Category Archives: Musical Instruments

My NOA Cover Competition entry


I’m excited to be participating in the Night of Artists this year and part of the perks of joining in this fabulous event is their NOA magazine cover competition.

This year there are 49 wonderful artists participating in the competition.

I decided to submit “New Song” as my entry this year as I thought it embodied the NOA festival being both an instrument and an art piece. The competition is popularity based and the top 5 most liked artists will move on to the finals for a chance to grace the cover.

The votes are open to the public so if you’d be so kind to cast your vote for me and any others that catch your eye just click on the guitar image below and follow the link to the official page, press like on my guitar and then voila done. Voting ends on January 31st at 9pm Alberta time.

NOA magazine cover contest entry by Amanda Milke “New Song”

Thanks everyone for supporting my Art!

Have a fabulous night!

Cheers,

Amanda

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

Shiny & New


OK so I came down sick with a cold and haven’t had a chance to start on the guitar asides from prime it. I’ve been passing out pretty hard after the kids are in bed the last few nights so haven’t gotten anything done really asides from basic survival lol.

BUT a new order of supplies arrived today…

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I’ve been wanting to dabble in hand stamping for awhile now but just haven’t gotten around to it until now, when I was asked to do a custom order as a Father’s Day Gift. So much fun 🙂 I’ll post pics of the completed project later.

This week however, I have to finish that order, go to the Farmers Market Thursday and I have the Downtown Sale on Saturday so I’m thinking the guitar will have to wait til next week sadly…but I do have yet another project stewing in my brain that involves a pair of wooden clogs 😉 but I’ll save that for another post.

For now I’ll say goodnight & Cheers!
Amanda

On a different Note…


I’m taking a slight break from Canvas Paintings & Jewelry to start work on a new entry into my Color of Music series.

I’ve had it in the back of my head that I’d love to do a gallery exhibit of a bunch of my painted instruments but so far every one I’ve done has sold not that I’m complaining ;), but it does makes it a tad difficult to put on an exhibit without any pieces in my possession lol.

So today I dug through my stash of goodies that I have squirreled away in my studio and picked out another guitar to start working on tonight. I had a few electrics, another child’s acoustic and this big acoustic that I thought would be a nice change since my last piece was an electric and the one before a child acoustic.
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As you can tell, my dog likes to sleep in my studio 🙂 and couldn’t be bothered to move heh.

I have a general idea of what I want to do with this piece but I won’t tell at the moment until I start and sort things out 🙂 but stay tuned and I’ll post as I work on it over the next few days.

Wild Orange–Gig Town Commission


So, back in 2014, I was approached to do another commissioned guitar that I’m going to share with you today.

Why am I only posting about this now, you may ask?

Simple.

I was asked to keep it on the down low because it was for a company that was, at the time, in the final stages of app development and would be launching a beta version soon and hadn’t made an official public announcement yet.

So, I kept it Hush-Hush.

Until today, that is, as I see they are fully up and running and downloadable.

Now for the details.

Last October, I received a message from Andy Altman the now CEO of Gig Town, in San Diego, California, asking if I could do a guitar for him as he had seen my other pieces online and thought they were “awesome.” *Yay!*

He wanted it for the headquarters of his new biz and asked that it include their logo (another reason I couldn’t share pics ’til now).

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Of course I agreed because I love a challenge and I love painting, so it was a win-win. Plus, it gave me one more piece to add to my Colour of Music series.

After working out all the boring details & layout, I was given free rein to start work on the piece.

A few weeks of serious painting later, (from which I’m still finding paint splashes in my studio) I was finished and ready to ship in early November.

Without further ado, here is Wild Orange–Gig Town’s Commission.

Also, here are a few pics that Gig Town has used.

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I’d love to hear what you think of the piece! 🙂

Also, go check out Gig Town and Download their App to explore lots of awesome musicians!

Oh, and if you want to commission a custom painted guitar, I’m your Gal!

Here are some of the other pieces I’ve had commissioned and sold.

Home Parties!!!


The other thing that has been keeping me busy with limited blogging time has been this “Home Party” initiative that I’m rolling out!

I figured after setting up at so many venues and meeting so many wonderful customers it was time to bring the venue to them. So be it ever so humble or virtual Parties are now an option!

Hosts can earn free Jewelry and have it custom made & designed specifically for them.

Theme parties are also available.
Celebrating a Birthday (kids & adults), Girls Night, Wedding, Graduation, Christmas, etc. Get Jewelry designed to suit your special occasion.
Make & Take Party Packs are also available (must be booked 2-3 weeks in advance to allow for supplies on hand)

If you’re in cyberspace and want your friends worldwide to participate then you can host a virtual party, get a unique code for your party and shop online through my Etsy shop. Best of all you still earn all your Host rewards and your guests receive free shipping or some other discount for participating. Great way to get inexpensive or custom Gifts. *hint hint Christmas* 😉

Even cooler, make it an ART & Jewelry Party. Have a soirée, serve some appetisers, glass of wine and have a private Art viewing with your friends plus earn a discount towards a custom piece of Art.

The possibilities are endless.
Contact me to book today!