that came up to give me props and thumbs up.

Digital captures from my Nikon D600 + Nikkor 50mm F1.4 non-ai while taking breaks.
Digital captures from my Nikon D600 + Nikkor 50mm F1.4 non-ai while taking breaks.
The talented Jopa stenciling tags on each and every mural. Check out his work on IG:
https://www.instagram.com/brotherjopa/

And finally to the random crow that stalked me for all three days, thanks for stealing my bag of skinny nibs. You can suck it crow bird.

A victory prance after wrapping up the project.
A work in progress shot.

Rest in peace our dearest Bella. We will miss you greatly. 2005-2020.

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On Friday, April 24th, 2020 we lost our beloved Bella.
Our hearts are shattered. We kissed her goodbye that morning at our vet and there was not a dry eye in the room.

Dearest Bella,
You’ve been part of our life for 15+ amazing years. (That’s 112.5 human years) You were there to witness our union, the birth of our two kids. In fact, you are considered our very first daughter. You moved across the country from Toronto to Vancouver with us. The moment we saw you at the rescue centre at the Humane Society in Toronto we knew you were the one.

Bella saying good morning to Audrey. Circa 2014.

We still remember your adoption papers described you as sweet and curious but you turned out to be much more than that. You instantly became a family member. You were such a fighter, a fierce and resilient Dutch girl that never took no for an answer.

On occasion, I would bring them into the office. Circa 2008. Rethink Vancouver.

You were the most stubborn little girl that almost always had your own way, yet you were so sweet. Who knew you became our biggest source of inspiration. You taught us the strength of patience, the beauty of Zen living, and much more. You have given us so much joy and love. We know you’re in a better place now and wherever you are we hope your new world is filled with ripe bananas, strawberries, fresh parsley, crunchy carrots, and apples. You will be greatly missed and you will ALWAYS be in our hearts. We miss you so much. We love you forever, our sweet sweet Bella. May you rest in peace. We will see you one day, I’m sure. Until next time. ♥️♥️♥️

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RGD virtual Creative Directions conference 2020.

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I’m excited to be presenting at RGD’s virtual Creative Directions conference. Happening the week of April 27, this conference is designed to help you learn how to package, polish, promote and profit from your talent. I’ll be speaking about the business of creativity on May 1st. I hope you’ll join us. www.rgd.ca/cd

All will be well despite all the chaos out there.

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We hope everyone is staying healthy and positive during these strange COVID times. It’s during these times that we are reminded of all the love we have all around us. Every day we get phone calls, emails, messages and more from family, friends, associates, old co-workers and more. Although we are practicing physical social distancing by working from home, we feel more connected to all our family and friends than ever.

Oddly enough, we are actually more busy than usual and we’re very grateful for this. We are working on a couple of very exciting projects that have been keeping our spirits high and hopeful for a brighter and stronger future for all. We can’t wait to share all the work we’ve been busy chipping away at, but until then, please stay safe at home. All will be well.
Spiritually, we will see you all tonight at 7pm to thank all the modern heroes that are courageously fighting in the front lines to keep us all safe.

How’s everyone doing? Here’s a quick update from us working from home.

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We hope everyone is staying healthy, positive and more importantly, staying away from other people by staying home.

As we’ve been working from home, we try to keep our daily routine as normal as possible by keeping our work hours the same and schedule daily status calls with Aiken, our studio manager.

Luckily our lovely clients are still keeping us busy so for the most part, it’s business as usual.

Being stuck inside doesn’t mean we can’t paint murals digitally at home. Here’s a quick mockup of one of our favourite murals we created and was digitally installed in our townhome in the west end.

A digital mockup of the mural in our home in the west end.

This illustrated map of Vancouver was a commissioned illustration piece for CMPNY under the creative direction of Chris Zawada, partner and head of creative at Full Punch. Stay home and creative.

Here are a few close-ups of the illustration: