Wild Canary Studio

So here’s the thing...most of the time, I don't feel like a creative badass. I don't always feel inspired, and I DEFINITELY don't feel like I know what I'm doing! 😂 . So what's the secret weapon to make this little business keep on ticking? I’ve learned I gotta take action despite all the worry, despite the uncertainty, despite the guarantee that the rest of the world is going to love whatever it is that I'm painting. . Doing it anyways, (despite all that doubt👆🏻) has been the key to so many turning points in my life and my work. It’s hard, it’s scary and I never feel 100% about any of it... but I keep on going and hope for the best! . #smallbusiness #entrepreneur #bossbabe #momboss #keepgoing #creativebadass #businessowner at LeslievilleSo here’s the thing...most of the time, I don't feel like a creative badass. I don't always feel inspired, and I DEFINITELY don't feel like I know what I'm doing! 😂 . So what's the secret weapon to make this little business keep on ticking? I’ve learned I gotta take action despite all the worry, despite the uncertainty, despite the guarantee that the rest of the world is going to love whatever it is that I'm painting. . Doing it anyways, (despite all that doubt👆🏻) has been the key to so many turning points in my life and my work. It’s hard, it’s scary and I never feel 100% about any of it... but I keep on going and hope for the best! . #smallbusiness #entrepreneur #bossbabe #momboss #keepgoing #creativebadass #businessowner at Leslieville
Popcorn, white freezies, watermelon and green olives. Those were my strange pregnancy cravings that helped me manage my horrendous morning/day/night/all-the-freakin-time sickness. What were your crazy cravings?? 👶🏼🍿🍉🤢 . #babyontheway #newbaby #babyshower #babyshowergift #babyshowercard #pregnancy #babygift #newmomgift #congratulationscard at Toronto, OntarioPopcorn, white freezies, watermelon and green olives. Those were my strange pregnancy cravings that helped me manage my horrendous morning/day/night/all-the-freakin-time sickness. What were your crazy cravings?? 👶🏼🍿🍉🤢 . #babyontheway #newbaby #babyshower #babyshowergift #babyshowercard #pregnancy #babygift #newmomgift #congratulationscard at Toronto, Ontario
I do NOT like birds. 🙅🏼‍♀️ Yep, I named my business after one, I paint lots of them, and definitely admire them... but from a SAFE distance! 😂 —— Safe from being pecked (I had an incident with a nasty rooster). Safe from being taloned in the face (thanks scary pigeon for the scar), safe from being chased (apparently that goose was gluten intolerant). Safe from being pooped on (pigeon poop smells ridiculously rotten). AND safe from these sweet little hummingbirds👆🏻(2 got tangled in my hair). Sure, they are beautiful... but from FAR FAR away! Ok little birdy friends?🐔🐧🐦🐤 . How about you? Are you a bird fan? If so, what’s your favourite (untrustworthy) feathered friend? 🙈😂 . #birds #hummingbird #phobia #birdphobia #birdhater #birdlover #birdsscareme #birdpainting #birdwatcher at Toronto, OntarioI do NOT like birds. 🙅🏼‍♀️ Yep, I named my business after one, I paint lots of them, and definitely admire them... but from a SAFE distance! 😂 —— Safe from being pecked (I had an incident with a nasty rooster). Safe from being taloned in the face (thanks scary pigeon for the scar), safe from being chased (apparently that goose was gluten intolerant). Safe from being pooped on (pigeon poop smells ridiculously rotten). AND safe from these sweet little hummingbirds👆🏻(2 got tangled in my hair). Sure, they are beautiful... but from FAR FAR away! Ok little birdy friends?🐔🐧🐦🐤 . How about you? Are you a bird fan? If so, what’s your favourite (untrustworthy) feathered friend? 🙈😂 . #birds #hummingbird #phobia #birdphobia #birdhater #birdlover #birdsscareme #birdpainting #birdwatcher at Toronto, Ontario
Stand out in a crowd. Spend time with your flock. Find the right balance. Be flexible. Keep your beak up... And don’t be afraid to get your feet wet! — Advice from a Flamingo friend. Well said Florence, well said. 🌺🖤🌺 — Also, why the flock isn’t there a flamingo emoji yet? 💁🏼‍♀️ . #flamingo #belikeaflamingo #flamingoart #flamingoartwork #flamingowatercolor #etsyseller at LeslievilleStand out in a crowd. Spend time with your flock. Find the right balance. Be flexible. Keep your beak up... And don’t be afraid to get your feet wet! — Advice from a Flamingo friend. Well said Florence, well said. 🌺🖤🌺 — Also, why the flock isn’t there a flamingo emoji yet? 💁🏼‍♀️ . #flamingo #belikeaflamingo #flamingoart #flamingoartwork #flamingowatercolor #etsyseller at Leslieville
“Don’t slide through life. Savor it. Slow down. Be kind. Pay attention. Because this isn’t going to happen again.” — Carrie Fisher . I feel like I’ve been living this quote lately. — I had a pretty rough spring, full of a crap ton of doubt, worry and WAY too much hustling. I wasn’t happy. When summer hit, I pressed the big fat pause button and went back to my roots. And wow, what a difference it’s made... not only for my well being, but also this little business. I decided my summer theme was going to be: Slow the eff down lady!! And I’ve been doing my best to live it! . I spent 2 full weeks with my boys and family at our cottage, not doing much of anything....but SO much of everything! On top of that, I got to escape back to my cottage with a dear group of friends (sans kids) this past weekend. We laughed, we danced, we traded stories and I barely looked at my phone, other than to review hilarious photos. . I woke up yesterday to very sad news of a close cottage friend losing her battle with cancer. It really hit home and solidified so much of the outlook that I’ve been trying to honour lately. Sometimes it’s in these hard moments that you really see how precious life is. . So even though I’m super busy with crazy kids, this little business and life in general, I’m still trying to slow down, pay more attention and try to soak in every moment... “‘cause this isn’t going to happen again.” . #deepthoughts #slowdown #summertheme #quotestoliveby #quotesaboutlife #slowdownchallenge #summertime at Leslieville“Don’t slide through life. Savor it. Slow down. Be kind. Pay attention. Because this isn’t going to happen again.” — Carrie Fisher . I feel like I’ve been living this quote lately. — I had a pretty rough spring, full of a crap ton of doubt, worry and WAY too much hustling. I wasn’t happy. When summer hit, I pressed the big fat pause button and went back to my roots. And wow, what a difference it’s made... not only for my well being, but also this little business. I decided my summer theme was going to be: Slow the eff down lady!! And I’ve been doing my best to live it! . I spent 2 full weeks with my boys and family at our cottage, not doing much of anything....but SO much of everything! On top of that, I got to escape back to my cottage with a dear group of friends (sans kids) this past weekend. We laughed, we danced, we traded stories and I barely looked at my phone, other than to review hilarious photos. . I woke up yesterday to very sad news of a close cottage friend losing her battle with cancer. It really hit home and solidified so much of the outlook that I’ve been trying to honour lately. Sometimes it’s in these hard moments that you really see how precious life is. . So even though I’m super busy with crazy kids, this little business and life in general, I’m still trying to slow down, pay more attention and try to soak in every moment... “‘cause this isn’t going to happen again.” . #deepthoughts #slowdown #summertheme #quotestoliveby #quotesaboutlife #slowdownchallenge #summertime at Leslieville
Happy Monday! Here's to ignoring your pride, messing with reason, taking risks and above all...following your heart! 💛👊🏻 . #motivationmonday #motivation #risk #monday #followyourheart #quotestagram #motivationalquotes #quotes at Toronto, OntarioHappy Monday! Here's to ignoring your pride, messing with reason, taking risks and above all...following your heart! 💛👊🏻 . #motivationmonday #motivation #risk #monday #followyourheart #quotestagram #motivationalquotes #quotes at Toronto, Ontario
Did you do a theme for your kid’s room? I had big plans for a cute themed nursery, but our guys arrived early — right smack in the middle of our house renos!🙈We threw together what we could and made it a pretty cozy room for them... but no theme. I’m thinking we have another year or so before bunk beds and a decor overhaul... and maybe a fun theme this time around!!? . If you need to deck out your kids room or just need a dose of good design, head on over to @kids.at.home! They carry sooo many cute and well-designed pieces, that are sure to make your kids room wildly adorable!! I know I’ll be heading there when it’s time to change things up for my guys! 🤗 . #shoplocal #leslieville #kidsdecor #kidsroom #supportlocalbusiness #kidsthemeroom #torontokids #torontoshops #kidsroomdecor #kidsroomideas at kids at homeDid you do a theme for your kid’s room? I had big plans for a cute themed nursery, but our guys arrived early — right smack in the middle of our house renos!🙈We threw together what we could and made it a pretty cozy room for them... but no theme. I’m thinking we have another year or so before bunk beds and a decor overhaul... and maybe a fun theme this time around!!? . If you need to deck out your kids room or just need a dose of good design, head on over to @kids.at.home! They carry sooo many cute and well-designed pieces, that are sure to make your kids room wildly adorable!! I know I’ll be heading there when it’s time to change things up for my guys! 🤗 . #shoplocal #leslieville #kidsdecor #kidsroom #supportlocalbusiness #kidsthemeroom #torontokids #torontoshops #kidsroomdecor #kidsroomideas at kids at home
Well gosh golly, if this isn’t the nicest review...I don’t know what is!!? ☺️ . “Happy First House-iversary to us! To celebrate, I commissioned a house portrait from the talented Amy Wetton of Wild Canary Studio. My eyes watered when I first saw this stunning piece of art she created for us. I am so pleased! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent, Amy! I knew based on your other work that I would love it, but I'm totally floored! This post is a little bit belated, due to the fact we were hosting our adorable niece on her first trip to Nova Scotia and spending lots of time with family … which is actually fitting, because one of the reasons we bought and are so proud of this house is because we love hosting family & friends, and this home is perfect for that. Thank you, Amy, for this incredible keepsake, and thank you, Eric, for this exciting journey! 💛🏡” . Thank you so much @itsjohnnacampbell for sharing your kind words and really making this gal feel great!🤗Congrats on your House-iversary and here’s to many more happy years in your home sweet home! 🥂💛 . #homesweethome #homeportrait #houseportrait #giftidea #homeiswheretheheartis #homepainting #customart at LeslievilleWell gosh golly, if this isn’t the nicest review...I don’t know what is!!? ☺️ . “Happy First House-iversary to us! To celebrate, I commissioned a house portrait from the talented Amy Wetton of Wild Canary Studio. My eyes watered when I first saw this stunning piece of art she created for us. I am so pleased! Thanks for sharing your amazing talent, Amy! I knew based on your other work that I would love it, but I'm totally floored! This post is a little bit belated, due to the fact we were hosting our adorable niece on her first trip to Nova Scotia and spending lots of time with family … which is actually fitting, because one of the reasons we bought and are so proud of this house is because we love hosting family & friends, and this home is perfect for that. Thank you, Amy, for this incredible keepsake, and thank you, Eric, for this exciting journey! 💛🏡” . Thank you so much @itsjohnnacampbell for sharing your kind words and really making this gal feel great!🤗Congrats on your House-iversary and here’s to many more happy years in your home sweet home! 🥂💛 . #homesweethome #homeportrait #houseportrait #giftidea #homeiswheretheheartis #homepainting #customart at Leslieville
Happy #InternationalCatDay! Are you a cat person or dog person?? . I’m definitely more of a dog lady than cat lady...mainly because I’m highly allergic to these furry felines 🤓🤧 BUT I still love painting their purrrrrrrrdy faces! 😻 . #meow #cats #catpaintings #catportraits #petportraits #catlady #kitty #purdy #catsofinstagram at LeslievilleHappy #InternationalCatDay! Are you a cat person or dog person?? . I’m definitely more of a dog lady than cat lady...mainly because I’m highly allergic to these furry felines 🤓🤧 BUT I still love painting their purrrrrrrrdy faces! 😻 . #meow #cats #catpaintings #catportraits #petportraits #catlady #kitty #purdy #catsofinstagram at Leslieville
Back to life, back to realityyyyy. Welp, that’s a wrap! Our 2 week cottage vacation has come to an end! I count my lucky stars that I have a place so magical to set up shop and let my kiddos run free. BUT I couldn’t have done it without the support from my parents! They helped me wrangle the boys, so I could get some work done at the cottage...while my husband was tied to work in the city. . I’m so fortunate I can bring my work with me wherever I go, and I’m thankful to have a family and husband that’s got my back while I go for it!💛 . I’m happy to be back in the city with a solid wifi connection, but I sure will miss those lake swims, boat rides and stunning sunsets. ☀️🌊🌻 . #backtoreality #cottagelife #family #vacationvibes #entrepreneurlife #bossbabe #solopreneur #workwherever at LeslievilleBack to life, back to realityyyyy. Welp, that’s a wrap! Our 2 week cottage vacation has come to an end! I count my lucky stars that I have a place so magical to set up shop and let my kiddos run free. BUT I couldn’t have done it without the support from my parents! They helped me wrangle the boys, so I could get some work done at the cottage...while my husband was tied to work in the city. . I’m so fortunate I can bring my work with me wherever I go, and I’m thankful to have a family and husband that’s got my back while I go for it!💛 . I’m happy to be back in the city with a solid wifi connection, but I sure will miss those lake swims, boat rides and stunning sunsets. ☀️🌊🌻 . #backtoreality #cottagelife #family #vacationvibes #entrepreneurlife #bossbabe #solopreneur #workwherever at Leslieville
The dog days of summer are upon us and old man Boone knows what’s up. He’s learned in his 13 years that a dunk in the lake will cure all, and I couldn’t agree more! Give me a lake and an icy cold prosecco and I’m good to go! What’s your fave way to cool off?💦🥂 . #petportrait #dogportrait #dogdaysofsummer #lakelife #blacklab #summerlove #wetdog #doglover #dogpainting at LeslievilleThe dog days of summer are upon us and old man Boone knows what’s up. He’s learned in his 13 years that a dunk in the lake will cure all, and I couldn’t agree more! Give me a lake and an icy cold prosecco and I’m good to go! What’s your fave way to cool off?💦🥂 . #petportrait #dogportrait #dogdaysofsummer #lakelife #blacklab #summerlove #wetdog #doglover #dogpainting at Leslieville
Have you been to Halifax? Toronto is my home, but Halifax, NS holds a very dear place in my heart. It’s where I found my independence, met some amazing people and fell in love with art and design. . After high school I packed up, left home and headed to Halifax to attend NSCADU. There I studied and received my Bachelor of Design. Even though I didn’t know a soul, I immediately felt comfortable and settled right in to the Maritime pace of life. . Halifax is full of small town charm with plenty of the amenities of a big city. It’s packed with great people, music, food and a salty ocean breeze. Cars will stop in the middle of the road to let a pedestrian cross the street, you will run into at least 3 people you know on a stroll and you can’t leave a bar without making at least one new friend. And speaking of bars...Halifax boasts the most bars per capita in Canada. Whether you prefer live music or sweating your butt off on the dance floor to pop 90's hits, I guarantee you'll have a night you (probably) won't remember, but you won't want to forget. . So many stories I still tell about my time there. So many memories rooted deep in my heart. So many friendships that have continued on past my days in Halifax. It’s one special place and I encourage you to make the trip if you haven’t already! . This Halifax skyline is now available in the shop. What skyline would you like to see next? . #halifax #maritimes #nscadu #eastcoast #novascotia #nscad #halifaxns #halifaxlife #skyline #skylineart at Halifax, Nova ScotiaHave you been to Halifax? Toronto is my home, but Halifax, NS holds a very dear place in my heart. It’s where I found my independence, met some amazing people and fell in love with art and design. . After high school I packed up, left home and headed to Halifax to attend NSCADU. There I studied and received my Bachelor of Design. Even though I didn’t know a soul, I immediately felt comfortable and settled right in to the Maritime pace of life. . Halifax is full of small town charm with plenty of the amenities of a big city. It’s packed with great people, music, food and a salty ocean breeze. Cars will stop in the middle of the road to let a pedestrian cross the street, you will run into at least 3 people you know on a stroll and you can’t leave a bar without making at least one new friend. And speaking of bars...Halifax boasts the most bars per capita in Canada. Whether you prefer live music or sweating your butt off on the dance floor to pop 90's hits, I guarantee you'll have a night you (probably) won't remember, but you won't want to forget. . So many stories I still tell about my time there. So many memories rooted deep in my heart. So many friendships that have continued on past my days in Halifax. It’s one special place and I encourage you to make the trip if you haven’t already! . This Halifax skyline is now available in the shop. What skyline would you like to see next? . #halifax #maritimes #nscadu #eastcoast #novascotia #nscad #halifaxns #halifaxlife #skyline #skylineart at Halifax, Nova Scotia
“Children will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bank accounts smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for” - Unknown 💛 . These past two weeks have been packed full of these two wild dudes and every emotion possible. I’m tired, my patience is dwindling and my noise tolerance is at all all time low. BUT wow, how much fun we have had! I’m proud of how they have learned to jump off the dock, catch a frog, bake cookies and venture into the forest like Survivor Man. 😂 . The toddler years are well behind us now and two curious, smart and adventurous little boys have surfaced. And as much as I want to pull my hair out at some points, I’m loving this age and all the fun we can have TOGETHER... instead of running behind them like a crazy lady just trying to keep them alive!! 💛👬🏃‍♀️💛 . #twins #twinboys #twinmom #twinning #vacation at Georgian Bay“Children will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bank accounts smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for” - Unknown 💛 . These past two weeks have been packed full of these two wild dudes and every emotion possible. I’m tired, my patience is dwindling and my noise tolerance is at all all time low. BUT wow, how much fun we have had! I’m proud of how they have learned to jump off the dock, catch a frog, bake cookies and venture into the forest like Survivor Man. 😂 . The toddler years are well behind us now and two curious, smart and adventurous little boys have surfaced. And as much as I want to pull my hair out at some points, I’m loving this age and all the fun we can have TOGETHER... instead of running behind them like a crazy lady just trying to keep them alive!! 💛👬🏃‍♀️💛 . #twins #twinboys #twinmom #twinning #vacation at Georgian Bay
Loving the use of my food paintings by @saralongrdld! She’s a children’s nutritionist and I think she nailed her office decor! Kids are gonna love that donut and I’m sure she will tell them it’s full of yuck, but it sure looks yum to me!! What’s your fave thing to eat on this wall? 😬😂🍩🍔🥒🍉🥦🥑 . #nutrition #childrensnutritionist #officedecor #nutritionist #donut #burger #pickle #watermelon #avocado #asparagus #foodie #letseat at Toronto, OntarioLoving the use of my food paintings by @saralongrdld! She’s a children’s nutritionist and I think she nailed her office decor! Kids are gonna love that donut and I’m sure she will tell them it’s full of yuck, but it sure looks yum to me!! What’s your fave thing to eat on this wall? 😬😂🍩🍔🥒🍉🥦🥑 . #nutrition #childrensnutritionist #officedecor #nutritionist #donut #burger #pickle #watermelon #avocado #asparagus #foodie #letseat at Toronto, Ontario
If I had a dollar for every person who told me I was lucky, I would be rollin’ in the dough! 🤑💵 And yes, I FEEL super lucky, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t worked my chubby buns off to get here. It’s been hard, confusing and frustrating. If it was easy, everyone would be doing what they wanted every day, right? . Don’t leave it to chance that one day your dream job will fall into your lap, one day you will get that promotion, one day you will travel… “One day, one day, one day….” When will that day be if you don’t go for it? . What are your thoughts on luck? Do you feel like it plays a role in your life? Or do you create your own? ☘️🍀☘️ . #luck #lucky #createyourownluck #luckyclover #clover #oneday #entrepreneur #solopreneur #lovewhatyoudo #luckyme #workhardpaysoff #smallbusinessowner #smallbuisness at Toronto, OntarioIf I had a dollar for every person who told me I was lucky, I would be rollin’ in the dough! 🤑💵 And yes, I FEEL super lucky, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t worked my chubby buns off to get here. It’s been hard, confusing and frustrating. If it was easy, everyone would be doing what they wanted every day, right? . Don’t leave it to chance that one day your dream job will fall into your lap, one day you will get that promotion, one day you will travel… “One day, one day, one day….” When will that day be if you don’t go for it? . What are your thoughts on luck? Do you feel like it plays a role in your life? Or do you create your own? ☘️🍀☘️ . #luck #lucky #createyourownluck #luckyclover #clover #oneday #entrepreneur #solopreneur #lovewhatyoudo #luckyme #workhardpaysoff #smallbusinessowner #smallbuisness at Toronto, Ontario
Meet cash. What a sweet Newfie face and a very thoughtful 40th birthday gift! I gave him a Newfoundland flag bandana to finish off his look! I just wanna give him a big squishy hug, don’t you!? . The Newfoundland is a large, strong dog breed from — wait for it — Newfoundland. He was originally used as a working dog to pull nets for fishermen and haul wood from the forest. He is a capable and hardworking dog, well suited to work on land or water. Sweet-natured and responsive, he makes a wonderful family companion as well, if you can handle all the slobber! . #newfoundland #newfie #newfoundlander #newfoundlanddog #dogportrait #petportrait #giftidea #dogbreed at Parry Sound, OntarioMeet cash. What a sweet Newfie face and a very thoughtful 40th birthday gift! I gave him a Newfoundland flag bandana to finish off his look! I just wanna give him a big squishy hug, don’t you!? . The Newfoundland is a large, strong dog breed from — wait for it — Newfoundland. He was originally used as a working dog to pull nets for fishermen and haul wood from the forest. He is a capable and hardworking dog, well suited to work on land or water. Sweet-natured and responsive, he makes a wonderful family companion as well, if you can handle all the slobber! . #newfoundland #newfie #newfoundlander #newfoundlanddog #dogportrait #petportrait #giftidea #dogbreed at Parry Sound, Ontario
Monday’s can be a pain in the neck and seem extra long, but if ya just keep your head up and reeeeeeaaach for a tall mug of coffee, you bet giraffe you can accomplish BIG things! So high five to a productive and punderful Monday! 🙌🏻 🦒 . *bonus points for guessing how many puns were shamelessly used in this post👆🏻 🙈😂 . #punsfordays #giraffes #mondaymotivation #mondaymood #mondayvibes #giraffelove #giraffepainting at Toronto, OntarioMonday’s can be a pain in the neck and seem extra long, but if ya just keep your head up and reeeeeeaaach for a tall mug of coffee, you bet giraffe you can accomplish BIG things! So high five to a productive and punderful Monday! 🙌🏻 🦒 . *bonus points for guessing how many puns were shamelessly used in this post👆🏻 🙈😂 . #punsfordays #giraffes #mondaymotivation #mondaymood #mondayvibes #giraffelove #giraffepainting at Toronto, Ontario
The July 2018 full moon is a blood moon, buck moon and lunar eclipse alllllll rolled into one! Wowzers! Sky watchers call it a "blood moon" because it will glow in a reddish tint during the total lunar eclipse. But it’s also known as a "buck moon," named after the new antlers that emerge from buck's foreheads around this time of the year. . In honour of July’s full moon, I have made both moon prints available via instant digital download on @etsy! Print your files at home or through a print shop. Frame and enjoy! Boom, it’s just that easy! . #fullmoon #bloodmoon #buckmoon #lunareclipse #lunareclipse2018 #moonpainting #moonwatercolor at Parry Sound, OntarioThe July 2018 full moon is a blood moon, buck moon and lunar eclipse alllllll rolled into one! Wowzers! Sky watchers call it a "blood moon" because it will glow in a reddish tint during the total lunar eclipse. But it’s also known as a "buck moon," named after the new antlers that emerge from buck's foreheads around this time of the year. . In honour of July’s full moon, I have made both moon prints available via instant digital download on @etsy! Print your files at home or through a print shop. Frame and enjoy! Boom, it’s just that easy! . #fullmoon #bloodmoon #buckmoon #lunareclipse #lunareclipse2018 #moonpainting #moonwatercolor at Parry Sound, Ontario

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