I Lasted Eight Days Not Painting

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I decided in September that instead of doing an Inktober like everyone else, I would do a Noctober which involved not painting or drawing anything. I needed a break and I knew it. But what did I really need a break from? Was it the pressure to create? Was it lack of ideas?  Well as you can see I failed miserably at trying to stop myself from painting. Turns out taking the pressure off helped me tremendously. I am always thinking too much and trying to come up with the best possible series. There is a lot of pressure to paint everyday because that is what I think is expected of me. I do see people who may or may not have busier lives than me succeed at this “painting or drawing a day” thing. Though I think it is great to be productive, I also think breaks are healthy.

This is what happened when I took a break from art. At first, I did pretty well. By Day 5, looking at a banana on the counter gave me the desire to paint its colour and shape. My day 6, I thought I am going to try drawing in ball point pen. So I made a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich and drew in my sketchbook. My mind was on the sandwich idea that has been successfully done so many times before. I thought this is okay that it has been done before. This is what I like to paint.

I watch kids after-school and my friend Leah who does the same, brought chalk so I drew a dragon for the kids to add too. I thought to myself, “This is cheating but I don’t care!” I was teaching art and painting apples with the kids. That was it! I couldn’t take it anymore! The next day I quit my Noctober! I painted a peanut butter sandwich and the following day a sliced apple. My advice is paint or take a break just be sure to do what you want!20191012_124952

KIMZ*MET

KIMZ*MET is this Friday, September 13th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Argyle Fine Art in downtown Halifax. This is a show of works made by myself and two fellow artists’ named Kim. Kim Danio and Kim Eddy and I have been working toward this show since April 2019.
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I have painted a series of dresses that connect us to the past, to family members and friends, to our passions and our personal lives. The dresses are carefully rendered with an element of fantasy as they float in front of a colourful backdrop.

Kim Eddy has made paintings inspired by her time in Bermuda and Nova Scotia. Though she is recognized mainly for her beautiful resin paintings depicting bird’s eye views of the beach, Kim decided to challenge herself with a series of hand bound books that share a little bit about her process and inspiration.  She also produced a series of acrylic paintings on paper inspired by the same theme.

Kim Danio is an artist known for re-purposing shoes and handbags into playful sculpture that is reminiscent of folk art. In a culture and era where mass consumerism is the norm, Kim takes objects that would otherwise get thrown out and turns them into art objects. It is truly priceless to witness the viewers’ reaction to her art and suddenly noticing the “shoe” or “handbag”.

I welcome everyone to attend our show this Friday and if your name is Kim, please come and say hello!

 

Eight Ice Cream Cones and Counting

eight ice creamsI my teens I mostly painted in watercolour and I dabbled with other mediums. I stopped using it in my early twenties when I was taught to paint in oils in art school. I loved oil paint because it was smooth to work with and I was completely obssessed with self-portraiture from the mirror. The challenge to get my skin tone colours just right is a continuous challenge for me. It is especially difficult to capture the essence of myself and a good enough likeness simultaneously.

Fast forward to early motherhood. I find in myself with a strong desire to draw and to possibly illustrate books; illustrations went well but the story just did not happen alongside. I was using gouache and they were little illustrations of my my best friend and me. Here I was again dabbling with self-portraits!

Time went on as it does and I joined some figure drawing sessions which were really helpful. I eventually received an easel as a Christmas gift from my husband. It did not take long before I started to use acrylic paints. It is an accessible medium for a mom and I guess you could say I have been painting with it for 8 years….until now.

Recently I have been toying around with the idea of switching mediums. I was thinking about egg tempera, oil painting, gouache but it never occurred to me to try using my little watercolour set to paint in the themes I had grown accustomed to exploring.

I had painted one “Mint Chocolate Chip Cone” in acrylics with the intention of producing a series. If I had to go purchase 8 panels and get them ready, it would have been too long to wait. I had the desire to produce the series of cones right away! If I had to wait, I probably would have changed my mind!!! My watercolour set and paper saved the day! It has been the closest I have come to producing a painting a day.

What I hadn’t expected was the sheer joy it was to use watercolour again. The colours are fresh-looking, they pool and accidentally blend. The layers of washes stop me from being too fussy and I find myself embracing the limitations of the medium. Aside from the colour and subject matter they look nothing like my acrylic work. I wonder how this will affect my upcoming acrylic painting? It will be a very large painting of a gown.