Canada’s Prime Minister endorses the Royal Assent!

 

The Royal Assent art has been a wonderful fundraising success during the month of June. All proceeds go to the LGBT programming efforts at The 519 Community Center in Toronto. The goal is to sell 100 art prints and we still have many Royal Assent art pieces to sell to make our goal. Please help our efforts by purchasing one if you can. They would make a wonderful statement of inclusiveness in an office or work place. They can also be donated to your favorite LGBT charity for a tax receipt. $519 for The519. You can order yours by contacting Akasha Art Gallery – Royal Assents are only on sale for 2 more weeks! And now for some GREAT NEWS!

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister agreed to autograph one of the Royal Assent art pieces to help raise much-needed funding at The 519. As you may know, he is a huge supporter of equality and the rights of the LGBT community.

The Royal Assent was shipped to the Parliament buildings in Ottawa two weeks ago; after going through a security check then the Royal Assent arrived in the Prime Minister’s office for him to sign- and he did!

The signed art print is now on auction at CharityBuzz.com. Please CLICK HERE to see the auction live!

Thanks for supporting! If you like, please share this post; it will help greatly in spreading the word and supporting this worthy cause. Cheers, KL.

 

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

The Crown, The Queen: A Long-Reigning, Royal Subject.

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I just finished watching Netflix’s series, The Crown. It gave me the same warm-fuzzies as Downton Abbey did. Here’s a post about the Queen from last year, enjoy! KL

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Queen Elizabeth, taken at Buckingham Palace in July 2015. photo by Mary McCartney

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015: Queen Elizabeth II has now suceeded her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning queen in Britain’s modern history. Her 63 years and 7 months as queen has dealt with much of the 20th century issues; wars, automobiles, air travel, technology… many things that most of us simply take for granted.

In celebration, here are a few of my mixed-medium Queen art pieces I have done over the past 5 years. Many have their own story. Enjoy!

My first multi-media Queen Art piece ‘It’s All Mine Now, 53’ was created by photographing an original portrait, printing, painting, digitally enhancing and then printing onto canvas. This piece was a big success as it was commissioned to be printed limited-edition for Crate & Barrel’s CB2 stores in North America. It sold out within a month, yet I have never seen a reproduction anywhere! If you ever see one PLEASE let me know!

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Home furnishings retailer CB2 enlarged the art and produced it on canvas that was 4′ by 5′ in size- you need a BIG wall to display something like this! Here’s a prototype sitting in front of my sofa at home:

Queen print, 4'x5'

My most beloved queen art is a one-off called Queen Ghost. Its the queen printed on stainless steel and framed in a traditional gold-ball framing. She’s ghostly at night when her skin reflects the light! I could not wait to hang her in my unfinished foyer-entrance at the townhouse (I guess its time I remove some painter’s green tape, huh?).

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I made this special version for a dear friend called Queen-Eh?. Its homage to everything Canadian; from The Hudson Bay, the moose and of course; our queen. Photo is a bit rough, but you get the idea!

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Here’s one version I made for my Mom called Queen Mom. It was a Mother’s Day gift. Mom thinks I made the Queen look ‘far too haggared’…

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This one was done as special wedding gift called Queen-Quotes. It was meant to repeat a famous quote from the Queen and be slightly late 80’s punk in style.

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Heres a painting that I did to represent both Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe called Queen Blonde. Did you know that each was born in the same year (1926) and in 1952 Marilyn wore the most expensive collection of diamonds while shooting Gentlemen Prefer Blondes & in the same year Elizabeth wore Europe’s most-expensive collection of diamonds for her corronation… ?

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This Queen Red painting was commissioned for another friend’s wedding. It is also being reproduced and wholesaled to retailers by Celadon Art. The reprouctions are being sold throughout North America at stores like Elte Carpets in Toronto, Canada.

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On display at the Elte MKT, Toronto.

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A second colour version called Queen Teal is also on the market! This one was commisioned for a good friend of mine and is also being reproduced by Celadon Art and sold to retailers.
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A reproduction Queen Teal was sent to NYC last spring for auction on CelebrityBuzz.com. It was autographed by award-winning actress Dame Helen Merrin who was playing the leading role of the queen in The Audience on Broadway.

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Here was the CelebrityBuzz.com listing… believe it or not, the signed art was purchased from someone in Canada… that painting clocked about 2000 miles to finally get to its righful owner! :)

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Reproductions of the Queen Teal are available for sale at Black Rooster Decor in Toronto.

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To find a retailer who sells the Queen Red or Queen Teal, contact Celadon Art. Thanks for reading and have a royally-artful week! Long live the Queen! KL