Twenty Seventeen was a big year! It seems with each passing year I have something happens that tops the last, and at this rate, Twenty Eighteen is going to be a whirlwind. This year, I got married, took my first trip across the pond (Portugal) and visited a new continent for the first time. I know this seems strange but I have been a pretty - Canada only kind of gal for some time. Besides trips to the states, I haven't traveled very far, all in due time I say! But getting married was a job in itself, especially if you decide that you want to DIY pretty much everything except the food. Last year kept me busy and as it comes to a close, I can't help but reflect on the events passed and make big plans for the new year.
Liquitex Acrylic paints have been my go to for as long as I have been an artist. Each shade and hue that they created never disappoints my palette, they are a tried and true professional acrylic brand. I am excited that I finally got my hands on the swatches from Liquitex's new limited edition Muted Collection. The new series features 5 muted (yet brilliantly vibrant) colours that will add a subdued hue to your next painting.
I first came across this collection as I was perusing through the art supplies store, the purples, greys and greens caught my eye. Though, I was going through a phase of "only buy what you need" and quickly exited the store as I started tallying up my potential transaction. Alas, that phase has ended, so here I am, with new swatches in hand. I was more drawn to the Muted Violet and Muted Green as these are common colours found within my paintings.
The collection itself contains:
Supercrawl in Hamilton is by far the largest festival that I have taken part in. There are over 100 art and craft vendors, plenty of shows to take in and a buzz like no other. As a new resident of Hamilton, I was so excited to be accepted as an art vendor at Supercrawl.
My preparation began with finding a solution to update my packaging. Prior to Supercrawl, I was sporting some good ol' fashion hand cut foam board and cellophane taped together (neatly) by masking tape. Try doing that for over 200 prints... It just wasn't going to work! My packaging now includes a sturdy board and a cellophane sleeve - you can imagine the ease here!
My next step in preparation was to create many smaller paintings available for purchase. Time only allowed me to create two very new and very special little paintings.
Kids don't need much to satisfy them, hand them a rock and they'll create the worlds most amusing game from it. Kids have an imagination that is so wildly amazing and untamed - we all wish we saw the world through childish eyes. This is a world filled with wonder and endless possibilities.
Over time I have noticed that there is one particular audience of my work that I never seem to disappoint. This is the youths!
The summer is being whisked away by cool breezes and falling leaves. I have yet to complete a new painting since the start of June, although I have been doing some intense home renovating. I swapped my size 0 brush for an angled house paint brush and the odd time I even dipped my hair in the can of paint...on accident of course. Needless to say, I am ready to get back to painting animals and leave the house painting for another day!
September is looking to be a very busy month for markets and festivals! Take a look below to see where i'll be this fall:
On September 7th, I will be at Chateau Des Charmes once again for the Earth and Sky Music Market. If you're looking to explore NOTL and enjoy some tunes, this is how you should spend your labour day. This will be my fourth time there this summer and I have a blast each time.
September 12th and 13th is Supercrawl! I am very excited to be apart of Supercrawl for my first year. This is a festival not to be missed, each year it gets better and better. As I can now call myself a hamiltonian, I am pretty proud to be planting my feet in the ground here.
September 26th, I will be at the Craftadian vendors market in Burlington. Event link here. Additionally, I will be apart of the Burlington Fall Fair at the Ireland House!
There will be many more markets in the future and of course new paintings every week (hopefully) as the summer heat starts to die down. I am very excited to share more work with you in the months to come!
I have been painting up a storm these last few weeks. If it wasn't for the push to participate in the upcoming In The Soil Festival in St. Catherine's and Sprung @ Stratus in May, I don't know if I could have done it! It's crazy how much you can accomplish when you are under the gun.
This recent spurt in painting has also given me an idea for a challenge I would love to conquer! From this point on, I will be painting 1 painting a week. This should be too hard but then again neither should waking up be and lets face it, we all have trouble with that.
Here's what I've been up to as of late!
This moose's name is Lincoln, he's 24 x 36 inches and is painting on stain mahogany.
These three paintings are apart of a spring series I wanted to complete, they are simple and fun!
Don't forget to find me at
In The Soil Festival : April 24th - 26th 2015
Sprung @ Stratus : May 3rd 2015
Chateau Des Charmes, Earth & Sky Music Market: May 24th 2015
Becoming an artist or a maker of things as I would rather call it, never seemed like a choice; it was a necessity. Ever since I was young there was an immense desire to get messy, and explore the creative. As I was growing up, my dad was in the peak of his artistic career. He painted the most magnificent naturalist wildlife paintings and his sense of colour was immaculate, it still remains so. As a teen my art was abstract and the results were unsatisfactory, but the tangibility of the paint hitting the canvas always kept me content. I remember asking my dad for his opinion on one of my abstract paintings, his response "I just don't get it". What's there to get dad! I was too proud to admit I hadn't found it yet, but my drive to create was never diminished. It's hard to understand that being a creator isn't something that you can just choose not to do, it's consuming, it is all you want to do and the thought of being unable to do so haunts you.
I decided that I needed to go to art school as my post secondary education, seeing as not achieving a bachelors degree was off the table and studying business made me cringe. Some people think this decision is the one that determine's if you're all in or not. I would respectfully disagree. Art school will drag you through the ringer, make you roll your eyes about 1 million times and if you truly are creating for you, will make you say "fuck everyone", pardon my language. But it isn't until you're spit out of that ringer and thrust into the "real world" where the person that is counting on you to make anything is you. This is the moment that determine's if you are all in or not. This is the moment when my drive to paint increased, it's the exact same moment that my student loan statement crashed the party.
Kanye said it best : "There is no [thing] that someone can give you to make you not be creative if you were born to create." Hate him or love him, this statement couldn't be more true. Nothing can truly crash the artist party, if it runs through you, you will always find a way, you will always find the time. Everyone has hits and misses, there will always be ebbs and flows, it's all apart of growing in your practice and refining your body of work.
There is no path to becoming an artist. Whether galleries represent you or not, whether you sell like crazy or just a few times a year, you still remain an artist. It is in your blood.
Don't doubt yourself, keep creating.
The postcards for 'Into The East' arrived a short while ago. I couldn't be happier with the way they look and turned out.
I have to thank those who have supported this initiative already, I truly appreciate it!
The sole purpose of this postcard initiate was to create a great way for people to access art while keeping it affordable. These postcards are the standard size of 4 x 6 and are made of a sturdy card stock that can handle any distance of travel. Two of these postcards sit on my desk at work, looking at these is a better break from my computer screen than looking at a cubicle wall, i'll tell you that much!
These postcards aren't only made for carrying messages around the world! You can hand one to your neighbour, sister, brother, dad with a birthday message, a thank you or even just to share a piece of art, heck there affordable enough to by one for yourself and for your best friend (not to sound pushy...).
Check out http://www.thepaintedpostcard.com/store to purchase your set!
The Painted Postcard is an on going project that I am working on. I will continue to do this for, presumably, the rest of my life. Into The East will be one edition of this on-going project, where these "postcard" sized paintings will end up next we'll just have to see!
Every time that I travel I will produce a series of paintings to hand out as "postcards." The animals featured in each series will be unique to the area, country or region that I am traveling to and, of course, they will be original paintings.
Please take a look at the collection for 'Into the East.' If you find a favourite, I'll mail you your very own! Own art for only $2-5, depending where you live - stamps are expensive guys!
Be apart of something great! More details to follow shortly as the development for this project grows! Stay tuned!!!
1. Strep throat sucks.
It's immensely painful and I wish it upon no one. Talking alone is a painful joke, and don't even try eating - hey, maybe even stop breathing... All bitterness aside it made for a challenge. It's discouraging when you know that if you ask someone to participate in your painting / photographic series you will then feel a terrible pain when you should feel adrenaline and joy!
2. It is much easier to give something away to a woman than to a man.
I don't know if this is because of the openess of women or their general sweet nature but I found it much easier to approach a women to give a painting to. The men that I did find had these qualities too, openness and of course they were super friendly.
3. If you ask someone for help they will always listen.
My approach was very simple and came naturally. If I ask someone to help me with something I have the oppurtunity to explain myself and never once did this method not work.
4. People always think there's a catch.
If you don't use the help method people will always think there's some sort of scam behind you're selling. No one believes in free.
5. I have selective shyness.
I'm usually an outspoken, approach any one, gift of gab person. But I'm usually not trying to get the person I approach to let me take their photo (and give me consent to use said photos). The mix of a selective shyness and not being able to speak without a crazy amount of pain made it unusually hard for me to give paintings away, although a spark would hit me out of no where and I would burst out with the request for someone to participate in this project of mine.
6. The east is BEAUTIFUL.
This should have been first on the list. 100%. Driving from Ontario to Nova Scotia was amazingly beautiful. The mountains, the tree lines, the coast, the history, everything makes this part of our country magnificent.
We made the most of our trip despite the strep throat and trips to hospitals and clinics. I think I became a better person for this experience, learning to enjoy what I can and not to bury myself in the sickness. Let's hope next trip we stay strep free and even more paintings get handed out!