Artist Melissa Bruglemans has created a portrait of Gord Downie using just coffee.
Growing up in Fort Saskatchewan, Bruglemans passion for painting started at a young age and has developed into a profitable hobby for the mother of two, now living in Airdrie.
While staring at a blank canvas on October 18, she did not have an idea of what the subject of the painting would be.
“The day prior he (Gord Downie) had passed away and I actually had music playing in the background and one of his songs was coming up and I started painting from there. The next thing you know a few hours fly by and he was basically complete, it was totally like a blink for me,” said Bruglemans.
The original painting was made solely out of coffee. She used coffee rings, pushing the coffee around to places she wanted it, also thickening the coffee to make it dark in certain areas and lighter in others.
“It's a lot of splashes and drips and in the end it came out to look like Gord Downie,” she said.
The painting quickly gained traction on Facebook, with people talking about it on Fort Sask Informed.
“I had gotten quite a bit of response back, saying how beautiful the painting was, how inspiring it was and how great it was that a portion of the proceeds went to the Gord Downie Foundation,” she added.
Bruglemans printed 100 limited edition 11 x 14 prints, selling for $45 ($5 from each sale donated to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research). Ten 18 x 24 canvases of the painting are also selling for $175 ($10 from each goes to the foundation).
To date, she has raised more than $400.
Bruglemans started painting with coffee about eight months ago. Prior to that she painted with oils, but wanted something easy to take with her to paint anywhere.
Her paintings can be found on her Facebook page.