Category Archives: canvas

Wedding of the Lamb


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So sometimes paintings just seem to happen. I’m going about my business and then a canvas kind of screams at me and the next thing I know I have a new painting on the go. That’s exactly what happened with this painting. I wanted to do a lamb piece to go with my series of Biblical inspired animals but I hadn’t planned this lol.

I sat down one morning and it just flowed out of me by the time lunch had come the layout was complete and that’s the way this painting kept evolving. Every time I sat down it was a whirlwind of creation and the next step would be complete. It’s crazy how God can use my talents for his purpose. I thought all along that this would be an Easter piece and I thought for the longest time I would call it “the Passover lamb” but the more I painted and embellished and layered and texturized the more it seemed like it was a celebratory piece. Not a pre-cross sacrificial painting but a joyful conquered death let’s party type of painting and so what’s more jubilant than a wedding.

So here the lamb is clean and radiant. The flowers are in bloom, he is crowned and gleaming wearing his bridegroom clothes of covered in song and ready for the church his bride. The work has been done and now it’s time to celebrate.

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Each sets of words woven into the lambs wool is a hymn title, I emphasized the trinity by crowning in in triplicate “holy”s on his forehead.

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He is clean and pure adorned in gold and sparkling rhinestones that flash and glimmer in the light and he seems to radiate and glow.

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The birds who fly and adorn him with music singing are gold and jeweled but pale in comparison to the light surrounding him.

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New life grows up from his feet and even the earth is growing with hymns embedded in it. I did a double emphasis on “art” along the bottom of the piece because I do believe God enjoys art and to be praised through it as I’ve spoke on in previous posts.

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And finally the lambs position of facing straight out at the viewer was intentional because Biblically we as Christians make up the body of the Church, and the Church is the Bride of Christ so here the Bridegroom, Christ is looking at us the Church on his Wedding day as through him we are made pure and holy and most assuredly ready to celebrate.

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I used a large variety of materials to create this painting including genuine peridot stone chips, rhinestone crystals, gold leaf, paper clay, modeling paste, acrylic, oil paint sticks, beads and old choir music / hymns.

I’d love to hear what you think of this painting or any of my other works. You can comment below or email me and I’ll be happy to respond.

Cheers,

Amanda

June Art Exhibit


Hello!

I know it’s been awhile as per the norm I’ve been busy creating 🎨

But today I wanted to take a minute and share with you my latest Mixed Media Art Exhibit that is on display at the Fort Saskatchewan Public Library/ City Hall building in Alberta Canada.

It’s a Mixed Media exhibit showcasing 10 of my pieces.

Almost all of these creations have been faith inspired and I’m loving the depth and creative renewal that have accompanied them.

Here is a peak at the exhibit. If you are in the Fort Saskatchewan or Edmonton area I’d love for you to stop by and take a look. And of course if you’re interested in purchasing a piece, commissioning one or hosting an exhibit let me know!

I’ll be doing a more in depth look into these pieces over the next few weeks but if you have any questions til then message me.

Cheers for now

Amanda

Be Still-12″x24″


Last night the creative muse was out in full force resulting in a very productive evening. I painted a few octopus pendants, made a lovely green jasper bracelet and painted a new piece.

Lots of things have been known to spark my inspiration as it goes for most artists, but for this piece I was thinking of the ocean, missing the Atlantic, I had just finished “Washed Away”   and had just sold “Industrial Wash” over the weekend.

So I started this piece knowing that I wanted to use a blue brown palette with the sea in mind and went from there.

I’ve called it “Be Still” as it reminds me of the story in the Gospels of Jesus calming the storm at sea.

So here it is complete with painted textured sides. It is painted on a 12″ x 24″ gallery style canvas. I’ll be listing it soon for sale so if anyone is interested in giving it a home message me 🙂

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Cheers,
Amanda

Holiday Shopping local & online


Local

If you are in the Edmonton/Fort Saskatchewan Area this Saturday then you must stop in and check out the Christmas Marketplace.

More info here: http://www.fortsaskchamber.com/index.php/events/christmas-marketplace

There will be over 100 vendors and I will be at Booth #49 as soon as you walk in the doors!

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If you plan on attending this event, I have a special Christmas treat for you.

Print off the coupon below and bring it to this event to receive 15% off your purchase

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Online

For all my online shoppers I am having a week long Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale on my Etsy site.

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/AMilkeArtStudio

Spend $40 before shipping charges and use coupon code
CYBERMONDAY2013SALE
to save 25% off your order. This is a great time to stock up on
Artwork or place an order for a custom painting.

Either way it’s a great weekend to get some Holiday shopping done.

Enjoy the Holiday!

Cheers,

Amanda

 

Commission Finished-La Vie en Rose


Well I finished the “Homecoming” commission piece that I was given earlier this week and much to my relief the person who commissioned me loved it!

It’s always awesome when that happens.

Commissions can be a bit tricky sometimes because everyone has their own vision of what they want a piece to look like.

But so far so good with all my previous paintings.

So here it is, I think I’ll call it “La Vie en Rose” because she was inspired by feminine Parisian colors.

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While I’ve been waiting for paint to dry I’ve also done up some more jewelry pieces for my Etsy shop you can check them out and buy them here

http://www.etsy.com/shop/AMilkeArtStudio/search?search_query=jewelry&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search

Well I’m off to work on an Electric Guitar commission 🙂

Also tomorrow is D-Day to find out who got the City Hall Art Commission, *fingers crossed*

Cheers,

Amanda

 

Homecoming Commission


One of my favorite things is being asked to commission a piece of Art.

There’s just something fascinating about seeing what painting really captures someones attention plus the pressure of a deadline keeps me on task.

So yay for me 🙂 because I have a couple lined up at the moment.

One is an electric guitar that someone would like done abstracted,

and the other

is a rendition of my “Homecoming” abstract painting but in a different color scheme.

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So that is what I’m working on this evening 🙂

Well less chat more paint.

I’ll be sure to post both pieces once they are complete.

Cheers,

Amanda

Creativity is switched ON


Ever have those nights where you’re laying in bed and you have something come to mind and you KNOW that if you don’t get up that instant and write it down it’ll be gone in the morning.

That happens to me ALL the time. I don’t know how many nights I have scribbled on a piece of paper in the dark hopping by morning I’ll understand what the heck it was I wrote down.

Well last night I didn’t have my idea book by the bed SO after Blinding myself with my cell phone I typed my thoughts out on my notepad.

What were they? It had to do with my Genesis Tree of Knowledge painting and I’d tell you my ideas for the piece but as they say “Spoilers Darling”.

Needless to say I went back to working on it tonight and though I didn’t work on the really exciting bits I did block in my next layer.

Transforming the painting from this:

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Into this

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It may not seem like much but Trust me It’s all Clear now!

Prior to my epiphany last night I worked on a few earrings for my new jewelry line I’ll be starting.

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and a couple of rings

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If you know me at all then you’ll know it was the Bright bold colors that sold me lol

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My love for color extends beyond my artwork.

Though oddly enough I still love my jeans and a black T lol

Anyway enough chattering for tonight.

Cheers,

Amanda