Category Archives: Drawings

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 

New Series: Curvy


Well, I’ve started another new watercolor & Ink series.

This new series will consist of a watercolor painting background and a inked in woman.

I’m thinking I’ll call the series “Curvy”.

Each piece will be my standard 11″ x 15″ on cold press 140lb watercolor paper.

Here is the first one in the series: “Curvy #1”

Curvy 1

I have the backgrounds finished for two more and the women roughed out separately, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get another one finished in the next day or so.

Stay tuned 🙂

Cheers,

Amanda

New Year-New Art


**LOL I had this written and forgot to hit publish way to start things off**

Happy New Year 2009

Alright so I’ll admit it, I’ve been slacking.

Oh but it’s easy to do lol.

What have I been doing?

Well, I’ve been playing video games,

setting up aquariums,

cooking up a storm,

took up knitting (which takes forever lol)

and helping hubby with his new hobby(Warhammer) which is painting, just not artsy painting lol.

I haven’t entirely slacked off though, I have been working on a few different commissions (bookmarks and watercolor word art)

And I do have a piece to share.

It’s an 8″ x 10″ acrylic piece.

I was browsing through some old National Geographics  which I like to do from time to time because they’re chalked full of resource material

and stumbled across a photo of a spiderweb, which for whatever reason caught my attention and inspired today’s piece.

Now normally I’m not a fan of spiders AT ALL but I thought the web was beautiful and set off to try my own version.

So here it is:

spiderweb

I’ll attempt to post here more regularly this year and for those of you who like to shop for art you can find my artwork for sale on Etsy at themilkeway.etsy.com

Cheers and here’s wishing you a colorful and creative 2009.

Amanda

“Comfort Me” commission & ramblings


Ok Ok so I’ve been a little slack posting lately.

I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been busy but in reality things have kinda slowed down.

With Christmas coming I suppose I’m just looking forward to relaxing and finalizing the suite so we can stop living out of boxes.

Still haven’t put up my Christmas tree yet but again that has to do with the fact my livingroom is crowded until things get finished.

I’m still taking commissions and have another tradeshow coming up next weekend so hopefully things will pick up again.

I did say I was working on a watercolor word art commission for a lady I met at one of the last tradeshows and promised to post it after she picked it up which she did, on Saturday so here is “Comfort Me”.

comfort-me-cop1

For those of you who have been following along you may recognize the figures as “Hold Me” but I think it works quite nicely in this setting.

Very calming.

If anyone is interested in getting an 11″x15″ piece done I am having a Christmas special on commissioned watercolor word art. Regular $120 down to 1/2 price $60. Once completed, they will be mailed to you in a stay flat mailer. You can email me to contact me (themilkeway(at)gmail.com)

Also for those of you missed my last notice, I now have all the purchasable paintings on sale at Etsy. Just visit themilkeway(at)etsy.com

I’m also currently working on 2 other acrylic paintings which if I ever get them finished I will post. One is a portrait and the other is something simpler and new. The portrait is progressing um “interestingly” I’m not quite sure what else to say about it. It’s cool yet a bit freaky…we’ll see.

Anyway I should run.

Cheers,

Amanda

Happened, Going to Happen, Happening


Lots seems to be happening around here even though I sometimes fail to realize it.

Here’s a look at what’s happened, going to happen and happening.

Happened-My art showcase at Edmonton Jam Space finished Oct 4th so I picked up my paintings from Jonny on the weekend. Things have picked up for him too so he hasn’t had a chance to set up the next artist for display. Those walls are going to look some bare. He offered to have me back sometime so I may set something up for the future. I did however leave him with a “Commission Flier” to stick up in case anyone wants their old guitar made over into art.

Going to HappenNov 15th, 2008: Shop in the Fort Trade show (I’ve already mentioned this one)

*New*-I have a gallery showing booked at the Dow Centennial Center’s Gallery for the whole month of February 2010. Sure it’s a ways off but hey it gives me LOTS of time to create new pieces and have old ones framed. Either way exciting.

Happening-I currently have 2 abstract paintings, 2 new watercolor series, commissions, and some abstract recycled jewelry on the go. Fun Stuff:

One of the abstract paintings you’ve already had a glimpse at and the other one I’m keeping until it’s finished.

I will give you a peek at one of the new watercolor series I’m working on.

It’s a three piece series titled: “Three Fold Prayer” and will be done in the same style as all my other watercolor pieces such as “Life Simplified”.

Here are the outline drawings and I’ll be adding the watercolor today with the hopes of starting the text on at least one of the pieces. Each piece is 9” x 12” on 195gms weight cotton acid free watercolor paper.

Back to work.

Cheers,

A

To commission the artist email her at themilkeway(at)gmail.com

Stockpiled creativity


Morning/Afternoon/Whatever time of day it is,

Today feels more like business than pleasure.

(Which granted isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it’s the Art business.)

I’ve  spent the morning scanning some art to make into prints for the trade show in November.

I’m hoping to do up a bunch and whatever doesn’t sell at the tradeshow will be put online to sell.

So as I was scanning, I came across a postcard sized piece I did last Christmas while on a train ride to Tokyo and thought I’d share it with you today.

So as is the norm, I was sitting with my feet up. I have this tendency to either sit crossed legged or with my feet on something. I’ll probably suffer with bad hips or arthritis when I’m older but what are you going to do. I also had the camera with me because we were taking pictures out the train window. So I snapped this pictures of my feet and thought it made for an interesting composition. Continue reading

Guitar Commission-Part One


As I mentioned in my previous post I’ve received a commission to paint an acoustic guitar.

For fun, I thought I’d post the progress here.

The guy who is commissioning it wanted a sense of abstracted hands moving/playing guitar.

Here’s the rough sketch he green lighted Continue reading