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Women in Business


I had the pleasure of being featured in the Chamber of Commerce Women in Business October News letter.

You can read the full version here.

Cheers!

Amanda

7 styles of—


I’ve taken a break from the “Curvy” series and started a new series focused on shoes.

More specifically, stilettos.

The series will be called “7 styles of  ————–”

Why the blank? Well that’s because I’m not telling just yet.

I want to see what you, the viewer might think it is.

What comes to mind when you think of high heel shoes?

The series will consist of 7 watercolor and ink paintings each 9″x12″ with a stiletto as the subject.

Here is #1.RED

And as per the norm, I was too impatient to wait for the ink to dry.

Let me know your thoughts.

Cheers,

Amanda


Supplies


As you can tell, I haven’t had the chance to create any more pieces for the “Curvy” series because (a) I’ve been working and (b) I was in need of more supplies.

Yesterday, I was able to rectify (b) by doing a bit of shopping after work.

I’d like to remove (a) as an obstacle as well  but that would require having more people contacting my Art Dealer Sharon at Gallery 45 to purchase some artwork.

Just in case you’re interested, you can reach her at gallery-45@mcsnet.ca or contact me directly at themilkeway@gmail.com.

In the mean time, I’ll show you what I got.

I’ll rant as I go along on how pricey Art supplies are getting.

I picked up an 8 pack of Winsor & Newton ink.inkGranted I only needed Black, but I like to have options and this set came with:

  • Black (Indian Ink)
  • Blue
  • Carmine
  • Canary Yellow
  • Emerald
  • Nut Brown
  • Orange
  • Violet

Nice set but it costs $50 regularly.

Quite the chunk of change.

At least they last awhile.

Luckily though, I had a coupon for 40% off a single item which helped cut the cost on that one.

Next, I found some Reeves Watercolours that they had on clearance.

I love clearance and reduced Art supplies lol it makes me giddy.

They were $5 so I picked up 2 regularly $15.

They’re about middle grade quality and for that price I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

Plus they keep forever.reeves

It has 12 tubes with your basic assortment of colours.

Finally, I grabbed some clear Rubber Contact Cement for my collages.

The small container costs something like $6 and comes with a brush attached to the lid.

white_rubber_paper_cement

I figured I’d give it a whirl, I’ve heard that it works really well.

Plus it, like the ink, is Acid Free and Archival worthy.

So I’ll see how that works out for me, plus extra bonus, hubby can use it for his miniatures when he’s making scenery.

Well that concludes my little shopping spree.

I’m hoping to finish the collage I’m working on and do up a few more Curvy’s in the next few days.

Cheers and have a great weekend.

Amanda

Oh one more thing, for those of you who wonder what I’m like outside of my artwork we (hubby and I) have started up another blog.

Everyday Adventures with The Milkes

It’s couple/normal life oriented and will have lots of miscellany posts so feel free to check it out. 🙂

Curvy #2


As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve started another watercolor & ink series.

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

What I also neglected to mention

(and you can’t really tell that well  in the photos)

is that the watercolor background also has traces of either silver or gold acrylic paint to give additional character and depth.

As with my previous series “Life Simplified”, the emphasis is on simplistic beauty.

The dimensions are 11″ x 15″ and as usual painted on cold press 140lb watercolor paper.

Here is #2 in the Curvy series.

Curvy 2

I particularly like this one though I’m not quite sure why.

Perhaps it’s the colours or the submissive yet assertive posture of the woman.

Hope you enjoy.

Cheers,

Amanda

As Promised


Late yes, but here all the same.

Over the next few days I’ll be posting some paintings/pieces that I’ve been working on and have finally completed.

The first of which is not yet named.

I had originally started this piece in the style of Despair but had changed my mind mid way through.

This was the result.

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The textured on this piece is great, hopefully you can get a sense of it in the photo. It was a midnight inspired piece, by which I mean, I was tired but was in a painting mood until the early hours. It was also one of the many pieces sitting around the house that was in need of finishing. For the summer months, I’m working two jobs to help pay the bills so needless to say time is sparse.

We have just finished hammering out the contract details with my Art Dealer so it will be interesting to see if any sales come from that.

In the contract negotiations, my husband (who is handling the majority of the details for me) came to a point  where he had to explain to my dealer that not all artists see their work as a mere commodity to be sold, and that I was one of those that didn’t.

The reason I mention this, is because it gives a little insight into where the inspiration for my art comes from.

So here it is:

“I think one thing needs to be clarified.  To you, art is a commodity…. To Amanda, every piece is a small portrait of where she has been in her life.  She doesn’t paint to be connected to something.  She doesn’t paint to tell anyone else anything about the world.  She paints to put her emotions to rest.  Art is not a hobby or a pastime for my wife.  It isn’t a job.  Art is the cathartic process of release, and certain of her paintings were created as the only means she had of keeping from going crazy or worse…… but please be aware that this isn’t actually about the money or fame although both would be nice.  Amanda wants to know what people think.   She wants to know how people react.  She wants to know if people look at Despair and think, “Yeah,  I’ve felt that.”  Because that’s when she knows that it’s all been worth it.”

Cheers,

Amanda

Christmas Vacation


Since I haven’t been posting much lately I figure I’ll just say I’m on Christmas Vacation
and will be back online sometime before 2009.
My Etsy site will still be running throughout the holidays so if you are looking
to purchase some art to break in 2009 you can visit it at http://www.themilkeway.etsy.com

Merry Christmas and I’ll be back in a couple of weeks!
Amanda

New Shop in Time for Christmas


Well I’ve finally done it.

I’ve been meaning to open an Etsy account for ages now and I’ve finally gotten around to it.

Now, you can find all my artsy goodness for sale at themilkeway.etsy.com

So go check it out and get that someone special something unique for Christmas this year.

I’ll be working on it all week so check back often for updates.

Cheers!

Amanda