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Painting and a Video!

Two days left to get on my email list for a chance to purchase one of my 3 Art Battle 20-minute training paintings, and PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT.
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I’m happy to share that I was one of the featured artists on the Abundant Artist Live talk today, along with Michelle Leivan, an artist who has painted over 60 selfies this year – amazing! If you haven’t checked out The Abundant Artist yet, do it! They share videos, articles and posts all helping to dispel the starving artist myth, and helping artists to promote themselves.

Here’s the video!

Pay what you want!

In preparation for Art Battle, Alberta Regional Finals (last Friday, July 4… blog post to follow soon), I did three practice 20-minute paintings. These will all be available this week to my email subscribers only, with PAY-WHAT-YOU-WANT pricing.

To get on my email list, click here. I will be in touch soon! <3


“Love Plenty” 16″ x 20″

Training for Art Battle again!

Alberta Regional Finals for Art Battle are coming up this Friday, so I need to put in some training time! Here’s a detail from my first 20-minute painting of the week.

My 20-minute paintings will be available for purchase by PWYW (pay-what-you-want) to my email subscribers only, this Wednesday! To get in on the action, click here!


Karma Art! (for my email subscribers)

I will be hosting a pay-what-you-want event for my EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. Get on my mailing list, and you will have exclusive access to this Karma Art! event AND future pay-what-you-want events.

HOW: Subscribe to my email list here:

WHAT: To train (like Rocky!) for the Alberta Regional finals of Art Battle, I will be creating 20 minute paintings.

COST: up to you! Pay-what-you-want!

WHY: who doesn’t love exclusive offers and pay-what-you-want?




Art Battle – Again!

Woohoo! I’m so excited – just received an email from the Art Battle organizers asking me to compete in the Alberta Regional Finals as an All-Star. Can’t wait! To read more about my experience with Art Battle-Calgary, click here. Here are all the details (click on image for link), and I hope you will come out to watch! I won’t ask you to vote for me, because I don’t do that – I don’t even ask my children to vote for me (they don’t).

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I’m also busy painting these days – just finished a painting for the Grade Two teacher, who is leaving this year. The children painted the hearts, with a little wish for the teacher added in, and I finished it up!


Pay What You Want!

Art Battle Training Painting #4, 16" x 20", Pay-what-you-want

Art Battle Training Painting #4, 16″ x 20″, Pay-what-you-want

Training for Art Battle, day #4, 20 minute painting.
Pay what you want! Send me an email magknit(at)telus.net. Tell me why you want it and what is your offer?

Training Painting #4
16″ x 20″

Come watch me battle 11 other artists on Art Battle Day!

Today only!
Shipping is extra.

Art Battle! …and Art Show!

My brother likes to say, “Art is like football; you either win, or you lose.” I used to laugh, but now he’s right (well, sort of). This Saturday, I am going to be battling it out with 11 other Calgary artists on Art Battle Day. Art battles are going to be held across Canada, with the winners going on to regional battles, and finally, a national battle. The paints and canvases are provided, and the artists are given 20 minutes to paint.


Yikes! I have been training to see what I am able to accomplish in twenty minutes, since I usually take anywhere from 1 hour to several days or weeks to finish a painting. I paint in layers, and like to let them dry in between – this isn’t going to be possible at Art Battle! Two layers, tops, and not dry at all. My experience painting at Gorilla House has given me the comfort to paint in front of an audience, so that part is okay. I’m looking forward to this as an experience of something new, a chance to get myself out painting in front of others (which I love), and just to be able to say I did it!

I have been posting my “training paintings” on my Facebook page, with a pay-what-you-want scheme.

Art Battle Training Painting #3, 16" x 20" Pay-what-you-want

Training Painting #3, 16″ x 20″ Pay-what-you-want

Here is today’s painting. To purchase, today only, send me an email at magknit(at)telus.net telling me why you want the painting, and what you’re offering. I still have my first training painting available, too. See below. If you are sending me an offer, be sure to tell me to which painting you are referring.

Art Battle Training Painting #1, 18" x 24"

Art Battle Training Painting #1, 18″ x 24″

For more information on Art Battle Day, see below, or click here. Please come out this Saturday and watch the battle! I think my training song on the day will be the “Training Montage” from Rocky IV. Yeah.


In other news… I’m taking part in the Sophia Arts Art Show and Sale again, coming up on May 16th and 17th. Details below!


Gorilla House Live Art 27

Yes, I usually post these as Wordless Wednesday posts, but I felt like posting it today because the video just came out. Also, I wasn’t sure that all of you know what the heck a Gorilla House is, anyway?

So, Gorilla House is this awesome place in Calgary that’s part gallery, part studio, all fun. Every Wednesday night at 7pm, there is a live art “battle”. I’m finger-quoting here because the only battle really taking place is within myself, to see if I can complete a painting (actually, I have always made two each time) in the two hour limit.

A wheel is spun at the beginning of the evening, and three very random pieces of inspiration are chosen. I don’t rely heavily on the inspiration, but let it gently speak to me. Honestly, sometimes I flat-out ignore it.

During the evening, people can stop in and watch art being made, which looks like fun, but I’ve never attended as a viewer! At the end of the two hours, all the art is auctioned off! The proceeds are split between the artist and the gallery.

Before arriving, I had these two canvases prepped, using leftover paint from my studio time. It makes the painting so much less stressful when there’s already a first layer!


Gorilla House wouldn’t be the same without my painting-partner, Kathleen Moors. She’s awesome, and we always stick together!


Here’s how my paintings ended up. I was pretty worried that one of them wouldn’t quite work out, but in the last 20 minutes, something magical happened, and I love them both.




My wonderful neighbour, Barb, attended Gorilla House for the first time last week, and she purchased both of my paintings! For the funny story about how we met, click here!


I purchased my second Kath original during the night! Woo hoo!


Finally, here is the video from the art battle. There is lots of footage of Kath and I dancing our butts off, so have fun laughing!