A NEW Queen Painting that gives back: ROYAL ASSENT

As you may know, I have been creating some art that is a modern take on Queen Elizabeth’s 1953 coronation portrait. This spring I’ve created a very special Queen portrait to be used for LGBT charitable causes.
The painting is often referred to as ‘The Rainbow Queen’ but is actually called ROYAL ASSENT. It pays tribute to the many royal assents that HM Queen Elizabeth has signed for human equality and gay marriage rights and also paying homage to Gilbert Baker who is the designer of the iconic pride flag. He designed the flag in 1978 and it has become synonymous around the world with LGBT rights. Gilbert Baker sadly passed away earlier this spring.
The rainbow colours used in the painting are exact Pantone colour matches to the ones used to design the Pride flag. Those colours are then digitally-aged 39 years; the year Gilbert Baker designed the flag. The aged/subtle colours make ROYAL ASSENT a statement without being overly garish in a home or business setting. This piece of art has been designed with 7 layers of photography, paint and digital processing, then printed on canvas and hand-finished!
The ROYAL ASSENT will be on display at the The Akasha Gallery, 511 Church Street, Toronto for the duration of Pride Month. Fine hand-finished canvas giclees are available to order from the gallery with ALL proceeds donated to The 519 Church Street Community Centre. ‘The519’ is a leader in Canada with supportive programs for the LGBT community. All the proceeds will help fund much-need programs for LGBT youth, trans and senior groups.
ROYAL ASSENT, 30” x 45” hand-finished canvas giclee, $519.
Please order your ROYAL ASSENT through The Akasha Art Gallery. This art is made to order (2-3 weeks) and pick up is from the gallery downtown Toronto or shipped anywhere (please inquire about any additional shipping costs).
Other queen paintings are on display and can also be purchased from Akasha. The Queen-Teal or Queen-Red are 36”x51” and cost $880 each. Please contact the Akasha if you would like one for your home, business or as a gift. They can be safely shipped anywhere in the world and make grand statement!
    
Do you know someone who just loves the queen? Perhaps there’s a large empty wall in your home or office that needs some royal colour? Thank you for your purchase consideration of the new ROYAL ASSENT; by purchasing you are supporting the LGBT communities and adding much-needed colour to your walls!
Wishing a happy and colourful Pride Month to you all! KL xo

Christmas In July -with Karl!

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I LOVE Christmas. This past July I had an incredible opportunity to create a Christmas Wonderland in my Toronto townhouse. My home was decorated to showcase the Holiday ’16 offerings to the media; exclusively from Walmart Canada. I had a blast assisting the art directors, buyers, public relations specialists and of course hosting the media throughout my home. The house took on a very elegant and festive mood for 2 weeks in July… here’s 3 quick snapshot decor ideas in the townhouse; welcome to Christmas In July!

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In my small dining area we assembled a slim tree to fill one of the empty corners. Slim trees are perfect for creating an on-trend or themed tree in foyers, guest rooms or in any empty corner of the house. I decorated the tree with a colour combination of pewter, gold and champagne ornaments; all colours inpspired by my Wedgwood’s Fabled Crane drapery fabric (available through JF Fabrics). I also added similarily coloured Christmas crackers to the tree! This is now an interactive tree for small children or when I have a buffet; everyone can help themselves to a fun, little gift. (Glitter placemats, White-fur window wreaths, Fur-collared reindeer, Tree ornaments and Crackers: Walmart. Florals are from Bruno Duarte at Fresh Floral Creations-stylishly incorporating simple Walmart holiday ornaments).

 

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Adding garland and decor to a stair banister is always challenging; especially when there is only one hand rail. I came up with the idea of hanging the garland along the steps so not to take up the handrail. Adding simple silver and gold tree ornaments (they were all unbreakable) allowed for a festive staircase without the high-traffic concerns.

 

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And the simplest idea of them all: hang a beaded snowflake ornament (any flat-style tree ornament will do) from the on/off switch on your lamps. A nice was to add a festive touch to an already gorgeous lamp! (Beaded snowflake oranament: Walmart. Lotus lamp by Barbara Barry )