I'm so happy to be included in artist and teacher Tara Leaver's recent blog post about loosening up as an artist. Looking for quick and easy ideas to loosen up your art? Read more here!
With her course titled Loosen Up currently open for registration, this whole idea of shaking up our art and moving away from tight habits has been on my mind a lot lately. So she decided to ask some artist friends for their tips and advice.
From scribbling on your work to using a timer, there are plenty of very easy-to-do ideas here – take your pick and get painting!
Grief is an unusual thing...it crashes over me in waves and leaves me physically and emotionally exhausted over and over and over again. I have never really lost someone who I have been extremely close to before so losing this handsome man unexpectedly this week has been hard.
My Dad immigrated to Canada from South America as a young man and though he grew up in a poor family he never let anything stop him. He was brilliant and determined and taught my brother and I that we were fortunate to live in a country where we had the opprtunity to do anything we dreamed of if we worked at it. He taught me the importance of independence, showing me how to maintain my vehicle and complete my tax returns. He calmly and quietly reminded me of the good in people when I stopped seeing it. He helped me to be strong and to believe in myself, even when it felt as though no one else did. He gave me his wiry blonde hair, his square chin, the 'ball' at the end of my nose and his quirky sense of humour.
The world has lost some of its colour in his loss. You will be missed...I love you Dad. xo
So, as I suspected, I cannot give up on this project just yet as there were so many more women who had come stepped up to be included. There is something empowering for me in painting these portraits of women so I have gone through and tried to find all of the other women who had put their names forward to be included and have begun to cobble together a bit of a list. Please let me know if you want to be added, or if you want to be removed. And thank you so very much!
Aisling Kiernan / Alana Cyron / Andrea Slack / Anne Mulders / April Harris / Barbara Amos / Belinda Fireman / Betti Dooley / Chantale Ling / Cheryl Matson Quist / Cheyenne MacDonald / Cindy Benko / Dani Groeneveld / Deborah Catton / Denise Kehler / Diane Templeton / Doro Saharita Becker / Elizabeth Campbell / Elke Goebel / Erika Rozema / Gail Hanrahan / Gloria Gelo / Heather Cowie / Heather Dakota Jansen / Jennifer Rowland / Jessica Danbrook / Joan Traub / Kasmira Demyan / Kate Nicholls / Kate Robertson / Kati Barrett / Kelly Thiel / Kim Fisher-Cottrell / Kim Nelson / Kimberly Heil / Lacey Woida / Livia Farkas / Lora Peterson / Marissa Greentree / Mary Borkowski / Mia Fletcher / Nadine Johnson / Nancy Bell / Norma Slater / Paula Timm / Rachael Shores / Rachelle Reed / Robbie Zopf / Rochelle Dial / Ronda Conley / Pauline Saade / Sandy Kaye Moss / Sara Riley / Shelley Newton / Sheree Keys / Sherry VanWallenghem-Voss / Tisha Carter / Twozdai Hulse
After completing the #100daysnastywomenproject, and in spite of having other work that has been needing to get done, I have really felt as though I have been in limbo.
Feeling a bit lost & untethered made me realize that I've really been missing the beautiful faces on my studio wall so yesterday I hung the pieces that are with me once again and I've felt so much better.
I've also begun preparing more canvases to begin painting more beautiful (aka nasty) women...the list of ladies that I wasn't able to include in the first round.
This time I will be working at a much slower pace (whew!) but keep your eyes peeled...if I didn't catch you on the initial installment you should show up over the next few months.
Thank you for offering your face and please feel free to send a reminder. 😊
AIRdirondack Art Project
Alberta (above) +