Monday, July 18, 2016

Found a brilliant art place...

One more post before I start to pack all my paints away
{who knew I got two posts done in one day,
after not been posting for months...}

Going back to some of the time we have spent away.
Between vacation time and packing, we have also been away
few weekends visiting with family and friends.

One weekend we drove to Milton, Ontario,
this is a really lovely little town
and it has a ton of the "Good Old" charm.
We went down to the farmers market and while I was
feasting my eyes on all the yummy locally grown
vegetables, fruits and flowers
and not to mention, honey, jams and well you name it.

I happen to find this great studio/store

Of course I had to go in and check it out.
Well as an artist and huge fan of antiques and locally
made crafts and art, I had just found a great treasure.
The décor in there is so lovely, love the light walls
and dark hardwood floors.
And something interesting and or pretty to look
at in every nook and cranny.  

And I had the pleasure to meet Lena White
who is the owner of Muse Studio


And I found paint
Well, Say No More!

Of course I had to check them out and get a few cans,
{love how the paint samples are done}

its a chalk like paint and something I just have to try.
Now I cant wait to finally move in to our new house,
and then start to paint.


I wish I could have bought more,
but most remember that we're after all moving
and my car can only have so much in it...

This is what I got and my plan is to finally
tackle two old large gilded frames I rescued
 two years back.  I want to make them in to 
inspiration boards and these two colours are perfect.
 
I'm glad I got this post in before I have to
pack all my paints away,
just had to share with you this great place.

Wishing all of you
Happy Summer
&
Happy messy painting,
and I see you after I finally unpack
and settle in to our new place.

Cheers

Mari

Changing times ahead

 I know, I know...  
I haven't posted in a very long time.
First summer arrived and we were taking
early vacation time this year.
All because we're undergoing some
big changes, we're moving this summer.

Yes we'll be moving to a whole new city
and on top of it we'll be empty nesters.

Its a new chapter in our life,
so its both exciting and a bit scary.


For our vacation this year, we went again
on long car rides so we could discover
new places in this beautiful province
of Ontario.
And along with it we visited familiar
places, like Niagara Glen where
we went hiking.
{1st picture above, is rocks I collected
from the beach in Rock Point P.P,
ton of lovely fossils to find there.
2nd picture is a small water colour
sketch I did during our hike}.


I haven't had much time at all to draw or paint.
But most of my time has been rather messy,
ton of cleaning, sorting and packing.
Especially in my studio, because I have to transport
all my paints and solvents on my own.
Its a lot of work, who knew I had so much stuff.
But slowly it is all coming along...
I think, ha, ha!


Here is however a small painting
I put together, started out as a small colour
test but ended up as a painting of
all the places we have visited in Ont.
Beaches and lakes where we have spent time,
swam, canoed, walked and hiked.

Any hoo, but now back home
and back to packing and slowly
moving on to our next home.
It will be hard to leave this house and
not to mention my studio space.
I have been more than lucky to have had
this place called my very own, spent
hours and hours making super messes
in there, created lots of new ideas and
learned about new techniques
and new materials.
A lot of great memories.

So it will be hard to leave,
but also exciting as I will be having
a new fantastic space for my new studio.
I'm looking forward to
share with you my new space and
it all will grow with time.
I will also start new projects for this fall,
so there is lots to come.

But until next time, I hope you have a
fantastic summer so far
{winter for some of you}
I hope all of you have enjoyed and will
enjoy lots of great art moments, collecting
ton of new ideas and inspiration.
And hopefully get a chance for
some good R & R.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fun with colours and mixes

 Paintings done on black paper boards
that I had previously printed on with acrylics.

 
I used acrylics, gold ink, water colour crayons
to add more textures and colours to the boards.
Dots and blotches, some mixed and some not.
Tried mighty hard not getting to picky with where
everything went.
When it all dried, I sketch a few shapes, seed pods
and lines with a graphite pencil.
And then I started with painting with a soft white
I diluted the first two layers as I still wanted to
see hints of the colours underneath.
 

I did this in four layers and as you can see some areas
I left with just two layers, all this to add a bit of depth
and shading.
 


I love how this golden and yellow toned one turned out.
So I just had to work on another board, and this time
I used different pastel and brighter colours.
 


 I really like how this one also turned out.
I doing this again for sure!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Testing colours and papers

 
I have been having limited time to really sit down and paint,
but when I do I take that time to do small sketches
and paintings.  And a lot of it is testing new paints,
inks and water colours and papers.
 
 
 
While testing new paints, inks and more,
I'm also trying to get a few new patterns going.
And I would like to give Pinks a go again
{if you have seen most of my work, I was not a huge user
of pinks and pastels...  But now I love them}
 

 
O dear, this picture below was for some reason
hard to capture right, but here is the list of
the supplies you see.
 
The papers you see are
left                    middle                     right
brown cardstock     sketch paper     Canal paper
                                                         Grey cotton
 
 
the inks and water colours
{from top to bottom}
 
1, Daniel Smith WC "Shadow Violet"
2, Daler Rowney FW, acrylic ink "Cool grey"
3, Ecoline ink 100 "White"
4, Garan D'ache Neocolor WC crayon 005 grey
5, Holbein artistic WC 153 "grey of grey"
 

Below
I painted with water colours on
hot pressed water colour paper.
The little white details are in inks and also
done with a Sharpie water based paint marker.
the grey lines on the pink vase are done with
the Garon D'ache WC crayon
 

 
The one colour that I found very interesting
of all of them, is the Daniel Smith WC
"Shadow Violet"
It has an amazing way to change shades and colours
all depending how thick you apply it
and what surface you put it on.
 
On white paper it can have the most delicate
pinks and blues texture to it (if done light)
On the Canal Grey Cotton paper it turns
yummy dark chocolate like brown with
hints of reds and deep blues.
 
I find this paint is almost like Forest Gump's
box of sweets "Life is like a box of chocolates,
you never know what you're gonna get" 
 
Its fun, interesting and sweet!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Snow Day projects...

 
March has arrived like a Lion,
lets see if it will leave like a Lamb...
 
We have received a good amount of snow
for the past few months, at least enough that
more time has been spent inside and that time has
been spent doing small repairs around the house.
And then when ever I get time to spend "me time"
I paint, test some new art supplies...
 
In this case new inks I bought out of curiosity
IZINK
{made in France}
 
 
I bought two colours
Turquoise & Gold
 
The Turquoise is thicker than the normal
acrylic ink I'm used to work with.
But it covers nicely, but you can also dilute it
with airbrush medium.
 
the Gold one I find less thick and its lovely
to add either on top of other colours or
mix it in too, or brush on its own.
I diluted it with water and it gives then a
slight shimmer.
{both inks are used in the bottom half
of these two pages below and above}
  
 
And below here I used the Turquoise on its own
as the background and parts of her dress.
This is
Queen Anne
the story behind the Queen Anne Lace Flower
 The rest is
water colours and acrylic ink
 
 
 
I hope non of you're snowed in but
rather out and about or inside
creating and painting up a storm.
 
Happy March everyone! 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

New paper

I know I have a lot of paper,
but one can never have too much of it, right!
  So treated my self to this new paper, been looking at it
for some time but finally said enough looking and
lets get a book of this paper and test it.
Its St-Armand Canal Paper
Made in Montreal, Quebec
 

 
Really lovely paper to work on
and it takes well to water colours and ink.
I even have used acrylics on it
and all so far has worked super.
 

 
What I love even more about it,
is that it also comes in square books
{is it just me, but I find its hard to get square books}
 

 
Here is the link for St Armand Paper
 
And here is a few small paintings I done
in this book, all in mixed media
{water colours, inks and acrylics}
 

"Rosa Fjader"

"Rosa Lily"

"Hedgehog Moon Dance"
 
So if you want to treat yourself to some nice paper,
then I recommend you to try this brand.
 
 


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Upcoming Art Show & Commission work

A second post in less than a week, I think I'm on the roll!
But truth is that I couldn't squeeze everything in to my last
post, and I didn't want to over crowd it.
 
So here is part 2 of my post!
 
I entered a painting in to a juried show and it got it.
Today was the take in and on the 21st of February
is the vernissage
 
 
 Here is my painting that made it in to the show.
'I, I am'
acrylic on canvas
 
 
 
 

 
 
And if I remember this right, I did mention in
one of my posts from last year, that I would post pictures
of two pieces I made on commission.
I painted two pieces for a lovely woman who wanted to
give a one of a kind gift to her little daughter.
 
I got to meet this little girl and o boy what a cutie,
and meeting her gave me better idea what I wanted to paint
for her.  And here they are and I'm happy to say
they were delighted with them.
{both are acrylic on canvas}