Category Archives: art supplies

ALFA Gallery Set up


Well it’s official! I am all set up at the Fort Saskatchewan ALFA Gallery.

It feels like it’s been a long time coming but it’s here.

Here’s a sneak peak of the set up.

So if you’re in the area please check it out and sign the guestbook.

Also, all works on exhibit are available for sale.

I’ll be posting more pictures and video and my interview with the local radio station I did yesterday are coming so stay tune!

Cheers,

Amanda

Artistic excavation 


As I was hunting through the studio over the weekend looking for something else, I came across my stash of block printing supplies and thought I was long overdue for a new run of prints. 

So I spent the weekend carving out some blocks. Here’s a look at the new pieces, I have a few more in the planning stages that I hope to carve out soon and then maybe this coming weekend I’ll have time to do a print run.


Thanks for checking things out.

Cheers,

Amanda 

Medium Madness


Hey look at that it hasn’t been months between posts…yet 😉

I spent the evening last night painting and playing in the studio with a bunch of new goodies.
I recently went on a mini medium shopping spree to stock up the studio on some awesome Golden & Liquitex paints and mediums; partly for the Art classes I’m teaching and partly because it gave me a reason to bring in some super high quality goodies.

I picked up more Golden Brand Fluid and High Flow paints which I have enjoyed working with in the last year. I also grabbed some acrylic medium staples like crackle paste, fiber paste, glass beads, a variety of gels and TONS more.

Here are a few pieces I’m currently working on and some in progress shots

Well back to it, if you’d like to know some of the mediums used, feel free to comment.
Cheers,
Amanda

New Year, New Art, New Opportunities


Well I’m back after a longer than intended break from blogging which honestly is pretty much how all my posts start it seems *sigh* oh well, I suck at maintaining a blog we all know it and the sooner we accept it we can get on with talking about Art…

We good?
Great!

So I’ve started off the year pretty busy actually, we’re not even a full month in and I’ve already
taught two Art & Jewelry related classes through the city’s leisure guide program.
The first was “Silverware Jewelry” and the second which is a 3 session course is “Intro to Acrylic Abstract Art”, the first class was last night and we played around with types of acrylic paint and acrylic mediums.

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I’ve also been nominated for the Women in Arts award as part of a local International Women’s Day Awards Gala which funnily enough I was approached last year by the committee to create their Jewelry Trophy Awards for the Awards Gala. So I’m finishing up some hand stamped sterling silver charm bracelets with swarovski crystals.

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And on top of all that, I’ve also been busy working on hand stamped Jewelry orders and painting and experimenting with fluid paints and my enamels.

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I picked up one of these awesome panels over the weekend and had been dying to test it out but didn’t have time until today so ce I’ve been prepping things for my Art class.

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So I just finished a piece this morning. Here are the in progress pics, I’m just waiting for it to dry now 🙂

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Well that’s me, what have you all been up to 😉

Cheers,
Amanda

Market, bookings & new paint


I blame WordPress.
Why you ask?
Well I set up that whole reminder to blog feature whenever the last time I posted was and it’s yet to remind me.

OK lousy excuse I know but really you already know I’m terrible at this so you should come to expect it by now 😉

Where I’ve been:

As I’m sure you’ve guessed the local Farmer’s market is well underway so every Thursday I’ve been busy selling my hand painted/ hand made jewellery there and working on the custom orders that have come from it the rest of the week.

Also I have a baby who hates to be more than a few inches away from me and a 2 1/2yr old that’s always “exploring” something so my hands are full with life in general but it’s all good!

Despite these two sweet and incredibly cute challenges. I have been busy booking up the rest of my year.
Next Saturday I’ll be attending the Bon Accord Harvest Days Market.

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Then the following Saturday Aug 16 I’ll be set up for the Downtown Sale in Fort Sask
and then, I’ll be celebrating our 10th wedding Anniversary on the 21st while working at the market (unless we decide to skip 😉
In terms of bookings I also have two Christmas marketplaces booked for 3 days at the end of November so I imagine I’ll be busy stocking up on Art & Jewellery for those events too.

Speaking of making Art,
I’ve discovered some new paint pens. Liquitex has put out a line of Professional paint markers that I am dying to try and are currently sitting in my digital shopping cart waiting for me to buy them 🙂 soon my precious ones soon lol [if you’ve tried em, let me know what you think of them!]

I’m hoping they work well because I think it’ll be just the thing I need to finish off my latest couple of pieces.

Anyway I should grab some sleep before baby’s next feeding.
Have a good night and I’ll try to talk again sooner…If it makes you feel less neglected, my close friends & I talk even less frequently.

Cheers,
Amanda

Jewelry in Progress


Some of my new supplies arrived last week so I’ve been busy painting, sanding, varnishing and glossing…I’ll save the “sanding & varnishing” for another entry and show you some of the “painting & glossing” this entry.

If you’ve been following along you’ll know that in the last could of years I’ve branched out artistically into the realm of jewelry and because I am in love with the Abstract Impressionist form & color I really wanted to incorporate that into my jewelry which I did in my watercolour painted pendants.

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But now I have added a new type of paint to my arsenal that let’s me create beautiful organic yet abstract feeling textures & patterns.
These are just a few of the pieces I’ve been working on.

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I love how rich and vibrant I can get the colours and how beautifully the blend & mix. Also can you tell that I’m in love with this gorgeous teal color.
The pieces that seem foggy had the sealer drying on them.

So stay tuned for some lovely pieces to be added to my Shop soon!
Also keep checking back for more in progress posts on art & jewelry.

Cheers,
Amanda

New Year, New Life, New Creations


Hello 2014, Think I forgot about you?

Well if you’ve been following along at all by now you should have realized I’m terrible at maintaining my blog,

add in the fact that I had our second baby at the end of January and the months tend to slip by.

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But that’s life, and my kids and family are a big source of my joy and desire to create Art.

So how am I managing you might ask? lol Good Question.

Not Bad I guess,

I’m currently working on finding balance in raising two BEAUTIFUL Daughters: Zoë & Prudence

while trying to find time to keep our house from looking like a complete disaster 😉

while also doing my jewelry inventory

All the while trying to keep up with the flow of creative ideas I’ve had lately

Oh and of course trying to squeeze in sleep so I don’t go completely insane Heh!

So all in all not too bad.

I’ve also signed up for the entire season at our local Farmer’s Market so that will be keeping me busy from June until the end of August this year

and of course I’m still peddling my wares over on Etsy so pop on over.

As for me, I have a lot of work to do 🙂 and I will try to keep updating as I go along, but for tonight, back to inventory 🙂

Cheers,

Amanda