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Alanna Cartier

Toronto, Ontario, CA

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I'm Alanna and I'm an Illustrator
I’m also a collector of cookbooks, mother to one fat cat, and cultivator of genius hair. I spend a fair amount of time scrubbing gouache off of my upper arms, even though I have absolutely no idea how it got there. I believe that talent is a myth that can stop us from pursuing our creative passions. I believe practice makes progress, and that perfection is imaginary (and boring to boot!). I believe in community and collaboration over competition, which is why I help run the Everyday Creatives, an online creative cooperative. I am also a big nerd for learning, I teach classes online through Skillshare (I'm one of their top teachers!), and in-person workshops and classes through Articulations, a lovely local art shop in Toronto, Canada.

I spend my free time preparing elaborate dinner parties for people I love, playing board games with my husband, reading way too many library books, and petting my fat cat’s tummy. I love when the world comes alive in the spring, and when the leaves start to change in the fall. I am very afraid of stairs with no risers.

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A Picnic For One by Alanna Cartier

Toronto, Ontario, CA

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I am an introvert. Big time, and with the ongoing pandemic, my work-from-home-by-myself space has turned into a bustling shared office full of activity. It's been a bit overwhelming. While I absolutely love my husband, I just want a lazy afternoon away from his loud-talking voice. As soon as I started to think of my dream picnic, I couldn't stop imagining a few quiet minutes alone with a book and the breeze and a nice hearty sandwich. So this picnic illustration is for everyone out there who needs a quiet moment with only the trees for company.

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Dandelion and Warm Bacon Salad by Alanna Cartier

Toronto, Ontario, CA

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To me, the very first signs of summer are the bright yellow faces of the dandelions springing up everywhere. What better way to celebrate summer in a salad than by tossing some of their tasty greens with salty bacon and a hot, salty vinaigrette. The greens are bitter, so if you don't like bitter, you may want to add a little sugar to the dressing.

Zuppa Tuscana by Alanna Cartier

Toronto, Ontario, CA

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A delicious recipe for Tuscan bean soup set on top of the rolling hills of Tuscany.