Prints! and parenting… and procrastination.

It’s been over year since I had the idea of making printed reproductions of my paintings. It took me months to research the place to do get it done, another few months to get it done, and another few months to actually tell you about it.

My “To Do” list is so long, that very little actually gets done. After painting (which takes most of my time), there is not much time in my day left for the other things I would like to do. I can accept this. I am a mother of three children, so my time is split between household responsibilities, and my artistic career. I am not willing to put in the night hours, working after my children are in bed – that would make me insane (after making me tired, cranky, and probably sick). My evenings are usually filled with dancing or class meetings, or spending time with my hubby. Sometimes I wonder if I just don’t take myself seriously enough, but mostly, I feel like I have a good balance. So, when I am wondering why I am not in galleries yet, or why I am not selling more paintings yet, or why there isn’t a greater demand for my work yet, I remind myself that I get what I put into this process, and this is as much as I am willing to put in right now.

Rarely do I remember to look back to pre-2009, but I should. I can remind myself of how far I have come. Before 2009, I knew I wanted to be an artist. No wait, I knew I was an artist, but I was so good at procrastinating, and kept putting off creating. There was something really scary about starting on the path of becoming an artist. Scarier than a blank canvas, scarier than the blank page – this was a blank path, and I was so scared to take that first step.

I’m so glad I did.

(just do it)

My prints are available in my Etsy shop. I still have one more to list – it might take me another few weeks to do that (ha!).

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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:
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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
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“These Three Things” 12″ x 24″ $260
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“Underneath It All” 12″ x 24″ $260
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“Roots” 12″ x 12″ $150
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“Chaos” 12″ x 12″ $150
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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!!

Sophia Arts Fall Show and Sale

This past weekend, I showed my paintings at the Sophia Arts Fall Show, along with 5 other artists: Eden Thompson, Malcolm Glover, Jean-mattis Bourgault, Evelyn Caro, Ken Parry, and Knicki Markolf. It was a blast!

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Eden Thompson with his paper cut portraits.

Eden Thompson with his paper cut portraits.

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The amazing Knicki Markolf!

The amazing Knicki Markolf!

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I was getting a little down by the last hour of the second day, when I still hadn’t sold any paintings, and then, BAM! Sold three. Thank you Aaron and Ashley! These ones are on their way (or are making their way) to new homes:

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Thank you to everyone who came out and showed their support!