Category Archives: Painting

Karma Art! Update


Karma Art! was an awesome experience. Thank to everyone for the support and encouragement!

I received seven lovely offers, all of them so different, many of them with touching stories about how the painting spoke to them, or about who they wanted to give the painting to.

It was a difficult decision, and I chose Nan Nassef. Her response spoke to me on so many levels. The painting meant so much to her, pictorially, metaphorically, and figuratively, and I love the gift she brings to the world: compassion. I have been on the receiving end with Nan, and there’s nothing quite like having a friend who can really listen.

I would love to hear any feedback you have about Karma Art! Would you like to see this again? Any suggestions for the next one?


P.S. Thank you Lynda, for reminding me to follow up on this!

Karma Art!


One of my favorite things about painting is knowing how much someone loves my art, or how it has inspired them to begin creating. That’s the point of it all, right? By sharing my creativity with you, hopefully you will be inspired to share your gifts with others, too.

This Friday, I will be offering my painting “Rebirth” (see photo above) to you.
Acrylic on canvas
16″ x 20″

Karma price: pay what you want.

Yes, you read that right! :)

Send me an email (magknit[at] telling me:
1. Why you want this painting.
2. What gift you share with the world. Maybe you do already, or maybe it’s something you’ve been thinking about. Be generous with yourself here. You have many gifts.
3. The amount you wish to give for the painting.

Some things I would like you to know:
- there is a minimum cost of shipping to cover if you are outside of Calgary. $30 in Canada, $40 to U.S.
- I sell other paintings of this size for $300.

Once I choose who will receive the painting, I will contact you with details about payment methods.

Much love to you!

Valentine’s Day :: Painting Auction!

"Intimacy"  Auction painting.

“Intimacy” Auction painting.

Happy Valentine’s Day! This painting was created exclusively for a special Valentine’s event happening tonight.

24″ x 24″ x 2″

This painting is now up for auction!

Starting bid: $100

Shipping not included. ($40 Canada, $50 US)

Bidding ends at 10:30 pm M.S.T., February 14, 2014.

Please bid in the comment section of this post.

Here is a video of the painting in progress:

Painting Auction!

"Healing" 16" x 20"

“Healing” 16″ x 20″

This is my first painting of 2014! I was heavily influenced by my first Medicine Wheel gathering, which had a big impact on me. I learned a lot about myself, and I love the teachings and how they apply to my life. The painting is called, “Healing” and measures 16″ x 20″.

This painting is now up for auction!

Starting bid: $80

Shipping not included. ($30 Canada, $40 US)

Please enter your bid in the comment section of this post. Bidding ends at 10 pm M.S.T., January 16, 2014.

Thank you!

Here is the video I made of the painting in progress. I hope you enjoy it!

January Painting!

Usually I am really nervous about painting after a two (or more) week hiatus; I worry that I will forget how, or I will now suck at it. This time, I didn’t let those fears take hold, but made the decision that, “Today, I am PAINTING.” No procrastination, no worrying, just doing it. And I even filmed it all, too.

I love the process of making the movie, too – it’s so much fun!

I will be auctioning this painting on Thursday, January 16, so stay tuned! And connect with my Facebook page for more frequent updates!

Nine Inch Nails, Procrastination, and Deadlines

To start, I will admit it. I suck at blogging. Or rather, I suck at blogging regularly. I am not going to make anymore promises about blogging more, because I can’t seem to keep them. I have been doing other things regularly – meditating, 365project, dancing – these are the things that feed my soul right now, that give me pleasure. Blogging would be up there if I didn’t have to do it on a computer. Someday, when I can blog from my brain directly to the world wide web, then I will be a regular blogger!

This week I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Well, mostly. I started the week off by attending the Nine Inch Nails concert. LOVED it, LOVE Trent, but have a little bit of disappointment, because Calgary didn’t get to see the mega-awesome light/video spectacle that was supposed to accompany it. Now I KNOW it is about the music, and it IS, but having seen them before, and having been blown away before by the visuals, and having read about how spectacular they were this time around, I couldn’t help but be disappointed when it didn’t happen. Poo. Next time, I’m going to Edmonton or Vancouver, too.

Then, I had five paintings to start (and finish) in four days. I did it, but not without some procrastination. I was worried at first about the deadline, but then I remembered that I used to finish two paintings in two hours at Gorilla House on a weekly basis, so surely I could complete 5 paintings in four days. I love having the deadline – it gives me that push I need to get something done. I can procrastinate quite a bit when I don’t have a deadline, to the point of getting nothing done. Somehow, when I do have the deadline, I still procrastinate, but within limits. I know my limits, and somehow know just how much time I really need to get the job done.

I went through the awkward phase of painting, like I usually do, but set myself the goal of remaining truly authentic to whatever is coming up. I don’t try to please people when I paint, but I do sometimes have thoughts like, “This isn’t real art”, or “Nobody will like this”, or “It’s too colourful” (HA!). I really tried to focus this week on being me, without apologies. I know having all the colours of the rainbow in a painting isn’t for everyone. I certainly don’t like every painting I see. But this is how I paint, and as long as I enjoy painting this way, as long as I am happy with the process and (usually) the end result, then I am being authentic. And hopefully, a few people will like it, too. Oh, and yes, I listened to NIN while painting, the entire week.

And here’s what happened this week:




And here are the final paintings. They are all for sale, and are going to be on display at a coffee shop in Calgary for December. Yay!:

“Universe” 12″ x 36″ $390

“These Three Things” 12″ x 24″ $260

“Underneath It All” 12″ x 24″ $260

“Roots” 12″ x 12″ $150

“Chaos” 12″ x 12″ $150

Painting Auction!

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“The Sound of Words”
16″ x 20″
Getting back into the swing of things after my week of preparing for and enjoying the Sophia Arts Fall Show. It’s been awhile since my last auction, so I’ve decided to put this painting up today!

Starting bid: $80

Shipping not included. ($30 Canada, $40 US)

Please enter your bid in the comment section below. Bidding ends at 9 pm M.S.T., October 3, 2013.
Thank you!!

This Weekend at Signal Hill Library


This weekend, I did some live intuitive painting at the Signal Hill Library in Calgary. It was a little bit quiet on Saturday, but there were enough people coming by to chat to keep me awake! To begin the first painting, I asked two children to help me out – they added little figures and I worked the painting around the figures. It’s not the first time I have asked children to help me, but it is the first time I have kept the additions completely visible!



On Sunday, I began another painting, and had a blast talking with my friend Elaine (with me in the photo below). I also got to meet two online friends! These photos were taken by one of them, Gisele Hardock.



Thank you to the Calgary Public Library (Signal Hill Branch) for this wonderful opportunity!

I’m also happy to say that this painting sold on the weekend.. YAY!

Live Painting at Signal Hill Library

I’m really excited about this weekend – I will be painting at the Signal Hill Library in SW Calgary on Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd, from 1-3 pm. I hope you can drop by! Feel free to introduce yourself to me!


I have six paintings up at the library, too, until September 25. All are for sale – please contact me if you are interested.

Today’s Lesson: Paint it Black


After I’ve been working on a painting for awhile, I step back and observe. Usually I notice that it is missing something here, or a little something needs to go there. But once in awhile, a painting needs a BIG makeover. It’s too rainbow, too monotonous, and doesn’t have enough contrast. The answer: black.


I can understand how this may be daunting. I can get caught up in not wanting to ruin my painting, whatever that means! I occasionally become attached to certain areas, and allow myself that attachment. Sometimes I will save those little bits, and sometimes I’ll just paint right over them. More often than not, if I save them, after a few days I am able to paint over them without shouting, “CRAP!” Painting with black turns the project right around, allowing it to go in a whole different direction. It’s a great way to get past being stuck and it adds wonderful depth to the image.

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I finished this one today and just love how it turned out (but I am not attached to it.. I could do another round of black, I guess..). I’ve named it “Ether” – it is now available in my etsy shop.