Category Archives: Mixed Media Minis

Behind the Paint brush


Behind the Brush

…it’s been awhile since I’ve said hello and introduced myself to all my new followers.
So here’s a little bit about me and my art.
I’m Amanda Milke, I live in Fort Saskatchewan just outside of Edmonton, Alberta Canada. I’m originally from #Moncton NB so I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the best of Canada it’s oceans and it’s mountains and they both have my heart.
I’m a self taught artist and have been painting and creating since 1995 probably earlier. Originally I focused on acrylic abstract/impressionist portraits and then gradually started exploring different mediums while we were living and teaching English in Japan.

Gradually over time, my style evolved into mixed media. I kept my love for acrylic’s bright bold colors and paired them with acrylic mediums and found elements for texture. My creative inspiration comes from my faith. I am a follower of Jesus, I like to say a practicing Christian because everyday is a work in progress.

I love using my mixed media elements with my faith theme because it reminds me that we aren’t one dimensional beings. Each and everyone of us is multifaceted and can be seen from different angles. I love using broken and found objects and recreating them into art because it reminds me of redemption. No matter how broken or lost we are we can be transformed into a work of art. And lastly I use bright colors and reflective rhinestones in my work to symbolize the joy, light and hope we have. Too often art focuses on the dark and hopelessness of life and I just want to spread some love, light and hope around with my paintbrush ūüĖƂ̧

NOA is this weekend!


I can hardly contain my excited and yes also my stress level haha.

THIS weekend is the Night of Artists big festival. I am so excited and honored to be included along with so many amazing and renowned local artists. It’s going to be great.

If you don’t have plans Friday evening then come take in the¬†opening Gala. You’ll enjoy, live music, tons of art, an art auction and so much more if you don’t have tickets yet you’ll definitely want to pop over to grab¬†a pair. They are almost sold out.

Saturday and Sunday is the ArtWalk which is free entry or by donation and you’ll get to leisurely take in all the wonderful, stupendous and awe inspiring creations of over 60 local artists. Make sure to stop by my booth to say hello and peruse my latest mixed media paintings and pieces.

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Hope to see you all out and about this weekend for what is sure to be an amazing time.

Cheers!

Amanda

 

NOA Night of Artists


I’m excited to announce that I will be joining a wonderful collective of local artists in 2019 as one of the artists exhibiting at the Night of Artists in St. Albert.

This is a not to be missed Art event so get your tickets here. The opening Gala will be amazing!

Keep an eye on my blog to see what I’m working on to bring to this wonderful Art show.

~Amanda

Hope in the Darkness


“But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”-Psalm 9:18

One of the things I aspire to do with my art as a Christian artist is to help spread the love and hope that I have found in Christ Jesus through my art. Sometimes that looks like me creating art that testify’s to what God has done or is doing in my life and sometimes that means I use my creative gifts to help others feel that same hope.

As I was finishing off the first batch of my new mixed media mini’s today, painting my edges black I was struck by how bold and vibrant they stood out against the dark edging. As I left them to dry I just had this feeling that the Holy Spirit was calling me to use these small paintings for a big purpose to shine light into darkness. The more I thought on it the clearer it seemed to get in my mind and heart. God has a funny way of lining things up when we’re attentive to his voice and I knew just where to use these paintings that would make a difference Hope Mission.

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Hope Mission is a not-for-profit Christian social care agency caring for the impoverished and homeless men, women and children in Alberta. Basic and emergency care is provided to over 800 people daily as well as counsel and referral services for men, women, and youth. Each day Hope Mission provides over 1000 meals, and shelter for over 500 people.  Specialized care and treatment is offered for men and women through faith-based addiction treatment programs. Hope Mission also facilitates an after school recreation and hot meal program for children. In all, our desire is to provide compassionate care and offer hope to hurting, hungry and homeless people in Edmonton.

This series is now being called “Hope in the Darkness” because no matter how jagged or textured our past, no matter how dark our life, God can ALWAYS bring Hope out of it but it starts with us using what God has given us to help bring hope to others. Each painting in this series is as unique as the person it will go to help. For every piece sold I will donate 25% of the sales back to Hope Missions to help support them in the wonderful work they are doing in our community!

I hope you’ll help me in my effort to bring Hope through art.

Amanda

 

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You can purchase or commission a piece in this series by leaving me a message here to see the available pieces or by messaging me on my Facebook page AmandaMilkeArtist. Each mixed media piece costs $40 is one of a kind and measures 4″ x 4″ x 1.5″ and is done on canvas. Perfect for a small space, shelf or desk or buy several to arrange in sets of 3, 5 or 9 tiled cube patterns.

I’ll also be adding a new page to my website with this series in the next few days.

Mixed media minis


I started a new series this week I’m calling my mixed media minis.

I wanted to create something with big color and texture to fit a small space and I came up with these little beauties.

These are great to add to a shelf ledge or to your office desk to add a pop of color.

Take a look at the progress so far. Most of them are still wet when I photographed them but I couldn’t wait haha still more layers to go but which is your favorite so far?

-Amanda