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:
Seen above are my test patches ranging in dilutions and opacities. I purchased the Muted Violet in a heavy body medium, while the Muted Green is a soft body medium. Both flow beautifully and create rich colour. At full opacity, the green is very dark, however, a slight spread of this paint opens the lightness in this swatch up and the true Muted Green starts to reveal itself. You can see this more as I diluted the soft body acrylic. The Muted Violet is a deep, jewel like tone that maintains its radiance as it becomes diluted.
When I truly think of the Muted Collection, Muted is the last thing on my mind. These colours are bold and rich and will add a much needed depth to any painting.
Check out the full line and videos here.
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.
The day of the event came quickly, we were up at 7am ensuring everything was crossed of the list and the car was loaded up! The day was damp but I was optimistic. After our booth was set up we grabbed a celebratory latte and donut from Mulberry Coffee. The buzz began to pick up and we were set for the day.
The rain didn't let up but that didn't stop visitors from walking the streets. The days were long but definitely worth it. Until 2016, Supercrawl! You were a blast.
Kids don't need much to satify 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!
I suppose it's the friendly animals that captures their attention and the bright bold colours reel them in. Kids are simple drawn to it and it always makes me smile. Seeing a child trying to scrounge up a few quarters (which is probably a weeks allowance) to put towards a piece of art will truly make your heart melt. I am so grateful of the little moments you could never script.
When a child shows interest in art, foster this. This is such a wonderful opportunity to watch their creativity blossom and have them use so many different sensory skills.
Check out the new (super kid friendly 😉) works of art available for print very soon! www.etsy.com/shop/katserediukart
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.
This year, I'm going to be expanding the range of products and design materials that I make and produce. Already I have introduced greeting cards on the shop. As this year progresses the ranges of products will not only grow but get better.
This first few designs are super cute. Valentine's day is just down the road and giving someone, either your best friend or guy a cute card for valentine's day is a sweet and charming act.
But why should holidays be the only time that you send someone a card?! Sending a hello via snail mail is just so much more sentimental than sending a text. Bills shouldn't be the only thing arriving in your mail box.
These cards are printed on 100% recycled materials and are sold in sets of 5 for $10.00 (plus shipping, which is including in all prices on www.thepaintedpostcard.com).
Stay tuned for more products!
The puffin postcard is just a classic case of "ask and you shall receive". This atlantic puffin was the perfect missing piece to my "Into The East" series and I am so glad that it was requested!
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!!!
Artist. Optimist. BFA.