Tuesday, 21 July 2015


Save the date! The New West Cultural Crawl is coming up! 

I would be honoured if you'd come visit me in my new (and old) home attic studio during the New Westminster Cultural Crawl. My studio will be open both days from 11am – 5pm. I will have a collection of my artful products stocked including art prints, bags, cards and novelties, starting from $5 and up. Many of my original paintings will be displayed and for sale. Support local & get unique gifts for all those special occasions coming up.


Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9, 11am – 5pm both days

Studio Location

My home attic studio is at 423 Fader Street in New West (3 blocks up the hill from my old studio at 100 Braid St Studios). Follow the path around the side, and the entrance to my studio is at the rear. There will be cold refreshments and a space to sit in the garden. Please NOTE the new address.

Parking & Transit:

Free 2 hour parking on Fader Street between Major and Braid St, and on the other side of Braid St closer to Hume Park. Free 2 hour parking on Major Street. Paid parking on Sherbrooke and Columbia.

Sapperton & Braid Skytrain stations are both within 5-10 minute walking distance of my studio.

Prizes + Auction 

All visitors can enter a draw to win an original painting, and another painting will be auctioned off.

Forms of Payment Accepted 

Cash, Credit Card.

More Info 

Map + Venues + Artist Info

Pictures from last year's Crawl (in my previous studio). 

Art, Gifts + Novelties (examples of what you'll find at my studio during the event)

Renewal – 24" x 36" mixed media original painting on canvas. Price upon request.

Tote Bags – $26 - $32

Gift Wrap $5, Notebooks $10, Greeting Cards $5  

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints in three sizes – $20, $28, $38

Artful Tins & Jars – $5, $6, and Essential Oil Roll-ons – $9

See you at the crawl!

p.s. Be sure to visit 100 Braid St Studios and Brick and Mortar Living on your travels. There's a talented and lovely gang at both venues, and I know they'll be delighted to welcome you into their spaces. 100 Braid St Studios has over a dozen artists in one venue, plus a splatter room where you can experiment for yourself. Brick and Mortar has a beautiful selection of gifts, including a small line of my art. Blossom & Vine Floral Co will have a popup flower shop at Brick and Mortar Living as well, and Michelle creates the most beautiful romantic bouquets – I simply have to recommend you treat yourself to one. I most certainly will be:) I know there are many venues participating in the crawl, so be sure to check out the venue list and map to plan your route.

Studio Move + Changing My Focus

Friends, change is everywhere in my life right now! I'm moving my studio and simplifying. My business is transforming. And we're partnering with SelfDesign to support us in homeschooling our son.

It's a lot, but it's good. This is a year of allowing, inviting, and trusting. I truly feel connected to the spirit of ease more than I ever have. I'm saying yes to a lot of things I wouldn't ordinarily, and holding my no's to things that consume too much space or just aren't feeling right. I'm letting myself be "drawn by the strange pull of what I really love" (rumi). The result – walking a path that is winding freely, and being intentional in how I choose to follow it without trying to control where it leads too much. Trusting and leaning in.

Ok, so let me share more about these big changes:)

Studio Move

I'm moving! Well, my studio is. Going from 100 Braid Street Studios back to our attic, my original studio space lovingly known by many as the loft;) This is a huge step in simplifying my life and work, in going back to a quieter place of stillness. Having a studio away from home has been truly wonderful and connected me with a beautiful creative community who will be missed (and it gave me way more space just a few short blocks away!) but I'm ready for the shift back to quiet simplicity. I am in the process of re-creating my sacred space at home - stay tuned for pics! I'm so excited about this change. It's going to be beautiful and I'm so looking forward to creating soulfully in it.  

[Preparing my attic studio for the move. Clearing out lots of the old to make space for the new]

Transforming My Business

I'm excited to announce that Red Pear Creative will be migrating to a new entity under my own name, Ginger Deverell. I am taking a step away from my graphic design work to be with my family, support my son's homeschooling and focus on my art. Red Pear has been my boutique company for 12 years and I've grown with it and received so much creative fulfillment from my work with clients during these years. Now I'm looking forward to the next steps on my journey. You will see my new artist brand emerge over the coming year – it's personal, feminine and whimsical:) I will continue offering and expanding my artful product line and selling original paintings. I will be exhibiting my work more which is a neat shift for me. I will be spending more time tinkering around with surface pattern designs and hopefully producing some neat products for all of you to enjoy:) I will make room to play and experiment in the studio. And I will continue to work at getting my surface designs and artwork licensed while creating art that is true, beauty-full and meaningful, and living a slow and present lifestyle with my family.

[A few of the artful products I currently offer - find them here]

New Focus
This next chapter is about family, a homeschooling adventure, creating spaciousness in life, following our bliss, trusting our own compasses, simplifying and enjoying life's simple pleasures together. It's about having more stillness in our days. It's about moving closer to licensing my work in a way that I'm really inspired by, carefully choosing boutiques to carry my whimsical gifts and products, and being true to the path that I know in my heart. It's feeling like all the pieces of work and family are becoming woven together rather than being two separate paths that occasionally cross. The road ahead is feeling wide open.

[Stillness – continuing the practice of writing my mantra on my body]

And so goes the building of an intentional life. One step at a time, and feeling so right and true. I read this quote in this inspiring post from Andrea Scher on her Superhero Journal and I was SO incredibly moved I thought, Yes. Yes. It has been my compass since. 

“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” —Rumi

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. And thank you to everyone who is buying my art and rooting me on – I'm so grateful for you!

With love,

Monday, 20 July 2015

Art Retreat + Solo Trip

[Watercolour girls I painted at Six Breaths Retreat with Danielle Donaldson. Flat originals available for sale - message me at ginger@redpearcreative.com]

It has been a full and creative early summer. In June I went to the Six Breaths Art Retreat in Victoria. I learned watercolour techniques from Danielle Donaldson and fell in love with the simplicity and ease of her process. It felt so light and free to create in this medium and I know it's going to find its way into my repertoire. I had great chats with Danielle about business, process, selling, social media and a few good laughs about her rustic Canadian experience (she's American). She's one awesome and talented woman and I feel like I walked away with a clear sense of the simplicity that's possible in art, and a whole lot of creative inspiration. 

[Learning from Danielle Donaldson at Six Breaths Art Retreat]

I spent a second inspiring day painting acrylic abstracts in the beautiful outdoors with Victoria artist Blu Smith. We painted large and bold. It was in stark contrast to how I'd spent the previous day painting small and delicate and feminine. His process was about creating from intuitive shapes. It was great to see how much I opened up and relaxed throughout the day and by the end I was creating beautiful abstracts that I really loved, and using my own colour palette and instincts. I was really amazed how different everyone's work was. It was inspiring. 

[Learning from Blu Smith at Six Breaths Art Retreat. Flat acrylic abstracts I painted at retreat available for sale - message me at ginger@redpearcreative.com]

I loved the experience of this retreat. I surrendered any expectations and showed up to play. I met an awesome group of women. I made art. I relaxed. And we were at Sleeping Dog Farm just outside Victoria which is a beautiful peaceful working farm. It was like being suspended in time along a quiet country road, right out of a novel. We were all incredibly nourished by the delicious vegan and gluten free meals and the morning yoga. It was all I needed. Thank you Poppet Creative for a fantastic weekend!


After the retreat I stayed on in Victoria for a few days & reconnected with my younger traveler self. I stayed in this hostel and went everywhere on foot. I ate my way through the city at gluten-free spots (which are abundant in Victoria – Bubby Rose's Bakery & Cafe was my fave). I explored beautiful neighbourhoods and beaches. I journalled. I went to Sapphire Day Spa for an ayurvedic treatment. And I faced down my fear of water on a zodiac boat out on the open waters. I saw about 40 Orca whales which was magical and humbling.

[Exploring Market Square / Journalling in my beautiful notebook by Papaya Art + fave artist Anahata Katkin / "Fearless" mantra I wrote on my arm set against tote bag with my painting reproduced on it (buy one here) / walking and more walking]

I think we all need moments to reconnect with ourselves and step away from the daily grind. I came back from this short trip renewed and grounded and it was a really good reminder just how far we can come back to ourselves over a few short days if we give ourselves the space and time. 

With love,