A few photos I took outside in the yard this weekend before we were once again, covered by snow.
First off — a great, big THANK-YOU to all the folks that stopped by P22 at the Spring One Of A Kind Show this past week. It was my second time at the show, but my first actual booth. It was so nice to have more space to showcase my art.
Life loves to throw curves at us, and leading up to this show, our days were filled with extreme highs & lows, & as I raced along I really wondered how much more I could possibly handle. So receiving the kind compliments & words of encouragement that I did during those 5 days really filled me with gratitude & reaffirmed for me that my art touches many fellow souls. I met some incredible people & had such wonderful conversations with them about how the images & sayings related to their lives. I feel that my canvases & cards have all found good homes.
Now that I am an exhibitor at the show, I no longer get to leisurely stroll the long aisles, but I did manage to get some shopping in. Above are a few of purchases, all adding to collections we have already started with these wonderful artisans. The spiky fellow is by Creations Li, the Rebeer glass from Artech Glassblowing Studios, & the awesome grinder is from Arbol.
My next outing is with Pointer Scrapbooking at Scrapfest In Kitchener April 11-12, where I will be doing mixed-media make ‘n takes at their booth. After that I will be teaching a mixed-media class in Markham at the Pointer Scrapbooking store on Wed April 16th from 5-8pm. Contact the store to confirm your spot!
I look forward to virtually reconnecting with many of you to continue our conversations, and getting to know a little better my new friends.
I am so fortunate to be surrounded by awesome people! This weekend, while my friend Pete Nema was up at my place photographing my new ink for neither snow, he took some head shots of me. I am very happy. I have decided to use one of them in my One of a Kind Profile. What do you think?
Here is a fox canvas I finished a while back. The quote is from the fabulous movie, Fantastic Mr Fox. Have a great week!
I love the web! I especially love taking art courses on-line. There is something sublime about sitting at the computer in your jammies, in the morning light watching an artist at work. Your hot cup of coffee in one hand, your other hand on the mouse — continually stopping, rewinding, rewatching & learning. This is what I consider bliss.
I fell in love with a painting a few months back and immediately started taking an on-line course with its creator, Juliette Crane. The course, How To Paint An Owl 2 has been such a great investment! It has taught me many new techniques, and it has allowed me to incorporate things I already do into these new creations. I love how their characters evolve with each added layer. Neon paints — something I thought I would never have a use for, have become one of my favourite supplies to accent with. Stayed tuned for more animals…
Happy New Year Everyone! The last few months have been full of challenges, and I am repeatedly reminded of the dichotomy of the human spirit. We never really know what we are capable of until we are forcibly confronted with a situation that makes us battle with a strength we never knew we had, yet at the same time we are constantly reminded of how fragile we are. We can be stronger than we ever imagined yet we can teeter on the edge of the rabbit hole, hoping not to fall in, but fearing that we might.
With that in mind, it is interesting that I was approached by Jenn Pike to create mala beads for Simplicity Yoga. I agreed and hurriedly rushed off to figure out what a mala was! Once I realized mala or prayer beads can be regarded as very spiritual, I immersed myself in this world in an attempt to create jewellery that was as authentic as possible. Along the way, I learned a lot about the stones I like to use in my jewellery making. I usually work from an aesthetic point of view with semi-precious stones — I use what I like the look of, but finding out the potential healing powers of stones like rose quartz, amethyst & turquoise, both physically as well as mentally has been a real eye-opener.
I have enjoyed learning about & making mala bead jewellery, and although I have a few pieces at the yoga studio, for the time being I will only be creating made-to-order items. I get the rudraksha beads (the brown seed or pods) directly from India, so I currently have a limited supply. The necklaces are generally ~ $60 and the bracelets $30. If you are interested, please email me.
My main efforts for the next several months will be getting ready for the One Of A Kind Spring Art Show in Toronto, running from March 26-30th at the Direct Energy Centre. This will be my second year, but the first time in a booth! More space, more canvases, new ideas. Better get back to work!
Once again, my jewellery, canvases & cards are at the beyondCRAFT Show & Sale in the Latcham Gallery, Stouffville, from November 14th to 17th. I have been experimenting with all sorts of supplies like Big Village recycled glass fair trade beads from Ghana, West Africa for my jewellery, to Shiva oil paintstik’s on my canvases. My cards are now available in sets of 4, and come in assorted, girls & spiritual themes. I have been playing with bigger canvases, and although it takes me much longer to complete, I am loving the process.
This is a great show, showcasing local talent and an awesome spot to start your holiday shopping!
Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of attending the lovely mixed-media guru Donna Downey‘s “PanPastel Painting” workshop in Cambridge at The Art House Studio. I had never been to Karen Ellis’ store and after walking in I wondered why it had taken me so long to get there! Her shop is definitely a mixed-media supply haven, with wonderful art from previous classes decorating the walls.
I would have gladly spent the whole weekend there taking classes, but since I had limited myself to only one, I decided to try something completely new to me, which I had no previous experience with. PanPastels are soft pastels packed into solid cake form. They come in 80 beautiful colours and are quite addictive.
During the 5-hour class, I was able to create these 2 11×14 canvases, which I still can’t believe I was able to accomplish. No drawing, no sketching, just application of these luscious colours with blending tools.
Let me know what you think! Now that I have conquered trees, any suggestions as to what I should attempt next?
I am very excited to announce that my cards are now available in Toronto at The Pink Grapefruit, located at 106 Queen St East near Jarvis. This new cafe specializes in gourmet munchies, coffee and prepared meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner seven days a week. The shop owner, Tatiana, contacted me after finding my cards on-line, thinking they would be a nice addition to her store. The shop is bright with white walls & warm exposed brick, and it’s staff are friendly & helpful. After setting up my wares, the kids & I enjoyed a tasty lunch of peameal on whole grain flat bread, skewered shrimp with rice & steamed bok choy – a haven surrounded by fast food.
with gratitude.. nadya