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Show tiiiime!

Hi lovely people! How are you guys? I'm running around like a chicken with it's head CUT RIGHT OFF. But in a good way. 

Marché nënë kicks off this weekend, as you've no doubt seen on line and everywhere. It's in the Mile End this year - at the new Soupesoup restaurant and La Gare co-working space next door. I'm so curious to see how it unfolds in a new location - we'd been at Infopresse for I think the last 3 years? 4 years? Head over to the website to look at all the awesome programming we have. My kids are going to stay the whole weekend I think and take advantage of all the awesome on-the-spot-adventuring.

I'm also going to get a couple nice gifts for the people I love - like myself. I want a personalized badge from Jen Hamm of PomPon for starters.

Pompon personalized badge.

Pompon personalized badge.

After the show wraps, it's off to Toronto for my very first ONE OF A KIND SHOW! Woot! Holy hell people, 2 weeks hustling and mingling. To be honest, I'm kind of excited. I can go quite a long time without talking to many people day to day, the life of a basement-dwelling artist amiright?

Please come say HELLO in Toronto!

Please come say HELLO in Toronto!

I'm in Booth C60, please come say hello and grab some goodies. I'm in the Rising Star section and will be wearing a bright vermillion cross-back apron that (ahem) I made with my mom's help. It is not perfect so just admire from an arm's length please.

Alright people - I'm going to go listen to Dan Savage's sex podcast and make, yes, more coffee. coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee......

Happy Tuesday!



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Custom Milestone Illustration

Hey guys! How is summer unfolding? I have had a bad sore throat for a week now and am trying to keep on top of work. NOT EASY with the kids home - Somebody come rub my back! (Actually Sylv has been home mostly to help out and has just been gone since early this morning - I'm being a total baby and feeling sorry for myself. It's my right as a sick and snively mom.)

I wanted to share an awesome custom I just finished for some really special people.

50 years of marriage, 2 kids, 4 grandsons, many countries and way too many nicknames.

Ida and Roger Gilodo are the parents of my oldest friend Karen. Karen and I have known each other since we were 12 and have gone through so much together - we've also got into lots of trouble together, holding a record for detentions in high school. We once had so many after school detentions with 2 different teachers that we were double booked to the end of the school year. But I digress.) Her parents are obviously a little more together than the both of us and have held a solid marriage for FIFTY YEARS! Think about that for a few seconds people. No easy feat.

I loved doing this because I kept thinking of their lovely home, and how this would look on the walls. I loved learning things about them I hadn't previously known, including more nicknames than even I have given people. (For Karen alone I have Kraner, Krane, Kraniac, Kraner Retainer, Retainer, Retain, Kranium Glidodo and Kranium.)

I would love to do more of these types of illustrations! I've listed this in the shop here, and like all of my custom work we will collaborate on a main idea, a couple of sketches and palette before I present you with an image. The whole process takes about 2 weeks (give or take) and for this image we printed it in Toronto to skip all the shipping delays. A large 16 x 16 Giclee print cost only about $17 and they picked it up right before the party.

Hope you guys are having a good day - I've been up since 3am (I had to eat popsicles on the couch and watch Grace and Frankie then decided to work once my throat was finally numb.) I AM STARTING TO FEEL DELIRIOUS.

Happy Monday,




My name is Sandy, which is short for Sandra, but I've been called Sandhawk, Sanders, Snoopdawg (don't ask) and, by my family, Gandhi.
I have been making things for as long as I can remember. Drawing and writing is the easiest way for me to connect to the people and creatures around me.
And I think you should know, I am one of those really infuriating people who wake up in a great mood. I'm sorry!

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New Work / Off to the Woods !

Hey there! It's a sunny cold Friday and I'm getting ready to pack out first thing in the morning to go camping here! Have you guys tried out the Tente Huttopia camping in the Québec National Parks? They are the best.

Tente Huttopia

Like camping without the schlepping. They are so super comfy and well equipped. Can't wait to wake up in the forest Sunday morning :)

Have been working on lots of awesome new projects, big and small. Banged out a fast poster for a friend's show that I'm going to miss - we have a wedding that day - but it's going to be great, a reading involving music and performance. Here's the first poster I sketched out (I limit myself to one colour, India Ink, and a brush when doing posters).

First attempt

Nicky thought she might want something more urban. Whaaaa?! Who wouldn't want a drawing of a bear eating them while they read from their new book? She thought it might be nice to show little imagery - and something about the iconic Cheval Blanc stage and setup. Have you been there? It's such a great venue. It's where I did the super-dorky move of "accidentally walking by" (stalking, with much forethought) my now hubby one night when I really wanted to hang out with him but was too shy to just ask him out. AAaaaanyway. So I came up with this:

Go see this if you can! It's going to be weird and wonderful.

I kind of love when a client rejects a sketch that I really like - I alway think "hmmm wonder what I'll come up with" - I still like the hungry bear idea better but I'm turning that into a print for a good friend so I'm glad I have it.

Also did some funny customs lately - there are some Dads I can't show yet - but here's a cute one I did for a 40th birthday - we printed it as a large card that everybody signed for the surprise party and then a modified version for a wall print.

40th birthday card for a friend and neighbour

40th birthday card for a friend and neighbour

Have an awesome day, people! I have Lenny home with me today, a clown after my own heart. Fridays are good.


Talk soon,


parenthood, kids, Work from home

Movin' on up

My littlest just turned 4 over the weekend.  Four - it's like the age in my head when things start to get so much easier. Leading up to this birthday, I'd done lots of nostalgic thinking but also excited dreaming about what the fall will bring. As of September, both my kids will be in school, and I will have my days to myself. That sounds selfish but I mean it in a literal way - like as in, my days will be managed according to my own needs, mostly. This is huge.

Lenny in his bonnet with vanilla-rhubarb ice cream, how I usually spend my afternoons.

Lenny in his bonnet with vanilla-rhubarb ice cream, how I usually spend my afternoons.

I'd been thinking about this birthday lots, leading up to it. It seems crazy to me that already I am finished with babies - life is so much easier now and we sleep all night.

I have this really romantic idea of what my days will look like once these two are in school - hope I'm not being delusional. I know I'll miss having Lenny at my sides, and that feeling of really being needed all the time - I see that disappearing with my oldest already.

Which is why I'm trying to work up the courage to ask my landlord if we can get a dog - something small and full of love (Cocker Spaniel?) - I know he hates dogs (!?) and is generally against pets, but he did buy his 7 year old daughter a Bearded Dragon which is waaaay grosser than a dog.

Anyway, I got up at 5am so that I could write, trim some prints, and draw a hilarious portrait of somebody.

Back to work.

Happy Thursday folks,