Another way that I am trying to get my work out there is through an online store. I have decided to reinstate an old name I used to use when I had a physical gallery in Art Central. I miss this name: Burst and Bloom Studio
The name was inspired by this quote from 'Women Who Run With The Wolves' by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I am working on a collection of quality prints for my cityscape series, you will be able to purchase them through the website. Also, I am scheduled for a tent at the Inglewood Night Market in August! Come around and look for me there to pick up a set of prints or cards or maybe even an original of your own!
Have you ever picked up an art magazine? Or searched for art online? No? Well, you aren’t the only one ;-). I have no idea how many people will come across my image in this magazine, but regardless I am proud of its inclusion and it is very interesting to see my work in print alongside other art work that I admire and to think that I was brave enough to share my work this way.
This is my mom. She passed away March 6 at 11:30pm. There is no greater thing we can do in this life than to love and be loved. Sounds easy enough, but there are so many competing interests. Our careers and access to this global world take us travelling and we often move far away from our family. Since I was a little girl I loved to travel and I was always finding ways to leave home for a while. The last couple of years I spent living in the same city as my family and I spent a lot of time with my mom. I was able to spend each day and hour with her at the end of her life. It was such a gift for me to help her, to provide what comfort I could and to just be with her while she travelled her final journey. Peace resides in my heart and I imagine her running and playing with a dozen dogs in a big dog park in the sky; finally without the hinderance of her body, which caused her so much pain.
How are you affected by the death of a loved one? How about separation or divorce? How about losing a job? These are all things that have landed on my plate over the last year. I have felt a whole array of emotions through all these changes and some of them are sorrow, anger, frustration, uncertainty and confusion.
But honestly, I need to confess something to you.
Overall, I feel such lightness and joy. I feel grateful to be alive to be healthy, to have people in my life who care for me and very grateful for my curiosity and desire to create art. My curiosity and desire to create has grown stronger this year and maybe it is because so many other things have fallen away. Maybe because change is a sharpener of our senses and we see things with more clarity or at least from a different angle. Maybe because creating art provides me with such comfort. I suppose it is all true.
Today I am stronger painter. I feel it when I move the paint around my canvas. I feel a certain stillness when I work. I can see tone and composition a little better. I’m excited to create new work and to share it with the world. I hope my words and my work can somehow bring you some joy and some inspiration in your life. I also send my love, condolences or congratulations to any of you who have also experienced world altering changes in your life over the last year.
Sometimes my work is all about my surroundings and how I interpret them. Sometimes I like to reflect inward and to communication my inner thoughts and feelings in my artwork. I love turning to the Encaustic medium for this. I am adding to a previous 'heart' series. Here is a view into the beginning of a new series.
I use a combination of photo transfer, drawing, painting and encaustic work. I hope to tug at the heart strings of some viewer. Someone who would really resonate with the feeling I am trying to express. Or just really love the image. It is series I will continue to develop. Here are a few photos of the latest pieces and one little video clip that is a development of one piece. I hope you enjoy!
I know many artists who wouldn't ever do a commission. They have in the past, and they really didn't enjoy the experience. Here are some of the reasons I heard:
On the other side, many art lovers are afraid to commission paintings and here are their reasons:
These can all be true! Commissions are difficult - they require some careful communication and negotiation. Don't be afraid to ask for the amount of money you need to do the project, and if you are a client- don't be afraid to negotiate.
I have done a few commissions over the years. I look forward to doing a multiple painting commission project one day! Here is the process that has helped me:
Here is a glimpse into how I created this painting:
Top left: C-Train Runs Through Downtown. Middle Top: Fireworks over Centre Street Bridge Top Right: Analog Cafe
Bottom left: YYC Chinatown Middle Bottom: Two Bridges and Eau Claire
These are all mixed media paintings creating with ink, drawing and collage. They are then covered with a top glass - resin like coating. They are painted on birchwood canvas and ready to hang. I'm really enjoying getting back to my Big City Living Series. The colours make me happy and I have memories of all the spots and places where I took photos and sketched. Almost every painting I create is of a spot that I see repeatedly throughout my travels. Colours and images begin to grow in my mind as I visit the spot. For me, painting is about capturing the energy of a space. The vibrating colour and texture all bounce off each other to give the impression of a dynamic place full of life. I see the world this way.
Art is the...
great connector of people, places and dreams. It speaks the language of the heart when it is authentic and created from an open and non-judgemental space. It is passionate pursuit of creation with a playful mind.