Awhile ago I received a request for an interview from the Platform for Passionate People...of course the title of the blog intrigued me as I am definitely passionate about many things, but especially about art. Sometimes I do find it difficult to control my emotions when it comes to creativity, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Anyway, if you'd like to read the article, please visit their website here.
There are two more mini eCourses available on Etsy. The first is titled 'Tips & Tools' where I share information such as stretching and wiring canvases and also touch on writing a Curriculum Vitae and Artist's Statement. The second is 'Setting Up a Studio' which has always been important to me as I have found that if I don't have a designated space to paint, I often don't paint at all. Both can be viewed here.
I'm slowly preparing for my next 52 WEEKS project to begin in 2020. I have struggled with whether or not I wanted to do this again for another year and, if so, what exactly I wanted to be my focus. After the Heroes and then the Nasty Women projects, I have been wanting to challenge myself again. Both of those projects were deeply meaningful for me, not that the others weren't, but just not at the same level as those two. The panels are prepared and I have thought about this particular idea for several years, I just want to clarify it in my mind. Which in my case means a lot of journalling, actually. Fingers crossed that a solution will come to me soon.
For my final GIVEAWAY I thought I would share a copy of the 52 WEEKS::Heroes portrait painting mini workshop. To see more information, please visit my ETSY shop here.
The draw and the final Giveaway will be shared in the next eNewsletter.
The winner of a copy of my book HEROES: 52 Paintings over 52 Weeks is...
Thank you :)
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Throughout the years I have been incorporating spray paint into my work I always struggled with the environmental impact that spray paint cans had. Not only that, the nozzles also tended to clog easily in spite of extra care and they often required replacing which meant they went in the trash since that plastic couldn't be recycled.
As an advocate for the environment for as long as I can remember, this really bothered me. At the same time I absolutely love the process of creating patterns using stencils and spray paint.
For Christmas my husband gave me an Iwata airbrush and I absolutely love it. The results are a little different with a finer mist which I was a little concerned about as I adore the grittiness of street art and the drips and flaws that come with it...but I absolutely love the airbrush.
It's much lighter & smaller which works really well in my hands and is very easy to clean and maintain. I definitely recommend it.
I'm both nervous & excited to share that Module 1 of the CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP is now available as a mini 'workshops' online through Etsy here. Each module will be an instant download which consists of a PDF that includes links to short videos. As I had mentioned previously in my newsletters, there will be 12 modules available as follows:
1. Finding inspiration
2. Tips & Tools
3. Setting up a studio
4. Creative exercises
5. Finding your (art) family
6. Creating an artistic career
7. Documenting & pricing artwork
8. Social media & the web
9. Researching & submitting proposals
10. Exhibiting work
11. Connecting with galleries
12. Suggested reading (more inspiration)
**12 modules - $10; Monthly pdf & video, critiques & conversations (email or skype); based loosely on my book Sacred Vessel::A Painter's Handbook**
This was the information that I was looking for when I was starting out in my art career and hope that it can inspire someone else along their journey.
This is the 9th year I've had the privilege of glazing a bowl for the annual Airdrie FoodBank Empty Bowls fundraiser (unfortunately I didn't get a photo the first year). I decided to focus on the fireweed that has been growing in abundance throughout the Rocky Mountains this year. This collaboration is something I look forward to every year, it really is wonderful to be able to contribute to my community in this way. This year's family fun event will be held at the FoodBank on September 21, 2019.
Over the past few years I have really put a lot more thought into the colours I use, particularly when creating portraits & skin tones. About a year ago I stumbled onto Jane Davenport acrylics, and the colours have been a wonderful addition to my palette even though the paint can appear a bit flat with no sheen, but I'm fine with that. .....
Now that I've painted well over 200 portraits as well as the 'Fashion Plates' series that also incorporates skin tones, I have begun documenting my colour palette. The Jane Davenport colours have blended quite seamlessly and have actually helped me in my colour mixing a great deal.
My basic portrait palette includes whites (unbleached & titanium), alizarin crimson (or quinacridone magenta), cadmum-free orange (and/or cad-free yellow medium), burnt umber, prussian blue, dioxazine purple, and bright aqua green. These colours tend to shift a bit depending on the originsl skin tones of the subject and the light and on occasion I also incorporate pthalo green (blue shade) and vivid lime green occasionally.
The Jane Davenport paints were purchased at Michaels and the Liquitex at are available at any art supply stores.
AIRdirondack Art Project