Tuesday, 6 March 2018

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Recap this past year

Wow, have I learnt a ton this past year! I feel like I have grown a lot as an artist and I am more passionate then ever. I have a thirst for knowledge and continuously want to improve. That's what draws me to creating artwork, I love it, I'm passionate about it and it challenges me! There is always something to learn.

Last year was my first year doing art shows and reaching out to the art community. It's not easy marketing yourself, doing shows and putting yourself out there. Not when most of us artists would rather be painting and creating. But the feedback has been amazing. Thank you everyone for your support. I'm looking forward to what this year will bring.

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My current lineup of shows for this year (and still growing)

March 22nd-29th 2018
VAM Members Show and Sale, Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood

April 2018
Pixie Blue Studio, Port Credit, Spring Show

Sept 22nd-23rd 2018
Arts on the Credit Tour

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Edward and Frank

Tonight I did something very different. After viewing an amazing exhibit at the AGO I was inspired to recreate two amazing characters. Using black and white with a splash of colour. Sometimes doing something different and working outside of our comfort zone can teach us things we didn’t know, you push boundaries and hopefully become a better artist. Each painting took 1 hour or less, speed paintings. I had lots of fun here!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Paint once more but with feeling!

I attempted a painting last night and my heart wasn't fully in it, this week had some hardships and I approached a painting the wrong way. I was really unhappy with it, and thought how did I go so wrong. Sometimes in the beginning stage of a painting we see something that isn't done and looks off and we feel discouraged and start to lose hope. We put ourselves down and doubt ourselves. When you take a step back and few it from a different angle, approach it with a different frame of mind, and allow your brush stokes to be loose and fast, or slow and approached with a bit of care in other areas. You start to feel and fall in love with your painting. Some things take time, we aren't perfect and neither is the creative process. Art can be very therapeutic, but like therapy you have to give in, and give it your all to get anything out of it.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Tree Stump

It's been a busy week decompressing after two weekends of art shows. Now I'm reorganizing my studio, and stretching up a storm. Tonight I made a quick digital painting of a scene I saw at sixteen mile creek in oakville. Hoping to get painting on canvas this weekend :)

Monday, 11 September 2017

Modern Mississauga

It's a great feeling when you are going through the news and find an article about the art show you are in plus a picture of one of your paintings! Check out the article about Arts on the Credit Tour and see a picture of my Love Swans painting!