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Lino Cut/Block Printing Workshop


Hello again,

Since I’ve been so busy preparing and organizing for the Art exhibit, I neglected to mention that I took a Block Printing course last Sunday.

The class was taught by an instructor from SNAP (Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists) and was quite fun.

Needless to say I have already purchased/ordered the supplies and will be continuing on this new artistic avenue.

Here’s a look at what I worked on.

We were told to bring with us a 4×6 line drawing.

Since I was short on time for the above stated reasons I re-did “Embrace Me” one of my watercolor word art pieces that sold last year.

We were give a 4×6 block of speedy cut and a 4×6 block of wood mounted linoleum.

The speedy cut was just what it said quick and easy to cut through like butter where as the linoleum was quite a bit tougher though yielded just as nice and a bit crisper of a look.

This was the first print I did to see how my carving had turned out.

This one was done in the speedy cut material.

After touching it up a bit I did the following prints.

Next I tried my hand at the Lino with a slightly different twist on the previous carving.

Well that’s it for now. I’m hoping to find time tomorrow to post my latest abstract painting.

Stay tuned.

Cheers,

Amanda

Drowning in Lies


I finally finished the collage I’ve been working on, thanks to the rubber cement I picked up last week.

It’s called “Drowning in Lies” and is 16″ x 20″ mounted on canvas.

Since you cannot clearly read the small print in the photo, I’ve included it here.

If you want to stop being: fat, ugly, alone, unpopular and rejected then all you have to do is:
lose weight, get liposuction, have your stomach stapled, purge after every meal, get lip augmentations,
get breast implants, enlarge your nipples, exercise hourly, count every calorie,
eat organic, drink mineral water, recycle, be a conservationist
don’t snack, don’t eat, use anti-wrinkle cream, remove crow’s feet and laugh lines, stop aging, get a face lift,
get a new nose, get a new chin, get an eye lift,
buy brand name: clothes, high heels, bags, makeup, jewelry, cars,
use diet pills, follow all the trends, wear the newest styles, never wear the same outfit twice,
wear makeup but look like you don’t need it, wear fake nails, wear fake eyelashes, take vitamins,
wax your bikini area, wax your legs, wax your eyebrows, wax your toes, get laser hair removal surgery,
exfoliate hourly, cleanse hourly, moisturize hourly, condition daily,
memorize the Kama Sutra, be a sexual gymnast, act like a goddess, act like a porn star, act like a diva,
act like a princess, own a life time gym membership, have a career,
get married, stay single, use birth control, have kids
and finally be unique like everyone else;
only by conforming to this routine will you become:
sexy, popular, successful, loved, respected, desired
and admired as

the pinnacle of femininity.

drowning in lies

The above text is scattered throughout the collage and will be glued to the back of the piece for easier reading.

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 no.3


The next installment of the “Curvy” Watercolor series.

For some reason, this one just did not want to be photographed this evening…

might have something to do with the fact that it wasn’t 100% dry yet

*shrug* What can I say? I’m impatient.

Anyway instead of fighting with it all night, I decided to use the not so stellar photo regardless.

So keep in mind that this photo does not do it justice but is good enough to give you the idea.

Here is #3 in the “Curvy” series.

Curvy no3

I’m enjoying the series so far but I’m not sure if I’ll get another one finished tomorrow night or not.

I need to do up a couple more backgrounds and pick up more ink so we’ll see what happens.

But for tonight enjoy and 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

Persistence-Three Fold Prayer series


A day late but as promised.

Here is #1 “Persistence” of a 3 part series on prayer. Each piece is 11″ x 15″.

The series is based on the 3 key aspects of prayer as mentioned in Luke chapter 11.

I’ll try to do post the rest of the series over the next few days.

I’m also working on some blank greeting cards with my artwork as the cover as well as some unique hand painted bookmarks. I’ll post some examples as I get them finished.  I’m also hoping to update with a list of prices and a gallery highlighted the various items for sale and of course, they’ll all be available to purchase at the upcoming trade show.

Stay tuned!

Cheers,

Amanda

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