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Lisa Joan @islalifedesigns

I S L A • L I F E It's a wild world, & I'll paint it. Vancouver Island, BC 🇨🇦 Studio open by appointment. Next event: Art in the Park, July 27&28 🖤

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I’m so happy this guy has made it in to my new print catalogue. He doesn’t know it though, he can’t see anything. ✌🏻🖤
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I’m so happy this guy has made it in to my new print catalogue. He doesn’t know it though, he can’t see anything. ✌🏻🖤

I’m in mad market prep this week! Mostly because I leave EVERYTHING until the last minute. I’m actually not sure it’s possible for me to be prepared. I always do my best work under pressure. I’m packing up all my work right now, and I’ve still decided I should start two new paintings 🤷🏼‍♀️ In other news I’m teaching a paint night at @thecrowsnestgallery soon, we’re painting this beauty of a bear (he’s easy), and it’s going to be a lot of fun. You should sign up. But don’t ask me what date it’s happening, because I’m not near my calendar right now and I’m an artist 😂
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#polarbear #classes #animal #bear #artistlife #studiotime #gallery #animallover #islalifedesigns
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I’m in mad market prep this week! Mostly because I leave EVERYTHING until the last minute. I’m actually not sure it’s possible for me to be prepared. I always do my best work under pressure. I’m packing up all my work right now, and I’ve still decided I should start two new paintings 🤷🏼‍♀️ In other news I’m teaching a paint night at @thecrowsnestgallery soon, we’re painting this beauty of a bear (he’s easy), and it’s going to be a lot of fun. You should sign up. But don’t ask me what date it’s happening, because I’m not near my calendar right now and I’m an artist 😂 ✌🏻🖤 . . . #polarbear #classes #animal #bear #artistlife #studiotime #gallery #animallover #islalifedesigns

Spent the weekend holding a fishing rod I didn’t know how to use, and relaxing in the forest. It was perfect. 
Back to work tomorrow ✌🏻⛺️🌲
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#camping #summer #vancouverisland #babywearing #ergobaby #camplife #artistlife #islalife
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Spent the weekend holding a fishing rod I didn’t know how to use, and relaxing in the forest. It was perfect. Back to work tomorrow ✌🏻⛺️🌲 . . . . #camping #summer #vancouverisland #babywearing #ergobaby #camplife #artistlife #islalife

This photo is from last years art battle! 
If there is ever an opportunity to let my daughter paint with me, I will take it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also little Toby is in the photo as well, we just didn’t know it yet! ✌🏻
I talk to so many other mamas who take (or used to take) their kids to work with them, and I’ve realized that mums have these almost superhero abilities. I was never multitalented before I had kids, I could only focus on one activity at a time and even that was challenging. Now for the last four years I’ve felt like I have eight sets of eyes and I’m constantly managing about sixteen different things. It’s like being the CEO of company with a lot of poop, tricycles and bunny crackers. I grew up going to work with my mum, and now babies are going to grow up going to work with me! It’s funny how history repeats. ☮️🖤🎨
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#paintwithme #islandlife #islalife #campbellriver #artbattle #artistlife #painting #competivepainting #artistmother #takeyourbabytoworkday
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This photo is from last years art battle! If there is ever an opportunity to let my daughter paint with me, I will take it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Also little Toby is in the photo as well, we just didn’t know it yet! ✌🏻 I talk to so many other mamas who take (or used to take) their kids to work with them, and I’ve realized that mums have these almost superhero abilities. I was never multitalented before I had kids, I could only focus on one activity at a time and even that was challenging. Now for the last four years I’ve felt like I have eight sets of eyes and I’m constantly managing about sixteen different things. It’s like being the CEO of company with a lot of poop, tricycles and bunny crackers. I grew up going to work with my mum, and now babies are going to grow up going to work with me! It’s funny how history repeats. ☮️🖤🎨 . . . . #paintwithme #islandlife #islalife #campbellriver #artbattle #artistlife #painting

The chillest little art studio assistant I could ask for. Days like this are what I live for!
I’ve decided to pump out a few more originals for my upcoming markets, because let’s face it, I’m addicted. ✌🏻🖤🐻
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The chillest little art studio assistant I could ask for. Days like this are what I live for! I’ve decided to pump out a few more originals for my upcoming markets, because let’s face it, I’m addicted. ✌🏻🖤🐻

This little “Babs” is the perfect alternative if you can’t afford a big ass bear painting. Little Babs is an amazing quality canvas print that looks like the real deal. She is 11x14 on a thick canvas, and only $100. Find her on my website! ✌🏻🖤
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#bear #fishing #salmon #grizzly #bearpainting #animalartist #bctourism #bcart #canadianartist
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This little “Babs” is the perfect alternative if you can’t afford a big ass bear painting. Little Babs is an amazing quality canvas print that looks like the real deal. She is 11x14 on a thick canvas, and only $100. Find her on my website! ✌🏻🖤 . . . . #bear #fishing #salmon #grizzly #bearpainting #animalartist #bctourism #bcart #canadianartist

A few people have asked me lately how I get so many paintings done with a newborn. But I actually have no advice. I’ve had the energy level of a border collie for most of my life so partly it is because I’m a pretty hyperactive person in general. It’s also partly because my newborn sleeps, a LOT. It’s like wearing a heavy cat while I work. Lastly it’s absolute therapy. I can’t say it’s free therapy either because art supplies are bloody expensive. But it’s therapy. I had a really rough experience after I had my daughter that took a couple years to recover from, but painting everyday has kept me in this little happy bubble, even through equally hard times. Art is simultaneously a therapy and a drug. So when people ask how I get so much done with the littles around, it’s because I have to. I have given myself no other choice .✌🏻🖤
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A few people have asked me lately how I get so many paintings done with a newborn. But I actually have no advice. I’ve had the energy level of a border collie for most of my life so partly it is because I’m a pretty hyperactive person in general. It’s also partly because my newborn sleeps, a LOT. It’s like wearing a heavy cat while I work. Lastly it’s absolute therapy. I can’t say it’s free therapy either because art supplies are bloody expensive. But it’s therapy. I had a really rough experience after I had my daughter that took a couple years to recover from, but painting everyday has kept me in this little happy bubble, even through equally hard times. Art is simultaneously a therapy and a drug. So when people ask how I get so much done with the littles around, it’s because I have to. I have given myself no other choice .✌🏻🖤

“Go Rogue” is just about the sexiest thing an artist can hear you say when you’re commissioning a piece. ✌🏻🖤
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#eagle #gorogue #commissionart #artforeveryone #homedecor #treatyourself #canadianartist #artistoftheday #opus #goldenpaints #alittleabstract
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“Go Rogue” is just about the sexiest thing an artist can hear you say when you’re commissioning a piece. ✌🏻🖤 . . . #eagle #gorogue #commissionart #artforeveryone #homedecor #treatyourself #canadianartist #artistoftheday #opus #goldenpaints #alittleabstract

When people ask me when I became an artist, I always say “when I told people I was”. 🎨 
I was painting and trying to sell for almost two years, and whenever people asked me what I did for a living I told them I was a mama who painted here and there. I kept waiting for some big break that would suddenly make me feel like a professional before I could tell people I was an artist, but it didn’t happen. I decided one day to tell people that I was an artist, even though I felt a bit fake. But something started to shift, the pace picked up a little bit, I got some more orders and I got a few more commissions. When I went to places, my friends would start introducing me as an artist, I also started writing it in the “occupation” box on forms . Business picked up even more and I started to believe what I was telling people, that I was a legit artist. Now when I look back I realized that there was never a single a-ha moment. This art thing totally crept up. Nothing happened in my life to make me an artist, I just chose to live everyday as one. Everyday I choose art (even when there’s probably more sensible choices), and that’s what makes me an Artist. ✌🏻🖤
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When people ask me when I became an artist, I always say “when I told people I was”. 🎨 I was painting and trying to sell for almost two years, and whenever people asked me what I did for a living I told them I was a mama who painted here and there. I kept waiting for some big break that would suddenly make me feel like a professional before I could tell people I was an artist, but it didn’t happen. I decided one day to tell people that I was an artist, even though I felt a bit fake. But something started to shift, the pace picked up a little bit, I got some more orders and I got a few more commissions. When I went to places, my friends would start introducing me as an artist, I also started writing it in the “occupation” box on forms . Business picked up even more and I started to believe what I was telling people, that I was a legit artist. Now when I look back I realized that there was never a single a-ha moment. This art thing totally crept up. Nothing happened in my

“Dream on” is available as a canvas print! I cannot get a good enough photo to do this print justice, so if you’d like to see it in person then you’ll have to visit me at one of my upcoming markets! In the mean time I’ve given you a glimpse over in my insta-stories! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Find this guy in all the sizes you could want at 👉🏻www.islalifedesigns.com ✌🏻🖤
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#polarbear #canvasprint #homedecor #artforthehome #shoplocal #comoxvalley #giclee #animal #bc #vancouverisland #vancouver #victoria #canadianartist
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“Dream on” is available as a canvas print! I cannot get a good enough photo to do this print justice, so if you’d like to see it in person then you’ll have to visit me at one of my upcoming markets! In the mean time I’ve given you a glimpse over in my insta-stories! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Find this guy in all the sizes you could want at 👉🏻www.islalifedesigns.com ✌🏻🖤 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #polarbear #canvasprint #homedecor #artforthehome #shoplocal #comoxvalley #giclee #animal #bc #vancouverisland #vancouver #victoria #canadianartist

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! 
I’m spending it painting and dancing my face off,
my two favourite things! 
I’m finally feeling those summer feelings. I’m a summer baby through and through! ✌🏻☀️
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#summer #painting #party #lifestyle #dancing #love
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I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! I’m spending it painting and dancing my face off, my two favourite things! I’m finally feeling those summer feelings. I’m a summer baby through and through! ✌🏻☀️ . . . . #summer #painting #party #lifestyle #dancing #love

A quick glimpse in to the morning nap time ✌🏻🦅 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you look closely you’ll see the islaphant darting around)
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#babywearing #artistmother #ergobaby #artist #artlife #workfromhome #studio #artcollector #wildlifeart #animalart #canada #bc #comoxvalley #familytime #homedecor #instaart #artoftheday #paint ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A quick glimpse in to the morning nap time ✌🏻🦅 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you look closely you’ll see the islaphant darting around) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #babywearing #artistmother #ergobaby #artist #artlife #workfromhome #studio #artcollector #wildlifeart #animalart #canada #bc #comoxvalley #familytime #homedecor #instaart #artoftheday #paint ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Clearly I’ve been feeling a bit of a @vi.musicfest vibe this week with all these tie-dye inspired colours!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Who is going?! 🌈 🎶 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#art #comoxvalley #animal #wildlifeartist #thearts #instagramartisfs #artformusic #colour #bc #vancouverisland #musicfest
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I’ve been sat in the studio for a couple days, staring at some canvases and sort of throwing paint at them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve had a major artist block the last couple of weeks- I know I’ve been pumping out the paintings so that seems like a lie, but it’s true! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’m starting to look back at why I started painting, and what it is I really want to say with my work. Hearing all of your words describe my work really helped me as well! I have them all written down in my studio and they’re totally driving me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So for the next couple of weeks I’m really going to be having some fun, if you see something you like, make me an offer! 
I’ll start a new collection in the fall when I have a cohesive idea planned, but for now I really just want to experiment and find my mojo again ✌🏻🖤 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
(Also that’s a snake painting, not a sperm painting, I think that’s important to know) 🐍
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I’ve been sat in the studio for a couple days, staring at some canvases and sort of throwing paint at them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve had a major artist block the last couple of weeks- I know I’ve been pumping out the paintings so that seems like a lie, but it’s true! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m starting to look back at why I started painting, and what it is I really want to say with my work. Hearing all of your words describe my work really helped me as well! I have them all written down in my studio and they’re totally driving me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So for the next couple of weeks I’m really going to be having some fun, if you see something you like, make me an offer! I’ll start a new collection in the fall when I have a cohesive idea planned, but for now I really just want to experiment and find my mojo again ✌🏻🖤 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Hands up 🖐🏻🤚🏻 if the only peace and quiet you get is in a parked car with two sleeping children?! I’ve started carrying my sketchbook around with me so that if the moments right and the kids are fast asleep, then I get working! 🖤✌🏻
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Hands up 🖐🏻🤚🏻 if the only peace and quiet you get is in a parked car with two sleeping children?! I’ve started carrying my sketchbook around with me so that if the moments right and the kids are fast asleep, then I get working! 🖤✌🏻

“Midnight” is still one of my favourites. She’s available as a print in both paper and canvas! 
Find her on my website at www.islalifedesigns.com ⭐️✌🏻
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#art #artprints #vancouver #seattle #whistler #fernie #vancouverisland #squamish #banff #bears #blackbears #bearwatching #canada #homedecor #artcollector #bears #islalifedesigns
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“Midnight” is still one of my favourites. She’s available as a print in both paper and canvas! Find her on my website at www.islalifedesigns.com ⭐️✌🏻 • • • • • • • • #art #artprints #vancouver #seattle #whistler #fernie #vancouverisland #squamish #banff #bears #blackbears #bearwatching #canada #homedecor #artcollector #bears #islalifedesigns

You asked for it! “Carrie” is now available as a paper or canvas print! She’s up on my online store (link in bio) now! ⭐️ •
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#artist #art #polarbear #artprint #artprint #animal #wildlife #homedecor #athome #wallart #artcollector #shoplocal #comoxvalley #whistler #manitoba #churchill #canadianbears #arctic #canadianartist #vancouverartist #opus #golden
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You asked for it! “Carrie” is now available as a paper or canvas print! She’s up on my online store (link in bio) now! ⭐️ • • • • • • #artist #art #polarbear #artprint #artprint #animal #wildlife #homedecor #athome #wallart #artcollector #shoplocal #comoxvalley #whistler #manitoba #churchill #canadianbears #arctic #canadianartist #vancouverartist #opus #golden

Surrounded by my art babies and my human babies. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. 🖤
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Surrounded by my art babies and my human babies. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. 🖤

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